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In Fluxx, the concept of an affiliation is essentially completely scrapped. Instead, all Users are more or less "Contacts" within the system (hold information related to the individual from a business point of view, i.e. contains their business email address and business phone number). In Fluxx, instead of of affiliationsuser records are directly "linked" out from the critical records that they need to be connected to (i.e. Organizations and Grant Requests). Please see the Data Structure Simplified page for information on exactly how these linkages work.


Within Fluxx, this works somewhat analogously. The Primary Contact on a Grant Request is called the Grantee Org Owner; this user is directly linked out from the Grant Request, and is often also linked out from the Program Organization (i.e. the Organization that is requesting the Grant Request) as that Organization's Primary Contact (though the Org Primary Contact and the Grantee Org Owner do NOT necessarily need to be the same people; they can be different users).

Affiliations in Fluxx

As previously mentioned, the concept of an "Affiliation" as being a separate record type from "Contacts" is completely scrapped in Fluxx. However, within Fluxx there is the concept of a person's Role on a Grantee, and in many ways this "corresponds" to the old Blackbaud concept of "Affiliations."  

Primary Contact

There is still also an affiliation created for it. So, in other words, this contact is linked to the organization in two different ways.


This is referring to internal staff. It has nothing to do with applicants. This is specially important when it comes to correspondence where staff literally means internal staff (so ... us and not them!).

Primary Investigator

This is not added by default. In forms designer, we have to add this contact type and then drag the proper fields into the application in order for this affiliation to exist.

Notes on Contacts and/or Affiliations

Always close an affiliation when someone is retired or when the request is declined or when we have no relationship with the grant any longer.

NEVER delete an affiliation, unless added by mistake. Always close.

When changing the Primary Contact, check both places, on the record type and under the affiliations list to make sure that the change is applied properlyOn every Grant and Grant Application, Fluxx has a field called the Grantee Org Owner; this is the Fluxx word for Primary Contact (/Principal Investigator as these folks are known in the PERC world). In general, this user is also tends to be the Primary Contact for the Organization Record that is linked to the Application/Grant (however, this does NOT have to be the case and sometimes those two people are different).

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Primary Evaluation Contact

This is a renaming of a Fluxx field called "Grantee Signatory" (which is supposed to be the Signer of any grant forms/agreements with the WPP, but in most cases the Signer is the Primary Contact/Principal Investigator). We only call it "Primary Evaluation Contact" on OAC Grants/Applications; on PERC Grants/Applications we've simply renamed this field to "Project Staff # 1."

Project Staff # 1 - 3

Within Fluxx, there are a total of 5 fields that can be used to link grantees back to a Grant/Application. We already discussed the first two (Grantee Org Owner and Grantee Signatory). The other three, within Fluxx, are called Related User 1, Related User 2, and Related User 3. There is no technical difference between these three users; they're simply core fields allowing multiple grantees to access/edit the same application/grant.

The WPP likes to call these Related Users Project Staff instead. Additionally, we've called Related User 3 the "Financial Contact" on both OAC and PERC Grants. This is so that if we need to reach out specifically to their financial contact, we know to include Related User 3 in the email on all grants (instead of having to manually write an email because the financial contacts are randomly spread across the three possible related user fields). Additionally, as you read above, we've re-purposes some of the Grantee Signatory fields to be an additional Related User field to make up for the "loss" of Related User 3 due to it being exclusively for Financial Contacts.

Program Lead

The Program Lead is another user field linked out from Applications and Grants. At the time of writing, this field can be found in the Internal Section under the submenu "Award Information." This is linked out to the Primary WPP Program Officer responsible for the RfP that this application came in for.

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Notes on Contacts/Affiliations

If a user no longer needs to be linked to a Grant, you can simply replace them/make blank out the specific user field through which they were linked to the Application/Grant. This will prevent them from being able to view/edit the Application/Grant and any related records (i.e. Requirements and Amendments) within their portal. However, Fluxx is smart in that the user can still be listed as having a "Relationship" with the Organization such that they can always be added back onto the Application/Grant at a later time.

To modify the organization of the linked affiliation, the affiliation has DOES NOT have to be deleted and re-created

The best way of creating the affiliation or any record type in general, is to open the lowest related record and then create the affiliation that way. This practice will take care of most linkings automatically.

If an Organization is created automatically and has the same email as the primary contact or just any contact, please delete the email from the ORGANIZATION record. This will save a hassle when we are assigning reviewers. There cannot be a reviewer portal for an email address that appears in the system in more than one place.

Staff in reminders means internal staff as wpp internal staff and has nothing to do with the applicant.

One more thing is that we can always retrieve the affiliations related to certain requests and select them all and then send a correspondence to all of them at once; the organization can simply be edited and updated. This will populate back to the linked records appropriately.

The benefit to having a full list of "Affiliations" on an Application/Grant filled out is that most of our emails point to all grantee contacts, so there's an added benefit that a group of 4 people all receiving an email have a better chance of actually reading that message and taking action than if the email were sent to just 1 grantee contact (as occurred in the old Blackbaud system).