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We’ve Carved Out a Pro Deal Just for You

Posted by: Kate White on 10/05/2015 11:27 AM EDT
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Is stress from fall planning driving you batty? Fall festivals, parent teacher conferences, fundraising drives and Halloween parties are here with a vengeance. But don’t get spooked because SignUpGenius is here to help! 

If you’ve been haunted by ghastly paper sign ups and reply-all emails in the past, you’ll be relieved to know that concocting an event or volunteer sign up is easier than ever with our recent fall upgrades.

If that’s not enough, we have a real treat that will send shivers down your spine.  During October, you can upgrade to a SignUpGenius Pro account for as little as $4.99 for the first month!

We’ve worked hard to carve out the most spook-tacular Pro level services full of head-turning features such as adding multiple administrators, displaying sign ups with easy-to-view tabs, creating custom reports and using stop-and-start dates.  Need to create boo-tiful custom emails and track volunteer hours? You’ll find SignUpGenius Pro to die for.

If the black cat’s got your tongue, we know — we’re excited too. Upgrade your account by Oct. 31. There’s nothing scary about it!


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Don't Stress! Your Fall Planning Guide is Here

Posted by: Kate White on 10/01/2015 08:58 AM EDT
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fall online sign upBetween fall festivals, parent teacher conferences, soccer tournaments and end-of-year capital campaigns, the autumn planning season is humming. Looking at everything you’re coordinating, it is no surprise fall is the busiest time of year for SignUpGenius users! That’s why we’re here to streamline your communications and organizing — whether that means planning the perfect class Halloween party or rounding up your workers for the annual flu clinic. 

Have No Fear!

SignUpGenius can help you tackle even the toughest project with no worries. Just look to our planning resources for inspiration.

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All Treats, No Tricks!

We might not have candy for you, but our sign up tools are even better! SignUpGenius offers the customization and personalization needed whether you’re running the church food drive or a multi-day festival. Check out these great sign up ideas!

Don’t pull your hair out this fall when the events start piling onto your calendar. SignUpGenius will have you smiling while you work through that to-do list!

Need an extra hand this month? There’s nothing scary about getting your first month of SignUpGenius Pro half off!  Plus, watch our Facebook page for more special treats throughout October!  




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User Spotlight: Project TEACH Combines Science with Fun

Posted by: Kate White on 09/25/2015 01:14 PM EDT
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teach logoHospitals can be a lonely place for children, especially as boredom sets in from days spent staring at the same four walls. Project TEACH (Together Educating All Children in Hospitals) aims to make the hospital experience more enjoyable for pediatric patients. Started by two university students who wanted to make a difference, the organization brings volunteers together by using SignUpGenius to organize people and events. 

Student volunteers at Project TEACH provide hands-on science lessons, with a healthy dose of fun. For instance, one teaching module helps children learn about the biology of respiration as they build a model of the lung and diaphragm using balloons and plastic bottles. “The patients, their grateful families and the appreciative hospital staff are continually astounded with the energy and excitement the volunteers bring,” says Development Director Michael Shavolian.

teach demonstration scienceSince its establishment in 2013, Project TEACH’s programs have spread to 12 medical centers along the East Coast. Shavolian and his team turned to SignUpGenius to help make the process simple and effective. E-mail reminders help volunteers keep their commitments, and custom questions allow event coordinators to keep track of details such as volunteer T-shirt sizes. “Using SignUpGenius we can also keep a tab of how many volunteers we had participate in TEACH modules every year, and we can even organize the data by medical center (location) or date,” Shavolian says. “Also, since we have many events at each location every year we can duplicate an old sign up and simply adjust the date instead of creating another sign up from scratch!” 

In just two years, the group helped more than 500 children. SignUpGenius thanks Project TEACH for its commitment to helping young patients. That’s genius!

Is YOUR group using SignUpGenius to make an impact and help people? Share your story TODAY!


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$5000 Boost Awarded to One Lucky School

Posted by: Kate White on 09/22/2015 04:40 PM EDT
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Providing resources children need to succeed is important to us, so this fall we set out to give one school a serious boost in our Back-to-School Boost Giveaway. To all who entered our giveaway, THANK YOU! In our most successful contest to date, we can see that giving back to schools is important to you, too.

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We are excited to announce our WINNING SCHOOL: 

Clara Barton Elementary School
n Oxford, MA 

PTO member and parent Melissa Nowak nominated Clara Barton Elementary and her entry was chosen in a random drawing of over 20,000 entries. Nowak says she had several school needs in mind when she entered, and is excited to see them come to fruition.

Clara Barton Principal Stephen Baroni, who admits he “never wins anything,” saw his luck change this week with the news of this great reward. “Everyone at Clara Barton is so excited. The money will be put to good use,” he says. “We are planning on purchasing books for our school library, and some of the money will be put toward new playground equipment. I have wanted to buy new swings for the children for some time now. This money couldn’t have come at a better time for us. We are so grateful to SignUpGenius."

SignUpGenius matched the giveaway with $5,000 in donations divided among four additional recipients. We gave $2,500 to support schools in Liberia, and in our hometown Charlotte, we gave $1,500 to Brookstone Schools to help sponsor a child’s education, $500 to Community House Middle School’s dance program, and $500 to Sterling Elementary School’s Scholastic News initiative.

To find out more about our commitment to give back, please visit our Giving Back page.


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Special Offer EXTENDED

Posted by: Kate White on 09/16/2015 02:44 PM EDT
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So busy you missed out on our best deal of the year? Say it ain’t so! (It isn’t.) 

The last couple of weeks have been chaotic as fall activities start up and schedules shift into back-to-school mode. And while we can’t give you more time in your day, we can give you the next best thing. That’s right — we’ve extended our Pro Promotion through September 30 so that you can still get in on the most organized fall EVER! 

With your new-fangled Pro organizer abilities to customize and schedule emails, track volunteer hours, assign tasks to multiple administrators and set up flexible options for starting and stopping sign ups, you’ll be on your “A” game in no time. Oh, and did we mention Platinum users now can create unlimited sign ups without the hassle of ads? 

Upgrade to the Pro level that fits your needs best!


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LAST CHANCE to Win $5000 for Your School

Posted by: Kate White on 09/15/2015 12:13 PM EDT
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If you haven’t had the chance to enter our Back-to-School Boost Giveaway yet, what are you waiting for? In just a few clicks, you could blast your favorite school’s budget into outer space with a chance at $5000! Plus, start YOUR season off on the right foot with the chance at $250 for you. 

TODAY is the very last day to submit your nomination, so visit our Back-to-School BOOST Giveaway Page to enter!


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