Building lists of constituents
In this article:
- Why use a list?
- Build a new list
- Save the list
- Use a list in another search
- Adding and editing the constituents that are in a List
- Combining lists
- Managing lists
Why use a list?
An LGL list lets you pull together a set of constituent records that it is not possible to compile in any other way. Lists are a powerful tool because there’s almost no limit to what constituents you can add to them and how you can use them.
Once you create a list on your List Manager page, it becomes available as a search criteria in every tab and every work area where you can create an advanced search. This means that if you want to send a mailing to a specific subset of your constituent base, create a report on them, invite them to an event, add them as a segment to an appeal, or any number of other things, you can do so by first building the list and then searching on it to create your mailing, report, appeal segment, etc.
Lists can also be great to work with because it’s easy to use a list in combination with groups and other categorizations in a search. Lists can also, in some cases, eliminate the need to create a complex search query in the first place.
For example, while most queries can be handled with some type of advanced search, there are times when it's useful to create a list that encapsulates a particular query. With List Manager, you can add the constituents in any search and then refine it from there, selecting and deselecting constituents in bulk or one at a time. After that, your list can be used as a starting point for any query.
For instance, let's say we have a saved search that returns any constituent who gave at least $250 total in one of the last three fiscal years:
Say we want to find everyone who does not meet these criteria. While we could reformulate this query to do that, it might be even easier to do the following:
- Create a dynamic list from this query
- Run another query to exclude the list you just created
Build a new list
Taking the example above, we can run that query and then click the "Select 73" button (the number will vary based on the number of results in the search):
Save the list
Next we can click on the Save selected button to create a new list:
...and then give the list a name and save it:
Watch this brief video to learn how to add and save constituents to a list:
Use a list in another search
Now we can use this list in another search, helping us find every constituent who hasn't given $250 during one of the past 3 fiscal years:
Adding and editing the constituents that are in a list
You can manage who is in a list (and take other actions) via the List Manager area in the Constituents tab.
The easiest way to combine two lists is to create a third list. Run a search in the Constituents tab where you find all constituents that are on two (or more) lists. In the example below we are finding everyone (84 people total) who is on either of the lists "Active volunteers" or "250+ in last 3 years". We can then Select all and Save them into a new List.
It is possible to categorize and sort your lists by list type. This gives you the ability to make lists favorites let you organize your lists into different groupings and so can give you better access to them. Below are the available options for categorizing and sorting lists.
Adding list type
Go to Settings > Menu items > List types, and add the list types that you want to use:
Edit your list to add the list type:
Filtering by list type
Now you can filter on the list type:
Filtering by creator
It is also possible to filter by the name of the list's creator:
Making a list "favorite"
To make a list "favorite", click the star next to the Actions button for that list:
Sorting "favorites" to the top
When you assign "favorite" status to lists, they will automatically sort to the top of your lists within the List Manager page in alphabetical order: