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40 Tips for Nonprofit Fundraising

40 Tips for Nonprofit Fundraising

Nonprofits rely on effective fundraising to fulfill their missions, so it is vital to build lasting relationships with donors. Position your group for success with these ideas and strategies.  Planning for Success Decide on a clear and concise message....


20 Tips to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

20 Tips to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

One in five Americans is likely to suffer from flu this year—and the cough, aches, fever and general misery can last up to two weeks. Read on for 20 tips that can keep you and your family healthy this winter. Get a flu shot....


50 Super Bowl Appetizers and Snacks

50 Super Bowl Appetizers and Snacks

Score big with your Super Bowl guests by making some of these 50 winning appetizers. Finger foods made ahead of time and arranged in a self-serving buffet spread ensure everyone — even the cook — will be watching the game from kickoff to victory....


20 Tips for Creating and Keeping a Positive Corporate Culture 

20 Tips for Creating and Keeping a Positive Corporate Culture 

The average American spends about 40 hours a week at work, but it can feel like an eternity if the office isn't a pleasant place to be. With next-generation startups offering pet-friendly workplaces and fridges stocked with coconut water, employees are more aware of office culture than ever before....


10 Signs of a Good Coach

10 Signs of a Good Coach

A talented coach brings more to the table than sports experience.  A strong leader can be a real game changer for any kid — and not just on the field. Whether you’re planning to coach or trying to find a good fit for your young athlete, here are the top 10 qualities of an effective coach....


25 Church Small Group Icebreakers and Activities

25 Church Small Group Icebreakers and Activities

Want to go a little deeper with your small group icebreakers? What sets these ideas apart is they work to create community in your group. Whether it’s by helping your members know each other better by learning names, sharing information or discovering new passages in the Bible, these ice breakers will help you go to that next level with your group....


Tips for Scheduling Client Appointments Coordinating appointments requires a high level of organization, so setting up an effective scheduling system for clients is essential. Check out these ideas to help prevent common scheduling challenges with SignUpGenius....


50 Office Party Themes, Tips and Games Word around the water cooler is that your team is hoping the next office party will be more than just a potluck and small talk.  If you've been looking for some fresh ideas for your company celebration, this list will get your creative juices flowing....


100 Icebreaker Questions for Christmas Parties 'Tis the season for Christmas and holiday parties galore! Get your guests talking with a few of these fun, funny and festive icebreaker questions.  For Work Parties Share a memorable gift-opening moment from your childhood....


30 Office Christmas Party Games Employees work hard all year long. Now it’s time to have a little fun with an office Christmas gathering. Playing games is a great way to get the holiday party started and keep the fun going....


50 Christmas Potluck Ideas Picking up a bunch of aluminum trays from your nearest fast casual chain restaurant might may sound tempting. But you could miss an opportunity to create great holiday memories by hosting a good, old-fashioned potluck....


20 Holiday Bulletin Board Ideas Bulletin boards can be valuable resources to inform, remind and encourage students and staff.  They can also simply bring a refreshing smile to your day. This holiday season, try out some festive ideas and seize the opportunity to spread Christmas cheer....


25 Christmas Party Games for Kids Kids love Christmas, but they don’t always love sitting around the house while waiting for the figgy pudding to cook. Break out these 25 games, organized by age, at your next Christmas get together and become an instant hero for both the kiddos and their parents....


51 Employee Recognition and Appreciation Award Ideas The best way to boost employee morale (and retention rates) is to make sure your staff feels valued and appreciated — and to recognize them when they go above and beyond. All you need is a little creativity, proper planning and a list of ideas to get started....


Holiday Planning Checklist Whether you are a seasoned planning pro or want to adopt some new organizing tricks this holiday season, this checklist will help you shape your holiday season for the better (and not the bitter!). This list is less about adding more to your list, and more about prioritizing for your family, leaving more time for rest and enjoyment this holiday season....


30 Hanukkah Games and Activities Wanting to add more fun (and less expense) to your Hanukkah celebration? Here are 30 games and activities that will help you focus on the miracle, the light and the sense of renewal that families everywhere want to observe during their eight nights of celebration....


Salvation Army Organizes Early to Deliver a Merry Christmas Months before happy children tear into their presents on Christmas morning, the Salvation Army springs into action.   In Winston-Salem, N.C., Volunteer and Resource Coordinator Abigail Linville begins in early fall recruiting the hundreds of volunteers needed to make the Salvation Army’s holiday efforts successful....


100 Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and money to make a difference — even small acts of kindness can help in a big way. If you want to give back on Giving Tuesday, a national day to pause the focus on holiday gift giving and contribute to nonprofits, try one of these 100 ideas....


50 Tips and Ideas for Church Musicals Church musicals are a great outlet for creative expression and building community in a church setting. Here are some ideas and tips for making your next church musical experience one that is worship-filled and enjoyable for everyone involved....


10 Ways to Maximize End-of-Year Giving Donations December 31 is a powerful motivator for charitable giving, creating opportunity for nonprofits as donors try to meet the year-end tax deadline and take advantage of deductions. Use these 10 end-of-the-year tips to help increase donations to your charity....


25 Customer Appreciation and Client Gift Ideas Going the extra mile can make the difference between keeping a client’s business and wondering what went wrong in your business relationship. Here are 25 easy ideas to express customer appreciation.  Go Local  Send Coupon Cards - These perennial favorites work great to slip into a client appreciation card....


30 Character-building Ideas and Activities for School  Teaching children to treat each other with respect is an important part of school that can make the difference in the success of your classroom. Try some of these activities, broken out by age group, to help mold student behavior throughout the year....


50 Friendsgiving Tips and Ideas Friends are the family we choose, which is why they’re the perfect candidates to help celebrate a holiday like Thanksgiving that’s all about being thankful (and stuffing our faces with delicious food). Here are 50 tips to make sure this year’s Friendsgiving is the best one yet....


Character Education Ideas, Tips and Programs Spend time in a classroom setting and it becomes clear that guidance in character development is as important as subject-matter learning. Here are character education ideas and tips to help you get an A+ in cultivating a caring and safe place for students to learn....


30 Fundraising Ideas for Scouts Looking for fresh fundraising ideas for your scouting troop beyond popcorn and cookie sales? Look for projects where scouts can feel truly invested — just make sure to clear any ideas with your council beforehand to get any approvals needed....


Top High School and Middle School Musical Ideas A lot of planning and time goes into putting on the high school musical production. This year no matter your budget, talent pool or timeline, here are some tools and tricks that are sure to make your show a huge hit.  Picking a Musical and Date Know your talent base....


25 Tips and Ideas for Organizing a Capital Campaign Capital campaigns are an effective way for nonprofit organizations and other groups to raise money they need for new or updated facilities, equipment, endowments and much more. Collecting a lot of money or pledges in a short window of time can be intimidating at first, so try these 30 tips and ideas to organize a successful capital campaign....


100 Easy Halloween Costumes for Children, Groups and Adults Want to dress up for Halloween but not spend a ton of money or time? Inspiration is closer than you’d think. Your only problem with this list of easy ideas will be deciding on which one to choose this Halloween.  For Babies­­  Spider Web­­ - Planning to carry your baby in a sling as you supervise older children?


25 Tips for College Tours The college tour experience is an important factor in deciding where you’ll spend four years of your life. Chances are, you’ve traveled a long way and spent a good bit of money just to look at this campus, so it’s important to get as much out of it as possible....


15 Best Team Parent Tips Every bit of help team parents provide allows coaches to focus on their most important job: coaching. If you’ve taken on this task for the team, try some of these ideas for a winning season.  Plan a Pre-season Meeting - Help parents and players know what to expect and get a idea of how many volunteers you will have to help determine your future activities....


75 Homecoming Planning Tips and Ideas  Donning your school’s colors for a weekend of college pride is a yearly tradition at Homecoming. Try these tips for current students and alumni alike to plan for a fun fall gathering that also has the potential to give back to your school — and make some new connections along the way....


30 Team Building Activities for Sports Connecting your players on a personal level is key to fostering team spirit. Try these 30 activities to help teammates gain trust on and off the field.  On-The-Field Team Building  Hot Dog Tag - Think classic tag, but when a player is touched, he must lie on the ground....


SignUpGenius Helps National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gear Up to Find a Cure You probably wouldn’t guess that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society organizes one of the largest cycling fundraisers in North America.   The society, with a mission to raise money to research a cure for multiple sclerosis, has held the annual two-day bike ride BP MS 150 through Texas for 32 years....


20 Sports Carpool Tips and Tricks for Parents As you begin to add sports practices and games to your calendar (especially for multiple children), it might by seem like a good time for a panic attack. Push panic aside and consider incorporating a carpool or two to lighten your scheduling load....


50 Icebreaker Activities and Questions for Scouts  Most kids who join a scout troop do so because they want to make new friends. But unfamiliar social settings make it easy to freeze up. That’s why it’s essential for the grownups in charge to plan some activities to break the ice....


50 Icebreaker Questions for Church Small Groups Icebreaker questions can provide groundwork for later conversations — both serious and fun. ("Weren't you the one whose favorite snack is raw oysters?!") Use them thoughtfully as your church small group grows closer, moving from easier questions to more probing....


100 Icebreaker Questions for College Students  As the semester begins at college campuses around the country, new activities, classes and clubs start up as well — and that means meeting a lot of new people. Here are 100 icebreaker questions designed to help students make new friends or learn more about their classmates....


25 Tips for Establishing a Good Morning Routine As families prepare for back to school, it’s time to plan for morning success. If your typical a.m. begins and ends with smiles, high-fives and time to spare, read no further and congratulate yourself on parent of the year....


100 Bulletin Board Ideas for School, Church and Work Bulletin boards are valuable pieces of real estate that can communicate important information. Make the most of this space with colorful and interesting themes for school, church or work. Here are 100 ideas to get inspired....


