Custom Lists


This feature will require a Professional Plan with your own Azure Server option.


If you use Donorfy with your own Azure database you can add your own list types to Donorfy, this allows you to set up lists that are unique to your organisation.

To add a custom list you need to:

  • Create a SQL View to provide the data for the list - this is a technical task so you might need the help of a Donorfy partner - more information is provided below
  • Add the details of the View in Donorfy in Settings > Configuration > Custom Lists


Creating your SQL View 

Use SQL Management Studio to create a view. The view must:

  • Be in the custom schema 
  • Contain the following standard columns 
    • [FK_TenantId] - Guid - this Id represents the organisation using Donorfy
    • [EntityId] - Guid - this is the Id of an existing item in Donorfy you can link to 
    • [Entity] - nvarchar(20) e.g. Constituent, Campaign, Opportunity
    • [EntitySubType] - nvarchar(50) - can be subtype of the main entity - e.g. a constituent type - or can be empty 
    • [EntityNumber] - bigint - e.g. Constituent Number 
    • [Status] - nvarchar(10) - whether the item is active or not - usually based on the IsActive column
    • [Description] - nvarchar(100) - a description of the item returned by the list
    • [Id] - Guid - the id of the item returned by the list - often the same as[EntityId]
    • [Type] - nvarchar(50) - the type - e.g. an opportunity type - can empty or the same as [Entity] or [EntitySubType]

When the list results are displayed you will need a column in your view which contains the Id of the Donorfy entity which should be opened when an item in the list is clicked, you can open a constituent, campaign or opportunity, this column must:

  • Be a Guid
  • Should not end in Id 
  • Should not contain _FK_
  • Suggested name for this column is [LinksTo] 

Add other columns which you want to make available in the list - do not use column names ending Id or containing _FK_ 

You can use standard Donorfy views (e.g. [dbo].[vConstituentBase]) in your view. You can also look at the standard views used by lists to better understand how to write your view - the standard views are named v<ListType>Filter e.g. vConstituentFilter. 

Allowing Dropdowns in List Filters
If you name the columns in your view using the same names as the standard Donorfy views then a dropdown will be made available for them when building a filter, e.g. if you include the Product column in your views you should name the column Transaction_Product. 


Add the details of the View to the Custom Lists

In Settings > Configuration > Custom Lists add a new entry, as per the example below: 

  • Description - this will appear on the 'Add' menu under the lists column.
    Your custom list descriptions should not be the same as the standard Donorfy list types
  • Custom List Type - indicates what type of entity should be opened when an item in the list is clicked
  • View Name - is the name of your SQL View
  • Default Sort Column - is the column that the lists based on this view will be sorted by
  • Link EntityId Column - is the name of the column that contains the Id of the item to open when an item in the list is clicked e.g. LinksTo


If you make changes to your SQL View, e.g. adding or removing columns - then open the custom list definition in Settings and press the Refresh button to update Donorfy with your changes.

Your new list will appear on the Add menu as shown in the example below:



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    Sophie Pires

    Hi there. When will this feature be released? Looks like a great bit of functionality! Thanks.

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    Graham Bell

    It's live for Own Azure tenants already :-)

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