FundRaiser Blog

The FundRaiser Software Blog is an excellent resource for nonprofit organizations looking to learn more about fundraising, donor management, membership management, and much more.

Transitioning from FundRaiser Basic to Spark: Gift Codes


One of the improved features when moving from FundRaiser Basic to Spark is increased coding and options for your gifts. In FundRaiser Basic, along with the amount and date given, there is a checkbox to send a thank you letter, as well as a field for the notes. The “source” code acts as a way to document what drove the gift, for example an appeal letter or an event.

In FundRaiser Spark, gifts begin with a mode code. In other words, what form has the gift taken? Was it received in cash, or from a check or credit card charge? Perhaps the gift was an in-kind donation of goods and services, rather than a direct monetary contribution of funds.

The motivation code replaces the source code in Spark. However, we add a couple of additional codes. The first is the fund code, which indicates which bank account the money goes into. It helps to differentiate between gifts which might go into a general fund or bank account and those that might be for a building or a scholarship fund.

The purpose code indicates if the money has a specific purpose, or if it falls into a restricted or unrestricted category. The purpose code may also mean that the funds are for general use, rather than something specific like an after school or book fund.

With these additional codes your organization can begin running more in-depth reports, planning events and campaigns, and getting even more information on your donors. All of which, will hopefully lead to greater fundraising.

To learn more about how FundRaiser Spark can help you expand your donor base register for a tour or if you are already a FundRaiser user, contact FundRaiser Technical Support at or 800-543-4131.

What do you do with motivation codes?
The Pros and Cons of Engaging Volunteers in Fundra...

Related Posts

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
donor retention nonprofit fundraising Company culture Alternative Addresses FundRaiser Basic security texting donors spreadsheets planned giving auction legacy giving Facebook campaign moves management donor attrition membership programs Tickles operational costs Personalizing End of Year Letters importing csv Constant Contact support communications welcome packet community broadcasting grants donor Donor Portal major gift prospects board members banquet Congratulations gift acceptance policy segmenting donors LYBUNTS animal rescue prospects repeat donors spare fields operating systems training tip donor recognition look and feel new nonprofit data entry new leadership donor prospects small donations transparency holiday new features how to handle auction gifts happiness data analysis publicity materials ticket sales planning personalizing letters features memorial giving user spotlights donor loyalty anonymous donors major donors in honor of donations capital campaign Facebook office adding personal notes to letters community supported gardens donor engagement new version annual campaign endowment campaign arts campaign management SYBUNTS word processor Reminders Thank You overview pledges on site training letter gift notes field add ons Codes charity golf tournaments increasing giving amounts corporate sponsors donor slip New Year PayPal Importing Data appeal product news donor source membership benefits Resiliency premiums new donors entering auction gifts holiday giving donor contact information thank you letters relationship tracking Volunteer module government grants membersip benefits password protection correspondence mailing annual maintenance plan monthly giving flash sales volunteering data conversion upgrade motivation code online donations FundRaiser Hosted training event management donor advised funds fundraising donor preferences merge notes salutation backing up data donor targeting building donor relationships donor relations holiday letters Excel donor retention rate phoning donors budget merge fields pictures gift entry donor attrition rate #GivingTuesday lapsed donor accounting software brick campaign mode code the Ask mission driven Task List ticketsales appeal letters motivation how-to videos raffle advanced tab Crowdfunding Campaign targeted mailings Groupings development director Snow Birds user interface follow up NCOA processing National Change of Address giving levels email customer portal In-Kind gifts online donations volunteers announcements donation history tech tip customer service role of nonprofits direct mail passwords campaign tax summary letters reports donor profile community arts nonprofits social media custom page vacation GivingTuesday solicitors upgrading donors ROI Reporting to IRS recurring gifts grassroots campaign fundraising letters foundations change of address updating large donations giving history general correspondance tribute gifts alumni Cloud updates Network for Good Thanksgiving technical support GoFundMe project case study disaster relief understanding giving trends FundRaiser Spark letter templates

Connect With Us

  800-880-3454 ext 3
  Email Us
  Request More Information
      8:30AM-5:30PM CST

Customer Portal Login Form

User Name:

If you are not sure about your Customer User Name, please call 800-543-4131 and we will be able to help you.

Or you have lost your password, Request Password