30 Icebreaker Activities for High School and Middle School Students Thrown into a group of teenagers who are total strangers? Whether you’re a teacher, coach or a teen trying to make new friends, these 30 icebreaker activities are sure to get students feeling more comfortable in a new situation....


100 Funny Icebreaker Questions Are you at a dinner party with people you just met? Starting a new job? On a blind date? There are many opportunities in life where you need to converse with people you don’t know very well, so here are 100 funny icebreaker questions to really get the conversation rolling!


25 Class Activities for the 2016 Summer Olympics  Whether you’re a teacher making daily lesson plans or a parent looking for something enriching to do with your kids during the waning days of summer, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are ripe for educational lessons....


35 Organization Hacks for Teachers  Teachers are some of the most creative people, but they also want to work smarter, not harder. It takes village in the teaching world, too, so here are some great teacher hacks to help save you time — and maybe a little bit of your sanity as well....


Back-to-School Checklist Getting your kids ready for a new school year can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Use these back-to-school tips to ease concerns, get organized and have your children ready when the opening bell rings on the first day....


50 Homeschool Organization Tips and Ideas  Whether you are a new homeschooling parent or a well-seasoned veteran, it’s good to periodically take a fresh look at your program’s structure, goals and organization. Use these tips to decide what’s right for your homeschool and get inspired....


SignUpGenius Powers Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-IHOP National Pancake Day Partnership  Free stacks of pancakes are a no-brainer to attract crowds, and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mid-Atlantic region takes full advantage of thousands of hungry stomachs, partnering with IHOP on National Pancake Day to raise more than $2 million over the past 12 years....


50 Church Fundraising Ideas  Church bake sales are awesome, but you might be ready to shake it up a bit and approach your church fundraising goals in a new way. Pray for the work ahead, solidify your vision and passion and try some of these ideas to shape your next fundraising campaign....


100 Icebreaker Questions For Work Whether you are at the annual company retreat or the weekly staff meeting, it often helps to break the ice before you get down to business. Here are 100 questions that will help coworkers get to know each other:  What is one important skill that you think everyone should have?


The Ultimate College Packing List College is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings, so it makes sense that there’s a lot of new items to purchase and pack before the big sendoff. Check off our list of essentials and you’ll be glad there’s one less thing to worry about come move-in weekend....


30 Tips and Ideas for Hosting a Spectacular Fourth of July Cookout  Fourth of July cookouts are an American tradition like apple pie. Give your summer soiree a little extra sizzle with these patriotic tips for food, décor and games.   Party Prep: “O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave” It takes some true bravery to be the host....


Summer Camp Packing Checklist A child's excitement about summer camp can sometimes be in equal proportion to the parent's stress over packing for summer camp! This list will help lessen your stress and pass along some good "camp wisdom" learned along the way....


60 Summer Outdoor Activities for Kids It’s a challenge for parents to keep their children entertained over the long summer break. To reduce the times you hear, “I’m bored,” you need to plan ahead. Check out these 60 outdoor activities and choose the ones that will keep your children smiling all summer long....


Tips for Running a Sports Camp or Clinic  Are you putting together a sports camp or clinic this summer? You’re sure to have a fun time helping children learn about soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball or your favorite sport. Try these tips to help with your advanced planning....


25 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance If you’re reading this, chances are you'd like some fresh ideas on balancing all the jobs you have in your life. The challenge of balancing work and home is an issue for men and women - especially if you add kids to the equation....


40 Gift Ideas for Coaches and Team Moms or Dads With games on the weekends and practices during the week, it’s a huge time commitment to be a sports coach. Even if you’re a very busy sports parent, it’s important to take a minute to say thank you to the coach at the end of the season....


Jailed Mom Tells Her Side of the Story - Part 3 Turns out this mom suffers from EOS: Extreme Organizer Stress. See her emotional interview with Dr. Lisa — and the husband who jailed her — in Episode 3 of this funny web series from SignUpGenius.


30 Activities to do with Dad on Father’s Day  Are you hoping to make this Father’s Day extra special for your dad? Here are 30 activities for you and him to do together that are sure to inspire a fun-filled, memorable day.   Activities for the Dad Who is Still a Kid at Heart Technically he’s a grownup, but here are some activities for the dad who still plays like a kid....


50 Field Day Ideas, Games and Activities  Field Day is the perfect signal that the end of the school year is near. With summer on the way, students look forward to an exciting and well-deserved break from the classroom. Here’s how to make the most of this tradition....


50 Community Service Ideas for Teen Volunteers Today’s teens participate in community service for a variety of reasons: school requirements, club participation, college resume building and a simple desire to do good. Finding service opportunities you are passionate about is vital to the experience, especially if you want to nurture a lifelong love for giving back....


25 Church Potluck Tips Did you know the word "potluck" originated in 1592, describing an unplanned meal — the "luck of the pot?” But for those organizing a group meal in this century, it's wise to do a little thinking ahead. Here are some tips for organizing a church potluck that will help you pull off a great community-building event at your church....


30 Tips and Ideas for High School Graduation Parties Graduating from high school is a milestone event and throwing a party is a great way to highlight your teen’s big achievement. Here are helpful tips to ensure everyone has a great time celebrating.   Phase One:


Summer Reading Programs Tips and Themes A summer reading program is a great way to promote growth and literary skills through the vacation months. Whether school, the library or another group sets it up, here are some tips for making the most of your program....


15 Movies to Watch with Mom on Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and you know what she wants most — to spend an evening with you. So pop some popcorn, grab the cozy blankets and cuddle up with mom with one of these fun flicks and some much-needed quality time....


30 Bridal Shower Games  Bridal showers are one of the fun traditions that come after the ring but before vows. If you are hosting one, here are some fun games and activity ideas that will help make the bridal shower an event to remember!  For a “Ladies-Only” Bridal Shower  The Beautiful Bride - This is a fun game to play as the party gets started....


25 Job Interview Etiquette Tips  Searching for a job? You’ll want to put your best foot forward and hope your potential employer wants to start seeing you on a regular basis! Here are 25 helpful interview etiquette tips to keep in mind when you set off on your job-seeking journey....


Church Confirmation Tips, Etiquette and Gift Ideas  Church confirmation is a chance for children to take a big step toward becoming full-fledged members of the church and affirm their faith. Whether you’re teaching a confirmation class, parenting a confirmation candidate or attending a confirmation ceremony as a guest, here are several tips to help you navigate the process smoothly....


15 Passover Games and Activities  Passover (Pesach) is a time of traditions and remembrance, but for children, adding a new activity to enhance the stories, songs and symbolism of Passover can make memories to look forward to each year. Try one or more of these games or activities at your celebration....


50 Top Parenting Hacks Want to make the toughest job you will ever have a little bit easier? Try these 50 top parenting hacks to help you solve the common problems of parenting with a little creative thinking. Hacks for Raising Independent Children If you have a child who insists she can do things “all by myself!


25 Baby Shower Games An entertaining game is a great way for guests to interact and feel a part of the festivities. Your baby shower is sure to please both the mom-to-be and your guests by playing some of these 25 fun games. Let’s get your party started!


50 Low-Cost Volunteer Appreciation Gifts and Ideas Volunteers do spectacular work in our communities every day, and even a small gesture of appreciation goes a long way. Give your volunteers a little love this year with these 50 low-cost ideas. PDA (Public Displays of “Appreciation”) Showcase your volunteers as a great example to others....


30 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Coworkers and Bosses In the ideal office environment, each working member would eat, drink and breathe teamwork. However, if you go to work each day with other human beings, it’s much more likely you’ve experienced at least a few conflicts....


Persistence and Planning Pay off for Inclusive Wisconsin Playground Building an all-inclusive playground in Franklin, Wisconsin, was a journey for Kayla’s Krew. When 8-year-old Kayla Runte succumbed to complications from cerebral palsy in 2012, friends and family decided to launch the charity and build a playground she could have enjoyed as a tribute to her life....


22 Tips for College Students to Stress Less College students feel more than their share of stress balancing classes, dorm life, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and social lives. While you can’t erase stress completely, you can fight it on two fronts, taking measures to avoid or minimize stress and developing coping skills to help you relax when college life becomes too stressful....


30 After Prom Party Tips and Ideas At many schools, after prom parties have become as important as — if not more important than — the prom itself. Whether you’re hoping to establish a new post-prom tradition at your child’s school, or just looking for ways to make the school’s post-prom party even better, here are some tips for organizing an after-affair to remember....


25 Easter Games and Activities Think outside the basket this Easter when planning your celebration. While Easter Sunday holds many traditions, it's never a bad idea to add something new — especially if it adds fun. Here are 25 games and activities to help you go beyond the chocolate bunnies and egg hunts to usher in a whole new level of springtime fun!


Tips for Organizing a 5K, 10K or Fun Run Planning a 5K, 10K, fun run or other race is a rewarding experience. The events raise money and bring awareness to your nonprofit organization or favorite cause — but they take a lot of effort to coordinate. Keep these tips in mind the next time you're organizing a race and you’ll feel confident when the starting gun goes off....


10 Ways to Improve Employee Training and Development Programs Employees who value training programs are the ones you want because it means they are always seeking ways to improve themselves and learn new skills in this rapidly changing world. If you’re looking to attract and retain the very best, it’s worth it to invest in training and development....


30 Team Building Activities for Teens, Families and Couples Team-building activities utilize our love of healthy competition and creative problem solving but also add the benefit of bringing the members of a team or family closer as they work together. Here are 30 team-building activities that will get your people collaborating and having fun at the same time....


