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Check Out Our New Fall Look

Posted by: Angel Rutledge on 8/28/14 08:18 AM EST
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With all of the fun fall fashions coming out, we couldn’t resist donning a NEW STYLE of our own just for you. It’s clean. It’s simple. It’s designed with your busy lifestyle in mind. Find all of the tools and info you need to plan any fall event quickly. We can’t wait to help you look like a fabulous group organizer! 

In a hurry? Here’s a SNAPSHOT of the feature ensembles we’ve put together. 

Stocking Up on the Basics (Available for free in SignUpGenius Basic)  

75 New Sign Up Themes for Fall
Advanced Email Sending Options
Intro to SignUpGenius Flyers
Email Reporting
Increased Server Capacity 

Look Like a Pro (Available in affordable SignUpGenius Pro Subscriptions)

Attachments on Sign Ups and Emails
GeniusDrive Cloud Storage
Volunteer Hours Report
Themed Email Invites
Email Open and Click Through Tracking 



Curious to learn more? KEEP READING! 



NEW! 75 Sign Up Themessign up sheet images
We couldn’t resist showing these off earlier this month, but if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, here they are. 

NEW! Advanced Email Sending Options
You asked and we listened. Now you can send emails to multiple groups or individuals. While you’re at it, why not send multiple sign ups in one email? It's even possible to send an email that points people to an index page of all of your group's sign ups in one spot. 

NEW! Intro to SignUpGenius Flyers
When you realized SignUpGenius would do away with reply all emails, you couldn’t stop telling everyone you knew about our online sign up service. We get it. But we also know some people are a little hesitant about trying out new technology. That’s why we’ve created SignUpGenius intro flyers and welcome letters for you to share. Down with reply all emails everywhere!  

NEW! Email Reporting
Ever wonder if your emails are actually going out to people? We can help with that. Now you can see the delivery and bounce status of every email you send. Check out our new Message Center. 

NEW! Increased Server Capacity
Did you know that we send over 10 MILLION EMAILS a month here at SignUpGenius? Yikes… that’s a lot of messages to keep track of. We’ve greatly increased our server capacity to minimize delays in your email sending.

New! Attachments on Sign Ups and Emails
Provide additional information or forms that group members need for an event by including file attachments on sign ups or in emails. Group members can download files and use them as needed. 

cloud storage GeniusDrive SignUpGeniusNEW! GeniusDrive Cloud Storage
Our new GeniusDrive gives Pro users access to cloud file storage for their account. Upload documents AND images related to your event in your own GeniusDrive storage area and voila…you can add attachments to your sign ups, email them to your group members, or share them with your subadmins! How genius is that?

NEW! Volunteer Hours Report
Have you ever needed to know how many hours a volunteer signed up to serve? Our powerful volunteer hours report allows you to do that and SO MUCH MORE. Track volunteer hours across individual or multiple sign ups. You can even track hours by groups of people to find out how much time an entire family, classroom, or subcommittee volunteered.   

sign up sheet image themed emailNEW! Themed Email Invites
If you’re the kind of person who likes to coordinate her purse with her nail polish, this feature was made for you. Look like a true event organizing genius with themed emails to match your sign ups. Tres chic!  

NEW! Email Open and Click Through Tracking

Sometimes knowing an email was delivered isn't all of the information you need. You can view the open and click through rates for all email invites that you send for the times when you want to know who has seen your sign up and how often they've viewed it. email delivery tracking

All this and we’re just getting started. With a sleek and sassy new site design, SignUpGenius Mobile is feeling a bit frumpy. Watch for changes to Mobile early this fall. Didn’t see another new feature you were hoping for? Stay tuned for more upgrades in coming months.  

Through September 15th, SignUpGenius is offering upgrades from individual accounts to a Pro version for as little as $99.99 a year.  SignUpGenius Pro provides an advanced suite of features for power users that includes multiple administrator access, removal of ads, scheduled start and stop dates on sign ups, and more. UPGRADE NOW! Have a question? Be sure to drop us a line and we will be happy to help. Let the fall organizing begin! 


