Postings Overview

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Postings are handled differently depending on whether you are using the standard or professional version of the software.

The standard version of MemberTies simply tracks a running total of dues paid. It doesn't include donations, or postings via activities or groups. You can think of every entry as being a credit (positive adjustment) to the member's account.  For more accurate tracking of payments and charges, MemberTies Professional enables you to enter both debits and credits.  The system of debits and credits enables you to maintain a zero balance when a member's account is paid in full (i.e., $50 dues charge balanced by a $50 dues payment).

For example, if a member had paid two payments of $50 each, the difference between the standard method and the professional method would look something like this:

Dues Payments

Dues Charges and Payments

Dues Payment 1: $50.00
Dues Payment 2: $50.00

Dues Charge 1: ($50.00)
Dues Payment 1: $50.00
Dues Charge 2: ($50.00)
Dues Payment 2: $50.00

Balance: $100.00

Balance: $0.00

As you can see, both versions tracked two incoming payments, but the professional version also tracked the charges. When a person was charged, their account became negative, and when the paid, the account returned to zero. (Note: If you want charges to be positive, and payments to be negative, you can change a preference to control it.)

Whose dues are due?

When it comes to Dues, everyone needs to know which members currently owe money. The answer to that question frequently comes down to the way you are tracking dues.

With the standard version, there is no way to tell simply by looking at a running balance; instead, you have to maintain the End Date on the member record.  MemberTies assumes that the End Date represents the date through which a person is "paid in full," and when the End Date is reached the member pays for another period and gets a new End Date set for some point in the future. So, to find out who owes money, you can simply search for everyone with an End Date in the past (because if their dues were paid, they would have a new End Date in the future).
With the professional version, you can look at the End Date as described above, but you can also look for anyone with a negative dues balance (if you're letting debits be negative). That's because a negative balance would mean they have been charged more than they've paid.  Likewise, anyone who has paid too much will have a credit (positive) balance.

Sending out Statements

To send out a statement requesting payment, you can run the Dues Account Statement report.  By default it will list all postings for a given member, and finish with the balance. If you run the report with criteria like:

Dues Balance < 0 (i.e., dues balance less than zero)

The report will only show members who have a negative balance.  The statement can include a tear-off remittance advice that your member can return to you with payment.

Date Posted vs Date Recognized

All postings enable you to track both the date the entry was posted, and the date you want to "recognize" the posting.  (This is also sometimes called the "effective date".)  For example, if your dues are all due on January 1st, you may want to "recognize" dues payments received in December as of January 1. So you would enter a December payment with a December posting date, but a January 1st recognized date.

That enables you to run a report using criteria like, "Date Recognized = January 1" to get everyone who has paid their January dues, regardless of when the payment arrived.

"Any" Postings Criteria

When using postings as search criteria for reports, you'll notice that there are seemingly duplicate fields like Date Posted, Amount, etc., listed under Dues, Donations, Groups, and Activities, as well as under "Any" as shown below:

If you choose the Amount criteria from "Postings (Dues)", you can only find record with Dues postings that match.  However, if you choose the Amount criteria from the Postings (Any) section, the amount can match a Dues entry, as well as a Donation, Activity, or Group posting.