Microsoft today announced that it is partnering with Blackbaud, a leading cloud software company powering social good, to create Integrated Cloud Initiative for Nonprofits that will accelerate the adoption of cloud tech among nonprofits focused on humanitarian aid and relief. Their first joint solution is called Nonprofit Resource Management which is a resource management suite optimized for the complex and differentiated needs of nonprofits. It will enable non-profits to:
- Work more efficiently with integrated automated workflows that eliminate silos and manual processes
- Understand and communicate end-to-end impact by connecting fund and product donations with inventory management, delivery and outcomes
- Increase transparency, accountability and ROI for distributed goods with an end-to-end line of sight—from sourcing to distribution of goods—reducing waste, fraud and misdirected items
- Improve connectivity of work teams and field locations to ensure optimal alignment and response times between areas of need and distribution
- Automate the analysis, alignment and assignment of urgent needs to available goods to ensure rapid response in time of urgency or disaster
“We’re in an unprecedented era of humanitarian need, and it’s becoming more costly and complex to respond due to global conflicts, natural disasters, and localized challenges,” said Jay Odell, president and general manager, Blackbaud Nonprofit Solutions. “For nonprofits, particularly in the relief and aid space, the ability to effectively source, track, distribute and measure the impact of physical goods is a critical part of delivering their mission. Whether it’s urgently needed medical supplies, disaster response equipment, or essential needs like food and clothing, every dollar saved, and every supply more efficiently distributed has the power to transform and save lives. We’re proud to partner with Microsoft to introduce Nonprofit Resource Management in response to this need.”
The Nonprofit Resource Management solution suite is currently in development. It will be released to the general public in summer 2019.