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Stanford University Museum Raises $250000 with the Help of SignUpGenius

Posted by: Todd Bruss on 8/25/14 03:08 PM EST
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The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University’s only museum, is a vital and dynamic institution that was founded in 1891 with the university. In the 1950’s, the need to raise funds for the museum’s collections prompted volunteers to launch Treasure Market. This renowned event is an opportunity for individuals and collectors to purchase fine furniture, china, crystal, silver, books, art works and more. 

This year Volunteer Ticket Sales Chair Janet Tang chose to simplify scheduling with the use of SignUpGenius Pro. We recently chatted with Janet to see how the process went:

How did you coordinate event sign ups before you found SignUpGenius? Painfully… [We coordinated] manually by phone and e-mail to schedule 350 people.

How would you rank the usability of the SignUpGenius Pro? What feedback have you received from others? I have received positive responses from everyone, even the individuals that are not tech-savvy.

How has utilizing the site affected your life as an organizer?  It has saved me so much time! I just set up the schedule on the site and did not have to do much of anything. I did have to help some people sign up (ones without computers or problems with computers), change time slots, or cancel sign up. All those special attention requests were less than 10, out of 350. I was happy.

Which features of the site have been most useful to you? I was able to easily create a complicated schedule and most importantly, I can have the volunteers e-mail addresses for future contact.

How did using have an impact on the people/group with whom you work?  All the department chairs thought that I was such a techy person because everything they requested I was able to say yes, I can do it. Your site was so easy to manage.

What would you like to tell others who are thinking about using  It will save so much of your time. 

The Treasure Market will net $250,000 this year alone. Find out more about how SignUpGenius can help you with your next fundraiser HERE.

And, if you need an advanced suite of features be sure to check out SignUpGenius Pro  like Tang did. You won't regret it! 


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Coming Soon...A Whole New SignUpGenius!

Posted by: Angel Rutledge on 8/20/14 01:07 PM EST
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Wouldn't it be nice to have a little less stress this fall? We want you to enjoy the events in your life, not spend so much time organizing them. Visit SignUpGenius on August 28th to see how we're about to make group organizing even easier!

Posted by Teresa Clark on Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:36 AM EST
Thank you for the feedback, Serena. We will keep you updated as new features are added. To track attendance, the custom report option may be a better option for you rather than using the hidden field. If you have questions about how to use the custom reports, please check in with the support desk and they will be happy to help!
Posted by Teresa Clark on Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:39 AM EST
No worries at all, Travis! New features will be available for any sign ups already created and existing sign ups will not be negatively impacted at all. No need to wait on creating your sign ups until the new features are implemented. :-)
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Look Who's Talking about SignUpGenius!

Posted by: Kate White on 8/15/14 08:38 AM EST
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green exclamationAt SignUpGenius it’s always so rewarding to hear from our users who have wonderful things to say about our sign up service! Check out what these users have to say: 

“We started using (SignUpGenius) last year for our school fundraiser and other school activities. Volunteerism is up significantly...And it's so much easier to organize.”
- Terri T., Silver Spring, Maryland 

“Been using your website for the past 6 months and what a time saver it has become!! I'm a Director of a non-profit charity (B.R.A.K.E.S.) and we have been using this tool to coordinate our volunteers, plus schedule a data base of 150 driving instructors from all over the country. THANK YOU for making my job easier - great website!”
- Matt R., Concord, NC 

“This is the most outstanding site I have found in my seven years as chairperson of our volunteers. Compared to using paper sign up sheets....NO COMPARISON! Not only did we get 20% more volunteers than in previous years, the whole process of scheduling, tracking and reporting was so much easier. Thank you!”
- Jan C., New Berlin, WI 

“I have never used an easier website or managed my Career Day speakers (all 185) any smoother than when I used Sign up Genius. I was skeptical about how it worked but every email I sent the support staff was answered quickly and with valuable suggestions on how to make my sign up exactly what I needed it to be. The spreadsheets are perfect. Now I tell everyone and use it for the PTSA meetings, my daughters Photography Booster and hope to use it soon with her soccer team. I love you guys for creating this amazing tool!”
- Jeanny L., Miami, FL 

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us what you are organizing this fall HERE.
To take advantage of our Fall Promotion, and learn more about SignUpGenius Pro, click HERE!


