In the Reference field on a gift record, you can manually enter up to 255 characters of free-form text information about a gift. For example, you may receive 100 shares of Microsoft and wish to view this information on the Gifts tab. Enter 100 shares of Microsoft in the Reference field.

When you create certain types of gift records, the program automatically inserts information when the Reference field is blank. For example, when you apply a cash gift record to a pledge, "ins of [date]" appears in the Reference field on the cash gift record. This message indicates the gift record is applied to the pledge installment due on that date.