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Amount Donated vs. Pledged [Excel Formula Homework]

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We have some home work folks! Today, lets test your Excel formula skills by giving some data related to a fund.

The problem:

You manage a fund for a non-profit. You have donors who pledge certain amount at the start of the year. As you go thru the year, the donors donate money to your fund. At the end of the year, you have a table like this:

Amount Donated vs. Pledged - Data

And you need to summarize the fund’s performance by calculating all these statistics.

Amount Donated vs. Pledged - Summary Calculation Homework


Download the homework file:

Click here to download the homework file. Write formulas in all blue boxes so that the values are calculated properly.

The correct answers are shown below:

Solution for Amount Donated vs. Pledged Excel Homework

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Once you finish calculating the summary values, please share your approach (and formulas) using comments. Go!

Download the solution file:

There are several ways you can calculate the summary values. Here is my approach. Click here to download the solution file [Excel 2003 version here].

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Special thanks to David, who emailed me this problem a few weeks ago.


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26 Responses to “Amount Donated vs. Pledged [Excel Formula Homework]”

  1. Bill says:

    Great practice!

    First off, I made named ranges - Pledged (C7:C1206) and Given (D7:D1206).

    Then it was all about matching the constraints to 0 or 1 and multiplyng them as needed to get the proper sums.

    G7: {=SUM(IF(Pledged>0,1,0) * IF(Given>Pledged,1,0))}
    H7: {=SUM(IF(Pledged>0,1,0) * IF(Given>Pledged,1,0) *Pledged)}
    I7: {=SUM(IF(Pledged>0,1,0) * IF(Given>Pledged,1,0) *Given)}

    most of the rest of the array formulas are simply changing the constraints (such as pledged=0 instead of pledged>0), but these other 2 are interesting as well since they need an extra term:

    G10: {=SUM(IF(Pledged>0,1,0) * IF(Given0,1,0))}
    H10: {=SUM(IF(Pledged>0,1,0) * IF(Given0,1,0) *Pledged)}

    I10 doesn't need the extra term because (IF(Given>0,1,0)) and Given are redundant.

  2. Hurls says:

    Nice challenge to start the morning! I'm so glad I found this site a few weeks back because it's great!

    I also named my ranges just as Bill did. However, I used a different approach than he and the solution did.

    Speaking of the solution - is it correct? Where you got 389, I got 294. Also, when you have 389, the two subtotals equal 1295, so that tells me something is wrong. Here's what I did:

    G7: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged0))
    H7: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged0)*(Pledged))
    I7: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged0)*(Given))

    G8: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged=Given)*(Pledged>0))
    G10: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged>Given)*(Pledged>0)*(Given>0)*1) // solution didn't have (given > 0) constraint
    G11: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged>Given)*(Pledged>0)*(Given=0)*1)
    G15: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged=0)*(Given>0)*1)
    G16: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged=0)*(Given=0)*1)
    So for the previous 5 rows, the equations in H and I were just multiplied by Pledged and Given, respectively, just like H7 and I7 were.

    I also used SUBTOTAL(9,...) for rows 12 and 17 and then SUBTOTAL(9,x7:x17) in row 19.

    Is my accusation correct?

  3. Hurls says:

    Ha! When I posted my solution, it interpreted some things as erroneous HTML tags. My attempt to correct that is replacing > with GT:
    G7: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged<Given)*(Pledged GT 0))
    H7: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged<Given)*(Pledged GT 0)*(Pledged))
    I7: =SUMPRODUCT((Pledged<Given)*(Pledged GT 0)*(Given))

  4. Michael says:

    I'm using SUMPRODUCT for this one:

    2 named range:
    Amount_Given =Sheet1!$D$7:$D$1206
    Amount_Pledged =Sheet1!$C$7:$C$1206

    For the first row, exceeded:

    PLEDGED =SUMPRODUCT(--(Amount_Pledged>0),--(Amount_Given>Amount_Pledged),Amount_Pledged)
    GIVEN =SUMPRODUCT(--(Amount_Pledged>0),--(Amount_Given>Amount_Pledged),Amount_Given)

  5. Doug says:

    Where did the 18 names come from for those that did not pledge and did not give?

    By my estimate [ Did not Pledge, Did not Give ] should be somewhere around 6.92 billion people.

    Good problem, I would have started with the sum(if()) approach and added columns for flags but didn't have the time to spare for more than a quick review after I saw the No Pledge No donation row.

  6. Fred says:

    I have not started yet. but...

    pledged = 1168, did not pledge = 127 but total count is 1200? they don't add up?

  7. Angi says:

    First, I added a column next to given called Difference. I then named ranges as pledged, given and dif.

