Ability to donate during membership application/renewal or event registration
Visitors/members are not prompted to make donation while they are performing other payments (e.g. membership renewals, event registrations,etc)
Admins have the ability to enable donations to be made during event registrations, membership applications/renewals or other payments.
It can sort of be done, but it is sloppy and does not work with the donation subsystem. We did it for an event. We created the registration form. We then added a series of payment check boxes so the amounts get added in.
So if a person wanted to donate say $150 they would check the $100 and $50 boxes.
I have not tried this on the membership form, but you should be able to use the field selection type "extra charges - multiple choice" to effect this.
Not ideal and you would manually have to enter the donation stuff separately.
You could also add options for donation allocations or a text box.
We have refrained from using Wild Apricot for dues payment integration because we cannot collect and track donations & dues payments simultaneously.
We collect voluntary donations to our Student Awards Fund as members also pay their dues. If we separate these actions, this would risk a much smaller overall donation level.
In an ideal world, we could collect dues payments and make note of donations that are made above and beyond the dues amount -- with members even having the option to select where they want their donation allocated.
Thank you for your consideration,
Ann Bertini, Assistant Director for Programs
Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
When our members pay their Dues we also ask for Donations to a special student awards fund. It's my understanding that we cannot take this payment together and then have WA be able to parse out the Dues payment from the Donation, enabling us and members to track both.
This would really be a great feature for us. If we separate this fundraising effort from dues payment, it could negatively affect the amount of funds raised. We would need to be able to make a portion of the payment required (the dues) and then the donation would be optional. Right now we do this just with PayPal and keep track of everything ourselves using Excel and QuickBooks.
At the moment we are not using WA's online dues system at all.
Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Ron Selby commented
We would also like to see this feature. Like others, our present paper applications for new and renewing members allow/encourage donations.
We really really need this feature!
When our members mail in their renewal form they also have the option to donate any amount above the membership fee. Membership includes a subscription to a quarterly magazine is not tax deductible. We get lots of very generous donations this way.
Donating and renewing are separate transactions online and we do not get many donations online. We know this would greatly increase if our members could do this in one transaction.
I would also like to see this feature. We will suffer some loss of donations if it is not available.
Release 4.3 added a feature, when a user is registering for event and selects member-only registration type, system suggests to apply for membership (special button appears in the registration wizard). Can you check it and comment if it works for you or not?
Did this ever happen? I don't think this function exists in my updated version. In order to do this for an event we had this summer I had to create separate registrations - Ticket, Ticket with Individual Membership, Ticket with Family Membership. Would have been much easier if they could check off a membership box. Also, had to manually go through the list and make them members in a separate process.
Wayne Kessler commented
Would love to see this added in the near future.
A shopping cart would be a lifesaver! We frequently have folks signing up for a program, & donating or joining at the same time.
It would be great to allow members to check off a donation amount during the annual membership renewal.
No update. For now you can use workaround with extra cost fields with fixed amount (i.e. $5 or $10).
Andria Krakow commented
Any update on this issue? I am also very interested in seeing it happen. Is it a short term or long term goal for WA?
Flute Master commented
Great news. Been waiting for 3 years. We have a single large event each year. Having the ability to membership application during event registration would make lots less work for me.
As Dmitri said, we are going to make some change in the very next release 4.3 (about Oct 2011) where there will be ability to make membership application during event registration and pay for both in the same transaction.
Making donations while registering to event or applying for membership is still a weak point. We will be thinking of that as soon as we process current development queue.
Dmitry Buterin commented
@dseger - thanks, that's a good summary and this is the exact direction we are working in. Will probably ignore the approval thing for starters.
We have a similar organization as alexyaronyc. We gain most of our members by offering discounts to our conference and training events. It would be quite an advantage of our event attendees could join and register with a single payment.
That said, we would need the following:
* Simple. A shopping cart could work if the workflow is obvious for non-tech users. WA does a great job on user flow and that would be key for this as well.
* Separate accounting. The user should be able to make a single payment (single invoice), but internally, there still needs to be two invoice line items that each map to membership & event records.
* Event pricing based on cart contents. If the user includes a membership in the cart, then they can qualify for the lower priced member price for the event.
* Hum - not sure how how you would handle the above bullet if the membership requires approval but the event registration doesn't. You smart guys will figure it out ;-)Thanks - dseger
Dmitry Buterin commented
It's not a question of priority, it's a matter of this feature requiring a big redesign of some internal processes in our system - which might not be obvious at the first glance.
We are working on a design and best case it will be addressed in 4.3, which I would guesstimate for release in September-October. Even then, 4.3 would not provide the full ideal solution to what is being requested but just a first good step to improve this process.
Wes Nugent commented
It's disappointing to see this issue hasn't received higher priority on the product development wishlist/roadmap. One would think the ability to offer a combined registration form (with different subevents and registration capacities) would be a fairly common need.
It seemed like this feature could be released in early 2011, but is now delayed. A related post (http://forums.wildapricot.com/forums/308932-wishlist/suggestions/8825548-online-store-5506 ) indicates a feature like this would be included as part of a future version. If version 4.2 is scheduled for May, what's the anticipated roll-out date for v4.3 when can organizations expect this feature? I'm hopeful v4.3 is released prior to August.
Following our initial foray with registration via WA last summer, this feature was identified by our organization's Web committee as a critical need to improving and streamlining the registration process. Not only will it make registration more straightforward for the end user, it should save organizations money on payment-processing transaction fees.
We are having the same issue. I hope that you'll be able to implement a simple solution, as well. The key for us is to allow people to very simply add a donation, while they're already in the mode of sending us money to join our organization. The shopping cart would be fine, as long as the potential donor doesn't have to reenter any of their information. We want to avoid annoying people from whom were asking money!