Optimising finance management at Ducks Unlimited Canada

Optimising finance management at Ducks Unlimited Canada
Private non-profit charity Ducks Unlimited Canada is improving its finance management with Avanade

Rebecca Gibson |

This article first appeared in the Winter issue of The Record.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is a ­registered charity that partners with government agencies, industry partners, other non-profit organisations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment in Canada.

As Canada’s primary conservation organisation, DUC needs to be able to effectively track donations and donor and partner contributions to ensure it meets its conservation goals. To do so, DUC has contracted Microsoft Dynamics AX partner Avanade to optimise its financial management systems by implementing a new cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

Built on Microsoft Azure and Dynamics AX, the ERP solution will replace DUC’s existing legacy financial software system, which has been used for more than 30 years.

The new solution will provide DUC with enhanced visibility into valuable information and data related to its national, provincial and regional operations. DUC will also have real-time access to financial reports, which will enable it to analyse data more efficiently and accurately than before. 

In addition, by leveraging a cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics AX solution, DUC will be able to access the solution from any device at any time, and scale it as needed.

 “As Canada’s leading conservation organisation, effectively tracking the level of donation and donor and partner contributions are paramount to our conservation outcomes, and Microsoft Dynamics AX allows us to do just that,” says Marcy Sullivan, chief financial officer at DUC. “The reporting also allows agile and efficient decision making to ensure we are optimising resources. Avanade’s experience working with non-profit organisations, its implementation methodology, and the team’s unprecedented understanding of the new Microsoft Dynamics AX, were key factors in our choice to work with the company.”

This will be the first implementation of the new Microsoft Dynamics AX solution in Canada.

“We are delighted to bring our digital transformation experience to DUC,” comments Jeff Gilchrist, general manager of Avanade Canada. “This ERP solution builds on the already robust collaboration system in place and will further enhance real-time informed decision making. This is our first implementation of the new Microsoft Dynamics AX solution in Canada and we are proud that it is with an organisation that is doing so much for our environment.”

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