# Introduction To Donors
Donors are the people, or companies, that support your event by donating items or through sponsorships. Donors will be acknowledged on the auction website and on printed forms for the items they donated and can also be acknowledged as Sponsors on the website as well.
To access the Donors dashboard, click Donors from the main Auction Dashboard menu.
All Donors are available to every auction you host as the are saved at the Organization level. There is no need to copy donors from one auction to another. See Active and Inactive Donors for more details.
# Adding A Donor
To enter the information for an individual Donor, click Donors and then Add New Donor under the Actions sidebar menu.
Enter the information for the new Donor. You can enter as much, or as little, information as you want... the Name field is the only required detail that needs to be added.
Click Save Donor to save the changes.
For more information, see the Add Donors page.
# Optional Donor Fields
There are a number of fields you can provide for donors:
You can link a website to the Donor’s name and whenever the donor is shown online it will be linked to that address.
Donors will only be shown on the website or printed forms if the Acknowledge publicly checkbox is checked. This should be checked by default for new donors.
To show or hide the Donor’s Address information, click the Address heading to expand and enter the address of the donor. By default, the Show address publicly checkbox is selected. Currently the show address field only affects the printed gift certificates.
# Donor Logo
The images tab displays images that have been uploaded for the Donors, such as a company logo or brand logo. By adding an image of the Donor's logo, that image will be available to be included in the auction catalog and on some printed forms.
# Active and Inactive Donors
A newly added donor will be considered "inactive" until a donation or sponsorship is recorded for them in the current auction. This is this case even for Donors that were entered specifically into this auction. See Active and Inactive Donors for more information.
The following sections and pages about Donors may also be of assistance.