Collect Dues and Event Fees Online

WordPress for Toastmasters can now help you collect club dues, thanks to a new integration with the Stripe online payment service that’s part of the RSVPMaker events scheduling plugin. Better yet, Stripe is introducing discounted transaction fees for nonprofits, and my contact told me I could invite other Toastmasters clubs to participate in the beta program.

Here’s what the payment buttons look like on the Join page of the Online Presenter Toastmasters. To see the user experience, you can post a test transaction (using a fake credit card for demo purposes).

Dues payment at Online Presenters

You can use the same mechanism to collect money for other purposes, such as fundraisers and events. The integration with Stripe online payments is a feature of the RSVPMaker plugin WordPress for Toastmasters uses for event scheduling. If you are hosting a workshop or conference for which attendees will pay a fee, RSVPMaker will record the registration and ask members to click the button to pay at the end of the process.

In the case of dues, members can also be asked to sign up for a “subscription” plan where their credit card will automatically be billed every 6 months. We’re piloting that at Online Presenters now. For new member dues payments you can put in a different price for each month of the year, reflecting how TI dues are prorated depending on when someone signs up.

Read more about how it works in the blog at RSVPMaker.com.

Stripe Beta Program for Nonprofits

Here’s what Stripe told me about their pricing for nonprofits.

We’re currently testing how we can better support US nonprofits, and we’d love to offer you our new nonprofit beta pricing of:

2.2% + 30¢ for non-AmEx transactions
3.5% for AmEx transactions

Please note that by accepting these discounted rates your organization will also be subject to any updated policies on our pricing page:

https://stripe.com/us/pricing

If you’re interested, create an account at stripe.com and then write to nonprofit@stripe.com.

You will need to provide the EIN tax ID for your club. In the case of Online Presenters, which does not have an EIN because of its international nature, I was able to provide the EIN for Toastmasters International (95-1300076), explaining we operate under that umbrella.

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