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Genius Reflection: A Season of Thankfulness

Posted by: Kate White on 11/23/2015 04:25 PM EST
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operations team at signupgeniusCindy, Dottie and Katie make up the Operations team here at SignUpGenius. Their days are filled creating processes for our growing team, fulfilling HR duties, planning the next company outing and working with vendors, but in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we asked each of them to take a moment to share about what they are most thankful for this holiday season.

Dottie: I am thankful for the beautiful autumn weather we get around Thanksgiving. We have a small farm and our animals become less stressed out as the days get cooler. This makes our schedule more relaxed, and I am thankful for that! I also enjoy getting together with family and sharing our time and memories with one another.

Cindy: I am thankful for the beauty of the changing leaves, the crisp mornings and a reason to get under a cozy blanket.  For me, Thanksgiving is a time to take advantage of the calm before the chaos and to be grounded in what really matters and all that I have to be thankful for.  Life is not always bliss, but there is always something to be thankful for and this season reminds me to appreciate those things in ways that I don’t always do. It’s also a great reason to be with my family and eat some really good food — most of it harvested from my mom’s garden. 

Katie: There is so much I love about Thanksgiving and this time of year! Of course, I love the family, food and fun of Thanksgiving. I also have been known to take advantage of shopping after Thanksgiving! Besides all of that, the cool weather and yummy treats, I am thankful that my family is healthy and able to be together and share the love we have. I also think it’s a great time to reach out in the community and spread around the good things that we have been blessed with. I have always loved learning about Thanksgiving and the traditions that go way back, and I think it is great how families today continue that in all kinds of ways. There is certainly a lot to be thankful for. 

The Operations team’s hard work is crucial to the inner workings and company culture code of SignUpGenius. Frankly, the rest of our team is VERY thankful for this phenomenal trio! 

Now it's YOUR turn. What are you thankful for? Tell us below in the comments.


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SignUpGenius Serves at Urban Ministry Center

Posted by: Kate White on 11/20/2015 05:14 PM EST
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signupgenius serves volunteers in charlotte ncAt SignUpGenius, we’re constantly inspired by the ways people use our tools to make a big difference in their communities. And it’s an important part of our mission to give back. 

Recently, our team spent time volunteering at Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, serving hundreds of cookies, water bottles and meals to those in need. Some of our team members even got their hands dirty in the Urban Ministry garden. 

Urban Ministry’s mission is to help eradicate homelessness in the city. The nonprofit’s 35-year-old soup kitchen is the oldest and largest in Charlotte. SignUpGenius was honored to serve, and we’re honored that Urban Ministry uses SignUpGenius tools to help them accomplish their worthy goals. 

Check out our video to learn more about how Urban Ministry makes a difference.


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User Spotlight: Code Blue Saratoga

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 11/09/2015 03:39 PM EST
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code blue nonprofit saratoga helping others signupgeniusThe death of a homeless woman from exposure on a frigid December night in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., jolted the resort community into action. “The local residents were shocked to learn of the largely invisible homeless (population) within the city,” says Leo Geoffrion, who joined the effort to find a solution.

With another cold spell expected in two days, local leaders gathered social agencies, churches and community groups together to create a Code Blue Shelter for emergency care during cold winter nights. “A church donated their hall, the local Red Cross came up with cots and local restaurants donated meals, but how to staff the shelter with no budget or time to hire personnel?” Geoffrion recalls. 

code blue saratoga signupgenius That’s where SignUpGenius came in. The newly formed group created 20 roles and shifts the shelter needed and promoted the sign up through nonprofits and local media. “Overnight, all slots were filled accompanied by a waiting list for future nights,” Geoffrion says, who is now the group’s web master. 

Code Blue Saratoga is approaching its third winter. Last year, it was in service 85 nights. “SignUpGenius enabled 326 different volunteers to fill a total of over 2,000 shifts ranging from setup teams, food servers, companions, clean-up and several others,” Geoffrion says. “Without the online sign up, it would have been nearly impossible to coordinate this number of volunteers via traditional telephone trees. SignUpGenius provides an interface to enable people to select volunteer slots and sign up in a very intuitive manner that everyone readily understood.” 

SignUpGenius thanks Code Blue Saratoga for making a difference and saving lives. Helping others with SignUpGenius? We want to know. Share your story today!


