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SignUpGenius Serves: Packing Boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 10/21/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Operation Christmas Child, Samartian's Purse, giving, donations, shoeboxes, SignUpGenius, partners, charityChristmas came early at SignUpGenius this year. 

Our team was honored to come together this month to pack shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child campaign — and learn about the life-changing program from a shoebox recipient himself. 

Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit that is also one of SignUpGenius’ primary giving partners. Operation Christmas Child’s main packing warehouse also happens to be located in Charlotte — our hometown. 

The program provides toys, hygiene necessities, school supplies and more to children across the globe. Shoeboxes are distributed throughout the year, though efforts really ramp up around the Christmas holiday. The goal this year is to reach 12 million children. 

We’re happy to play a small part in this year’s effort!      


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Genius Hacks: Link Sign Ups Easily with Tabbing

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 10/20/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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SignUpGenius, hacks, tips, ideas, questions, FAQs, tabbing, linking sign ups, signupsYou’ve always been an overachiever, so we’re not surprised you’ve got multiple sign ups going at one time. (We really should give out badges for that.) 

Whether you’re planning a yearlong volunteer effort or organizing several different opportunities for the same group of people, it makes a lot of sense to link sign ups together so participants can more easily see all of the options available to them. 

With SignUpGenius Pro, sign up creators can do just that. If you’re into color coordinating, our Sign Up Tabbing feature is for you! 

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To get started, log into your SignUpGenius account, head to the Pro Tools tab and select “Manage Tabs.” 

If you’re new to tabbing, choose  “Add New Tab Group” and give your new group a name. From there, you’ll be able to select which sign ups you want to link together.  

Don’t worry — if you create a sign up later that you want to add, you can edit the tabbed group in the same location. (You can also delete tabs if a sign up becomes irrelevant or outdated.) 

Think about using tabbing if you’re:

Need more advice or tips? Browse our FAQs for answers to common questions or contact our award-winning customer support staff. And stay tuned for more weekly Genius Hacks this fall.   

Genius Hack: Collect money with SignUpGenius Payments.  
Genius Hack: Organize your digital calendar with SignUpGenius.
Genius Hack: Duplicate and transfer a sign up.


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Prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences with These Simple Ideas and Tips

Posted by: Kayla Rutledge on 10/18/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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parent teacher conferences, sign ups, signups, ideas, tips, organizing, schedule, plannerParent teacher conferences are an important time to connect, communicate expectations and set the tone for the rest of the school year. Whether you’re a veteran educator or parent who hasn’t been to a conference since your own decades ago, these ideas will help you prepare. 

For Teachers 

  • Create online sign ups easily with SignUpGenius’ complete how-to guide for Parent Teacher Conferences. Eliminate scheduling headaches and reduce no-show appointments.
  • Watch our webinar walking you through every step of creating an online sign up for parent teacher conferences.
  • Read how this school saved itself hundreds of phone calls using SignUpGenius scheduling tools for conferences.
  • Check out this sample sign up to see what your scheduling could look like with SignUpGenius.

For Parents 

For Extra Conference Planning Tools, Try SignUpGenius Pro 

  • Connect sign up pages for multiple classes with sign up tabbing. SAMPLE
  • Make sure everyone has an equal chance at their preferred conference time by setting a start time when your sign up will open.
  • Add attachments for any paperwork parents should bring to the conference.
  • Customize your reminder emails so that parents know

 Simplify parent teacher conferences with these planning tools and tips. It’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about this school year.   

