In order to import a recurring gift or pledge payment, the original gift (with a gift type of Pledge or Recurring Gift) must already exist in RE, so you will need to run two imports when setting up a new recurring gift or pledge. The first import will create the record for either the Recurring Gift or Pledge and the second will add payment(s). You will need to add the schedule to the Recurring Gift mapping.
When mapping gifts it is possible to restrict the fields shown. By default, Importacular only shows the most common fields. However if you are importing gifts that require a schedule e.g. pledges with instalments or recurring gifts then when selecting the “Show Common and Scheduling Fields” filter option the Schedule Wizard button appears as shown below.
We realise how difficult it is to import a schedule into RE using the built in import tool. It is not very intuitive when deciding which values should go into which columns. The schedule wizard assumes that all values are being defaulted. If, however the data source determines the schedule you will need to adjust the columns accordingly. You can watch a video that shows the difference between those two options here.
The schedule wizard changes depending on the frequency. In this overview we will look at the two most commonly used schedules; monthly and annually.
The wizard follows the same format as when you press the schedule button on the gift. The above schedule is for monthly. Below is for an annual schedule.
When pressing OK the mapping screen is populated with the default values. This is for the annual schedule
And for the monthly schedule:
The wizard assumes that all the values will be defaulted. However if the data source provides values then you may need to transform them. For example if the data source supplies the number of months for the instalment frequency e.g. 1 for monthly or 12 for annually then you will need a transformation on the Instalment Frequency field as shown below: