A brief history of Microsoft and the nonprofit sector
2017: Formation of Technology for Social Impact (TSI)
Microsoft makes significant moves into the nonprofit tech market by forming TSI, a division of Microsoft Philanthropies. This group is responsible for adapting Microsoft’s core commercial solutions to meet the needs of nonprofits.
2020: Launch of Fundraising and Engagement solution
Microsoft launches Fundraising and Engagement solution that has nonprofit-specific capabilities and offers benefits from the full stack of Microsoft technology. Out of the box, the solution offers access to information about loyal donors and prospects so that nonprofits can engage them in a personalized way.
2023: Continued rollout of nonprofit-specific functionality
Microsoft continues to roll out new products and functionality for the nonprofit sector, including new artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit. Microsoft solutions for nonprofits now address fundraising, programs, marketing, volunteer management, and more, making it a strong alternative to Salesforce solutions for nonprofits.
2015: Start of Microsoft Philanthropies
Microsoft announces an expansion of their commitment to worldwide corporate philanthropy with the creation of a new organization, Microsoft Philanthropies. This group is focused on delivering the benefits of technology to people with the greatest need.
2018: Development of Nonprofit Common Data Model (NCDM)
TSI works with nonprofits and technology vendors to define a set of standard data definitions specific to the nonprofit industry. The NCDM makes it easier for Microsoft and the company’s partners to develop solutions for nonprofits that easily work together.
2021: Launch of Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit
Microsoft launches Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit, which builds on the Fundraising and Engagement solution to offer a full-service nonprofit toolset that supports engagement with all types of supporters and includes volunteer management and program management tools.