(Beta feature) A new way to record tribute gifts

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Note: The Tributes feature is currently in beta. Please contact LGL Support if you want it to be turned on in your account.

Why we are offering a new way to handle tributes

Until now, you’ve been able to record in two ways: 1) a new constituent record (if one did not already exist), enter the gift from the donor, and add a related gift to it. The related gift was the tribute. There was no way to record a one-off tribute gift from someone you didn’t also want to track as a constituent.

The new method of recording tributes makes this process simpler to understand and use. It also makes it possible to record a tribute gift without needing to create a constituent record for the honoree or deceased.

How tributes used to work compared with the new way

The table below contains an itemized list of how the old way of entering and acknowledging tribute gifts differs from how the new feature works.


“Old way”

“New way”

  • Tributes are not standalone but instead exist behind the scenes, buried in gift entry, as related gifts
  • Anyone connected to an honorary/memorial gift must be a constituent
  • Notifications are handled as acknowledgments for the related gifts
  • Tributes have their own primary area in the Fundraising tab, on a level with campaigns, funds, appeals, and events.
  • No one connected to a tribute gift, except the donor, needs to be a constituent
  • Notifications are handled in their own area for tributes (not within the Mailings tab)
  • Warning: When you have the new Tributes feature activated, it won’t be possible to manually enter “In honor” or “In memory” related gifts
Honorary gifts - without notification
  • During gift entry, use related gifts to add an “In honor of” related gift
  • A constituent must exist or be created for the honoree
Honorary gifts - without notification
  • During gift entry, select the Honorary - General tribute, or a named tribute
  • Connect a constituent to the tribute/gift as the honoree if desired (optional)
Honorary gifts - with notification
  • In addition to the above, select a template
  • Only the constituent assigned to the related gift can be notified
Honorary gifts - with notification
  • In addition to the above, add recipients to be notified
  • Recipients can be constituents or non-constituents
Memorial gifts - without notification
  • During gift entry, use related gifts to add an “In memory of” related gift
  • A constituent must exist or be created for the deceased
Memorial gifts - without notification
  • During gift entry, select the Memorial - General tribute, or a named tribute
  • Connect the deceased as a constituent to the tribute/gift if desired (optional)
Memorial gifts - with notification
  • In addition to the above, select a template for notification/acknowledgment
  • If family members should be notified, constituents must be created for each before the gift is entered, with a special setting applied to the relationship
Memorial gifts - with notification
  • In addition to the above, add recipients to be notified
  • Recipients can be constituents or non-constituents

How to start using it

To begin using the Tributes feature (link “Tributes feature” to Recording and managing tribute gifts), first contact support@littlegreenlight.com to request activation. Once the option to use the feature has been activated, navigate to your Settings > Gift settings page and check the box to enable it. Then navigate to Fundraising > Tributes, and you’ll see the options for creating a tribute.

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On the Tributes page, you can manage named tributes, view/add/update tribute notification templates (mail or email), and process/review/print tribute notifications (by mail or email).

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You can either record a tribute (link to section that shows how to do this) directly in the gift or create a new named tribute (link to section on creating a new named tribute) at any time.

What happens to your old tribute gifts if you use the new feature?

If you have been using memorial/honorary “related gifts” until now and decide to enable and use the new Tributes feature going forward, your previously entered gifts will remain in place unchanged, as shown in this example.

However, previously created honorary/memorial gifts will be backfilled and assigned to the honorary/memorial general tributes, so you will be able to search for them like any tribute gift you record using the new feature.

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