Note : Before you proceed with the following instructions, back up the database. If your organization integrates multiple Blackbaud products, refer to the Additional Requirements section of the backup article.

If you are new to importing, please review How to import (BB58904) before proceeding.

  1. Create a data file or use an existing file.

    View a sample data file (7FinancialInstitutions.CSV) which imports a new Bank into Configuration.

    Although headers are not required in The Raiser's Edge 7, we recommend using them. Otherwise, you must manually map the fields in the data file to the corresponding fields in The Raiser's Edge. You can save the file in any delimited format or in fixed length. However, this example and the sample data file are in CSV format.

  2. Include the following fields in the data file (for a sample file, refer to step 1 above).
      • Headers
      • Fields

      BAImpID, BAFFinInstit, BABranch, BASortCode, BAAddrLines, BACity, BAZip, BASponBank
      Bank Import ID, Bank Name, Branch, Sort Code, Address Lines, City, Postcode, Is Sponsoring Bank

    Note: In Excel, use Text as the column type for fields with leading zeroes. Otherwise, Excel drops the leading zeros.

  3. If necessary, include other fields in the data file that are available for this import type.
  4. In Import, select Bank/Financial Information under Bank/Financial Information node. Click New and select the following parameters. For more information on what these parameters mean, refer to How to import in The Raiser's Edge 7 - The Basics of Importing (BB58904).
  5. General Tab:

    • What do you want to do? Import new records
    • What file to you wish to import? Browse to the import file
    • How do you want the system to identify existing constituents? Use the Import ID
    • What is the format of this import file? Delimited


    File Layout Tab:

    • Field Separators and Text Qualifiers: Comma, Quotation
    • Import Field Names: Field names are on the first line of the import file
    • Sample Import Format: Verify the first few rows of the import file



    Fields Tab: In the Import Fields frame, verify that all rows in the Field to Import column are correctly mapped to the corresponding field in the Raiser's Edge Field column.

    Summary Tab: We recommend marking all available checkboxes. At the very least, mark the Create control report option.