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  How do you count people with multiple affiliations? Frequently Asked Questions

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Normally you will want to avoid duplicate counting if someone is for example both faculty and staff, an alumnus and gives to the annual fund.

In many cases, there may just be separate reports related to the specific program areas, which would not normally sum up in total, but would simply provide different views.

In other cases, you would determine a hierarchy and base the report on the priority of each donor group. For example, if Alumni has the highest priority, then any faculty staff member that is an alumnus would be reported under the alumni section of the report.

In this type of report it may also be useful to include a notation if the data is statistically significant to the effect of "included in the alumni total are xxxx faculty staff donors who gave a total of $xxxxx.
 
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