Installments / Payment plans for events and memberships
Could Wild Apricot users offer their members an introductory trial rate for, say 30 or 7 days, followed by, say quarterly or six-monthly payments to spread the cost over the year?
That is very helpful during a recession, when many WA website users will find revenue dropping as their members cut back. To be able to spread payments looks very attractive to new prospective members: four quarterly payments of $10 is much easier on the budget than one payment of $40.
The introductory trial could be free, or at a pro-rata cost for 30 or 7 days. During the trial the member can cancel and either pay nothing (free trial) or pay just the pro-rata cost (low-cost trial). If he doesn't cancel, the next payment kicks in and is renewed automatically for each period chosen.
So a typical membership trial would look like one of these:
Free 7-day trial. Then $10 quarterly until cancelled.
$3.00 low-cost trial for 30 days. Then $20 every six months until cancelled.
Would love to see trial membership at reduced rate that can be upgraded automatically and installment payments through PayPal. People do not know what we do and a trial membership would be great. Let them join at half price for a year with most but not all bennies then to renew they would have to pay full price for renewal. I do this now but it's really screwy they way it has to be done and not very professional. Also PayPal installments will increase membership because I get my cash now and PayPal collects from the payee.
Allow Admin to set a limit on amount of Online payment to receive, before remainder is paid by check
Break an event payment into 2 parts: deposit and payment balance. Balance would have a different due date.
Ed Wayt commented
We would like installment plans for events.
Garry Swanson commented
Our community association runs a preschool program, and the tuition is paid monthly. A recurring payment on an event (a preschool class) would be great.
Walter Marussich commented
better accounting/event management so that partial payments can be made for an event.
Yes, perhaps a registration type that allows either a fixed partial payment (deposit) or a fill-in-the-blank partial payment via credit card.
Nick Howe commented
Hi there. Would like to add my voice to this request. We are also a ski club and run multiple trips each year. As others have said, we generally take an initial deposit and then up to 3 other partial payments. Would be great to have this functionality. So far we haven't gone live on Wild Apricot, but if we had this functionality the board has said we would switch over immediately.
Ellen Odart commented
Our trips are offered with payment schedules. We are only able to allow for an initial payment or a full payment. There is no way to go into the event and make further payments. Creating multiple events to handle this is unacceptable. We really need this capability to make Wild Apricot an acceptable solution for our club.
Roberta Davis commented
Multiple payments for events without having to complete address, phone and other data fields. Current behavior: event participants complete the data fields for their contact info when they register for an event. Some of our events cost so much money that we want to allow multiple monthly payments. It is not necessary for the participant to re-enter their contact info when making subsequent payments. Please streamline this process.
ReCyclery Bikes commented
My org also has the need for multi-pays/recurring payments to enable low income families to pay for a year long program or event.
My organization is a member-owned photography gallery. There are 100 members. We have annual dues, but we allow those who can't pay all at once to pay half at renewal time and half later. It would be very helpful to allow a partial payment on membership renewals.
Gary Roth commented
Recording Payments - do not auto-fill the amount due. We have members make installment payments off line (by check). Auto filling the amount due often is not noticed and the wrong amount is recorded
San Diego Flute Guild commented
We are working on developing an event which will require a payment plan.
The total cost of the event is $375.
A $100 deposit will be due at the time of registration.
The remaining $275 will be due by the registration deadline.
It would be nice to have a payment plan option for this where members could pay any amount until the registration deadline.
Need to list in the registration that a deposit of $150 is due and can be paid by paypal or check. But need another line showing the balance that is due say $1500 but can only be paid by check (offline). We need the convenience of paypal when the fee is low but saving of checks only we he fee is now high for paypal.
This is huge. I currently have to create 2 events for each event to get a deposit first that accepts paypal and then another for the balance that doesn't accept paypal. If I do it in one and tell them to only pay x$ deposit the whole invoice not can be paid by paypal.
Ability to accept partial payments via "credit card charge" for invoices
Pam Neidig commented
Could Wild Apricot develop the capability to support installment payments? We are a ski club and want to start offering our trips for sale via our website, but supporting online sales with current capabilities is rather cumbersome. I'm imagining a summary page that could be added as the final step when necessary in an event registration process where the registrant could specify the amount to pay now (with the balance remaining unpaid and to be invoiced).
My business model includes deposits...it creates a LOT of back office work because my customers are used to putting a deposit down for an event and pay the balance at the door. Financial commitment is CRUCIAL w/o them paying for the full event at one time. Hope this is something that can happen VERY soon...
Agree I would like this function also