25 Icebreaker Activities for Adults You’re in charge of getting a bunch of adults to break the ice — and just the thought makes you break a sweat. Let’s face it: Adults aren’t always great at making friends with each other. Thankfully, this fresh list of adult icebreakers will help you navigate both formal class settings and informal social functions....


One Young Boy Inspires a Community Effort to 'Be a Good Cookie' It was supposed to be a lucky date, 11/11/11, but it turned out to be the day the Dang family’s world changed. Their infant son, Carter, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that starts in early nerve cells....


100 Ways to Say I Love You on Valentine's Day There are so many people that you care about, so say “I Love You” to all of them on Valentine’s Day! Here are 100 creative ways to show them how much you care.  Saying “I Love You” to Your Children   Make them heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast....


50 Ways to Go Green Contrary to the lyrics sung by my favorite muppet, Kermit the Frog, it IS easy being green. There are plenty of small ways you can make a big impact on the environment, so be sure to add “going green” to your list of yearly goals....


20 Creative Children’s Birthday Party Games Gearing up for your child’s birthday party isn’t complete without planning a few games. They are a great way to get the little ones to interact, while providing lots of entertainment....


50 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Accomplish Why do so many New Year’s Resolutions seem like punishments? Lose weight, spend less, exercise at least one hour every day. No wonder most of us have given up on our January 1st goals by April! The best New Year’s resolutions are aimed at making our lives better — more joyful....


40 Fun Holiday Party Themes If you’re planning a holiday party and hoping for ho-ho-ho instead of ho-hum, then plan a theme party! The more focused you are the better. Get started with one of these 40 holiday themes to spark your party planning....


100 Creative Ideas for Your Elf on the Shelf Is your Elf on the Shelf hanging out on the same old lampshade, picture frame or kitchen cabinet year after year? Well, it’s time to spruce up the holidays with our family-friendly Elf on the Shelf ideas. Skim through the list to see ideas categorized by “Elfish Personality Type....


30 Thoughtful Hanukkah Gifts   With eight days of celebrating ahead, buying Hanukkah gifts doesn't have to be a daunting task. Let this principle guide you this year: Get something fun or useful that the people wouldn’t normally get themselves. You’ll be one step closer to a Happy Hanukkah!


35 Easy Holiday Gift Ideas for Co-workers The holidays are here, and you need office gifts that are inexpensive, similar and appropriate for the work environment. Not to worry! Even if you found this post in a last-minute search, we made a list (and checked it twice), so we bet you’ll find something nice....


Tips and Ideas for Organizing a Holiday Angel Tree Looking for a way to give back during the holidays? Angel Tree programs are a popular way to help those less fortunate. An Angel Tree looks a lot like other Christmas trees, but instead of traditional ornaments, it is decorated with nametags that bear gift requests from sponsored families....


20 Ideas for Planning a Memorable Office Party While “fun” and “office party” might not quite go together like peanut butter and jelly, there actually are ways to make your work soiree creative and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, holiday or milestone or just giving your staff the attaboy they’ve earned, proper planning is all you need to get started and host a memorable event....


20 Thanksgiving Day Games for the Whole Family It’s almost Thanksgiving — the classic American holiday that brings families together for sharing and eating (and more eating). But the day’s festivities don’t have to be all about food. Encourage your fellow family members to get their bodies and brains moving after the big feast with a couple of these fun games....


25 Fun Thanksgiving School Activities for Children Handprint turkeys and paper pilgrim hats are great, but once your kids have made them for a few years in a row, they want something new and different to do at their school Thanksgiving party. Here are some fresh ideas that’ll keep the kids interested and learning — in every school subject area....


25 Easy Team Meal Ideas Congratulations — your child made the team! Whether your daughter made the varsity soccer team or your son is playing his first season of tee-ball, all sports contain the same main ingredients:


30 Halloween Games and Activities During the month of October, people everywhere find themselves gearing up for festive neighborhood events, class parties and church youth group functions. This year, SignUpGenius is here to help you add the perfect dose of fun with our list of family-friendly Halloween games....


30 Fundraisers for High School Students Your teen has outgrown selling Girl Scout cookies or popcorn in front of the local hardware store, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still trying to raise money for a good cause....


Carpool Tips and Tricks Parents spend hours behind the wheel chauffeuring their children back and forth to school, sport practices and afterschool activities. Throw in multiple children, and it can be difficult to get everyone where they need to be on time....


50 Tips for Organizing Volunteers Whether you are a nonprofit director, a PTO president or a team leader at work planning a community service project, you will be charged with recruiting, organizing and recognizing volunteers....


College Care Package Tips and Ideas Your baby-adult is off to college, but you can still be a rock star parent from afar by sending a care package. Unlike showing up unexpectedly for the weekend, a surprise care package will make you popular with your child — and their friends....


Dos and Don’ts for Kindergarten Parent Teacher Conferences Did your child start kindergarten this year? Congratulations! Before long, you will likely be asked to participate in a conference with your child’s teacher. School conferences typically occur in the fall and are a way for parents and teachers to connect....


Parent Teacher Conference Checklist A parent teacher conference is an excellent opportunity to communicate with your child’s teacher! Conference communication should flow both ways, be sure to ask questions and provide pertinent information about your child to the teacher....


NC PTA Organizes Volunteers for National PTA Convention With 1,500 attendees from all 54 state congresses converging at the 2015 National PTA Convention and Expo, state host chapter North Carolina PTA had its work cut out for it....


25 Questions for College Reps Choosing a college is exciting, but it can also be an overwhelming decision! Here are 25 questions to ask a college rep that will help determine if his/her school is the right fit for you.  Academic Questions   Which majors are the most popular?


25 Tips for a Successful Book Fair Step aside, bake sales! Book fairs are fantastic fundraisers and can be just as fun for kids (without rotting teeth or ruining parents’ diets). While putting on a book fair is no small feat, proper planning and a list of mighty volunteers will ensure a fundraiser that’s sure to be a hit....


25 Icebreaker Activities for Any Group Planning a group event or meeting? Avoid the awkward silence and add an element of fun with one or more of these icebreaker activities!  Fact Finding Missions  1. Two Truths and a Lie Participants list three things about themselves, two are true, and one is a lie....


75 Spirit Day Ideas Spirit days are a great way for schools to shake up the monotony of the year. However, picking a difficult theme can mean (uh-oh) only three students dress up and participate....


100 Bulletin Board Ideas Bulletin boards can be a great way to creatively communicate an idea in a classroom or school. But if you’re tired of the same old ideas, here are 100 unique bulletin board ideas that are sure to get the creative juices flowing!


50 Back-to-School Tips for Teachers Finishing off a relaxing summer to gear up for the arrival of the next class of students can be stressful for many teachers. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, craft your game plan for success with our 50 back-to-school tips....


50 College Freshmen Tips Starting college is an exciting time full of possibilities to try new things. Here's how to ace “Independent Living 101,” including a list of hacks and advice for college freshmen — and their parents. Class and Study Tips Your studies:


100 Concession Stand Ideas There’s something almost magical about smearing grease paint under your eyes and going hoarse from cheering for your favorite sports team. And we all know that cheering isn’t possible until your fans settle those cravings for concessions!


Top 10 Reasons to Coach Youth Sports There are plenty of reasons not to coach youth sports these days: crazy parents, long hours, and little to no pay, to name a few. But there are also a lot of great incentives to being involved. If any of these resonate with you, then you are in it for the right reason!


30 Icebreakers for Youth Groups Icebreakers can ease everyone into interacting with each other and create some great memories..."Remember when we had to screech like Pterodactyls?" In a youth group setting, that's a great way to start building the spiritual community your students are craving....


Church Volunteer Scheduling Tips Volunteers are an essential part of church ministry, making events and Sunday mornings run seamlessly. Here are some time-tested tips to help you fill those important spots in your church volunteer schedule. 


Animal Shelter Simplifies Program Registration A visit to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia (AWLA) often provides a surprising sight for new visitors. During youth program times, local children read and watch movies with shelter animals. This is not uncommon at the AWLA....


20 Creative Fundraiser Ideas for Elementary Schools Season after season school groups are challenged to find new fundraiser ideas that build excitement and support. Here are 20 fundraising activities geared toward the elementary school crowd to make things more profitable while also being fresh and FUN for those involved!


25 Things a Kindergarten Parent Should Know Most children, along with their parents, feel a little jumpy on the first days of kindergarten. Banish first day jitters with these 25 ways to prep for the new adventure of your child starting school!  Meet New Faces  1....


Class Trip Planning Tips Field trips are a highlight of a child's school year. With some careful planning they can be a highlight for you, too. Use these trip-planning tips to eliminate the element of surprise and help tame the would-be chaos on your next outing....


100 Summer Craft Ideas for Kids The kids are excited to be out of school, but it won’t be long before you get the first “I’m bored!” Crafts can be calming, and they teach children to focus. Head to the store with (or without) the kiddos to stock up on some supplies....


25 Fun Ways to Celebrate the End of the School Year Usher in the summer season with some fun and memorable activities your kids will love. Choose from these 25 ideas to find the perfect ones that work for your family.  1....


10 Planning Tips for Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School often evokes memories of silly songs and popsicle stick crosses, but behind all the fun was a group of faithful adults doing lots of planning. If you’re in the thick of planning VBS, remember these key tips to keep you on track....


Top 10 Fitness Tips for Busy Parents Between soccer practices, dinner prep, loads (and loads) of laundry, work meetings, and the occasional doctors visit, finding time to fit in exercise—and do even the smallest things to stay healthy—can be a real challenge for parents....


50 Unique Wedding Gift Ideas Sure, you can go straight to the bride and groom’s wedding registry to find them a wedding gift, but what’s the fun in that? These unique wedding gift ideas are out-of-the-box and creative. You’re sure to find a wedding gift to fit the new Mr....