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Everyone Enjoys a New Back-to-School Look

Posted by: Kate White on 8/5/14 07:24 AM EST
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New Themes

Why let your kids have all the fun with the latest and greatest in school wear this fall? You deserve a fresh NEW LOOK for Back-to-School season, too! SignUpGenius has you “covered” with 75 brand new sign up themes to make your volunteer and event planning look easy, breezy, BEAUTIFUL this fall. Check them out below! 

Click on the thumbnails below for a preview.

Baby Girl Cookies sign up sheet
Baby Girl Cookies - See Family Category
Back to School 2 sign up sheet
Back to School 2 - See NEW THEMES Category
Back to School 3 sign up sheet
Back to School 3 - See Education Category
Ballet III sign up sheet
Ballet III - See Arts & Media Category
Basketball IV sign up sheet
Basketball IV - See NEW THEMES Category
Bride & Groom sign up sheet
Bride & Groom - See Family Category
Cast Party sign up sheet
Cast Party - See Arts & Media Category
Chicken Soup sign up sheet
Chicken Soup - See Food Category
Cooking sign up sheet
Cooking - See Food Category
Cookout 2 sign up sheet
Cookout 2 - See Family Category
County Fair sign up sheet
County Fair - See Food Category
Cupcake sign up sheet
Cupcake - See Food Category
Debate sign up sheet
Debate - See General Category
DIY Craft sign up sheet
DIY Craft - See Clubs & Groups Category
Donations sign up sheet
Donations - See Fundraising Category
Elder Care sign up sheet
Elder Care - See Family Category
Elections sign up sheet
Elections - See Clubs & Groups Category
Elementary Kids sign up sheet
Elementary Kids - See Clubs & Groups Category
Fall Decorations sign up sheet
Fall Decorations - See Fall & Fall Holidays Category
Farmers Market sign up sheet
Farmers Market - See Clubs & Groups Category
Field Trip sign up sheet
Field Trip - See Education Category
Flu Shots sign up sheet
Flu Shots - See Business Category
Food Donations sign up sheet
Food Donations - See Clubs & Groups Category
Football 6 sign up sheet
Football 6 - See NEW THEMES Category
Frisbee sign up sheet
Frisbee - See NEW THEMES Category
Girl Party sign up sheet
Girl Party - See Family Category
Give Thanks 2 sign up sheet
Give Thanks 2 - See Fall & Fall Holidays Category
Give sign up sheet
Give - See Fundraising Category
Halloween Dinner sign up sheet
Halloween Dinner - See Fall & Fall Holidays Category
Halloween Treats 2 sign up sheet
Halloween Treats 2 - See Fall & Fall Holidays Category
Highschool Kids sign up sheet
Highschool Kids - See Clubs & Groups Category
Ice Cream 2 sign up sheet
Ice Cream 2 - See Food Category
Intergenerational sign up sheet
Intergenerational - See Clubs & Groups Category
Jack O'Lantern sign up sheet
Jack O'Lantern - See Fall & Fall Holidays Category
Jewelry Making sign up sheet
Jewelry Making - See Arts & Media Category
Mexican Food sign up sheet
Mexican Food - See Food Category
Multi Sports sign up sheet
Multi Sports - See NEW THEMES Category
Performance sign up sheet
Performance - See Arts & Media Category
Potluck 2 sign up sheet
Potluck 2 - See Family Category
Preschool Kids sign up sheet
Preschool Kids - See Education Category
Schedule sign up sheet
Schedule - See Business Category
School Desk 2 sign up sheet
School Desk 2 - See Education Category
School Grades sign up sheet
School Grades - See Education Category
School Kids 2 sign up sheet
School Kids 2 - See Education Category
School Lunch 2 sign up sheet
School Lunch 2 - See Education Category
School Supplies 2 sign up sheet
School Supplies 2 - See Education Category
Scrubs sign up sheet
Scrubs - See Business Category
Sick Care sign up sheet
Sick Care - See Family Category
Snacks IV sign up sheet
Snacks IV - See Food Category
Soccer 6 sign up sheet
Soccer 6 - See NEW THEMES Category
Teamwork sign up sheet
Teamwork - See Business Category
Happy Thanksgiving 2 sign up sheet
Happy Thanksgiving 2 - See NEW THEMES Category
Thanksgiving Dinner sign up sheet
Thanksgiving Dinner - See Fall & Fall Holidays Category
Ticket Sales sign up sheet
Ticket Sales - See Arts & Media Category
Training sign up sheet
Training - See Business Category
Trick or Treat 2 sign up sheet
Trick or Treat 2 - See Fall & Fall Holidays Category
Truth sign up sheet
Truth - See NEW THEMES Category
Volunteers IV sign up sheet
Volunteers IV - See NEW THEMES Category
Volunteers V sign up sheet
Volunteers V - See NEW THEMES Category
Volunteers VI sign up sheet
Volunteers VI - See NEW THEMES Category
Vote 2 sign up sheet
Vote 2 - See Clubs & Groups Category
Wedding Invites sign up sheet
Wedding Invites - See Family Category
Wedding Reception sign up sheet
Wedding Reception - See Family Category
Wine Tasting sign up sheet
Wine Tasting - See Food Category
Hot Dogs sign up sheet
Hot Dogs - See NEW THEMES Category
Hands Young & Old sign up sheet
Hands Young & Old - See Clubs & Groups Category
Apples to Apples sign up sheet
Apples to Apples - See Education Category
Classic sign up sheet
Classic - See General Category
Classic 2 sign up sheet
Classic 2 - See General Category
Connect the Dots sign up sheet
Connect the Dots - See General Category
Swirls sign up sheet
Swirls - See General Category
Star Spangled sign up sheet
Star Spangled - See Clubs & Groups Category
Tiny Bubbles sign up sheet
Tiny Bubbles - See General Category
Wild Thing sign up sheet
Wild Thing - See General Category
Christmas Basic sign up sheet
Christmas Basic - See General Category


