by James Townsend
Microsoft Power Apps and Dynamics 365 provide prebuilt apps and a framework for building custom apps for a wide range of the software needs of nonprofits. Dynamics 365 is a family of products which include accounting, enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management software. Power Apps was derived from Dynamics 365 and offers a framework for building standalone web apps (canvas apps) or integrated apps built on a shared common data model.
Building on the foundation of Microsoft Dynamics 365 avoids many of the common pitfalls of custom application development. It gives users a starting point for functional requirements, contains a rich data model, handles many common low-level programming tasks, and provides advanced functionality such as mobile apps and is hosted in the Microsoft cloud.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 is integrated with other elements of the Microsoft platform such as Office 365, Power BI and SharePoint and readily integrated to other products from other vendors. Microsoft Dynamics 365 can effectively function as the primary interface to information in your organization.
- Case management
- Delivery frameworks
- International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Hub
- Project management & program design
- Volunteer management
The accelerator includes sample dashboards featuring fundraising and program delivery analytics that can be extended.
The following is a demonstration of the accelerator:
The accelerator is a free download, and Microsoft offers discounts for nonprofits on Dynamics 365 and Power Apps.