Late Fees on Renewals
Memberships that renew have a renewal date associated with them. If the member has not initiated the renewal after the date, automatic actions can take place, such as changing the membership status, etc. Actions can progress over days: for example at 7 days the membership might change status to Pending Renewal, and at 14 days be archived.
Along with these changes, a "overdue fee" could be added as an extra cost fee. Depending on how much time has passed since the registration date, the admin could choose to apply this charge as a flat amount. For example, if they renew within 7 days of the renewal date, there might not be a lapsed fee. But, if they renew 14 days or more after the renewal date, they may have to pay $20 late fee. This is to encourage members to renew early.
Heather Huckeba commented
I would like to see something like this, although I don't want it to seem too punitive. I want it to be more encouraging in a positive way rather than punishing in a negative way.
I was thinking that a "new" membership could be say $30 a year. As long as you renew within a set time (maybe 1 month of expiration) then "renewals" could be $25. But if you fail to renew within that time, you would basically have to pay the "new" price again. This would actually give a financial incentive to keep membership current. Right now, there's not really any "penalty" for people who fail to renew. But I would hope our members would see it more as a discount or reward for renewing, as opposed to a penalty or punishment for not renewing. Subtle difference, but I think it's important. If it's too negative, folks may just not renew.