Curious…Is anyone using PayPal on their website as a means for members to pay their membership dues? If so, how is that working for you? We have considered it but believe there are additional fees involved that either the member or the Association would have to pay. For non-profits it is an additional 2.2% plus
.30 per transaction.
We don’t use it, but it’s an interesting idea. We have a pretty good track record of collecting dues, but anything that encourages folks to pay promptly is worth thinking about. Thanks for bringing up the topic.
Wisconsin Lakes doesn’t use Paypal, but I’ve used it for other institutions, including for collecting tuition payments for a non-profit community music school. My recollection is that fees tend to be a bit higher than with some other credit card processors. Your organization’s bank may be able to work with you as well to set up something so that the payments flow directly into the organization’s bank account. Most credit card servicers now are able to provide you with code for a “button” on your website that takes the user directly to a payment page. This isn’t a review against Pay Pal, just some advice to check fees – especially monthly fees if you don’t think this will get used a lot.
Working with NGOps, lakekit.net’s web services provider, a plugin is now available to utilize PayPal. Instructions are at lakekit.net -> MEMBERS ONLY -> Instructions. Members can access these instructions by logging in to lakekit.net (lakekit.net/wp-admin) with the same username and password as for the member site main administrator. I have tested this process with a trial transaction. Emily Hine (mypleasantlake.org) plans to try this plugin, but I don’t think she has done that yet.