The Microsoft Tech for Social Impact team have released free, open-source fundraising apps built specifically for the NonProfit sector
Microsoft’s Fundraising & Engagement applications have been specifically designed for the NonProfit sector by the Microsoft Tech for Social Impact team.
These free applications can be used straight Out-of-the-Box to manage donations, membership levels, event planning, corporate grants and volunteer & donor data.
However, as well as all that, because it’s Microsoft, it will integrate with all your existing fundraising activities in any other Microsoft app such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word or Teams… all built using the Common Data Model for ease of data usage.
The Microsoft Fundraising & Engagement app is a NonProfit solution that can downloaded from either the Microsoft AppSource or straight from GitHub [JC1] and added straight into your organisations Dynamics 365 ecosystem.
It’s a Dynamics ‘instance’ that will integrate within the broader Microsoft tenant of your organisation.
On to the fun bit then! Less about what Microsoft Fundraising & Engagement is and more about what it can do to accelerate your charitable and fundraising activities…
As well as..
Ok, ok… looking for the catch?
There isn’t one!
The Microsoft Fundraising & Engagement solution is completely free for any NonProfit organisation and is distributed under a completely, 100%, open-source license.
That open-source license means your developers can use it to create bespoke solutions specifically tailored to your needs or, if you want to, you can partner with third parties like cloudThing to do if for you.
But… the great news is there’s absolutely oodles of awesome, Out-of-the-Box functionality that your organisation can instantly benefit from.
Being upfront, the caveat to all of this is that, as will all open-source software, it may cost you time and internal resources to plan, implement, test and then deploy the application.
Plus, as the Microsoft Fundraising & Engagement solution needs to exist within your organisations existing Microsoft suite there’s important things to consider and sort like user permissions and integrations with third-party software you might be running.
The last point to consider is that to run it you will need to already be using Microsoft Dynamics, meaning to access the free software you will need to purchase a Microsoft Dynamics 365 licensing agreement for your organisation.
But, all that being said it’s still a free and totally awesome solution for the NonProfit sector. Definitely if you’re already using Dynamics and if not cloudThing would be happy to advise you on how that can happen.
As already mentioned, there’s more than enough features to the Microsoft Fundraising & Engagement app to keep most NonProfits busy for a long, long time.
Should you want to work with a third party developer though, some of the ways it could be expanded might include:
Get in touch today about adding Microsoft's free Fundraising & Engagement apps to your NonProfit...