Editing Main Window Options

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You use the Maintenance ⇒ Main Window Options window to specify some options that affect how the main data entry window works, including how it works for Limited Users who come in to the program by using a Limited User Password. The window has four tabs, that you switch between by clicking on the tab at the top.

 

You can jump to the information on the 2nd through fourth tabs, lower down on this page, with the following links: Donations, Limited Users, and Pledges.

 

If you enter the program with the Donors Only Password, only the Donor Details tab on this window will be visible.

 

Donor Details Options Tab

 

DonorDetailsOptions

 

Other 1 through 6 and Category 1 and 2 Labels

 

You can change the values in the Other 1 Label through Other 6 Label fields to give new labels to the six user-customizable fields in the Donor Details area of the main window. For instance, you might change some of them to be called "Email", "Fax", and "Birthdate". (You do not have to use any or all of these fields if you do not need them.)

 

Similarly, you can change the Category 1 Label and Category 2 Label to give new labels to those two independent donor category lists. Again, you don't need to use those fields if you don't need them.

 

If you do change those labels for Category 1 and 2, all related prompts, menu options etc. will change accordingly. For instance, if you set Category 1 Label to "Membership Status", the menu option Maintenance ⇒ Donor Category 1 will instead read Donor Membership Status (Category 1).

 

Show Fields

 

There are a number of Donor Details fields that not all organizations will be interested in using. You can remove them from the display by unchecking their checkboxes in the "Show Fields" section. The checkboxes that you can use are:

 

Member/Env #: If unchecked, removes this field from both the main window and the File ⇒ One Date Batch Entry window. Do this if you don't use Member or Envelope numbers in your organization. Also, unchecking this removes a number of reports from the Reports menu (that differ from other reports only in that they include the Member/Envelope #).

Email Addr.: The Email Address field.

Category 1 and Category 2: The two Donor Category drop-down fields, whose possible values are set up via Maintenance ⇒ Donor Category 1 and Donor Category 2.

Annual Pledge: If you don't track annual or multi-year pledges from donors, uncheck this field. Unchecking this removes the Reports Pledges sub-menu and several other places where pledges can be reported on, like Custom Reports and a Pledge Information option for mail-merge letters.

Charitable #: This donor field is used to track the charitable numbers of donors to your organization, which are themselves charities.

Comments: This is the arbitrary-length comments field for the donor.

Other Info 1 through 6: These are the six fields whose names you can specify with the Other 1 Label etc. fields, also on this window.

 

For more details of these fields, see Entering a New Donor.

 

Note: The Email Address, Other Info 1 through 6, and Comments fields are not available with the free Lite version of DONATION, and thus you cannot select to display them if you are using that version.

 

Lowest Member/Env. # for automatic assignment

 

This value, which must be a number greater than or equal to 1, determines the starting point for automatic assignment of envelope numbers using the File Next Higher Member/Env. # and File Lowest Unused Member/Env. # menu options, and the corresponding right-click or drop-down menu options on the Member/Env. # field in the Donor Details area of the main window.

 

It is also used as the default setting for "Starting Env. # for assignment" on the Database Reassign Envelope Numbers window.

 

Default Address Values

 

Under Default Values, you can specify initial values for any or all of the Address Line 2, Address Line 3 and Postal Code fields. This would generally only be used by organizations in smaller communities, where most or all of the donors have parts of their address the same. Any of these default values that are filled in will be inserted into any new donors that you create. Of course, you can then edit them if they are not correct for any particular donor.

 

Donations Options Tab

 

DonationsOptions

 

Show Fields

 

The Show Fields checkboxes determine which "extra" fields are displayed in the Donation Details area of the main window. The two optional fields are Eligible Amount and Description. It is not recommended to select to display both of them unless you really need to, because unless you size your window to be fairly wide, this forces each donation to take up two lines on the screen, so you can't see very many at once!

 

If you have selected to show the Description field, you can also check the checkbox for "Dropdown arrow on the Description Field, for editing the Appraiser". If that is checked, a dropdown arrow (as for a dropdown list) appears at the right of the Description field. If you click it (or if you right-click in the Description field) a popup menu appears, with an option to edit the appraiser information for this donation. To the best of our knowledge, this is only applicable to Canadian Gift in Kind donations, and only required for largish donations. As a result, you are only allowed to select this option if you have chosen a Canadian receipt style in the Maintenance ⇒ Receipt Options window. (See Gifts in Kind for more details.)

 

Allow $0.00

 

If you want to be able to enter Donations with an Amount of $0.00 (which is normally not allowed), check the "Allow $0.00" checkbox. However, you can only do this if the Description field is selected to be shown under Show Fields. This is because donations entered with an Amount of $0 are required to have their Description field filled in.

 

Allow Negative Amounts

 

Although for issues like cheques that have been entered into DONATION then come back NSF we recommend just deleting that donation, some users prefer to enter a separate "donation" that has a negative Amount, to reverse the original donation. Checking the Allow Negative Amounts checkbox allows for that.

 

Please note that if you allow this, and the donation with the negative Amount is receiptable, it will be included on a receipt for the donor, and show up, with its negative Amount, on the table of detailed donations, if that table is included on the receipt.

 

For more details about all of these donations options, including the meaning of Eligible Amount, see Entering New Donations.

 

Default Category

 

This drop-down list allows you to specify that your default donation category for new donations is something other than "General", which is what it is if you have not changed it in this window. This default can also be overridden when you are entering the One Date Batch Entry window.

