Karani’s pledge and gift calculators have always been two of its most beloved features, but they’ve also been the source of a lot of confusion.
Tl;dr: Your pledge totals may change a little, and if you want to know why or have ever been confused by the way the pledge total calculator works, read on.
Karani performs some somewhat-complex math to figure out your pledge totals, and until yesterday the pledge percentage calculator ended up its math with one big guess. You may have noticed some weird, non-round numbers in your pledge totals, or pledge totals not lining up with your own estimates. For example, all of your gifts are $50/mo but somehow the pledge total ends with $2.50. Where’d that come from?
Essentially, if a pledge started or ended during this fiscal year, Karani divided that pledge up depending on what percentage of the year it would be active—often leading to percentages like 79% and therefore weird pledge totals.
Well, that’s all different now. Karani’s new pledge calculator looks at pledges with month-divisible frequencies (12x, 6x, 4x, 3x, 2x, and 1x/year) and assumes that a full, not partial gift will be given during the month of the pledge start date and the month of the end date. So if a donor says they’ll start giving monthly on January 20, the old pledge calculator would’ve counted January’s gift as only 11/31sts (the remaining percentage of the month) of a gift. The new calculator simply says, hey, starting in January? I’ll expect a gift in January. Done.
You may notice some of your pledge totals go up or down, but the only places it’ll affect are pledges which start this year or end this year. Everything else will stay exactly the same.
And if you notice you’re still seeing some weird numbers in the pledge totals, take a look at your pledges: Do you have any non-month-divisible frequencies like 11x, 9x, 8x a year? Those are still getting Karani’s old math, so they’ll provide you with more guess-y numbers.
We hope this will make Karani easier and clearer, but if you have any trouble at all please get in touch. Thanks, and enjoy Karani!