100 Would You Rather Questions Questions are a good way to get to know people and provoke interesting conversation. Here are 100 that are sure to add spark to any social gathering.  Would you rather go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great-great grandchildren?


25 Church Volunteer Appreciation Ideas Making time for volunteer appreciation events within a church encourages a spirit of “volunteerism.” Check out this unique list of appreciation ideas, organized by small or large efforts. Holiday Baskets – Give a basket of holiday foods and festive decorations for your volunteers’ Thanksgiving or Christmas tables....


25 Summer Jobs for Teens Thinking outside the box is the key to devising a summer job that sets you apart from the rest of the teenage job-seeking crowd. If being your own boss sounds appealing, here are a few ideas that, with the help of an organizing tool like SignUpGenius, will offer you great earning potential....


20 Team Building Exercises for Youth Sports There is no “I” in team. But getting everyone to work together takes a lot more than a pep talk. Try one of these team-building exercises to get your group of many to work as one....


35 Useful and Unique Gifts for New Moms If you’re trying to figure out the perfect gift for the new mama in your life, you have come to the right place. Go beyond the normal gifts of receiving blankets and diapers with these useful and unique gift ideas that are sure to please....


Top 10 Qualities of Good Bible Study Leaders Recruiting leaders for a Bible study can seem a daunting task.  Here are the top ten qualities to keep in mind as you begin your search.  Good leaders are contagious - Look for those whose interest in the Bible is contagious....


50 Icebreaker Questions for Work Looking for fun and insightful ways to get to know your co-workers? Try asking icebreaker questions in the next meeting, training session or work retreat. Here are 50 conversation starters.  1.  


30 Unique Fundraiser Ideas for College Groups Fundraising can consume an organization, leaving little energy for members to pursue the group’s true purpose. With these creative fundraising ideas categorized from low to high effort levels, you’ll save your group time and look like a genius!


20 Easter Traditions for Families Cherished traditions are what keep a family together. Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate family, create lifelong memories, and build on those traditions. Here are 20 fun ways for your family to start and carry on some special family times for years to come....


30 Team Building Activities for Companies Large and Small Fostering a positive corporate culture takes time and energy, but it’s worth the effort. Use these ideas to boost morale and create a positive work environment.  3 Tips to Get Started:  Consider your goal....


30 Potluck Themes for Work Events An office potluck is a great way to change up monotonous lunchtime routines. Choose one of these unique party themes and


22 Top Tips to Increase Volunteer Support and Retention The value of volunteer service in the US was worth an estimated $173 billion in 2013 and grows each year! (SOURCE) Ensure you’re making the most of this amazing resource by putting these tips to good use....


All Pro Dad Uses SignUpGenius to Bring Families Together Found in 46 states nationwide, the All Pro Dad program inspires fathers to be champions in their homes and equips them to love and lead their children well. James Sciandra, dad of 4 (with another on the way!


30 Seussisms to Inspire You Did you know Dr. Seuss was challenged to write Green Eggs and Ham using only 50 words? Now we challenge you to enjoy our favorite quotes from the famous author!  Today you are you! That is truer than true!


30 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Game Ideas A group of kids, young or old, can always be re-energized with a fun activity or game. Try one of these unique games, perfect for scouts of ANY age!


10 Ways to Be a Great Youth Leader Have you been asked to lead the youth group, coach a team, or teach that class? Not sure you have what it takes? Of course you do! Here are 10 ways to help you succeed.  1.  Have a plan, but remain flexible....


100 Ways to Say I Love You Looking for creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the perfect gift, romantic gesture, or date with your significant other? Browse our 100 fun and memorable ways to show your love for that certain special person in your life - with 50 ideas for her and 50 ideas for him....


Tips to Make Reading Fun for Your Child Not sure how you can help your child find enjoyment in reading? Education expert and Brightly blogger Melissa Taylor writes, “For some kids, reading is like doing the hokey pokey upside down underwater in a clown suit....


30 Simple Gifts for Kids We’ve all been there: you need fresh gift ideas for your child’s upcoming birthday or the holidays. While cash and gift cards are appropriate at times, they can lack significance....


20 Time Saving Tips for New Moms It’s amazing how such a teeny human being can demand such a large amount of your time and attention. On some days, even personal hygiene will be sacrificed to care for your new little one (or to squeeze in a nap).  Here are some great time saving tips for new moms....


20 Service Ideas for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Americans across the country come together for a National Day of Service, held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Join forces with your family, friends, or a local organization and try one of these 20 day of service ideas!


15 Tips for a Healthier You in the New Year Kick off the New Year with a pledge to get healthier, more fit, and happier! We have 15 tips to start you on your way.  1. Stretch Like A Cat  A few stretching exercises when you wake up will boost blood circulation, ease back pain, and give you a greater range of motion....


100 Fundraising Ideas Looking for a fresh idea to raise money for your favorite non-profit group, school, sports team, or church mission? Try one or more of these 100 ideas to help your organization reach its money-making potential.  1....


40 Unique Youth Group Fundraising Ideas Looking for new ways to raise money for your youth group ministry? Use these ideas to spark your creative genius!  Help Squad. List available youth services such as raking, child care, cleaning, dog walking, or something more specific....


15 Holiday Potluck Tips The holidays are here, and it’s time to get planning.  Check out these tips so your potluck party is fun for everyone, including yourself! Invitations Create excitement about your party!


Top 10 Fundraising Tips No longer feel overwhelmed with fundraising stress. Maximize your money-making efforts with these top 10 fundraising tips!  1. Utilize Online Fundraising - Connect with more potential donors by offering online fundraising opportunities....


School Class Party Tips and Ideas When it comes to organizing school parties, you’ll want to bring your “A game.” These tips will make class party planning fun and easy!  Setting the scene  You will be limited on both time and space so concentrate on setting up a central area theme – such as the food table....


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Church Festival Planning Made Easy With Online Sign Ups Planning a festival is no small feat. No one knows this challenge better then Volunteer Coordinator, Jan C., who helps to organize the annual Family FunFest at St....


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10 Must-Ask Questions for Parent Teacher Conferences It’s that time of year again! Parent teacher conferences offer a great opportunity to forge a partnership with your child’s teacher and receive important feedback. To maximize the one-on-one time, try asking these top ten questions....


60 Room Mom Tips Use these valuable tips to serve as the perfect liaison between your child’s teacher, class parents and the PTA! 


How to Plan a Book Fair You’ve agreed to plan the book fair this year? Have no fear! Using SignUpGenius to manage volunteer recruitment and schedule shifts for multiple days can help to reduce your stress level. Below is a step-by-step guide to coordinating a fun, well-organized book fair....


15 Back-to-School Fundraising Ideas Selecting a fundraiser for your school can be a challenge. There are so many ideas! But some are better than others in rallying parents and the business community to support your school. Here’s our list of the 15 top fundraising ideas for schools....


20 Winning Tailgating Tips Fall is here, the kids are in school, and best of all, it’s tailgating season! Here are some great tips for keeping food fresh and the party festive.  Plus, SignUpGenius saves time and makes it simple for you to organize your tailgating crew....


20 Tips for Team Parents to Have a Successful Sports Season Being a team parent is a great way to get involved with your child’s team as well as meet new people. With this checklist of tips, you can stay one step ahead of the game, and you’ll help your team have a positive season....


10 College Survival Tips As a freshman in college, you want to make the most of your college experience. Follow these tips to make every moment count!  Learn the lay of the land. Explore your new home! Go to college orientations and familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of campus life....


SignUpGenius Helps Stanford University Museum Raise $250,000 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


30 Back-to-School Organizing Tips The beginning of a new school year is always a hectic time. But, with a little strategic planning and our 30 organizational tips, teachers can start the year calm, cool, and organized.  1. Begin your classroom arrangement with large items of furniture such as large tables, bookcases, and file cabinets, because their placement will likely remain for the entire year....


20 Easy Fundraising Tips for Colleges and Organizations OMG! You’re the one in charge of the fundraising this year? Not to worry! We've got some tips that will help you and your college organization coordinate, communicate, and DOMINATE the fundraising scene this year! Check out these tips below, so you can make this look easy....


20 Healthy Sports Recovery Tips No matter how much you try to prevent sports injuries, they will still occur. These tips for recovery and prevention will help you maneuver a young athlete through a sports-related injury, during and after. 1....


10 Leadership Tips Leading a group that has come together with a shared purpose to reach a set of goals can be a very rewarding experience. Here are 10 tips for group leaders that will help your team to be cohesive and effective.  Establish a Common Goal  What is the purpose of the group?


65 Youth Retreat Planning Ideas Youth retreats are wonderful opportunities for young people to learn, bond, and grow in their faith. Here are 65 ways to help you plan an impactful youth retreat. 


50 Kid Friendly Volunteering Ideas We all know it’s important to get involved with our communities, and especially to teach children the value of volunteering at a young age. Introduce the concept of giving back to your little ones with one or more of these 50 kid friendly volunteering ideas!


100 Getting to Know You Questions Working with a group of new people and need some conversation starters? Break the ice and get to know people better by selecting several of these get-to-know-you questions. Who is your hero?


20 Church Volunteer Management Tips Volunteers are a vital part of any church. Organizing volunteers to serve the countless needs can be an overwhelming task. Smart planning and proper executing of church activities will yield the most productive results....


40 Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Mother’s Day is around the corner, and while Mom may be dreaming of a far-off getaway, a thoughtful gift from her family is sure to warm her heart. Show Mom how much you appreciate her with one of these heart-felt gestures that won’t break the bank....


50 Teacher Appreciation Ideas Schools across America take the time to celebrate teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. The first full week in May has been designated a time to honor teachers for their passion, hard work and dedication to educating children....


