Table & Group Terminology
Tables and Groups are both methods of grouping Supporters together. Although they are often used in conjunction, they can be used independently. Greater Giving recommends using Tables if you are having a physical, sit down event and want to track where each individual will be seated. Alternatively, Groups can be used to take normally dissimilar Supporters (such as multiple individuals with different last names) and put them together for easy searching, or most commonly seating. See below for more information regarding Tables and Groups.
Supporters who are going to be attending your event may buy their own tickets or be attending as a guest of someone else, like a Sponsor. Attendees are Supporters who have been allocated an admission, which is done by editing the Sale that contains the admission they're using. Once they have been allocated an admission you can assign them to Groups or Tables, track their Meal Choice, and check them in using Go Time.
Groups work together with Tables in that you can take entire Groups and assigning them to a Table. However, the base purpose of a Group is to take Supporters with no relation to one another (not in a household together) and make them searchable in your Supporters list. This can provide an ancillary benefit to Groups even if you are not using our Tables feature. When it comes to Golf Events, Groups are often used to to denote foursomes.
As mentioned above, Tables are mostly used for your physical sit down events. When setting up Tables in Greater Giving Online, you are given the option of determining the Table Number, Table Name, the Number of Seats, and lastly any applicable Notes about the Table. These can be created individually or en masse using our Table Generation Wizard. Once these Tables have been created, they can then have Bidders with allocated admissions assigned to them. When it comes to Golf Events, Tables are often used to track starting holes.