We will use a soft credit in situations when you want to recognize a constituent for a gift that another donor gave. A common example of this is when your board members encourage their friends to donate to the organization. You would add the friend's donation to their Journal, but you would add a soft credit to your board member's Journal to recognize them for the gift, as well. Because soft credits do not include a Received amount, this will not double-count the gift in your reports.

Within the database, we have to methods for adding a soft credit: