Ko-fi Memberships and Membership Tiers

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Ko-fi Memberships lets fans support you monthly at different price points (tiers). Each Membership tier can offer supporters unique benefits like Discord roles, exclusive content or physical rewards.

Activating Memberships

Navigate to Memberships from the menu and set Membership Mode to “Membership tiers”.

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Note: The “Simple monthly donations” option will let supporters make a recurring monthly donation directly from the donation panel without joining a membership tier.

 

Adding a Tier

    1. Click Add Tier and choose a Name and a Price per Month. Your price is the minimum price, but Members can choose to pay more if they want to. 

      Note: New members are billed (and you get paid) immediately when they join the Tier and each calendar month thereafter.

    2. Add Benefits to the Membership tier to reward supporters for becoming a member. You can create your own, or choose from the list of ideas.

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    3. Add a Description and tier Image. Use the Description to introduce your tier and mention anything you want members to know about how they access benefits. 
    4. Set a Welcome Message that new members will see immediately when their first payment has completed. We will email this to them too.

      Note: You can use it to just say thanks or you could even use it to deliver your rewards by including links or codes. 

    5. Request Supporter’s Address if you plan on offering physical rewards like merch. 
    6. You can Limit the number of people who can join if benefits include one-to-one access or other limited-availability rewards like physical items. 
    7. Enable the Tier so it shows on your page. 

Tip: You can preview how an individual tier looks by clicking this mceclip3.png icon or just go to your page and choose the Memberships tab.

 

How to Accept Payment

To use Ko-fi Memberships you need to be connected to a payment provider. You can connect directly from Ko-fi Membership settings or Settings > Payment.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees for using Memberships?

Memberships is available to both Gold and Free creators

  • 5% platform fee for free members.
  • 0% platform fee for Ko-fi Gold members.

Standard transaction fees from PayPal and Stripe also apply.

When will I get paid?

When someone becomes a member, they pay you directly so you get the money instantly in your PayPal or Stripe account. No minimum balances, no waiting for payout days. PayPal and Stripe let you schedule withdrawals to your bank account if you would prefer to withdraw money on a set day of the week or month.

What benefits can I offer Members?

We’ve noticed some of these popular categories:

  1. Exclusive content - like unreleased or back-catalogue content. 
  2. Early Access - to YouTube videos, podcast episodes, chapters or photoshoots. 
  3. Behind the Scenes - access to videos, pics, tutorials or even sketchbook access.
  4. Access and Input - exclusive AMA’s, 1-2-1 lessons, polls or discord roles.
  5. Member recognition - like social shoutouts, name in credits or fan signs.

Just make sure your rewards are your own work and don't breach Ko-fi's content policy.

Can I offer Discord Roles to Members?

Yes absolutely, add Discord Access as a Membership benefit then once your tiers are set up head over to the Discord settings screen, connect your Discord Server and you will be able to select roles for each of your tiers.

How do I create content just for a specific Tier or above?
After you have created your tiers every post (Image, Blog, Video or Audio) will have an audience drop-down that includes your tier names. Simply pick the minimum tier you want to make the content available to. Members of the selected tier or any tiers above will have access to that Post.
When will Members get charged?
Members get charged immediately when they become a member and then every calendar month until cancelled.
Can I track and download information about my Members?

Memberships and monthly donations both count as Subscriptions. You can see a breakdown of your subscriptions in My Supporters and Payment History. You can download information about your members from both of these places and your dashboard shows a live total of your subscribers too.

Can I offer Memberships without rewards?
Yes, rewards are optional, but recommended in most cases.
Do Membership payments count towards my Goal?
Yes, both membership payments and recurring monthly donations count towards your Goal.
How do Members upgrade, downgrade or cancel their Membership?
Members can decide to upgrade or downgrade their membership at any time. Members can cancel or update the amount they pay by logging into Ko-fi and visiting More > Account & Billing and heading to Subscriptions.
How does VAT or Sales tax work?

Depending upon the tax rules of your territory you may need to charge VAT or GST in certain locations or for offering specific rewards. You can manage the locations and rates in the Sales Tax menu. We advise consulting a tax specialist to determine if/where taxes should be collected and remitted.

What happens to my existing monthly Subscribers?

If you have existing subscribers who are donating monthly, they will continue to be charged until you or they cancel their subscription. They will also still be able to get access to any content you previously published with an Audience of "Subscribers".

They will not automatically become a member of a tier even if you create a tier for the same price. Supporters will need to cancel their existing subscription and join one of your tiers should they wish to change from monthly donations to become a Member.

Read more about how to manage supporters and members

What if I want to change the price of a Membership tier?
Changing the price of a tier will not change the amount existing Members are paying, it will only affect the amount paid by new Members. To update the price of a tier for existing members you will need to adjust the amounts for each existing billing agreement (PayPal) or Subscription (Stripe) to reflect the new amount. We strongly advise contacting all Members to give notice prior to increasing the price of a Tier.
How do I turn off Memberships?
Just switch Membership Mode to “Off” from the Membership setup page and no new members will be able to join. Existing members will remain actively subscribed until they or you cancel their membership.