Step 2: Create a Recurring Impact
The Essence of B1G1
Now that you have chosen your favorite projects, you can connect these to your business activities. This is what we call creating Recurring Impacts.
For example: When I send an email, I give one day of access to clean water.
Once you have created your Recurring Impact, click on the Add to Cart button and then head over to the checkout cart in the top right corner of your account to make them happen!
MORE ON RECURRING IMPACTS
You can create as many Recurring Impacts as you wish! Some of our members have found a multitude of creative ways to embed giving into their business.
IN THIS ARTICLE
CREATE A RECURRING IMPACT
To create a Recurring Impact:
- Head to the Recurring Impacts tab in your top navigation bar.
- Click on Start Making Impacts.
- With the drag-and-drop interface, from the left Suggested Activities column, choose a business activity that you want to link, and from the right Suggested Projects column, choose a project that you favorited earlier.
Note: If you have not favorited any projects, the Global Projects will appear by default.
- Click CREATE and you're done!
Tip: B1G1 also gives you the ability to automatically give to a project every month. Automate Your Giving covers the steps to do that.
EDIT A RECURRING IMPACT
While you are on the Recurring Impacts page, hover over the menu of your Recurring Impact and a few options will show. Then, click on Edit.
Here, you will be asked to edit these items:
- Quantity of impacts
- Activities text
- Switch to Monthly giving
Note: You cannot change the project used in the story. Please create a new story instead.
EMBED A RECURRING IMPACT
While you are on the Recurring Impact page, hover over the menu of your Recurring Impact and a few options will show. Then, click on Embed.
You will see a preview of the Recurring Impact and how it will look like on your website. Simply click ' Embed This Counter' and a code will be copied. Then, paste the code on your website. Find out how to use and maximise your widgets in Using Your Widgets.
AUTOMATE YOUR IMPACTS FOR EFFORTLESS GIVING
B1G1 is most powerful when it's integrated into your business and we've made this possible through our partnership with Zapier. To ensure your impacts are happening seamlessly as you continue with your daily business activities, create ZAPS with Zapier!
Setting up your Zapier account is super easy (and free) to do too.
To make giving even easier for you, B1G1 offers a few different options for automation.
MONTHLY RECURRING IMPACTS
This is a built-in feature on B1G1 which allows you to turn your Recurring Impacts into automatic monthly impacts. This means that you can automatically create impacts every month, no need to log in.
When creating your Recurring Impact, note the option that says 'Automatically create this impact every month'. Toggle this on or off depending on your preference and click Create.
When creating your first Auto (Monthly) Recurring Impact, you will be asked to choose a billing cycle. On this date each month, you will automatically make a contribution and your linked credit card will be charged.
To check how much and when this automatic transaction is, head to your Billing Page to check Upcoming Charges.
AUTOMATING WITH ZAPIER
Zapier is a 3rd party online automation tool that allows you to connect apps you use every day to automate tasks and save time, without coding or relying on developers to build the integration.If you are an existing Zapier user, you can already link 5,000+ apps – including MailChimp, Xero, Quickbooks, InfusionSoft, Autotask, PipeDrive, and many more – to B1G1’s Recurring Impacts.
Once you’ve set up the Zaps, whenever your specified activity occurs on your business apps, your Recurring Impacts will be automagically added to the Giving Cart. In other words, you now have endless possibilities of linking your daily business activities with high-impact giving.
CREATING ZAPS AND INSPIRATIONS
AUTOMATING WITH APIS
An API (Application Programming Interface) is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other and they are a powerful way of automating your Recurring Impacts.
With these APIs, you can create fully flexible custom integrations between B1G1 and your own system or your favorite business tools, allowing you endless possibilities of linking your daily business activities with high-impact giving. Once you’ve set up the integration, whenever one of those activities happens, one of your Recurring Impacts will be automatically added to the Giving Cart.
If you are familiar with working with APIs or have a web developer who is, you can check out our API documentation right here.
If you are not a programmer and not familiar with working with APIs, we recommend automating with Zapier.
I have set up my automation with Zapier but the cart is not automatically checking out. What's happening?
The automation with Zapier adds either a Recurring Impact or Project to your cart, but it does not automatically check out your cart. Since the value of the cart is different each time, we cannot pre-authorize your credit card to automatically check out. Please do login to your account and check out your cart at the end of each month (or as frequently as you'd like!).
How do I change the credit card linked to my monthly giving stories?
Navigate to the Billing Details page and follow these images.