For this example, we will find anyone that cumulatively gave $1000 in 2016

First, we'll find all donations from 2016:
  1. Click the Queries button on the menu bar
  2. Click Manage Queries
  3. Select a category that you want to store this query in (Ex: Base)
  4. Click New Query under the Tasks menu
  5. Name the query All 2016 Donations
  6. Set the Starting Query to Base: All Constituents - A
  7. Set the Data Return Type to Journal Entries
  8. Select Match Each Criteria under the Criteria Matching field
  9. Select Commonly Used Fields from the Browse Fields drop down menu and click on Journal Entry Date
  10. Fill in 1/1/2016-12/31/2016
  11. Select Commonly Used Fields from the Browse Fields drop down menu and click on Individual Transaction Received
  12. Fill in Greater Than Or Equal To .01
  13. Click Save And View Queries
Next, we'll find the donors that gave $1000+ in 2016. Notice how we use the first query as the Starting Query:
  1. Click New Query under the Tasks menu
  2. Name the query $1000+ Cumulative Donations From 2016
  3. Set the Starting Query to the category you built the first query in and set the query to All 2016 Donations - JE
  4. Set the Data Return Type to Journal Entries
  5. Select Match Each Criteria under the Criteria Matching field
  6. Select Cumulative Amounts from the Browse Fields drop down menu and click on Cumulative Received
  7. Fill in Greater Than Or Equal To 1000
  8. Click Save And - Preview
Keep in mind that just because you are querying on donors by their cumulative giving, the query will not list just a total given for each donor in that time period, but will instead list each of their transactions separately. If a donor gave four times, all four donations will be listed. If you want to see only a total received for each donor, we need to create a report using the steps listed at How do I create a report to review my donations?