Communities are created through relationships, which is why we made it possible for you to track relationships within your nation. In a profile, you can define relationships between people and organizations. You can track relationships between family members, colleagues, and organizations.
Here are some examples of relationships you can track:
- Susan is Tom's parent.
- Tom is Angela's spouse.
- Angela reports to Janelle.
- Angela and Janelle are employees of NationBuilder.
- Janelle is an alum of Columbia.
- Columbia Los Angeles Alums is a chapter of Columbia Alum Association.
- Columbia Alum Association is a subsidiary of Columbia University.
Relationships define a connection between two people, two organizations, or a person and an organization. You can use these relationships to sort everyone who has a relationship with a particular entity or everyone who has a particular type of relationship. You can also add a title to any relationship.
Table of Contents
- Relationship between people
- Relationships between a person and an organization
- Relationships between organizations
- Filtering relationships
- Related HOWTOs
Relationships between people
These relationships can only be created between one person and another person in your database.
|Assistant to||Connect a person to the person they assists.|
|Assisted by||Connect a person to their assistant.|
|Child of||Connect a person to their parent.|
|Friend of||Connect a person to their friend.|
|Manager of||Connect a person to their subordinate.|
|Mentee of||Connect a person to their mentor.|
|Mentor of||Connect a person to the person they mentor.|
|Parent of||Connect a person to their child.|
|Partner of||Connect a person to their partner.|
|Reports to||Connect a person to their manager.|
|Sibling of||Connect a person to their sibling.|
|Spouse of||Connect a person to their spouse.|
|Student of||Connect a person to their teacher.|
|Teacher of||Connect a person to their student.|
Once a relationship is created in one profile, it appears in the connected profile. For example, if you add a relationship to John's profile naming him as the parent of Jane, when you review relationships in Jane's profile you'll see that she is listed as the child of John. The relationships can be categorized as follows:
|Category||1st person||2nd person|
|Organization||Assistant to||Assistant by|
|Organization||Manager of||Report to|
|Family||Child of||Parent of|
|Family||Sibling of||Sibling of|
|Family||Spouse of||Spouse of|
Relationships between a person and an organization
These relationships can only be created between a person and an organization.
|Relationship||Description from person's perspective, i.e. within a person's profile||Feature enabled|
|Alum of||Connect a person to an organization they were previously active in. E.g. a graduate and their alma mater.|
|Board member of||Connect a person to the organization for which they serve on the board.|
|Consultant to||Connect a person to the organization for which they serve consults.|
|Employee of||Connect an employee with their employer.|
|Member of||Connects a member to their membership organization.|
|Primary contact of||Connect a person to the organization for which they are the primary contact.|
|Resident of||Connects a resident to a residential organization (e.g. apartment building or neighborhood association).|
|Student at||Connects a current student their school.|
|Candidate of||Connect the candidate to their committee.||Voters|
|Treasurer of||Connect the treasurer to their committee.||Voters|
You can add relationships between a person and an organization from the organization's profile. The relationships are described slightly differently when added from an organization's perspective:
|Relationship||Description from organization's perspective, i.e. within an organization's profile||Feature enabled|
|Alum||Connect an organization to its alum.|
|Board member||Connect an organization to its board member.|
|Employer of||Connect an employer to its employee. Can also specify employee's title.|
|Member||Connect a membership organization to its member.|
|Primary contact||Connect an organization to its primary contact.|
|Resident||Connect a residential organization to its resident.|
|School of||Connect a school to its student.|
|Candidate||Connect a committee to its candidate.||Voters|
|Treasurer||Connect a committee to its treasurer.||Voters|
Once you create a relationship between a person and an organization, you can log a contact on both profiles. This allows an organization's profile to be a hub of correspondence with your nation.
For example, if you are applying for a grant from a foundation, you may speak to three different people. Your grant writer could speak to the grants officer in the morning, while your executive director speaks to the foundation's founder in the afternoon, and your program officer speaks with their VP of communication the next day. Since the grants officer, founder, and VP are connected to the foundation, all three contacts appear on the foundation's profile.
Relationships between organizations
These relationships can only be created between one organization and another organization.
|Affiliate||Connect an organization to its affiliate.|
|Chapter||Connect a parent organization to its chapter.|
|Chapter of||Connect a chapter to its parent organization.|
|Organization partner||Connect an organization to its organization partner.|
|Parent company of||Connect a parent company to its subsidiary.|
|Subsidiary of||Connect a subsidiary to its parent company.|
There are three ways to search for people and organizations based on relationships:
Relationship type: finds all profiles with a particular type of relationship. For example, find all parents.
Relationship to (with type): finds all profiles with a particular type of relationship to a particular profile. For example, find all employees of NationBuilder.
Relationship to: finds all profiles with a relationship to a particular profile. For example, find all profiles with a relationship to C.J. MinsterCheng.
You can also limit your search to people or organizations by toggling the view at the top of the page. Here is how I would search for all people connected to NationBuilder:
Within the People section, listings will include both people and organizations by default. You can limit your view to either People or Organizations by clicking either button to deactivate it. The page will automatically refresh to display your choice.
Note that relationship filters only include relationship types created as described above. Many other criteria are available to sort people based on their relationship with your nation (e.g. donors, volunteers, assigned to a particular point person).
Please note that relationships are not currently available for export.