Thanks for this feedback, great idea!
An easy workaround would be to include your multiple choice question and then include an open ended question. I've used both below you show you how this would work.
Not only is it really important to non-profit organizations to be able to include a donation on the registration form - but it is really important to be able to include it as an open-ended amount. I have had several conversations with people at Constant Contact about this since 2012 and this still hasn't been able to happen. It can't be that hard! Whatever amount is filled in can simply get added to the grand total at the end, and can be paid via the same means.
How can you ask people to click on a separate PayPal button to donate (and thus navigate away from their registration form) when they're in the middle of registering for an event with a fee that will be paid via PayPal! And yet that's the only kind of "solution" that PayPal offers for this.
The one work-around that I have found (clumsy and awkward as it is) is to include contributions in the "Additional Items" category, set a unit "price" for contributions, and then instruct people via text on the registration form to select the desired MULTIPLE from the drop down to reach the amount they want to give. For example, set "Contribution" as an item at $10.00 "each", then they can select multiples of $10 from the drop down (i.e., 1, 2, 3, etc). Although that line still reads "$10" and has no subtotal, the correct total contribution amounts ($10, $20, $30, etc.) WILL display down at the bottom of the form on a line labeled Contribution.
There is another place where an open-ended field is needed -- actually -- even in the FEE area - when you want to offer admission on a "Pay what you wish" basis to an event. Currently this is not possible.
Please make this a priority in the New Year (2014) and SOLVE IT! Thanks!
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