Back to School Special Offer

What? A whole year of SignUpGenius Pro for as little as $99? Bargain basement prices like this won’t last long. With new accessories, um, we mean, features being added all the time, you won’t want to miss a deal like this. Speaking of new features, how about Volunteer Hours Reports that let you track how much time your volunteers are serving across multiple events? Watch for it August 15th.  

Back to School Giveaway

And what would your favorite school do with an extra $3000 this year? Find out in our Back-to-School Giveaway sponsored by We’ll even add an extra $250 for you if you win. Now excuse us while we continue working on a few stunning ensemble upgrades to make your fall organizing even easier!


Posted by Lisa Waller on Thu Aug 7, 2014 3:40 PM EST
Wishing there was a Spirit Cart theme for people to help sell high school spirit items for Booster Club
Posted by Amy Tidwell on Fri Aug 8, 2014 8:17 AM EST
Thanks for the feedback, Lisa. You can upload a custom image of your own school's spirit cart to use on your sign up as well.
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Cru Collects Donations Via SignUpGenius

Posted by: Kate White on 7/23/14 08:38 AM EST
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kids at cru retreatOver the years, Campus Crusade for Christ has made a huge impact on college campuses, both in the U.S. and internationally. The organization, referred to as simply “Cru” in the United States, is on a mission to reach young people and draw them closer to Jesus Christ.

Geralyn Strange, the Conference and Event Planner for the MidSouth Regional Ministry of Cru assists in planning the annual Fall Retreat for the organization on the University of Kentucky college campus. Strange credits SignUpGenius for helping her to organize food donations from local businesses. She shares, “I solicit donations from multiple churches and Christian groups who are interested in donating food to our annual Fall Retreat. On a typical year, we host about 150 – 200 students, and we have [about 75%] of our food provided through donations.” These necessary donations help Strange keep costs low for the students attending the retreat each year.

cru fall retreatSignUpGenius gives Strange the ability to create a "wish list" with specific needs and email out the list to potential donors. Using the site has increased her efficiency and the donation success rate. Geralyn says, “[Last] year was the third year we used [SignUpGenius] to simplify the donation process for collecting food at our annual Fall Retreat. Many of our donors were familiar with the website and were the first to sign up for items.  I was able to collect food faster and have people drop things off at my home because they had the option to sign up earlier.”

"It’s a great system that meets our needs most efficiently, and I plan to use this website in the future for many events,” says Strange.

We want to thank Geralyn for sharing with us. She is making a difference in young people's lives and SignUpGenius staff is encouraged by her story! Do YOU need to to organize a wish list or event of your own? Find out more about SignUpGenius HERE. Happy Planning!  


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