The Auto Billing Date field under Membership Settings references when payment will be drafted each month as well as the start date of the membership. You can choose to start the membership on the date of sign up or a specific day of the month.
- Date of Signup: The membership will start on the date of purchase/signup and the monthly billing cycle will continue from there. No discounts are required.
- 1st of the Month: This will start the membership on the 1st day of the current month. For example, if a user purchases a membership on May 12th and the auto billing date is set to the 1st, the membership will show as starting on May 1st. Therefore, a pro-rated discount needs to be associated with the purchase so the user does not pay for the days before they signed up.
- Other Dates: The membership will start on the date selected in the current month. CivicRec does not currently allow for cross-month auto billing. Membership auto billing/start dates must reside in the same month as when the membership purchase was made. So if a user purchases a membership on May 12th, and the auto billing/start date is set to the 15th, the membership will not be active until May 15th since CivicRec cannot go back to April 15th to start the membership (cross-month).