Top 10 Ways to Thank a Coach Your child's coach deserves to be thanked for sacrificing time and energy to help kids. Perhaps you would like to express your gratitude before the end-of-the-year party in a way that is unique and truly meaningful. The following gestures will make your coach smile!


Cru Accepts Food Donations Via SignUpGenius Over 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....


15 Organizational Tips for College Students College life involves a ton of academic responsibilities topped off with a huge dose of social activities. It’s challenging to balance work and fun. Get and stay organized so you are able to meet all of your academic obligations and have time for your friends....


Organizing Girl Scout Cookie Booths Made Easy Each year Girl Scout groups are encouraged to learn valuable life skills while having fun supporting their community. One of the most fun and rewarding traditions is one we all know and love – selling cookies! This delicious fundraiser dates back to the 1920’s, but nowadays setting up cookie booth locations can be an organizational nightmare without the right tools....


50 Creative Potluck Themes Potlucks are a fun and easy way to bring people together. Enjoying yummy food and wonderful company is delightful on it’s own, but try one of these unique ideas to add some festive flair!  1. It's a Small World - An International Potluck with specialties from around the world creates a bold, engaging atmosphere....


50 Successful School Fundraising Ideas Selecting a fundraiser for your school can be a challenge, as there are so many options available today. Here is a list of fundraising ideas your school could consider for your next fundraising need! Bake sale:


30 Healthy Sports Team Snack Ideas Want to encourage parents to bring nutritious snacks for your child's game or practice? Post these healthy ideas for all moms and dads to see as they prepare the team snack.  1. Diced watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew melon 2....


50 Tips for Online Fundraising Fundraising through an online program can be a great way to run an efficient and effective campaign. Here are some key tips to keep in mind when setting up and running your online fundraiser! 


50 Ways to Make Reading Fun Reading is an essential part of early childhood education and an important foundation for all other subject areas. But how do you make reading appeal to your little ones? Here are 50 tips on how you can make reading fun!


30 Tips for Planning the Perfect Prom The keys to organizing a successful prom are careful planning and delegating. There is a lot of work to be done, but with the right team in place you can make all of your prom dreams come true. Let these 30 tips help you throw one epic celebration....


Carnival Planning Guide A school or church carnival can be a fun and exciting way to fundraise and bring together those from your organization as well as community. The planning involved with a carnival-style event can seem overwhelming. Let the SignUpGenius Carnival Planning Guide make your life easier!


SignUpGenius is Key to Reading Marathon Event Success The students at Hinsdale Central High School are marathoners-in-training. Each school year students, teachers and administrators at Hinsdale are invited to participate in a Reading Marathon, earning “miles” with each book they read....


30 Tips for Running a Successful Concession Stand Good concession stands do not just happen. They take work and a coordinated effort by many people. Here are 30 ideas to help make things run more smoothly. 1. Appoint a Leader. The person in charge should organize and oversee all concession activities....


60 Inexpensive Valentine's Day Gift Ideas It doesn’t have to be close to Valentine’s Day to adore this list of creative ways to say, “I love you!” Any time of year is a good time to let the special people in your life know that you think they’re pretty awesome....


50 Organization Tips for Moms & Dads The key to successfully managing your hectic schedule can often be as simple as getting organized. Make this New Year your most productive yet with these 50 easy tips for better organization. 1. Get in the “zone....


Matthews UMC’s Walk Through Bethlehem Volunteer Success Story During the hectic holiday season it’s always nice to find activities that remind us what Christmas is all about. Each year, Matthews United Methodist Church invites guests from the community to be a part of the Christmas story with the annual event Walk Through Bethlehem....


Thanksgiving Checklist: Plan A Low-Fuss Feast When you’re hosting the big Thanksgiving feast, the time leading up to T-Day can be overwhelming and downright crazy. The attached planning timeline plots a day-by-day game plan that will help keep you sane....


Planning Tips for Thanksgiving Holiday meal planning can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow the important DO’s and DON’T’s, and you’ll find more time to focus on what is most valuable – quality time together. DO create your guest list and invite....


Tips for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange A cookie exchange is a terrific way to kick off your holiday festivities and spend time with loved ones. With our tips, you will be on your way to creating a delicious, memory-making get-together. Guest List....


How to Plan a Spook-tacular Halloween Block Party When it comes to Halloween, forget about a party that requires messy clean up, overboard décor options and too much time in the kitchen. The way to throw a Halloween party that everyone looks forward to year after year is to go old school with a block party!


10 Incredibly Healthy Soccer Snacks! Although there are a zillion packaged snacks to be found on grocery shelves, most of them are high in sugar, high in fat, and lacking the most important element… real, nutritional value. Soccer snacks need to be easy, quick and handy, but convenience doesn’t mean you can’t sneak some better-for-you options into your soccer season....


PTA Mom Raves Over Favorite Organizing Tool Not long ago, Sonja Iribarren’s life was cluttered with heaps upon heaps of paper sign up sheets and her schedule was filled with many trips back and forth to her child’s school to check in on the latest updates to her Fall Festival or Book Fair volunteer sign up sheets....


How to Plan a Productive Parent Teacher Conference Both teachers and parents want to get the most out of parent teacher conferences. Conferences give teachers the opportunity to share children’s progress and coordinate plans for helping them learn even more. Regularly scheduled conferences with sufficient time allotted for each afford everyone needed opportunities to get to know one another and to plan strategies for working toward shared goals and outcomes....


The Complete How-To-Guide for Using SignUpGenius for Parent-Teacher Conferences SignUpGenius can help your school plan your parent-teacher conferences and save numerous man-hours for your teachers and staff. In addition, the site can be used for other school volunteer opportunities, increasing parental involvement all year round!


High School Band Raises $70,000 with SignUpGenius When the Akins High School Band was approached with the largest fundraising partnership in their band’s history, they jumped right in. Then, as the partnership grew, they discovered just how difficult coordinating hundreds of volunteers could be....


25 Ways to Increase Good Sportsmanship Learning good sportsmanship in youth sports is not automatic. Parents and coaches must be intentional about teaching kids to develop a team player attitude. The following tips will help you instill good sportsmanship in young athletes....


10 Tips for the Classroom Parent Coming alongside a teacher as a class parent is a wonderful opportunity to benefit the teacher, the students, the parents, and the school.  Whether you are a first-time class parent, or a seasoned veteran, check out some ideas for a fruitful school year....


30 Tips for Parents and Teachers to Enjoy a Successful School Year Start the journey to a successful school year with these 30 ideas for parents and teachers! Tips for Parents 1. Get the scoop. Attend the school’s open house or orientation to learn expectations and meet the teachers and staff....


Safety Tips for Youth Church Ministry VBS, Sunday School, youth group, camps, and festivals are just a handful of activities your church may provide to nurture and grow children in their faith journey.  While all these activities are well intentioned to benefit children and families, there are necessary safeguards that should be in place to protect children and volunteers....


50 Yummy Snack Ideas Ever notice how whenever one child asks for a snack in your home, everyone else suddenly decides he or she is hungry, too?  Here’s a great list of yummy, healthy, quick ideas we’ve thought of so you don’t have to!


35 Tips for Church Caring Ministries Caring ministry programs may vary far and wide when it comes to the groups you tend to serve. There are innumerable ways to help the hurting or lost in their time of need and to truly be the “hands and feet” of God by actively serving with purpose....


Online Scheduling Helps Team In Training Coordinator Save Time The Team In Training programs for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society take the impact of teamwork to the next level. In exchange for training and support, athletes in the program commit to raise money towards finding cures for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma....


TripAdvisor Organizes Company Perks with SignUpGenius TripAdvisor, a leading travel website that offers trusted advice from real travelers, is considered a go-to site for those wanting to take a trip or getaway. The company is also known for offering employees special perks to reward them for their hard work....


100 Fun Activities for Kids Summer is finally here! Now what? Keep your kids busy with some fun activities and save this list as a quick go to if you get stuck. With 100 ideas, we’ve got your covered all summer long!


Potluck Planning Made Easy Whether you are hosting a potluck or attending one, there are ways to lessen the burden and make certain the meal comes together without a hitch. You are sure to create the perfect potluck by following these helpful tips....


50 End of School Year Tips Page  1 of 2  /  2  As the school year comes to a close, it can be a challenge to keep the focus on what's important and not get de-railed by kids getting anxious to get the summer started....


SignUpGenius Makes Coordination Easy for This Swim Team Swimming competitively takes a high level of endurance and a great amount of dedication from both swimmers and their parents. It also calls for some serious manpower to pull-off planning a swim season full of practices, meets and events....


Piano Teacher Discovers How SignUpGenius Works For Her Small Business Learning to play piano is no easy feat. Pianists like Kandice Kreutner can attest to the hard work piano students must put into their practice to master the talent. With a thriving group of students and wonderfully supportive families to go with them, Kreutner’s music studio


20 Tips for Planning a Spring Carnival Whether it’s for school, church or another organization, hosting a carnival is a fun, community building way to raise money. However, it can be a significant undertaking, too. Whether this is your organization's first carnival or an annual event, you need to ensure that all the pieces come together on carnival day....


Fire Department’s Volunteer Efforts Made Easy by SignUpGenius The Maple Grove Fire Department has been serving the city of Maple Grove, MN since 1975. The group consists of a volunteer staff of paid on-call firefighters, most of whom have other full-time jobs. Because of differentiating schedules, the group found it challenging to discuss volunteer opportunities when they arose....


25 Tips for Scout Leaders Your child simply said the words “I want to join scouts,” and before you know it, you’ve been asked to take the reigns and be the scout leader. Welcome to the club! Here are 25 tips to get you on your way to becoming a successful scout leader....


100 Wedding Tips Every Bride Should Know Congrats! You're newly engaged and eager to dive in to planning the details of the big day. Before you get overwhelmed by the choices, costs and innumerable possibilities, read these tips that every bride should know....