Posted by Teresa Clark on Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:26 AM EDT
Thank you so much for writing in and I apologize for any inappropriate advertisement you received in your email/invite. We absolutely do not approve of any inappropriate advertising on our site and we have filtering in place that is supposed to prevent inappropriate ads. That being said, there is no way to absolutely guarantee that an inappropriate ad will never show on a sign up/email/invite unless you are using a Pro subscription that removes advertising from all sign ups. In other cases, if we we have someone complain about a specific advertisement, we work to pinpoint the ad and have that ad removed. If you could email our support team with a screenshot or more information regarding the ad, someone from that team will be happy to work with you to have the ad removed. Thank you for alerting us to the issue.
Posted by Betsy Lytle on Monday, October 24, 2016 12:41 PM EDT
When using the *Groups* page for group management, you may see names in the column next to the email addresses. These names are automatically added by our system when you import contacts from your address book or csv file. If one of your contacts has an account on our site associated with a name that is *different* than the name you have listed in your contacts, our system will override your entry and put the account name in that field.

If you manually enter an email address, and a user has an account with us, the name on the account associated with that email address will automatically be displayed. If the email does not have an account, no name will be displayed.

You cannot add or edit the names in this area of the site.
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Genius Hack: Collect Money with SignUpGenius Payments

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 10/11/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Genius Hack, tips, ideas, FAQS, collect money, payments, SignUpGenius, PayPalYou’ve organized your team’s soccer snacks, whipped the school’s volunteer schedule into shape and still found time to organize the annual fall work potluck. (Gold star for you!)   

Did you know there’s a way to take your events to the next level — all while you’re organizing on SignUpGenius? When you set up SignUpGenius Payments on your account you’ll be able to collect money with our simple PayPal integration directly on your sign ups. It’s great for:

  • Nonprofit, church and school fundraising
  • Group gifts for coaches, family or staff members
  • Event registration for festivals, 5Ks or professional development
  • Business services such as personal training or home tours
  • Sales for school musical tickets or spirit wear

You can get started by creating your sign up — for instance, Group Gift for Coach Taylor — and when you get to Step 4 in the sign up wizard, you turn on the “Collect Money” option in Advanced Settings. 

The first time you use Payments, you’ll be prompted to link your PayPal account to your SignUpGenius account and enter a credit/debit card. Once set up, the possibilities are endless! You will see an array of options when you click “Pay $” by your slots.

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You can collect one flat amount from everyone (such as a specified registration fee) or give people the option to pay different amounts for different items (ticket pricing that changes by seating placement option, for instance). 

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PayPal charges an industry-standard processing fee of 2.9 percent plus $0.30 cents a transaction, and SignUpGenius charges a service fee of 2.1 percent plus $0.20 cents a transaction — or 5 percent combined plus 50 cents per transaction.   

Need more advice or tips? Browse our FAQs for answers to common questions or contact our award-winning customer support staff. And stay tuned for more weekly Genius Hacks this fall.  

More Genius Hacks:
Sync Sign Ups to a Digital Calendar
Duplicate or Transfer a Sign Up   


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Genius Expert: The Most Effective Fundraisers to Help Your Group Raise More Money

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 10/07/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Justin Guinn
Software Advice Market Researcher

Fall and end-of-year fundraising is in full swing, and chances are you’re raising money for your favorite groups and causes.  

Chances are you’re also heading online for part of your giving campaign, so we reached out to Software Advice Market Researcher Justin Guinn for advice on the strategies and fundraisers most likely to help your group succeed.  

His research has appeared in publications like the New York Times, Forbes and Time magazine. Read our Q&A for his genius answers to some of your most pressing fundraising questions. 

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Justin: Our research on fundraising best practices found that the most effective small budget events are fun runs and walks. These events are typically low overhead, easy to plan and offer moderate to high revenue for fundraisers. This fundraising event is a great fit for schools, smaller nonprofits and volunteer run organizations.  

SUG: What if you’re a larger group — any events that have the best return on investment or any you would steer clear of?

Justin: We found that although they’re expensive and moderately difficult to plan, benefit concerts have the highest ROI for larger organizations. These events have a lot of moving parts: securing a venue, coordinating musicians, advertising the event and day of event management. Its a lot of work and requires some capital to get started, but the payoff can be significant, raising both funds and awareness. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we found auctions are the easiest to plan but offer the least ROI. 

SUG: How can groups encourage online giving to supplement fundraising?

