Plan and prepare for Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit in 2022 release wave 1


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The 2022 release wave 1 plan covers all new functionalities planned to be delivered to market from April 2022 to September 2022. In this article, you'll find the product overview and what's new and planned for Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit.


Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit transforms Microsoft's industry-leading technologies—productivity and collaboration tools, business applications, cloud services, and infrastructure—by connecting them to the most common nonprofit scenarios. Built for fundraisers, volunteer managers, program managers, and other roles unique to nonprofit organizations, these products address the sector’s most urgent challenges, including constituent and supporter engagement, award management, fundraising, volunteer management, program design and delivery, nonprofit operations, and data management.

This nonprofit-specific cloud unlocks the power of Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft 365, Azure, and LinkedIn, enabling organizations to realize an accelerated time to value. It is built on the Nonprofit Common Data Model, a flexible and robust framework created in partnership with nonprofit leaders and technologists to unify nonprofit data and connect technology across the organization. Common Data Model is a platform-agnostic set of nonprofit entities, attributes, and relationships for the most common nonprofit scenarios. It takes the guesswork out of relating nonprofit data across platforms and applications, helping organizations eliminate expensive data silos.

Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit meets nonprofits where they are today, leveraging Microsoft applications that organizations may already own, including Microsoft 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365, alongside purpose-built Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit solutions like Fundraising and Engagement, Volunteer Management, and Volunteer Engagement.

With unified data, nonprofits work smarter by raising more revenue, effectively delivering more programs and services to communities, and more easily measuring the impact they’re making. Our ambition is to make it easier, faster, and less expensive for nonprofits to adopt modern technology so they can focus on what’s important—their mission.

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Investment areas

Investment areas

Know your donors and supporters
Nonprofit development operations and database administrators will benefit from faster and more secure donation processing. As we continue to invest in leveraging Microsoft platform capabilities, we have further redesigned the architecture of Fundraising and Engagement to ensure Azure is delivering real-time processing and market-leading transaction security.

Nonprofit organizations and UN agencies that leverage Dynamics 365 Marketing and Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit will benefit from a nonprofit marketing template that will provide a guided journey to campaign segmentation and analysis.

Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit provides:

  • Constituent management: Attract, retain, and grow donor and supporter bases.
  • Personalized engagement: Connect through compelling content by using the most proven channels.
  • Donation and award management: Payment processing, fund accounting, and designation management to support fundraising efficiency for simple-to-complex funding types.

To learn more about the entire set of capabilities being delivered during this release wave, check out the release plan for Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit below:

For application administrators

User-impacting features to the user experience enabled automatically
User-impacting features should be reviewed by application administrators. This facilitates release change management and enables successful onboarding of new capabilities released to market. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users, automatically" in the release plan.

Features that must be enabled by application administrators
This release wave contains features that must be enabled or configured by administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users by admins, makers, or analysts" in the release plan.