    Then I used COUNTIFS() and SUMIFS() formulas to summarize the data:
    Row 7: =COUNTIFS(pledged,">0",dif,">0") =SUMIFS(pledged,pledged,">0",dif,">0") =SUMIFS(given,pledged,">0",dif,">0") =J7-I7
    Row 8: =COUNTIFS(pledged,">0",dif,0) =SUMIFS(pledged,pledged,">0",dif,0) =SUMIFS(given,pledged,">0",dif,0) =J8-I8
    Row 10: =COUNTIFS(pledged,">0",given,">0",dif,"0",given,">0",dif,"0",given,">0",dif,"0",given,0) =SUMIFS(pledged,pledged,">0",given,0) =SUMIFS(given,pledged,">0",given,0) =J11-I11
    Row 12: (could have used sum instead, but I continued my formulas down to check my work.) =COUNTIF(pledged,">0") =SUMIFS(pledged,pledged,">0") =SUMIFS(given,pledged,">0") =J12-I12
    Row 15 =COUNTIFS(pledged,0,dif,">0") =SUMIFS(pledged,pledged,0) =SUMIFS(given,pledged,0) =J15-I15
    Row 16 =COUNTIFS(pledged,0,dif,0) =SUMIFS(pledged,pledged,0) 0 =J16-I16
    Row 17 =SUM(H15:H16) =SUM(I15:I16) =SUM(J15:J16) =SUM(K15:K16)
    Row 19 =SUM(H12,H17) =SUM(I12,I17) =SUM(J12,J17) =SUM(K12,K17)

  8. Angi says:

    Good eye Fred - you are right! Chandoo has a mistake in one of the count cell formulas.

    Those that did pledge and gave less than the pledge= 294 not 389. Subtotal for all those that pledged and underpaid is 1,073, which makes the total count = 1,200.

    Count column results:
    Pledged Count
    Exceeded 628
    Met 56
    Did give 294
    Did not give 95
    Subtotal 1,073

    Did not Pledge
    Gave 109
    Did not give 18
    Row 17 127

    Row 19 1,200

  9. diva says:

    using single cell sumproduct formulas for correct conditions

  10. Angi says:

    Sorry, should have included this in my previous post. Chandoo's formula in his cell G10 can be corrected as:
    (He left off the last condition in the solution spreadsheet.)

    Thanks, Chandoo! This was fun work 🙂

  11. diva says:

    for the explanations, since i cant upload the file
    formula in
    G7 =SUMPRODUCT(--($C$7:$C$1206>0),--($D$7:$D$1206>$C$7:$C$1206))
    H7 =SUMPRODUCT(--($C$7:$C$1206>0),--($D$7:$D$1206>$C$7:$C$1206),C7:C1206)
    I7 = =SUMPRODUCT(--($C$7:$C$1206>0),--($D$7:$D$1206>$C$7:$C$1206),D7:D1206)

    H10 =SUMPRODUCT(--($C$7:$C$1206>0),--($D$7:$D$12060),C$7:C$1206)

    other cells can be manipulated by proper conditions such as pledged > given, = given or < given etc

    can be made a bit more elegant by naming the ranges and making it trimmer

  12. Fred says:

    My H10 is


    and I got 294

  13. SteveT says:

    Were the 95 people in "Did not give" double counted? Total = 1295 as Fred said

  14. Laksiri says:

    First, "underpaid—did give" count is a miscalculation. it's simply double counted the 95 just below it (underpaid—did not give). Of course sub totals are not adding up to 1,200.

    I've done this with array formulas. Here is the link if any one interested.


    Remember to press Ctrl+Shift+Enter. Happy Excel every one...!

  15. Fred says:

    formula didn't post right...

    H10 should be

    { sumproduct ( if ( pledged > 0 , 1, 0 ), if (gave 0, 1 ,0 ) ) }

    and you get 294, then the toal would be correct at 1200

  16. Fred says:

    god darn it didn't post right...

    { sumproduct ( if ( pledged GT 0, 1, 0), if (Gave LT pledged, 1, 0) times if (gave GT zero, one, zero ) ) }

  17. Chandoo says:

    @Fred... Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I fixed it and updated the solution files too. 🙂

  18. fred says:

    Thanks for the donut! 😉

  19. Tom says:

    Great task for a Saturday morning - enjoyed doing this a lot.
    I started doing this with array formulae, but it got too tricky to debug, so I moved to using sumproduct for the sum columns. In the count columns I used an array formula with the right conditions.
    I named the ranges as did most other people, Given and Pledged, then the formulae for the pledged totals (for example) become:
    Pledged and Exceeded pledge: =SUMPRODUCT(Pledged, --((Pledged-Given)0))
    Pledged and met pledge: =SUMPRODUCT(Pledged, --((Pledged-Given)=0), --(Pledged>0))
    Pledged, underpaid but did give: =SUMPRODUCT(Pledged, --((Pledged-Given)>0), --(Pledged>0), --(Given>0))
    I'd upload the file somewhere, but I don't have a website.

    Thanks for posting the challenge!

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  21. charles jackson says:

    below is everything under the heading count




    Everything under pledged




    everything under Given




  22. cnestg8r says:

    This is for pledged but did not give. The same structure is used in each cell. This makes it easy to read.

    (GIFT[Amount Given]0)*
    (GIFT[Amount Given]=0)*
    (GIFT[Amount Pledged]))

  23. cnestg8r says:

    (GIFT[Amount Given]0)*
    (GIFT[Amount Given]=0)*
    (GIFT[Amount Pledged]))

    didn't post properly...

  24. cnestg8r says:

    one more try:

    (GIFT[Amount Given]0)*
    (GIFT[Amount Given]=0)*
    (GIFT[Amount Pledged]))}"

  25. cnestg8r says:

    {=SUM(--(GIFT[Amount Given]0)*(GIFT[Amount Given]=0)*(GIFT[Amount Pledged]))}

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