Be a “Pro” with TntConnect Pro

There are a lot of free software tools where they entice you with the Free or “Basic” version, but make you pay for the “Pro” version–the version that has the ‘really useful’ features.

TntConnect delivers about 99.9% of its features in the free “Basic” version, and delivers the other 0.1% in the free “Pro” version. Can’t beat that price, eh?

What’s the difference? Simply, TntConnect Pro exposes a few features for those who manage multiple designations in one database. Since most users only manage one designation (their own missionary account #), there is no need to have the multi-designation features turned on.

If you manage multiple designations in one TntConnect database, go to Tools | Options and check the box, “Display extended information (TntConnect Pro)”.


When you do this, without restarting you will see designation options/display in 3 key areas.

Gift List


Lookup | By Giving


Notice that Pro also displays the “Motivation Code”. This is used by some organizations who assign codes related to fund appeals.

Tools | Contribution Report


Read more about TntConnect Pro


Increased Pledge = First Gift

When a partner increases (or decreases) their pledge, enter the new amount, then uncheck the Pledge Received box.


TntConnect will alert you when the FIRST gift of this new pledge has arrived. (Technically, TNT will create a thank for the next gift, regardless of the amount; occasionally I have had a partner commit to an increase, but their next gift was given automatically, so I still got the thank you task even though the amount was the old amount.)


TNT will also re-check the Pledge Received checkbox and reset the “start date” for the pledge. This helps the partner’s Average Monthly figure be more accurate.

Go Back in Time

If you download gifts from your organization, you are familiar with the Starting Date / Ending Date calendars in the gift download:


In the above example, the start date is about six weeks before the end date. The default is not “six weeks back from today”, but roughly six weeks “before your last download” as you may only download periodically. The ‘back in time’ feature is because it is common for organizations to have adjustments or corrections or even late-posting gifts. (In our ministry, for example, credit card gifts take longer to process than cheque gifts.)

The challenge with this practice, though, is that sometimes your ministry may correct a gift that was six months ago. It is not uncommon for a partner to get a year-end giving statement and notice a mistake from months earlier.

For this reason, once or twice a year I reset the Starting Date on my calendar all the way back to the first available date. (The first available date is the oldest gift in your ministry’s system.)

Quick tip: When you go way back for the first time, you may see some new gifts come in, some gifts may be slightly changed (e.g., date of gift, amount, donor name), but you may also see some gifts deleted from your database.

TntConnect will alert you when a gift is about to be deleted. Pay attention to this! Once you click Sync, that gift will be removed with no record of it. So if you see this red message, you may want to ask yourself “Why?!” before you sync.


As a reminder, TntConnect does not download address corrections when you download gifts. If a partner has changed their address (with the ministry) but not told you, you need to select Tools | Update Donor Info to see those changes.

Why doesn’t TNT just download all gifts and/or all addresses every time? Because of how long it would take.