Water Mission provides safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions to millions of people in more than 50 countries. But the international nonprofit reached a turning point as an organization. They needed to explore how to become more efficient, increase fundraising effectiveness, improve organizational connectedness, and give people access to the information they need to do their jobs better.
To accomplish this, Water Mission decided to use a comprehensive set of Blackbaud solutions built on the Microsoft stack, including cloud fundraising solution Raiser’s Edge NXT, which is powered by Microsoft Azure (Nonprofits receive a $5K annual credit).
Water Mission also uses Microsoft Office 365 as its productivity suite. “Knowing that Blackbaud’s powerful cloud fundraising solution is powered by Microsoft Azure inspires great trust for Water Mission, and Microsoft’s track record of delivering leading business productivity in the cloud made Office 365 an easy choice,” said Rogers Hook, VP of Development for Water Mission.
Efficiency is the key to best serve your mission. Move away from boots on the ground and physical services and utilize technology solutions to better reach your beneficiaries. At Tech Forward Conference 2017 hear examples of how organizations transformed and reaped the benefits in a panel discussion on digital transformation in nonprofits across the country.
- Moderator: James Rooney, Microsoft
- Ryan Reif, Water Mission
- Khuloud Odeh, Urban Institute
- James McGowan, Baton Rouge Food Bank
By July 31st, describe an innovative (defined as a new idea, method, or process to get something done) project, using technology that will improve your efforts to specifically benefit your community. At the Tech Forward 2017 Conference (Sept. 17-19th in Nashville, Tn. more info here) three Technology Innovation Awards will be presented to nonprofit organizations that have outlined innovative plans to use technology to further their missions.
As you craft your description, ask yourself:
- What is the situation that needs to be improved and how can you leverage technology in some new way (for your organization) to address that challenge?
- To support your case, consider these questions: Why do you think this project will work?
- What do you know from data or previous projects that supports that?
- Have you researched to see if other nonprofits are doing something similar with success, or if they could use a solution comparable to the one you are proposing?
- Is this idea measurable and sustainable once implemented? Are you thinking of a pilot first, or a phased, scalable project?