Query operator 'Does Not Contain' omits blank values in query results

Records with blank values do not show in query results when using 'Does not contain' operator.
For example: Occurs in a Gift query when setting criteria for a field that can contain multiple values like Campaign List, Appeal List and so on.

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To get the results you need in your query you can add a second line to the criteria to include blank values -
( Campaign List does not contain Annual
OR Campaign List blank )

Steps to Duplicate

  1. Create a new Gift query and select the criteria Gift Information > Campaign List does not contain {the value eg Annual}.
  2. Run the query and only those with the Campaign present on the gift, where that campaign does not contain the value in the criteria, show in the results.
  3. Gifts where the campaign is blank are not included in the query results.


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