One thing clients often question is the wisdom of collecting membership dues online.

Why should we give away 3% to the credit card company?

Why pay when checks don’t cost us a thing?

Why make things more difficult?

We believe the benefits of accepting dues payments online far outweigh the costs.  One of the first councils to use our payments system had excellent results.  Top amongst them were:

  • Collected more than one year of arrears from 6 members
  • Received prompt payment from several members who usually don’t pay until receiving a Knight Alert letter.
  • Reduced number of bounced checks.
  • 90% of dues were collected before January 1st, as opposed to 60% the previous year.
  • Significantly less work for the Financial Secretary and retention committee.

For this council, they found online payments were a complete success.  The reduction in workload alone justified the cost.  However, from a purely financial perspective, the amount paid in credit card fees was less than the increase in dues collected.  At the end of the day, they increased the net amount of dues deposited.

Still worried about the fees?

In their second year, the same council decided to apply a $1 surcharge to online payments.  The results were almost identical.  They collected nearly the same number of credit card payments and had the same general result but reduced the total lost to fees.

The most important reason to collect dues online is…

Making dues payments easier for younger members.

More and more of your younger members may not even have checks.  Additionally, more and more banks are charging for depositing checks and cash.  Members under 30 are more likely to have a credit card than cheques and tend to prefer online bill payments.

Ultimately, online dues collection helps your council attract and retain younger members, collect arrears, and reduce the workload on your council executive.  With our KofC Hosting Platform, you can activate the online dues payments in under 30 minutes.  We help you open your account with Stripe, and manage all the technical stuff.

Check it out today.  Rember you can try our platform free, for 30 days.

At Grassroots Hosting, your Knights of Columbus Council has two options.  Which one you choose could make a profound impact on your council for many years to come.

First, you can opt to build your own council site from the ground up.  You can make a very simple site in a matter of minutes.  However, a full featured site could take 100’s of hours of development time, and requires many different levels of expertise to design and maintain.  

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We have made a few updates to our KofC Platform!

We have updated all council sites with the Supreme Council “Everyday Heroes” video series. You will find a section on the home page featuring episodes one and two. Additionally, we have added a whole new page to every council’s site featuring all nine episodes. You can see the link at the top of each page!

Finally, we have added a new email newsletter template. With this template you can quickly tell your council’s members about the “Everyday Heroes” videos, and encourage them to share them with others!

These videos are excellent recruitment and community outreach tools. You may even want to consider sharing one each month at a council meeting!

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We are pleased to announce the official launch of our council sponsorship system.  Many of you have asked for this and we have spent the past 3 months working to develop this for you.

The system is easy to use and only takes a few minutes to activate.

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Keeping your members informed is critical to the success of your council’s programs.  You spend time creating content for your council newsletters, but do your council members get the newsletter?  How about important announcements and other council communications.

Professional and reliable email communication is an absolute must in the digital age.  Ensuring your messages are delivered to your members’ inboxes every time is more complicated than you might think.  Our new Enterprise Grade Email System helps with all of the following:

  • 99.9% Delivery to Inbox and not Spam Folder
  • Protects your personal email address from being blacklisted for sending to large numbers of recipients
  • Track deliverability, bounces, opens and clicks
  • Ensure all members authorized to send messages have the same email list (no more trying to update your own list to find old, new, and updated members!)
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We often get asked if KofC Councils really need a website.

We might be biased, but we definitely believe every Council needs a strong presence on the web.  A website helps share your message, communicate with members and the community, and is an excellent recruitment tool.

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