A date field requires a date (1/1/2010)
A date field occurance can be formatted to display just the year or just the month and year.
You could have two copies of the field on a report, for instance, one showing just the year, the other showing a standard date.
Thank, but I still cannot figure out how to set this up. I guess I could just put a text field with 2010 in it but would like to not have to remember to manually update it each year. I have looked around in the manual and am still at a loss for finding how to specifically set this up.
You should keep a normal date for the actual donation date. Then if you need a field for the year, then you can use a calculation of: Year ( DonationDate )
If it is only for display purposes, then you can put a copy of the DonationDate field on the layout, select it, and format the date with a custom date format of the year only. ( format menu in layout mode )