Justin: Online donations have exploded onto the fundraising scene in recent years, but effectively utilizing the capability requires a detailed plan. Organizations should support their online giving by promoting it through social media and email marketing and making sure it is integrated into their overall development plan.  

SUG: What software advice would you give groups that are launching an online giving or capital campaign as part of their fundraising

Justin: For groups looking to launch an online giving campaign, you need to implement some sort of formal online giving platform. These systems offer users a wide array of features and reports to optimize the campaign. This includes customized pages for every event, donation/pledge tracking, recurring payments plans and social integration for benefactors to share pages on their own social channels. 

SUG: How can software help nonprofits and other groups be more efficient in their fundraising efforts?

Justin: The reporting features of these online giving platforms enable nonprofits to build segments and personas of their givers based on amount and frequency of donations. Nonprofits can then analyze these groups to spot trends and identify aspects to look for when trying to bring on new highly valuable benefactors. 

Thanks to Justin for sharing his research with us. Software Advice hosts research and reviews of registration software, event management comparisons and software for small businesses and nonprofits. You can find SignUpGenius’ listing here. 

SignUpGenius can help your group raise and collect money with our online sign ups and SignUpGenius Payments. Learn more on our online fundraising page.  


Posted by Property Syariah on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 3:35 AM EDT
Nice share. thanks for your information
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Genius Hack: Keep Your Digital Calendar Organized with SignUpGenius

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 10/05/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Genius Hack, SignUpGenius, ideas, tips, advice how to guide, how it works, calendar items, digital calendar, schedulingDo you need one digital spot to keep track of all your responsibilities? (After all, your volunteer opportunities and school, church and work commitments don’t schedule themselves.) 

SignUpGenius makes it simple to organize your busy schedule with a Calendar Sync feature that automatically places your sign up commitments on the digital calendar of your choice (Google Calendar, iCalendar, etc.) 

To access, all you need to do is sign into your account and click on the calendar icon next to your sign up commitments. (You’ll see this under “Items I Signed Up For.”) From there, you can choose to either add individual events to your digital calendar or all of your sign up commitments.  

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Voila! Once you choose to “sync everything,” your sign ups will automatically be added to your digital calendar now and in the future. 

Plus, if you simply want an easier way to sign up for a slot based on the date, you can use our Calendar View feature. You’ll click on the “Calendar View” button at the top right of the individual sign up page — near where slots begin. You can also toggle back to the traditional “List View” whenever you prefer. 

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If you’re creating a sign up, you can default to this view during Step 4 of the sign up wizard. Go to Advanced Settings and turn on “Show Calendar View by Default.”  

Need more advice or tips? Browse our FAQs for answers to common questions or contact our award-winning customer support staff. And stay tuned for more weekly Genius Hacks this fall. 

Posted by Cyndi Said on Monday, October 17, 2016 6:48 AM EDT
Is there a way to sync to a calendar that an entire school could use. We feel as thougj we are always sending out sign ups but families would love to see them all in one place.
Posted by Betsy Lytle on Monday, October 17, 2016 4:23 PM EDT
Hi Cyndi,
I would not recommend using the Calendar Sync option as a way for your families to access the sign ups in your account. Instead, we have a great feature called a Web Button that you can use to create an index page showing all sign ups created on your account. You can embed the web button into your organization's website, or you can simply give out the link to the index page through an email or can even put it on Facebook.

To create the Web Button, you will log into your account, go to the left side of your account page and scroll down the list of options until you see: *Goodies*. Scroll past the logo options until you see the column heading for: *Web Button Builder*. Follow the steps to build a button. You will see the code to use if you plan to embed the button into your website.

If you wish to post the index page link, and not embed a web button, please click the created button (above the code) and it will take you to the created index page. You can copy the URL in your browser, and this will be the unique link to the index page. You can post this link, or send it through an email, FB, etc.

If you add more sign ups to the account, they will be visible on the index page as well.
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