25 Unique Youth Sports Fundraising Ideas Tired of selling cookie dough and candy bars? Here are some unique and fun ideas for raising funds for your youth organizations. 1. Rent-a-kid. Set up opportunities to serve. Kids can clean, mow the yard, read to someone, or even babysit--whatever the buyer needs for an afternoon....


Nonprofit Community Center Organizes Volunteers Online Tamara Roach is the Operations Director at The Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, NC. With responsibilities in every area from accounting to information technology and volunteer coordination, Roach needs all the help she can get to be part of a community center that houses 21 health and human services programs under one roof....


Valentine's Day Party Planning Tips Plan a Valentine's Day party for your child’s class with fun activities, festive foods and fabulous organizing tips. Here are some quick and easy ways to help party planners provide a super sweetheart celebration. Planning Preparations:


Organizing Holiday Giving for Your Company Has Never Been Easier Around the holidays, it is heart-warming to see people step up to assist others in need. The employees at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts are a great example of those helping others in their community....


40 Mission Trip Planning Tips Every mission trip is unique but many of the steps to prepare for a successful journey are similar. At SignUpGenius, we’d like to help your team accomplish its purposes with this list of helpful mission trip planning tips and ideas....


30 Simple Tips to Stay Organized as a Mom There is no better time than now to refocus and get organized. Start small and add from there with these simple tips. 1. Make lists. Every organized mama you know is most likely a list-maker....


50 Ideas to Celebrate the 100th Day of School Milestones should be a big deal to us. They represent progress, growth and achievement. The 100th day of school may not be a significant milestone in the overall perspective of life, but for teachers, parents, and students it offers a great opportunity for creative learning and celebration....


Unique Ways to Celebrate New Year's The year is almost over! The holidays are upon us and you’ve already started setting your plans in motion for success in the upcoming twelve months. Now it’s time for a night of celebrating—but what to do? It seems most plans involve going out and drinking champagne or staying in on the couch and watching the ball drop....


Top 20 Christmas Movie Classics It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Toys in all the stores, Christmas carols on the radio and Christmas classics on TV. Nothing sets the mood like curling up on the couch with a big mug of cocoa to watch a Christmas movie by the light of your Christmas tree....


20 Great Christmas Gifts for Kids to Give It can feel burdensome searching for the right gifts for everyone on your list. When it comes to getting gifts for your kids to give to teachers, loved ones, and friends, it may seem easier to go ahead and buy those gifts yourself....


Interview Tips for Employers and Employees In this current economy, it’s best to look for ways to stand out to employers that are looking to grow their companies. Additionally, as an employer looking to hire, you have the challenge of sorting through the overwhelming number of applicants competing for the limited number of positions open....


25 Christmas Party Game Ideas Whether you are having a Christmas party with family and friends or an office party with co-workers, here's a list of games that will add some fun to your celebration. 1. Fill the Christmas stocking....


10 Tips to Simplify the Holidays It’s November, which means it’s go-time for the holiday season! Even as we remember “the reason for the season,” we can get caught up in oh, so many tasks and lose site of what's really important. With holiday gatherings and gift exchanges to participate in there is a lot of prep work to be done....


Great End of Sports Season Party Ideas! It is unfortunate that season-ending parties are usually thrown together at the last minute, often by coaches who don’t have much time. With a little planning ahead by coaches or by parent volunteers, those parties can be much more enjoyable for parents and kids....


How to Have Fun at Work and be a Stellar Employee Generally, the words ‘fun’ and ‘work’ are not two you find side by side. Together they may seem like an oxymoron. Your workplace is where you lay the foundation for your career and develop the skills you need to excel professionally....


The Many Uses of SignUpGenius for Sports Whether you’re a coach, a team parent, or the director of a sports league, SignUpGenius.com was designed to simplify your life. By making it easy to coordinate sports events and volunteers for free with online sign ups, SignUpGenius makes sports enthusiasts everywhere look like geniuses....


Fun Ideas for School Fundraisers Every year it’s the same old story; costs rise, budgets are cut and parents and students are left to fill in the gap. Cue a stream of the same-old fundraisers – wrapping paper, candy bars and magazines. Boring. Parents aren’t the only ones who cringe at the thought of asking everyone they know to buy another roll of over-priced wrapping paper....


Shift Scheduling Made Easy Before taking their shift schedule online with SignUpGenius, the nursing staff for the high-risk delivery and labor unit of The Women’s Care Center at University of Colorado Hospital was counting on one person to organize all of the shift schedules....


50 Cheap & Easy Halloween Costume Ideas It’s that time AGAIN?! Don't let planning your child's next Halloween costume become a burden. This year, go cheap and easy! Costumes from the Closet


20 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference Parent-teacher conferences are not just for parents who have concerns about their child in the classroom. These meetings provide an opportunity for parents to partner with teachers in providing a good learning experience for children....


Organize Your Volunteers Easily Whether your nonprofit is large or small, finding ways to simplify the workload for your staff and maximize help from volunteers is crucial, right? That’s why SignUpGenius....


10 Tips for Organizing Class Parties It’s hard to believe the little ones are back to school already. While we hope they will hit the books and study hard, we also know that all work and no play is… no fun! As students settle into the school year, moms and dads will soon find themselves signing up to help with seasonal class parties....


SignUpGenius to the Rescue… Animal Rescue, that is! As the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in the state, the Arizona Animal Welfare League has a powerful impact in their Phoenix community for good. That impact grew even stronger once they discovered SignUpGenius.com....


The Many Uses of SignUpGenius for Businesses Whether you’re part of a Fortune 500 company or a mom and pop venture, there’s a plethora of technology tools available to meet your business needs. But finding one that allows you to organize your office team simply and at no cost sounds like too much to hope for, right?


Help a Youth League Succeed with Committed Volunteers Youth sports survives on volunteers. If your child plays a sport, it’s your duty, and hopefully your pleasure, to find a way to help out! If you’re the lucky team mom or dad in charge of recruiting volunteers, here are some ideas that should make the job a bit easier....


20 Ideas for Recruiting and Keeping Children's Ministry Volunteers There are many hands and hearts that go into a children’s ministry throughout the year. When you consider the great reward of seeing children responding to God’s love, it can be hard to imagine why anyone would walk away from this type of ministry....


50 Tips for College Freshmen So, you’re headed off to college. Congrats! Of course you’re there to study, get good grades and eventually launch your uber successful career, but you want to enjoy the journey, too. Here are 50 tips to make the most of your first year away....


20 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition You've just gotten into the swing of summer when suddenly you realize that school will be starting again before you know it. Don't let the school year sneak up on you this August. Try these suggestions to help make the back-to-school transition just a bit smoother!


Organize Church and Temple Activities Easily It can be overwhelming to organize all of the events and volunteer opportunities at churches and temples, but with SignUpGenius.com it doesn't need to be! Say goodbye to paper sign ups, reply to all emails and volunteers who forget what they signed up to do....


How to Avoid the Freshman 15 Going off to college is a fun and exciting time in your life as it offers many new opportunities and provides many new challenges as well. One challenge you may face is first year weight gain, commonly referred to as the “Freshman 15....


Ideas for Planning a Meaningful Youth Retreat  1. Pray and Define the Purpose Have you ever heard the saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably get there?” The first and most important step in planning a meaningful youth retreat is to set the vision by defining the purpose....


Helping Your Kids Get Exercise When They Don't Play Sports One advantage to having your children play sports is that you know they will be getting the exercise they need to strengthen and develop their bodies. It's a built in perk, along with the fun life lessons and friendships that come with being on a sports team....


20 Budget–Friendly Party Favor Ideas It’s time to celebrate the day your little one came into the world with a birthday bash. With all of the details to plan, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little help? At SignUpGenius.com we’re known for simplifying the lives of moms, so enjoy our 20 inexpensive party favor ideas as you plan your child’s celebration....


Light Up Your Fourth of July Party with These Ideas So you’ve been trolling Pinterest, and you’ve seen tons of super cute Fourth of July party ideas. Who knew you could make red, white and blue chocolate dipped strawberries or decorate toilet paper rolls to look like rockets filled with candy?


20 Tips for Re-energizing Your Workers The summer is here and while kids are dreaming of water parks, BBQs, and time at the beach, many adults are inside an office working. However, that doesn’t mean that summer isn’t nostalgic—snow cone, anyone? The summer’s sweltering heat can be punishing, but your office team shouldn’t feel like they’re being punished for having to work through it....


Simplify College Life with SignUpGenius! Whether you’re a student, professor or administrator, you know that life on a college campus is full of opportunities and responsibilities. Not only do you want to keep up with them all, you want to make a significant impact in your community....


15 Father's Day Gift Ideas So you’re racking your brain trying to come up with ways to celebrate Dad in a few weeks, right? It’s got to be something practical, clever and by all means budget-friendly. Well, look no further. We’ve gathered some ideas that are sure to bring a smile to your top pop’s face....


Helpful Tips for Organizing Swim Team Volunteers Swim meets require a large volunteer staff. In fact, a typical swim meet takes over 40 parents to time, officiate, announce, run the snack bar, score, set up, tear down--the list goes on. There is a job to fit the availability and talent of every parent on the team--before, during or after meets....


10 Easy Gift Ideas for Teachers There’s no doubt that teachers deserve to be showered with gifts for all of the sacrifices they make. Still, coming up with gift ideas for a plethora of occasions every year can be overwhelming for any parent. Birthdays, Teacher Appreciation Week, Christmas, End-of the Year…why there’s even Valentine’s Day to think about these days....


20 Creative Ways to Thank Your Volunteers When people volunteer, they do so knowing they are taking on tasks without tangible rewards. However, organizations that take the time to thank volunteers know that the return on that thanks is tenfold. Here are a few out-of-the-box ideas to give those all-important volunteers a little celebrity status....


