What is a CSV anyways?

A comma-separated values (CSV) file sounds complicated but it’s actually much simpler than your typical Excel spreadsheet. It’s a database file that many programs use when you are pulling data. Unlike your usual Excel file, CSV files do not contain special formatting or formulas. In fact, it’s about as basic as you can get in a table file. That’s why databases (like Tandempark’s volunteer import tool) like CSV files so much. 

What’s the point?

Of course importing your volunteer roster with a CSV is completely optional, it can make short work of importing big lists with lots of details. Individually adding volunteers can be convenient when you just have a few new names, but when your list gets a bit longer or you have more information on your volunteer files, a CSV can make your job a lot easier. 

So how do I make one?

Creating a CSV file for your Tandempark volunteer import is really easy. All you need to do is change a setting when you save your file. Whether you’re using Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or Numbers on a Mac OS, you can create a CSV file by going to “File”,  “Save As”. In the window that appears, change the File Type setting to CSV and click “Save”. That’s it. You made your CSV file!

Ready to get started?

We've created this handy little helpsheet so you have all the tips we can think of right at your fingertips. We hope it is useful and makes building your volunteer roster quick and painless! 

You can also download a CSV template that is already formatted with all of the column the platform will currently accept below.