Grassroots Hosting is always looking for ways to improve and update our existing products and features. We encourage all of our clients to make suggestions and provide feedback.
It is the culmination of that amazing feedback that has led to today’s release of the updated Dues Payment system on the KofC Hosting Platform. Available on both Council and Assembly websites, the dues system allows members to quickly and easily pay their annual dues.
This update includes refined ability to control the surcharge amount, the addition of a custom message to your members, and the addition of other items/fees in addition to dues.
However, the most significant change to the dues system is the switch to Stripe’s “Checkout” payment system. This is the latest evolution of their payment platform and is the most secure and feature packed version available. Now, your members can pay with ApplePay and GooglePay!
You can now add a rich text message at the top of the dues form. This message can be formatted with bold, underlines, italics, headlines, lists, and more. By providing a council or assembly specific message you have an opportunity to speak to your members during the renewal process.
Previously, the platform only supported a fixed fee surcharge amount or no surcharge. This meant you could specify an exact dollar amount that would be added to each payment or not have a surcharge.
With this update we have added two additional options:
- Percentage – A fixed percentage will be added to every transaction
- Automatic Calculation – The form will calculate the exact surcharge to result in a net 0 fee for you. This means if your member pays $35 for dues, after Stripe processing fees your council/assembly will receive $35.
As always, the surcharge amount is displayed to your members before they checkout. However, the surcharge fields will be hidden and never shown if you select to not charge one.
One of the most requested updates to the Dues system was the ability to add additional fees to the form. With this update this is now possible. You can add either or both of these:
- Variable Amount – Ideal for donations or program funds. Your members can enter the amount they wish to contribute, or set it to zero.
- Fixed Fee Add Ons – Displayed as checkboxes, your members can choose to add them to their payment. Great for fees for name tags, initiation, or special programs.
You can have one variable amount item and up to five fixed fee items.
When setting up these additional fees you can change the labels and descriptions displayed on the form. This gives maximum clarity to your members.
Stripe Checkout = ApplePay and GooglePay
Stripe Checkout changes the payment flow process on your site and introduces new ways to pay!
Instead of entering credit card information directly into the Dues form, members click a “Proceed to Payment” button. They are then transferred to a secure checkout page directly on Stripe’s servers to complete the payment. When finished, they are brought back to your site and shown their confirmation.
Stripe Checkout is the most secure and feature packed method of payment offered by Stripe. However, the most exciting feature is the ability to accept ApplePay and GooglePay without any additional setup! That’s right! ApplePay and GooglePay are available on your council site now!
Currently this new Checkout method is only available for dues payments, but we will be updating the Events Ticket system to use is as well in the next few weeks.