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Glossary

Karani: A Swahili word for a clerk or a majordomo--as we see it, someone who takes care of everything for you.

Pledge goal: The yearly amount you need to raise to meet your budget.

Yearly gift goal: Usually equal to your pledge amount. The actual amount of money you expect to receive this year, regardless of your budget.

Monthly gift goal: The gift amount you expect to receive each month. For many people this will be your yearly gift goal divided by 12, but you can customize it in case, for example, you expect to receive a large amount of your gifts in December.

Mail merge: Taking names and addresses in an Excel or CSV file, importing them into Word or another document processor, and printing them automatically on envelopes.

One-time pledge: An amount a donor says they will give only once. The purpose of tracking one-time pledges is so that the pledge totals and graphs are up to date for the year in which the one-time gift is given.

CSV: A file type very similar to Excel's .xls and .xlsx, but not owned by Microsoft. This is the format that Karani uses to import and export data.

TntMPD: A fundraising system used by many non-profits and maintained by Cru.

DTR: Donor Tracking Report. A proprietary report generated by InterVarsity that includes donor names, IDs, and gifts.