Re: Online platform and electronic payments.
From: Tom Smyth (
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:12:39 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Jim! The feature seems like it would be useful for this. It's
something we're planning on integrating into Gather. It would give
residents a link to click that would pre-fill the recipient account and
amount of the payment.

This wouldn't be as seamless as a full Paypal API integration, through
which you could automatically register the payment in the billing account.
That part will still have to be done manually if you're using
But with, you avoid the ~3% transaction fee. If you're using
their API, you can't avoid that as far as I know.

On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 2:59 PM, Jim Becker <jimbfree [at]> wrote:

> Hello,
> My name is Jim Becker and I am a resident and the meal club treasurer at
> Woodard Lane Cohousing in Olympia WA.
> We are moving to an online platform for scheduling and billing for meals
> and were wondering if any other Cohos have found an electronic payment
> system which works well and is preferably free. We are considering using
> PayPal. Does anyone have experience adapting that for a community,
> particularly in the personal (free) account mode?
> Thanks in advance for any ideas or experience you can share with us.
> Warmly,
> Jim Becker
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Tom Smyth

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