Heads up! This is a guide for admins. If you're not an admin yet, ask your Beacon admin to promote you so you can start managing fields.

When storing data in Beacon, it's important to make sure that the right information is stored in the right kind of record. For example, you store an email address on a person record, and store an amount on a payment record.

However, what happens if you want to store the following?

  • The total amount paid across all payments - on the person record

  • The number of people attending an event - on the event record

  • The first payment ever made - on the person record

  • Or, if you want to export any of these values!

For this, you need rollup fields.

Rollup fields are fields that "roll up" (summarise) data from other related records. Currently, there are three kinds of summaries you can run:

  • Sum of values

  • Average of values

  • Count (number) of values

  • First (oldest) record

  • Last (newest) record


How to create rollup fields

  1. Navigate to a record of the type where you want the field to appear, and enter customisation mode by clicking the cog in the top right of the page

  2. Click the card where you'd like to add the rollup field

  3. Click Create new field

  4. Give your field a name, and select the field type for how you want the roll up to display

    Note: The following types of field can be rollup fields:
    Number (Sum/Average/Number of records)
    Currency (Sum/Average)
    Point to another record (First/Last record)

  5. Enable the 'Is rollup field?' toggle


  6. Select the record type that has the field you wish to summarise, which field on that record type points to this one, what type of summary you'd like and, if applicable, which field you'd like to roll up.


  7. (optional) Click to add a filter to only roll up records that match particular criteria. For example, only payments where the 'Type is Donation', or only count event attendees where their 'Status is Attended'

  8. Click Create. The field values will now be calculated in the background. Come back to this record in a minute or two (grab a cup of tea!) and you'll see the rollup value has been set.


You can now sort by, filter for, and export this field!

Note: Once you've given this a go, you might want to check out this helpful guide with examples of rollup fields, too.


Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to roll up other rollup fields?

Yes! This can sometimes be useful - for example, if you'd like to show the total amount that everyone in an organisation has paid:

  • Person: A "Total paid" field rolls up the "amount" field on the payment

  • Organisation: A "Total paid (everyone)" field rolls up the "Total paid" field on the person

Is it possible to roll up smart fields?

Again - yes!

Is it possible to roll up only records that meet certain conditions?

Yes! You can apply filters to rollup fields. For example, if you wanted to create a field called "Total donations (this year)", you would add the following filters:

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Tip: using date fields in your filters? Beacon will auto-update the rollup field's values every day at midnight.

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