What are designations? | Vision2 Help Center

Designation types available in Vision2

In Vision2, a designation is a giving opportunity. There are several designation types available for use in Vision2.


A fund is the unit that reports to your General Ledger. A fund is used in two ways in Vision2:

  • As a direct giving opportunity

  • Associated with every other designation type for reporting purposes


General Designation

A general designation is a giving opportunity that is perpetual in nature. A general designation must be tied to a fund in Vision2. 


A project is used to raise funds for a specific effort. A project must be tied to a fund in Vision2. Here are some features of a project:

  • Start and end dates

  • Project coordinator email address

  • Project location information

  • Links to project URLs


With the exception of the start and end date, all of the information above is included on the project details web page. 


A campaign is similar to a project, with the added ability to associate several designation types (funds, projects, and general designations). A campaign must be tied to a primary fund in Vision2.

For example: you have a 2-year capital campaign to increase the capacity of the sanctuary, pave a parking lot, and double the size of the children’s worship area. You will create the Capital Campaign in Vision2 and add it to your website.

You can then create a project for each of the following:

  • Pave Parking lot

  • Expand Sanctuary

  • Double Children’s Worship Center


You can then add each individual project to your website and link them to the Capital Campaign. This allows you to honor donor-giving intent (email acknowledgments and statements) while allowing the church to reach the campaign goal and maintain accurate campaign reporting. 

Mission Trip

A mission trip allows you to manage donor communications, participant communications, and fundraising efforts and provides a personal fundraising page for each participant. A mission trip must be tied to a fund in Vision2.