PCA and BMW CCA Membership Verification


September 9, 2013 by Brian Ghidinelli

In 2009 we launched our first membership verification service where any organization could upload a file of valid members or participants and validate against it using rules on their registration form. We simultaneously released our first integration to support real-time verification for Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) organizers.

Organizers no longer had to take the word of their attendees or waste time at the gate requesting a membership card. Less paperwork, shorter lines and fewer missed opportunities to collect a membership fee: all good things.

Earlier this year we wrote our second integration for our official partner Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

BMW and Porsche (photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/albionphoto/6115672193)
Today we're excited to announce new integrations with BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) and Porsche Club of America (PCA) bringing membership verification to their organizers! Everything works the same as our existing membership verification. This lets organizers force non-members to buy a membership or even block their registration altogether. This keeps certain 501(c) organizations on the right-side of the Internal Revenue Service "85% rule" requiring no more than 15% of revenue to come from non-members.

We've been beta testing these integrations for the past eight weeks and we're excited to roll them out in force. To get started using it today, here's the quick story:

Curious how long it takes something like this to gestate? We first spoke with BMW CCA about adding this capability during a trip to their Greenville, South Carolina headquarters back in 2006! Thanks goes to the leadership at the BMW CCA including Frank Patek and the board of directors and at PCA including Vu Nguyen and Manny Alban. These folks understand the challenges that organizers face on the ground in running events and helped make this happen.

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