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We have historic data that was imported from a previous system. There are some Contributions of type Member Dues that I want to change to a different Contribution Type - [Organization Name] Contribution - because the Contribution was misclassified when originally entered or imported.

But, the contribution was made before 1/1/1996. When I Edit the Contribution type a message pops up to "Please enter a date between 01/01/1996 and 12/31/2026".

Is the only way around this to go in to the back-end MySQL table for Contributions and change the type?

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Date Preferences at civicrm/admin/setting/preferences/date?reset=1 can be edited so the 'offset' is greater than 20 (years)

SO you can edit Date for activities (including contributions: receive, receipt, cancel. membership: join, start, renew. case: start, end.) and set it to have years going back further than 1996 (ie 20 years)

  • 1996 being 20 years ago makes me feel really old!
    – DaveFF
    Jun 8, 2016 at 18:25
  • Does 1966 being 50 years ago make you feel better?
    – petednz - fuzion
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:09

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