Using the Essentials Template in Blackbaud Sphere we can create thon event that will only accept General Donations and still have access to some of the thons more advanced features.

*NOTE* This only covers the recommended features needed to get the "Donation Only" site up and running. There are various other options you can explore when configuring the event to customize it further.
 

  1. Go to Communities > Special Events > Friends Asking Friends > Kintera Thon
  2. Click NEW
  3. Name the event
  4. By default, "Use Essential Design Templates" will be selected
  5. Scroll down the page and choose the Fund.
  6. Fill in any desired information and click Submit
  7. Click Finish. The screen will refresh and your Event will now appear in the Thon listing.
  8. Hover over the event name and click Website Info, this takes you to the Event Website Creation Checklist  to configure the event.
  9. Fill out each area in the Required Items section.
  10. Required Items:
    1. Event Information
      Fill in All required fields and click Save
    2. Fee Structure
      *NOTE*
      Although you will not be using registrations for this event, you will need to create at least 1 registration type. Click "Add Registration Type" and click Save to create a default registration type. We will disable this feature later.
    3. Website Design
      1. Fonts and Colors:
        • Choose the fonts and colors for the site
      2. Call out Buttons:
        • Select at least "1" from the "How Many" dropdown and select "General Donation' from the "Button 1 Link" dropdown.
        • Configure any other call out buttons you would like (you can have a total of 3)
      3. Site Images:
        • For "Header Logo" add your Header Logo using the "Add/Remove Image link and choose the link type from the "Link on Logo" dropdown
        • For "Header Images" choose the number of header images you would like displayed (you can have a total of 3. Click "Add/Remove Image" to upload/choose the image to be displayed. Then choose the link type from the "Link" dropdown for each image.
        • Click Save
      4. *NOTE* Choosing "Custom" from any of the "...Link..." dropdowns in Website Design allows you enter a custom URL of your choice.
    4. Event Text   *NOTE* You must save at least one section under Event Text.
      1. PDF Receipt Option
        (Optional) Scroll down to the section labeled: "PDF Receipt Option" and click the "Custom PDF Recept Setup link if you want to configure a custom reciept.
      2. Simple Confirmation Setup
        Donor Thank You

        Fill in any additional information you want added to the donor confirmation that is to be sent out when a donation is recieved. Click Save
        *Optionally, you can click "Advanced Confirmation Setup" to completely design your own Donor Confirmation from scratch.
      3. Spread the Word
        (Optional) Scroll down to the section labeled "Spread the Word" and fill the the message to be displayed.  Click Save
        *This section is useful as it allows donors the ability the send emails to their friends and family directly from within the event.
      4. Home Page Text
        This is the text that will appear on your Home Page in the corresponding sections as indicated below.
             Header
             Subheader
             Body

        Click Save when done.
      5. Some other sections you may want to configure for your donation page
        • 'About your Organization' Page
          This text is used to build your 'About your Organization' page. Add information about your organization, your mission statement, goals, and how donating to your organization can help.
        • 'About your Event' Page
          This text is seen under the 'Event Information' section of your site. Add a little info about the event and how it helps.
  11. Go back to the Event Website Creation Checklist and proceed to Website Features section located under Event Customization.
  12. Click Website Features: These are recommended settings. Configure as needed. 
    1. Main Navigation Headers
      Leave this box CHECKED and remove the text "My HQ" from "Redefine Header 3"
    2. Participant Registration
      UNCHECK this box  AND UNCHECK the box labeled "Show the ranking of top participants. Number of entries to display"
    3. Sponsor a Participant
      UNCHECK this box AND put a CHECK by "Send me email notification for new donations"
    4. Allow General Team Donations
      UNCHECK this box
    5. Login
      UNCHECK this box
    6. General Donations ***REQUIRED***
      Put a CHECK in this box and customize the name in "Redefine menu link name" if desired
    7. Event Social Media
      Put a CHECK by "Hide comments on personal pages"
    8. Thermometer
      *
      Put a CHECK in this box
      * Put a CHECK in the box labeled "Custom goal amount" and enter the goal amount
      * (Optional) Put a CHECK by "Show days left to fundraise" and enter the end date
      * (Optional) Put a CHECK by "Show donate button" to add the "GIVE" button to the thermometer
    9. Spread the Word
      If you have decided the disable Spread the Word, you must put a check in this box
    10. Credit Card Options
      Set up the credit card options that will be used in the billing forms
    11. Configure any additional options you think useful to your event in this area.
    12. Save
  13. Go back to the Event Website Creation Checklist and proceed to Donor Giving Levels and Participant Incentives section located under Event Customization.
  14. Click Donor Giving Levels and Participant Incentives: (Optional) 
    1. Recurring Donations and Donor Giving Levels are enabled from the Donor Giving Levels and Gifts tab
      *A Maximum of 60 recurring payments can be set up through a Thon Event
      *Infinite recurring donations cannot be done in a thon. If you need to set up Infinite Recurring payments, you must use a Single Step Donation Form. 
    2. Donor Designations are set up from the Donor Designations tab
  15. Go back to the Event Website Creation Checklist and proceed to Image and Text Library for Page Customization section located under Event Customization.
  16. Click Image and Text Library for Page Customization: (Highly Recommended)
    1. Add Image to be display on General Donation page
      • Click the Manage images link and a window will open
      • Click Browse to find an upload the desired image from your computer.
      • Name the image and click Submit, you should now see the image in the list at the bottom of the page.
      • Mark the radio button, in the column labeled General Donation Default, beside the image you want displayed.
      • Click Finish and the window will close.
      • Click Save
    2. Update text that is displayed on the General Donation page
      • Select General Donation Text from the dropdown labeled "Select the area to customize"
      • Update the text for General Donation Page Caption and General Donation Page Text  so that it displays the name of the Event/Cause instead of the account name.
      • Save
  17. Go back to the Event Website Creation Checklist and proceed to Customize Forms section located under Add Ons.
  18. Click Customize Forms: 
    1. Website Forms:
      • Donor Information form: Click Select by this form to edit what information is required to make a donation on the website
        *NOTE* In the Employment Information section of the form, mark the option for  "This donation is on behalf of a Company" if you want to give your donors the ability to create an organization record vs and Individual record.
    2. Sphere Entry Forms: Edit the following forms as needed
      • Sphere Donor Entry - IND: For entering Individual donors on the backend of Sphere
      • Sphere Donor Entry - ORG: For entering Organization donors on the backend of Sphere ***Important*** save this report or the Company Name will not show on the form
  19. Go back to the Event Website Creation Checklist and proceed to Participant HQ Settings section located under Add Ons.
  20. Click Participant HQ Settings:
    1. (Optional) Put a CHECK in the box labeled: "Gadgets - Enable Gadgets tab in the Participant HQ"  -
      • This setting is used to enable the Honor Roll Scroll on the General Donation Page
  21. Go back to the Event Website Creation Checklist and mark the Preview button
  22. Click the green Publish This Event Now to commit the changes made to the site.
  23. Test your site and make any necessary changes and "Publish" them as well.
  24. When the site is ready mark the Activate button to make the site live.

  Link to demo site: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1090609

*IMPORTANT NOTES*
*The "Sign In" button at top right of event page, cannot be removed without custom coding. A request must be submitted to Support to have this removed.
*A Maximum of 60 recurring payments can be set up through a Thon Event.
*Infinite recurring donations cannot be done in a thon. If you need to set up Infinite Recurring payments, you must use a Single Step Donation Form.