 

Default Paid By

 

This field allows you to enter a default for all new donations' Cheque # / Paid By field, such as "Cheque" or "Cash" (without the quotes, of course). This applies both to donations entered via the main window and via the One Date Batch Entry window. (In the latter case, a default set here will apply to donations entered in a batch, even if you choose not to display the Cheque # / Paid By field on the One Date Batch Entry window.) The reason this option is not called "Default Cheque # / Paid By", by the way, is that obviously you can't enter a default cheque number, since they would all be different! If you do frequently enter cheque numbers in the Cheque # / Paid By field, you would probably not set a default here.

 

Word for "Cash"

 

Specifies what value you put into the Cheque # / Paid By field for cash donations. This is used to determine the total of cash donations in a Batch Entry or Bank Deposit window, so that when you use the buttons on those windows for Counting Cash, the totals can be confirmed to be correct. Defaults to "Cash".

 

Sort Order

 

These choices let you pick between Oldest to Newest (the only option in versions before version 3.22), and Newest to Oldest. Oldest to Newest means that earlier donations are higher up in the list on the main window, and the new empty donation that is automatically added is at the bottom of the list. Newest to Oldest means that later donations are higher up in the list, and the new empty donation is at the top.

 

Cursor Field after F2

 

These choices let you pick between Date and Amount. This determines which donation field the cursor moves to when you press the F2 key. (Previous versions always went to the Date field, but that could waste time if you were entering a number of donations for the same date on the main window, since once you set the date on the first donation, it would stay set.) If you do set this to Amount, however, which is useful if you often enter a number of donations for the same date on the main window, instead of using the One Date Batch Entry window, please be careful to check that the Date field, which you are skipping over, has the correct date in it!

 

Options for Limited Users only

 

LimitedUserOptions

 

The options on this section of the screen are explained fully under Using a Limited User Password, and are only relevant to users who enter the program with the Limited user password rather than the Program Entry password (or no password). However, changes to this tab (and the rest of this window) can only be made by users who enter the program with no password, or the Program Entry password.

 

Note: The Limited User password is not available with the free Lite version of DONATION, so you cannot use the controls on this tab if you are using that version.

 

Options for Pledges

 

PledgesOptions

 

 

Please read Pledges in DONATION to help you understand the program's capabilities in regards to pledges.

 

DONATION has three methods of entering pledges, in increasing order of complexity, which you can choose between with the radio buttons on this tab:

 

Simple Annual Pledge: This was the only option until version 3.34 of DONATION. There is an Annual Pledge field in the Donor Details area, which you enter directly. No further details about the pledge are available (such as limiting it to one donation category), so all donations made by the donor during the current year are assumed to fulfill the pledge.
 
Note: only this option is available in the free Lite version of DONATION, the other two options listed below are not available.
 

Annual with Start Date and Category: This is still for only tracking a single year's pledge. However, you do not enter the Annual Pledge directly in the Donor Details area. Instead, you click on the drop-down arrow that appears on that field, or right-click on the field, and then select "Edit Pledge Details" from the popup menu that appears. In the window that comes up, you can enter both a start date for the pledge (if you want to track when during the year it was made) and optionally a donation Category that the pledge is limited to. (But see below for how Categories work.)
 

Multi-Year: This allows for the entry of multi-year pledges. Just like "Annual with Start Date and Category", you click on the drop-down arrow on the Annual Pledge field or right-click on it, then pick "Edit Pledge Details" from a popup menu, to get to a window for entering the multi-year pledge details. The Annual Pledge field's label changes to "Current Pledge" in the Donor Details area, for donors for whom you have entered a multi-year pledge.

 

Category field: This only applies with the second and third radio button options above. If you select a value other than "All Categories" here, it is the default donation category for all new pledges you will enter for all donors, using the pledge details windows. In this case, although the Category field is displayed on those pledge details windows, it is not editable - it is always set to the Category set on this tab. If you select "All Categories" here, however, you are free to select different donation categories for pledges on the pledge details window, or leave it at "All Categories" on those windows, so that all donations are considered to fulfill the pledge. If you do select a Category here or in the pledge details windows, only donations made to that Category are considered to fulfill the pledge.

 

If you have previously set the default Category field here to one value other than "All Categories", and then change it to another value, and there are already donors in the current year's data with pledges using the old category, you will be prompted as to whether you would like to have all of them changed to use the new default pledge category.

 

Pledges are on a fiscal year basis: If you check this checkbox, pledges are considered to be based on your fiscal year, as set in the Maintenance ⇒ Organization Info window. This only applies if your fiscal year is different from the calendar year. Note: if you select the pledge type Annual with Start Date and Category, and also check this checkbox, you will receive a message informing you that Start Dates will be ignored on pledges, for example they will always be considered to be for the entire fiscal year. Also, because of the complexities it would introduce, this checkbox cannot be selected in conjunction with the pledge type Multi-Year.

 

Once you select this checkbox, Pledge Information mail merge letters and pledge reports are adjusted to work on a fiscal year basis. See Pledges and Fiscal Years for more information.

 

If you are in a country such as the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, and have selected to use Fiscal Year Data Entry and Receipting, then when you are working on a year that is a fiscal year the Pledges are on a fiscal year basis option is ignored. In this case, pledges are always on a fiscal year basis, and you can set a Start Date for pledges with the pledge type Annual with Start Date and Category.

 

Note: The more complex pledging options (other than "Simple Annual Pledge") are not available with the free Lite version of DONATION, so you cannot use the controls on this tab if you are using that version.

 

 

When you are done making changes on all of the tabs in this window, press Enter or click the OK button to save your changes. Pressing ESC or clicking the Cancel button reverts back to the unedited version of the Main Window Options.