LYBUNT and SYBUNT are acronyms for groups of donors that have given before but not within the current calendar/fiscal year:

  • LYBUNT (pronounced "lie-bunt") means donors who have given Last Year But Unfortunately Not This. This refers specifically to donors who gave in the immediately preceding (last) calendar/fiscal year but not in the current calendar/fiscal year.
  • SYBUNT (pronounced "sigh-bunt") means donors who have given Some Year But Unfortunately Not This. This refers specifically to donors who gave in any preceding (some) calendar/fiscal year but not in the current calendar/fiscal year.**
 

Here's an example to illustrate these definitions: An organization has a fiscal year that is the calendar year and is running LYBUNT and SYBUNT reports on December 31, 2016. The last gift from donor Charlotte Shields gave was in 2016. Marty Lane gave last in 2013. Janae Neal gave last in 2014. Ronin Tate gave last in 2015.

As of December 31, 2016...

DonorLast GiftLYBUNT?SYBUNT?Explanation
Charlotte Shields2016n/an/aGave in 2016. Current donor so neither LYBUNT or SYBUNT.
Marty Lane2013 xLast gave in 2013, which is a preceding (some) calendar/fiscal year but not immediately preceding (last) calendar/fiscal year.
Janae Neal2014 xLast gave in 2014, which is a preceding (some) calendar/fiscal year but not immediately preceding (last) calendar/fiscal year.
Ronin Tate2015x Last gave in 2015, which is the preceding (last) calendar/fiscal year.**
 

**NOTE: While a LYBUNT donor can be considered technically a SYBUNT donor, it is common that SYBUNT refers to donors whose last gift was received before the preceding (last) calendar/fiscal year. This is to differentiate them from LYBUNT. Check with your database administrator or other appropriate staff member to see if your organization uses these definitions and/or has other terms for these groups, such as "lapsed." If working with more than one past donor group data set/report, be sure to review the query criteria and/or report settings are mutually exclusive to ensure that LYBUNTs are not being included in SYBUNTs.