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SignUpGenius Wins Trophies for Web Development, Video and Blog

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 05/25/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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SignUpGenius, awards, honors, Communicator AwardsCue the light-bulb shaped balloons! We’re celebrating recent awards for web development/design, video and, yes, even this blog. 

Our team truly believes the most rewarding thing is helping you organize events and volunteers successfully, but sometimes it’s nice to know we’re on the right track. SignUpGenius, American Business Awards, Stevie Awards, video

Here are the accolades we were awarded (You know, in case you want to give your genius friends more reasons to try our sign up tools): 

  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Web Applications/Services. In the past year we’ve added new tools such as a Facebook login button, profile pictures, quantity limits and revamped account page to help users sort, archive and delete sign ups.
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Content Marketing: Blog. We published 68 posts in 2015 that give you the latest SignUpGenius news, user profiles and resources to help you plan events and coordinate volunteers.
  • American Business Awards: Bronze Stevie Award for Video. We highlighted SignUpGenius user Bright Blessings, a North Carolina nonprofit that helps homeless and impoverished youth by providing birthday parties and other resources.

 Thanks for your continued support of SignUpGenius. We hope to keep topping ourselves!       


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2016 SignUpGenius Family Picnic

Posted by: Kate White on 05/20/2016 12:00 AM EDT

If you haven’t heard us say it before, the SignUpGenius groupies really love what we do. Knowing that our work at SignUpGenius is making a difference is so rewarding, and getting to work with fabulous people is icing on top of the cake.

As much as we love producing a great product together, it’s fun to get away from our screens for a bit and let loose. The SignUpGenius Family Picnic was a time to enjoy yummy food, games and prizes — and our crew had a blast.


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University Students Organize Mentoring for Next Generation

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 05/18/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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big jacks college charity mentor program at risk kidsPlanning a social event or sporting activity is no new concept to college-aged students. But when a clever and caring group of Texas-based students sought to use the power of socializing and event planning to make a difference in the lives of young children, a GENIUS idea was born.

Members of the Big Jacks mentoring group at Stephen F. Austin State University are on a mission to provide at-risk kids in the community with a sense of belonging and hope for their future. Each mentor commits to weekly meet-ups and monthly events, where he or she connects with a child in the Nacogdoches Independent School District. 

“To us, mentoring is not just showing them ‘the ropes,’ but rather, guiding them through their lives and answering the many questions they have — whether its homework, the abstract or emotionally,” says Vicente Sanchez, the group’s secretary. 

Big Jacks hosts events throughout the year where they pair “Big Jacks” — the college students — with “Little Jacks” — younger children. (If you’re wondering where the group’s name comes from, it’s after the Texas school’s mascot, the Lumberjacks.) 

at risk kids college giving back volunteering mentor programRecent events include a basketball outing at the school’s gym, and the Big Jacks try to integrate outdoor activities that get kids moving when possible.

“With more than 100 active members in our organization and nearly all of them paired with Little Jacks, you can see how amazing SignUpGenius is for us,” Sanchez says. “It's simplicity, practicality and efficiency is what constantly has us coming back. Using SignUpGenius has allowed us more time to focus on other tasks rather than trying to facilitate scheduling and other factors related to hosting events.”

SignUpGenius helps busy college students coordinate schedules easily, he says. “People can easily edit their time preferences without anyone needing to be there or without having to schedule a meeting for sign ups, and that's absolutely amazing.” 

Thanks to the Big Jacks for making a difference in the lives of children. That’s genius!


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Ready, Set, Pro: Race to this Deal

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 05/16/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Summer is fast approaching, but it may feel like you’re running a marathon with the finish line nowhere in sight. We can help! Whether you want to coordinate your school’s Field Day or your businesses’ corporate training, SignUpGenius Pro will give you the added pep in your (organizing) step.

Through June 15, 2016, we’re offering a special discount: a full year of SignUpGenius Pro for just $99.99.  With Pro, you’ll energize your planning with features such as:

  • Advanced reporting options
  • No ads on sign ups
  • Email scheduling and designs
  • Multiple admins on accounts
  • Calendaring syncing of sign ups
  • Linked sign ups through tabbing display
  • File sharing and storage
  • Custom start/stop dates

Just lean back, relax and hydrate. We’ll help you push through the finish!

 


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End the School Year with These Genius Ideas

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 05/12/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Visions of sun-kissed summer beaches are dancing through your head, but you’ve probably got a few weeks before you’ll be lying on the beach. And if you’re like most parents, those weeks will be jam-packed with activities and parties. We’ve rounded up our best resources to help you finish strong. Now if we could only help you with that daydreaming …  

Just remember, if you get overwhelmed this month, take a deep breath, close your eyes and picture yourself in the sun and sand. Ahhh.


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Jump Into Summer Planning

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 05/11/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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The summer slowdown is just around the corner, and soon you’ll be shuffling your kids to summer camps or figuring out how to keep them from uttering the eventual “I’m boooored.” Luckily for you, we’ve got hundreds of ideas to keep them entertained. After all, you can only watch Frozen so many times. 

Summer is an awesome time to kick back and make lifelong memories with your children. Try some of these ideas and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. 

 


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