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Funds are used to track the intent of a donor's donation.

Once created, funds can be made available to donors giving online, as well as restricted for Administrator use only, such as adding donations to Batches.


Giving is designed to handle tax-deductible donations only, so Funds should only be created to handle these types of donations. Non-deductible payments, such as camp scholarships designated for a specific person, should be processed in Registrations. Other non-deductible income should be tracked outside of Planning Center.

Create or Edit a Fund

To create and edit funds, go to the Funds tab on the Manage page.

  1. To create a fund, click Open a new fund.

  2. To edit a fund, select an existing fund.

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  1. Choose a short but descriptive name.

  2. Some general ledgers (GLs) have numeric codes that act as primary identifiers for funds. If you use numeric codes in your general ledger, add the code to easily pair Giving funds with your general ledger as you accomplish various bookkeeping tasks.

  3. Choose a color to help differentiate funds at a glance. The theme is only shown on the Admin side of Giving.

  4. Add a short description of what this fund will be used for. Fund descriptions are visible to donors on your donation form.

  5. Choose whether the fund is open to receive donations or closed.

  6. If your fund is set to open, choose its availability on Church Center.

  7. Set up a Fund Shortcut to make it easier for Text2Give donors to designate their donation to that fund.

  8. Share this link to pre-select this fund on your donation form when Giving Online.

Naming Tips

  • Don't add dates to annual funds. Instead, open and close a fund that will be used seasonally.

  • If you have multiple campuses, include the name of the campus in the fund name.

  • If your fund will be used for a pledge campaign, try to match the name of the fund with the name of the campaign.

Open Funds

Open funds are funds that are available for people to donate to.


1. Default Fund

The Default Fund is the fund automatically selected on your donation form or in a batch. This is also the fund selected if another is not designated while using Text2Give. For this reason, we typically suggest that your default fund be set up as your church's discretionary fund.

The Default Fund is created when you first set up Giving, and it cannot be closed. However, you can change your Default Fund by contacting our Support Team.

2. Open Funds

In most cases, Open funds should be set up as restricted funds as assigned by your General Ledger. These should reflect the donor's intention of how their gift should be spent.


Listed funds will be available to donors on your donation form and to Admins in Batches, but Unpublished and Direct link funds will not be listed on your donation form.

3. Link-Only

If you want a fund to be available only through Text2Give or the fund's direct link, designate it as Direct link, and it will be removed from your online donation form.

4. Unpublished

If you need to keep a fund open but hide it from online giving, you can designate it as Unpublished. This will allow Administrators to designate donations to this fund in Batches but will hide it from your online donation form.

If a recurring donation is set up and the selected Fund's visibility is changed to Unpublished, those donations will continue to be processed based on their scheduled frequency. While new recurring donations can be set up by Administrators for Unpublished funds from a donor's profile, they cannot be created by donors from your donation form.

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You can reorder Open funds (except for the General fund) by drag-and-dropping. The order of funds on the Funds page will also be reflected in the Fund dropdown on your donation form and in Batches.

Closed Funds

When donations are no longer accepted for a fund, it can be closed. Once closed, the fund is hidden from your donation form, but recurring donations will still continue to go to this closed fund until changed either by the donor or an admin per the donor's request.

If a donation was designated to a specific fund, and there's a need to change or close that fund, contact the donor to get their permission to reassign their donation or refund the donation.


If a fund is no longer needed, close it instead of renaming it. If you do rename a fund, the action is logged to ensure donations aren't being mismanaged or embezzled.

Re-open a Closed Fund

Closing a fund is not a permanent action; the fund can be reopened if necessary.

If you receive seasonal donations for a specific fund, once those donations are no longer received, close the fund then reopen it when those donations need to be received again. This keeps your funds list clean and helps the church designate funds in the best way for any season.

Delete a Fund

Funds can only be deleted if there has never been money donated to them.

To delete a fund with $0.00 attributed to it, select the fund.


Click Delete at the bottom of the Edit fund box.

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Link to a Fund

You can link from your main church website directly to a specific fund. A fund's direct link can be found in the Edit Fund modal on the Funds tab located on the Manage page in Giving.


For example, this URL would link directly to your New Building fund:

You can also link both directly to a fund and include a suggested amount. For example, to link to the New Building fund with a suggested donation of $100, use this code for the URL:

Example for our test account (Centerville Church): Click hereto give $100 to our New Building fund.

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