Wedding Planning Made Easy It’s finally your turn to plan the perfect wedding, but where’s a girl to begin? While you may have a lot of ideas about the type of wedding ceremony and reception you’re hoping to plan, you’re bound to get overwhelmed without a clear plan of attack....


10 Youth Sports Myths Every Parent Should Know 1. Youth sports are all fun and games. After the initial excitement of signing up, buying sports equipment, and trying on the uniform wears off, practice and hard work can cause tiredness to set in....


The Dallas Cup Coordinates 3000 Volunteers with Ease Coordinating 3000 volunteers for the oldest international youth soccer tournament in the United States is no small feat. That’s why organizers of the Dallas Cup turn to SignUpGenius.com for assistance. With 160,000 spectators coming to watch the games during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter each year, the small staff for the soccer tournament have to rely on volunteers for almost every facet of the event....


Mother's Day Free Gift Ideas There’s no better holiday for free gift ideas than Mother’s Day. After all, the gift givers on this occasion are almost always strapped for cash if not plumb broke, right? And the gift receivers? Well, let’s just put it this way…you’re apt to consider even ten minutes to sit down and eat a meal a costly present when you’re sleep deprived, always leave the house carrying an extra 30 pounds of weight, and haven’t been to a mall by yourself since the term “clogged ducts” implied some type of household repair....


Plan the Perfect Mother/Daughter Tea Party! Where did the term “High Tea” come from anyway? Surprisingly, it wasn't from royalty or any other high society types. During the Industrial Revolution in the 1700’s, working families would return home at the end of the day exhausted....


Organize Help for a Friend in Need It’s the stuff friendships are made of– you’re catching up with a good pal and find out something significant has occurred in her life. She’s pregnant or moving to a new town or just found out she has to have surgery....


Celebrating Easter Easter is one of those holidays that has rich meaning for many people. Those who follow Christ celebrate his resurrection; those who don't, enjoy celebrating new beginnings signified by the coming of spring. This year, try adding some untraditional twists to your traditional celebrations!


Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas Committing to be part of a missions team is a faith stretcher on many fronts. Leaving family and a job for an unknown place with risks you aren’t accustomed to taking can be challenging. Add to that the often steep financial costs that come with missions trips, and it’s no wonder people question the commitment to go....


50 Fundraising Ideas Often, the most challenging part of fundraising is coming up with a creative idea that will motivate the troops. Since the best idea is often found in having a lot of them, you’ll be off to a great start with your next fundraiser with these 50 easy fundraising ideas....


50 Spring Break Activities that Won't Break the Bank As the end of winter draws near, anxious students count down the days until the most glorious week -- SPRING BREAK! But while the kiddos are ready for freedom, moms everywhere wonder, “What will I do with the them for a whole week?


Become a Super Organized Mom! Becoming an organized mom is no easy feat. With a myriad of responsibilities from school activities, non-profit volunteering, friends and family events, kids' extracurricular activities, and church needs, every mom can feel exhausted and overwhelmed....


Fostering a Positive Corporate Culture These days when jobs are harder to come by, company leaders may be tempted to think they don’t have a responsibility to foster a working environment their employees will rave about. After all, their employees are probably grateful just to have jobs, right?


25 Coaching Tips Youth sports can be summed up in one simple statement: It’s all about the kids. Not about the parents feeling proud, or the coaches feeling accomplished, or the school feeling distinguished, or the league feeling responsible....


Study Tips 101 It’s time to hit the books, and those report cards won’t see shining A’s without a little help. Before you bury yourself alone in the library (again), consider a few strategies to make studying a bit more enjoyable. Get some fresh air this semester and invite the gang for some group study time....


22 Ways to Celebrate African American History Month February is African American History month. It is a time when we pay tribute to generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to secure equal opportunities in America. It is a time when we recognize that although we are all different, we are really all similar, too....


30 Inexpensive Valentine's Ideas It doesn’t have to be close to Valentine’s Day to adore this list of creative ways to say, “I love you!” Any time of year is a good time to let your kids, spouse and parents know you think they’re pretty awesome. What’s even better is that you won’t have to break the bank on these frugal tips....


New Year's Goal Setting Tips Beginning a new year is such a hopeful time. Whether we break out an unblemished calendar or merely scroll over to the month of January on our smart phones, there’s the sense of being given a fresh start every January 1st....


New Year's Eve Party Tips The final pages of the calendar are filled, New Year’s resolutions are forming, and fireworks disappear from store shelves. It’s clear that a new year is preparing to launch, and setting off your own party is an explosive way to celebrate!


10 Ways to Score Big at Your Super Bowl Party The Super Bowl is coming up and so is party time! Food, friends, fun, and oh yeah...football! Whether or not you like the food, the friends, the football…or maybe the fact that this is the end of football…here are a few suggestions to make your party a hit....


It’s Better to Give Than to Receive ‘Tis the season of the gimmies. This time of year the sudden onslaught of toy ads turn ordinarily mild-mannered children into presidents of the I-Want-That Club. As Santa’s list grows, it is important to teach our children (and remind ourselves) that the holidays are about more than the gifts....


Plan Parent Teacher Conferences Simply Northwest Yeshiva High School’s secretary, Karen Franke, knew there had to be a better way to organize parent teacher conferences than her eight feet long, taped together Excel spreadsheet. She just never imagined the solution would be free and easy to use, until she found SignUpGenius....


Organizing a School Holiday Party When you signed up in September to coordinate the class holiday party at your child’s school, you thought it would be a cinch. All those fall months stretched out before you to come up with creative ideas and develop an administrative gene....


Planning a Progressive Dinner When was the last time you shared a meal with your neighbors?  It seems common in the busyness of life that relationships with neighbors have been reduced to a mere wave of the hand as we drive by.  A progressive dinner is a great way to reconnect!


Soccer Mom Lands Back in Jail - Part 2 Our favorite frazzled mom finds herself back in prison when planning the soccer team snacks goes awry. Enjoy Episode 2 of the hilarious web series from SignUpGenius.


Making Family Memories One of my children’s favorite things to do around the dinner table is to ask my husband and I to retell stories from our childhood. They never seem to tire of the one about how my husband left chewed up gum on his brother’s pillow one night....


51 Unique Holiday Traditions The convenience stores are already boasting candles and tinsel, and Jack Frost is sending in the chilly northern winds. The signs are clear: The holidays are coming up fast! .signThumb{display:


20 Fundraising Ideas You’ve spotted an issue, set a goal, and are revving up your ambition to create change. Sounds like the recipe for a perfect fundraiser, but one thing seems to be missing: a money raising idea. To catch the public’s attention, creativity and innovativeness are required, right?


Top Ten Black Friday Shopping Tips We all want to find the perfect gifts for everybody on our holiday list without over spending, right? This year you can. Follow these ten tips for picking up the best gifts all in one day, and then enjoy those Christmas traditions you actually want to spend a lot of time on....


25 Unique Family Night Ideas Are you eager to spend some quality time together as a family but can’t seem to find the time or creativity to come up with new ideas for what to do? As always, here at SignUpGenius, we’re happy to provide resources to simplify your life....


Fundraising Tips for Your School I’ve got to admit, as a parent of four children, just the thought of writing an article about school fundraisers puts a wild look in my eyes and makes me start twitching in ways that could get me locked up. It’s not that I have anything against schools trying to raise extra funds....


Stressed Out Mom Jailed - Part 1 A PTA mom goes ballistic when coordinating the school fair becomes an organizational nightmare. Enjoy Episode 1 of this web series from SignUpGenius!


College Football Kick-Off Are you starting to crave the low-humidity, crisp days of fall? There are two things that I love about the end of summer….good-bye hot temps and HELLO college football! With a break in the heat recently, I could almost smell crunched up leaves and char-grilled burgers....


The Many Uses of SignUpGenius for Schools Summer’s over, and the smells of football season and colored pencils are in the air. Whether you’re a room mom, a teacher, or a school administrator, you’ve likely stared at your school calendar already wondering how you’re going to get everything done in the months ahead....


Thanksgiving for All! Tasty turkeys stocked on refrigerator shelves, splendid silverware lining dining room tables… and perplexed party planners frantically searching for the recipe to a seamless celebration. Turkey Day is on its way, and whether you find yourself in a kid-filled classroom, a function at your church, or right at your kitchen table, SignUpGenius has ideas to help you create the perfect Thanksgiving bash!


Parental Involvement: Boost Your School's Volunteers There are carnivals to plan, programs to fund, projects to oversee, and your school volunteer base needs a boost to handle them all. Check out these simple steps to find the kick you need to get your school’s volunteer program freshly motivated and growing in numbers....


Tips for Staying Healthy Living a balanced life is definitely easier said than done. There are so many day-to-day challenges that throw us off balance, emotionally and physically. Hectic workdays, crazy school schedules, too much fast food, and not enough time for exercise discourage and foster low-energy and depression....


The Ultimate Baby Shower Guide Baby showers, like babies, are each unique. There is no one-size-fits all version, which can be a bit tricky when you’re trying to host the perfect event. But don’t worry. The good news is there are all kinds of creative ideas you can choose from to make your one-of-a-kind celebration stand out as a fabulous memory in Mommy-to-be’s mind....


Halloween Fun for Adults: Hosting a Costume Party Who says Halloween is just for the kiddies? Not us! We think there’s fun to be had for all ages and every holiday! Sure, Mom and Dad, you might not go door to door with pillowcases screaming, “Trick or treat!” (Or maybe you will)....


20 Tips for Bible Study Leaders 1. Decide on a consistent location that is comfortable and easy to reach for all group members. 2. Discuss meeting times and frequencies with the group before you start meeting, and ask all group members to make a commitment to regular attendance....