Posted by Addison Bridges on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:44 PM EST
how do I blog and not put it on the internet?
Posted by Betsy Lytle on Friday, November 20, 2015 9:00 PM EST
Hi Addison,

You can contact us directly by using this link: Thanks!
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A Whole New Perspective: Try Calendar View!

Posted by: Kate White on 11/06/2015 09:19 AM EST
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SignUpGenius is introducing its newest feature, Calendar View, just in time to help you manage your busy schedule during the holidays.  

What’s special about it? Calendar View will change how you look at your sign ups — literally! If you’ve ever been bogged down by events that have multiple or recurring dates, Calendar View offers a solution.

One Sign Up, Two Views:

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Sign up creators can set Calendar View as the default setting when participants arrive on their sign up. Users can easily switch back and forth between the new view and traditional List View at anytime. They can also sign up for a slot using either option. 

Check out these popular ways to use the Calendar View:

As your calendar starts to fill up this month, don’t stress! Calendar View gives you one more way to stay on track this season.


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Celebrate Simplicity this November with SignUpGenius

Posted by: Kate White on 11/05/2015 02:02 PM EST
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family celebrating thanksgiving table turkeyAs fall activities wrap up and the holidays approach, it’s no doubt November is a busy planning month for most families. That’s why SignUpGenius is here to provide helpful resources for all your organizing needs! 

Gobble, Gobble

Thanksgiving is all about family and giving thanks, but it also makes for a lot of people to coordinate. Here are some great ideas for those planning a festive party or potluck, organizing a giving campaign, coordinating the office service project and more.

Put Your Best Foot Forward!sign up thanksgiving event

SignUpGenius can help you make a great first impression — or close out your season with a bang!

Let SignUpGenius do the prep work this holiday season. After all, you’ll want to spend less time organizing and more time visiting with family and friends! What are you waiting for?


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SignUpGenius Welcomes Jooners to the Family

Posted by: Kate White on 11/02/2015 08:59 AM EST
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SignUpGenius acquires Jooners

SignUpGenius is growing! We’re excited to announce the purchase of online sign up site Jooners as of Jan. 1, 2016. 

It’s true — Jooners customers will now have access to the largest sign up site and the best customer service available. They’re in good company thanks to the more than 10 million people who visited SignUpGenius in October and made us one of the 500 most-trafficked websites in the U.S!  SignUpGenius Jooners Promo

To celebrate all of the good news, we’re offering a great deal: You can purchase your first month of SignUpGenius Pro Silver for $1.99. Hurry — the offer expires at midnight Sunday Nov. 8! 

We’re constantly thinking of ways we can serve you better and believe this purchase will give us even more opportunities to do so. Want to read more details about the acquisition? Check out our press release.

Want to introduce your genius friends or a group to SignUpGenius? Send them our Starter Kit.

Posted by Ed Sinclair on Wednesday, November 04, 2015 7:13 PM EST
I was informed that my Jooners subscription would be honored by SignUpGenius as a Silver Pro membership for the remaining time of my Jooners subscription. I was also told that I could start using that subscription now by logging in using my Jooners log in. When I do that, I can see my unpublished signup I created in Jooners but I do not have the Silver Pro level subscription I was told I would have. Here is the message from Jooners (note last sentence):

"If you have an annual subscription to Jooners, you can continue using your Jooners premium service through December 31, 2015. SignUpGenius will honor your Jooners premium subscription with a complimentary SignUpGenius Pro Silver subscription for the remainder of your Jooners subscription period. You are welcome to transition to SignUpGenius at any time between now and December 31, 2015. Simply create an account at SignUpGenius with the same email that you have been using on your Jooners account, and the Silver Pro membership will be added to your account automatically."

Please activate the Silver Pro features to my account (thebishopsschoolorchestra).

I am also confused as to what my 5 licenses for no ads allows me. Is it 5 signups per year or 5 active signups? I understand that there won't be any inappropriate ads, but I would appreciate to know your definition of inappropriate. Not only are parents receiving signups, children will be given access.

And just to give some feedback on price, If I decide to stay with a Silver Pro membership I will be paying over twice as much as I have been paying. That is very disappointing.
Posted by Teresa Clark on Friday, November 06, 2015 5:14 AM EST
Hi Ed,

Thank you so much for contacting us regarding your Jooners account. We will be happy to help you transition to a Pro account with SignUpGenius. In order to assist you most efficiently, please email our support team and we will be happy to help you transition your login information correctly and get your account set up in the way that works well for you.
You can email the support team by clicking on this link: I look forward to assisting with your account soon.
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