US: Microsoft launched a new tool, Microsoft Local Impact Map, to help nonprofit organisations communicate their efforts in an innovative visual way. The service will allow nonprofit organisations to display their efforts from around the world in a customisable interface that incorporates text, pictures, and videos.
“The Microsoft Local Impact Map is a rich storytelling platform blending the latest mapping technology with the power of self-service cloud computing to create a unique visual experience of community investments around the world,” the company said.
Initially the service was developed for internal use by Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship program, but the company is now allowing organisations to rebrand and use the service for free, though it’s charging USD 15 per month to host the interactive maps on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform.
The service features a cloud-based content management system that allows a group of registered users to add information and post new stories on an organisation’s map. Microsoft Local Impact Maps even allow companies to create a custom tour that will take visitors through specific highlights of its community efforts around the world.
“We think this is a great addition to the technology we are providing to the global nonprofit community, and it provides a great means of enabling nonprofits to gain support for their work and commitment,” said the Microsoft Citizenship team. “Our hope is that the Local Impact Map will allow nonprofits and our colleagues in the social innovation industry to seamlessly communicate stories in a visually compelling way.”