What's the difference between a contact and a member?

Everyone in your Wild Apricot database is a contactA contact can be one or more of the following:

  • Member – a contact with membership assigned (i.e. belongs to a particular membership level)
  • Event attendee – anyone registered for at least one event
  • Donor – a contact who has made at least one donation
  • Plain contact – a contact with no membership, donations, or events associated with them (e.g. a newsletter subscriber)

A member is a special type of contact:

  • They are assigned to a specific membership level
  • Members can be given special access to member only pages and events.
  • They have special membership-related fields such as renewal date and member status.
  • They can be listed in a member directory.
  • They can be organized into member groups.


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