# How to track a 'paddle raise'
There are two ways of recording donations.
- a straight cash donation
- donations to specific items
# Cash Donations
To record a straight cash donation click on Bidding/Sales and select the Donationtab.
Enter the bidder and the amount, leave the item drop down empty, and then click Record Donation
These will appear on the bidder's statement under the Donations section.
# Specific Donations
You can also create items with a type of Donation and a specific value. For example, if you are doing a 'paddle raise' with 4 donation levels $50, $100, $250, $500 you would create 4 items with the type set to donation and the values as required. It can help to give these items meaningful item#'s, for example PADDLE50, PADDLE100, etc
On the Donation tab of the Bidding/Sales page you can select the item# and the amount is entered automatically:
If you are entering a whole list of donations you can also use the pin item checkbox to prevent the item from being cleared on each donation: