I am running CiviCRM v.4.7.6. I am trying to import a csv file into contacts. Some of the members of the organization do not have email accounts and as a result the import rejects those records. Is there any way to import a file that has some of the required fields missing?
Email address isn't a required field unless you don't also have a last name. At present, CiviCRM requires either a last name or an email address, but not both.
Depending on how many contacts you have that don't have emails, a short-term work-around would be to:
- Put into the CSV a blatantly false email address for each contact (example: email@example.com)
- Import the contacts
- Search for the email address you used, and
- Use the Batch Update action (with a profile that has email address) to remove all of the fake email addresses at once.
This will remove the email address from each person, but still keep the contact records.