Beyond overhead: Donor expectations for driving measurable impact with technology

Microsoft conducted an extensive survey and found that donors and funders are more likely to contribute to a nonprofit that can show how it is using technology to run its programs in a better way. This report summarizes the results of this global survey, provides examples of nonprofits investing in technology, and explores how technology is contributing to organizational impact.

Additionally, “Beyond overhead…” offers actionable guidance for building a technology investment strategy that meets the needs of the nonprofit organization and its donors. It should be downloaded and reviewed by your team, and also shared on social media with customers.

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Promoting Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19

There’s plenty of information—everywhere—on how to safeguard our physical health during this COVID-19 situation. But what about mental and emotional health; how do we make sure we’re addressing those needs? Elizabeth Bille and Erin McClintock, in their blog for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), share solid strategies both for organizations and for ourselves.

One important element in alleviating stress with your employees is maintaining flexibility in the workplace. “One of the biggest stressors for many employees is the well-being of those they may care for. Those with children are likely concerned about how to handle school or daycare closures; employees who care for older adults may have increased responsibilities given the CDC’s advice that those populations stay home,” writes Bille and McClintock. Help employees navigate these concerns by providing flexible work arrangements, such as virtual check-ins, telecommuting, flex-scheduling and other plans that may help relieve them of some of their worry. These are extenuating times—look to offer extenuating flexibility and support to your employees.

As with any global health scare, it’s natural that people may experience an increase in fear and anxiety. We know from previous epidemics that quarantine has impacted people’s mental health, and thus we have a responsibility to address this topic—to make it just as vital and attention-garnering as the physical health component. Read the rest of this article to learn about more ways you can support mental health in the workplace during especially stressful times.

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Bootiful Azure: Taking Your First Steps with Microsoft Azure (1/6)

As the first of six installments in this informational series, users of Spring can learn how to get started coding their applications via Microsoft Azure, leveraging all the unique tools and benefits along the way.

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Modernizing the Data Estate with Azure | Rohan Kumar


What do you hope a modern estate will bring you? When Microsoft began their own transformation, they realized that they wanted a system that would allow them to empower employees, deeply engage with customers, develop new and better products, and increase agility and efficiency in operations.

They also realized that at the center of making all this possible was data and AI capabilities. How could their learning experience help your business? Check out this video to find out.

Modernizing the Data Estate with Azure | Rachita Sundar


Businesses are amassing enormous amounts of data, more than they know what to do with. Most are just using it to put together dense periodic reports explaining “what” happened too long after the fact to be of much use.

Modernizing your digital workplace by moving to Azure and utilizing its AI technology can help you get a handle on your data and graduate from “what” happened to “how” it happened and, finally, to what “will” happen to inform what you should do all within a relevant period of time.