Hidden Funds & Secret GivingFlow URLs
If you want people to be able to donate to a specific fund, but you'd rather not have it visible in your generic GivingFlow on your church's website, hiding the fund might be the option for you. In doing so, you can hide a fund but send a special URL to donors that, when clicked, will open a GivingFlow with that fund visible for them to give towards. Let's take a look at how this is done.
Step #1: Hide a fund
First, you'll need to go to your Funds Tab in your Settings Panel.
Next, choose the fund you wish to hide. (If you need to create a new fund or adjust other details on a fund, learn how to do that here.)
To hide an active fund, click on the dropdown menu in the visibility column and select Hidden. You can always make this fund visible again by selecting Always Shown instead.
Step #2: Generate your secret URL (aka GivingFlow triggers)
Once you have a fund set to hidden, you'll now want to generate a secret URL. When clicked, this URL will open your GivingFlow, revealing the hidden fund. This URL is what we call GivingFlow triggers.
To do this, go to your GivingFlow Panel and select the Triggers Tab.
You'll notice five fields to input information, four of which are dropdown menus:
- Select your website URL you want the GivingFlow to open on.
- Input a suggested donation amount. (Not a dropdown option.)
- Choose the fund you just set as hidden.
- Select a suggested donation frequency.
- Choose a suggested start date.
In the Suggest A Fund field, select the fund you just chose to hide in the previous step. Feel free to input/change as many of the other options as you'd like.
Once you're satisfied with all the suggested options, select the Click to Copy button to copy the GivingFlow trigger (the URL at the bottom).
To test it out, you can open a new tab in your web browser and paste the link there. This should force open your church's GivingFlow, auto-filling all the information you chose as a suggestion.
Feel free to share your GivingFlow trigger in an email, on your website, on social media, etc. Wherever you paste this URL, whoever has access to it can now donate to that particular hidden fund.
Keep in mind...
- You don't need to hide a fund in order to create a GivingFlow trigger. You can also do so with visible funds, but hidden funds will only be accessible via GivingFlow triggers. To learn more about GivingFlow triggers, click here.