In this article:
- How tributes work, compared to how they previously worked
- If you haven't started using Tributes yet and want to start
- What happens to your old tributes if you use the new feature?
Previously, you could record tribute gifts in Little Green Light by entering the gift from the donor (if a constituent record already existed) and adding a related gift to it. The related gift was the tribute. There was no way to record a one-off tribute gift for someone you didn’t also want to track as a constituent.
We now offer a different method for recording tributes that 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 person. If you started using Little Green Light prior to January 2019, you would enter these gifts in the previous way. Anyone who begins using an LGL account now enters tribute gifts using the updated method.
How tributes work currently, compared with how they used to work
The table below contains an itemized list of how the current way of entering and acknowledging tribute gifts differs from how the feature previously worked.
| Honorary gifts - without notification
|| Honorary gifts - without notification
|| Honorary gifts - with notification
|| Memorial gifts - without notification
| Memorial gifts - with notification
|| Memorial gifts - with notification
If you haven't started using Tributes yet and want to start
If your account pre-dates January 2019 and does not have the Tributes feature enabled (you can tell whether it does by clicking on your Fundraising navigation dropdown and looking to see if a "Tributes" link is available there), you can enable it by navigating to the Settings > Subscription settings > Gift settings page, and checking the "Activate the 'Tributes' feature" box, as shown here:
Then, when you navigate to Fundraising > Tributes, you’ll see the options for creating a tribute.
On the Tributes page, you will then be able to manage named tributes, view/add/update tribute notification templates (mail or email), and process/review/print tribute notifications (by mail or email).
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.