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What's on your dashboard?
When you first log into LGL, you'll see the LGL dashboard, your gateway to the data in your Little Green Light account. From here, you can:
- Visualize your gift and pledge data in graphical charts and tables
- Track alerts, such as gift acknowledgments that need to be sent
- View upcoming tasks and activities on your calendar
- See open goals and tasks
- Check who your 10 most recent donors are or look up a constituent by name
- And much more
Customize your dashboard
You can customize the layout and placement of your dashboard widgets, resize them (depending on how much data is displayed in each), and drag and drop them into the left, middle, or right column of the page to customize your view.
NOTE: Your dashboard is specific to your user login, so customizing your personal dashboard will not affect what other team members in your account see on their dashboard.
The available widgets for your dashboard are outlined in red in the screenshot above. If you select the checkbox next to any of these options, it will be added to the top right position on your dashboard.
NOTE: The widget type is indicated by the icon next to it. The spreadsheet icon indicates that the widget is a table; the chart and graph icons indicate that the data in the widget will be represented visually using a chart or graph.
Moving widgets around to personalize your view
You can position your dashboard widgets to tailor what you see when you view your dashboard. Whenever you “edit” your dashboard options in Customize mode, the widgets will be outlined in green. This means you have the ability to resize and rearrange them into one, two, or three columns (depending on the size capacity of each widget).
All widgets have their own minimum width, so you can widen any of them to fit (depending on the amount of data the widget is displaying) and position them according to your preference.
To move a widget, click the Customize Dashboard button on your dashboard. Then drag the widget and drop it in the new location.
NOTE: You may need to drag a widget and drop it a number of times to move it a large distance—from the bottom of your dashboard to the top, for example.
To resize a widget, click and drag the caret in the lower right corner to a larger or smaller size:
Remember to click the Save button anytime you make changes to your dashboard that you want to keep.
Summary reports on your dashboard
Graphic or chart widgets
Your dashboard includes a number of summary reports. A number of these are available as graphs or charts that enable you to visualize your giving data:
- Total Raised by Month, Year over Year
- Total Raised by Type and Year
- Total Raised by Type and Month
- Pledge Summary by Year of Pledge
A screenshot of each of these graphic-based widgets and a description of the data each displays and how it works are included below.
NOTE: It is not possible to customize any of these widgets beyond what the buttons available in each allow.
Total Raised by Month, Year over Year
This widget compares the sum of gifts and pledge balance by month for the current year and prior two years.
Total Raised by Type and Year
The total giving for each year is broken out by gift and pledge balance as well as the donor total for each year. You can remove giving types by clicking on the series name ( Gift, Pledge Balance, or Donor Count) at the bottom of the chart.
TIP: Total Raised by Type and Year with Donor Count is a great chart to give to your board of trustees every month.
Total Raised by Type and Month
This widget displays total giving for each month, broken out by gift and pledge balance. You can scroll the slider underneath the chart back and forth to change the time period reflected, making it shorter or as long as up to five years ago. To move the slider, grab one or the other end and drag it.
Click on either the Gift or Pledge Balance series name to add or remove one or the other type of data to or from the chart.
Pledge Summary by Year of Pledge
The Pledge Summary by Year of Pledge widget can be viewed as either a table or a chart. To change the widget to a table, click the Switch to Table button.
This widget includes the amount pledged by year broken out by pledge balance. You can use the toggle on the top left filter to view all pledges, only open pledges, or only closed pledges.
NOTE: Only gift and pledge data are presented in the graph and chart dashboard widgets.
Other dashboard widgets are described in this section.
The Fundraising Totals widget shows totals for the last three fiscal years by Giving, In Kind, Other Income, Pledges, and Installments. You can toggle between a view by fiscal year or by month, and you have the option to view the data year to date as well:
Alerts notify you of items you may need to tend to, such as gifts that need to be acknowledged and possible duplicate records.
By going to the My Profile area in LGL, administrator-level users can manage which alerts appear on the dashboard and which will send email notifications.
The My Constituents, Goals & Tasks list shows the number of constituents you are stewarding as well as your open goals and tasks. You can click on any item in blue to be taken to a list of search results containing them:
The Calendar displays activities occurring by day, such as gifts received, installments that are due, tasks that are due, and events. You can filter the calendar to show activities "owned" by team member.
Activity allows you to quickly view the week's activity (gifts, mailings, tasks, goals, contact reports, etc.)
Donor Summary by Year gives you a snapshot of your first-time donors, consecutive-year donors, and recaptured donors (donors who made a gift this fiscal year and at some point in the past but did not donate in the previous fiscal year). You can also toggle to previous gift years and view the data year to date. Click on the numbers of donors in blue to see the list of constituents, in addition to the criteria that are used to generate the constituent search results.
The Goals Summary section displays open goals that can be readily viewed.
Campaigns, Funds, Appeals, and Events list your campaigns, funds, appeals, and events with the most recent activity:
Volunteering Hours displays the number of volunteer hours recorded for the current year and the current month:
Constituent Search allows you to conveniently search for a particular constituent and also lists the constituents who gave the 10 most recent gifts.
The Stewardship widget is a handy way to keep track of your donors, as it displays the number of Top 100 donors who have not yet made a gift this fiscal year, LYBUNTs (all donors who gave last year but unfortunately not this year), and more. Click on the numbers in blue to view the donors who fall into these categories. You can adjust your view by selecting a particular steward from the dropdown menu.
If you've turned on membership settings in your account, you'll also have the option to include the Membership Summary widget:
The pledge summary widget provides you with information about your pledges: