Groups provide a great way to identify and manage small sections of the larger alumni base quickly. In particular, Oxford have found it useful to use the group function to keep track of donors who have made pledges for a set period and need to be recognised in a particular way (i.e. particular giving clubs). Grouping them enables us to see group membership growth and decline, current size and members and when each member joined.
What we are unable to see quickly, however, is when certain members will leave the group. This is where we would like the ability to put future dates in. At the moment we can only retroactively take members out of a group as we can’t set their membership to automatically expire because only past dates can be entered.
It appears that some capacity for future dates is already available as future dates that were already input into Raiser’s Edge Group memberships (i.e. attributes) have carried over and sit nicely within the DARS Group setting. Future dates would also be extremely useful in helping with stewardship and reporting.