As we come into the fall and winter giving seasons, it’s important to take a few moments to talk about giving levels. A giving level is a benchmark of giving that you’d like to have your donors reach, whether that’s through a one-time contribution or ongoing monthly contributions. For example, our local NPR station has the “Leadership Circle”, which means the person donated at least $1000 during the year. NPR makes this more manageable by encouraging people to make a recurring donations of between $80-100/month.
Giving levels don’t have to be something you share with your donor. While many organizations use them as suggested donation amounts or levels, others simply generate internal reports with them. When you use giving levels within FundRaiser software, you can track these levels regardless of whether they’re advertised to your donors as suggested donation amounts, or levels you use for internal reporting, but never share with the donors.
When you go to OPTIONS > GIFTS on the “Giving Levels” tab you can see the specific levels for your organization. These will then be shown on the Giving Levels Report, found under Reports > Giving Level Report. Giving Levels and the Giving Level Report are available in FundRaiser Select and Professional.
In FundRaiser Spark, you can use the advanced tab of your donor or donation reports to see gifts given between a certain dollar amount and timeframe, which will enable you to create your own “giving level” reports.
Giving Levels are a great way to encourage additional giving, as well as by recognizing those donors who go above and beyond to reach one of your organization’s higher tiers. If you have questions about giving levels or the giving level report, feel free to reach out to our support team.