Donations are how you record one-time monetary or in-kind gifts. See Create or Edit Donations for steps on adding donations.
Donations are not used when a constituent promises to give you a fixed amount of money on a certain date (or dates). In that case, you create a pledge.
Donations are not for repeated donations that are given indefinitely on a regular schedule; create a recurring donation instead.
View Donations on the Timeline
Donations appear on a constituent's timeline with a gift box icon. They show the date, amount, and fund. Click an entry to view more donation information.