Unique Birthday Party Ideas Whether they are tea-sipping fairy princesses or mud-rolling super villains, every child wants a birthday party to remember. SignUpGenius has a few ideas to kick start a stellar celebration! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Party Doesn’t every child dream of being dropped into this wonderful world of sweets?


10 Tips for Planning a Stress Free Family Vacation The fast pace of your job, not to mention the rest of life, has you longing for a vacation where you and your family can get away from it all and create wonderful memories together. The only problem is…the last time you retreated on a get-away as a family, you returned more exhausted than ever....


Potluck Tips: Planning the Perfect Group Meal Want to host a dinner party for friends? On a tight budget? Host a potluck dinner where everyone contributes one yummy dish to the meal. It’s a great way to save money because all that’s left for you, the host, to provide is a creative theme, décor, invitations, and a small party favor for your generous guests!


Choosing the Right Sport for Your Child So your child has hit the four to eight-year-old range, and you’re thinking it’s about time to sign him up for his first organized sport. But which one? His best friend from school is registering for t-ball, but your offspring plays duck and cover when a ball is thrown in his general direction....


60 Ways to Better Your Community Whether it’s reconstructing a playground, visiting an elderly home, or clearing trash from a nearby creek, a community service project is an excellent way to bring about change on a small, intimate level. But before grabbing the work gloves, make sure that your project has a specific focus....


To Play or Not to Play: Is Your Child Ready for Organized Sports? With every rushing minivan, loaded snack cooler, and stray soccer ball that passes, the question beckons: “Is my child ready for organized sports?” The answer is more complex than one may think. Some parents eagerly scribble their child’s name on the nearest sign-up sheet while others simply resolve to wait until next fall, but the decision on whether or not to embark on the path of organized sports is full of pros and cons....


College Philanthropy: Recruiting New Volunteers So, you want to start a philanthropic organization at your college or university? You’re on your way to becoming a leader on campus, but in order to be one, you’ve got to inspire others to do join you. Enter volunteers!


College Move-In Day: Tips for Making a Smooth Transition Week one of college is likely the most overwhelming week you’ll experience in all four years. Between orientation, meeting new people, locating buildings, and finding places to eat, you’ve got to find time for the most crucial task in making campus your home away from home:


Fun Summer Activities for Kids The first few weeks of summer were glorious. Relieved at being released from a litany of responsibilities, your family laughed together, you played together, you frolicked together. You what? You frolicked? Well, yes, it almost seemed that carefree....


Back to School Tips Here’s a relaxing idea… how about screeching in from the late August beach vacation to throw backpacks on your kids and rush them to the bus stop for the first day of school? Hmm, on second thought, you could follow our handy dandy back-to-school tips and send your child off well-prepared to launch into a great new year....


Top Ten College Party Themes Let’s be honest...every day is a party when you’re at college, right? So why not mix it up a little and throw a theme party! Don’t fret about using a tired, worn out idea that you and every other group try year after year....


Hosting a Bridal Shower to Remember So you jumped up and down and let out some girlie screams when you heard about the engagement, but now the wedding is only a couple months away and your main responsibility of throwing the bridal shower has snuck up on you....


Great Party Tips: Planning Your GREEK Formal Planning the annual formal for your sorority or fraternity is no small gig. You’ve got to be creative, thrifty and super organized to pull off a successful event. From cool invitations to a yummy menu, from the perfect venue to entertainment loaded with shizzle, you’re going to have your hands full....


Campus Safety The transition from high school to college can stir up a mix of emotions in parents and young adults alike. Anxiety over safety issues that come with newfound independence doesn’t have to be one of them. A safe college experience is all about avoiding high-risk situations—using the brain that got you into that institution of higher learning for good common sense!


College Nutrition Seems like an oxymoron, right? Well, with a bit of attention and care, it doesn’t have to be. Okay, so sometimes it’s hard to resist that greasy slice of pizza at 4am, but for the sake of your brain and your body…try!


Money Saving Party Tips with a Twist Want to shake those winter blues? There's no better remedy than pulling together some food and friends for a little soiree. If you spent a bundle on the holidays and that tax return is too far off to count on, you can still host a delightful diversion with a few inexpensive party ideas, courteous of SignUpGenius....


Unique Volunteer Appreciation Ideas You know how valuable your volunteers are, and you’d do just about anything to make sure they understand this, right?  What you need are some easy to organize and inexpensive ideas to make sure your volunteers feel the love....


Mom's the Word Ah, Mother’s Day. The one day of the year when kids magically get along, laundry is done by someone other than Mom, and she gets to control the remote. What? Not in your house? Read on to find out what every family ought to know when planning Mother’s Day....


Valuable Exam Study Tips It’s that time of year when exams are upon you. You want to do well, but you’re tired of school and the weather is finally perking up. The temptation to hang out with friends has never been stronger. How can you make the most of your study time without becoming a research recluse or a homework hermit?


Helpful Hints for Coordinating an Egg-ceptional Easter Egg Hunt There’s nothing better than preparing for an Easter egg hunt to stir up thoughts of new life, flowers blooming, and the warmth of spring. Who doesn’t enjoy the site of children fanning out across an open field dotted with pastel splashes of colored eggs?


Ten Totally Inexpensive but Super Fun Spring Break Activity Ideas So, you’ve been gazing longingly at the calendar since January, anticipating the next long hiatus from homework assignments and carpool duties. But now that spring break is actually upon you, the lightbulb has gone on and smashed you over the forehead....


School Technology Specialist Selects SignUpGenius.com as Her Volunteer Hotspot Robin Smith, an Educational Technology Specialist in the Hollidaysburg, PA school district, loves introducing staff and parents to SignUpGenius.com. “Let’s face it,” she says, “we are all busy and juggling a number of things at once....


Organizing a Meal Sign Up for a Family in Need Whether a family is celebrating the birth of a baby or recovering from an unexpected surgery, being able to help with meals is a critical way to lend support. When you do offer to coordinate a meal calendar, wouldn’t it be a relief to know that the process is going to be simple for you and the family you are serving?


Tips for Volunteer Coordinators Coordinating volunteers is one of the most important jobs done by schools, churches, children’s sports leagues and non-profits. When it’s done well, these organizations run efficiently and accomplish their missions. But acting as a volunteer coordinator is no easy task....


How You Can Earn the MVP Award for Your Child’s Sports At the end of every season, thousands of athletes around the country are given MVP awards. They are stand-out players who’ve worked hard and deserve the recognition. What if parents were given MVP awards? Would you win one?


Tips for Planning a Successful Mission Trip Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned mission trip planner, let’s face it, corralling a posse of folks into unfamiliar territory where they’ll be expected to live outside of their comfort zones for a week or two isn’t the easiest gig to sign up for....


SignUpGenius Helps One Man Ensure that Others Don’t Die Alone Mark Garascia loves his volunteer work as a dispatcher for the ministry of “No One Dies Alone.” Because he is willing to coordinate volunteers to sit at the bedsides of dying patients at a local hospital, he knows that fewer people in his community will spend their last hours alone....


Inexpensive Party Ideas The economy may have drained your entertaining budget, but that doesn't mean you can't host a party with panache. It just takes planning and ingenuity to create a champagne party on a beer budget. The essence of a successful bash lies in the care you devote to the menu, the tableware and the decorations more than what you shell out for them....


5 Unique Party Ideas for Valentine’s Day You’ve put away the holiday decorations and spent the past month trying to ward off the worst of the wintery weather. A quick glance at the calendar and you realize that Valentine’s Day and that party you are supposed to plan are almost upon you....


Big Game Entertainment What's just as much fun as going to a big sports game?  Joining friends for a pre-game party.  When you gather together for some marvelous game-day fare, everyone wins.  Here are a few key tips: Be Prepared!


7 Time Saving Tips for the New Year! With the New Year quickly approaching, there's no better time to take stock of what's working and what's not when it comes to organizing your life. A New Year is the ideal time to put in place the necessary changes to get the most out of your time and ultimately increase productivity....


Recipe for Holiday Success hr {color: #afaa9a;background: #afaa9a;height: 1px;border:none; } Nothing says family get-together as much as the Holidays. However, the cost of planning a feast of any caliber can quickly add up....


7 Tips for Running a Great Basketball Practice Running a basketball practice can be a daunting task at any level and coaches seldom feel like they have enough practice time. With time constraints always an issue, trying to figure out how to maximize the time with your players is essential....


Planning the Ultimate Fall Festival With support from the community, your festival planning committee, and local businesses, your fall festival could become your biggest event of the year and kick off the new school year with a ton of enthusiasm. With advanced planning and a little creativity, your Fall Festival can be a safe, fun, family activity that can blossom from a school event to a local community tradition....


Positive Parental Involvement in Youth Sports Youth sports provide a great opportunity for you as a parent to spend time with your child.  Whether you help out by coaching, driving a carpool, being a great sideline cheerleader, or organizing snack schedules, the sports experience can be a blessing for your family instead of another item on your “to do” list....


A Summer BlockBuster What's the only thing better than summer? MID-SUMMER….. when everything is in full swing. Barbecues, picnics and throwing a great party with great friends and great food! The most inexpensive way to feed a crowd is with a potluck meal, where every participating household contributes a dish....


Host a Kid Friendly 4th of July Picnic Nothing says summer quite so well as celebrating the 4th of July with family and friends around a good ol' fashioned American picnic. Dip into a few of our creative picnic ideas and your red, white and blue bash will be stylish, affordable, and simple to clean up!


Plan a Spring Carnival Whether it’s at school, church or another organization, hosting a carnival is a fun, community building way to raise money. Sometimes carnivals are the biggest event of the year, and most of the time, many organizers work hard for months to make it a huge success....


Spring has Sprung with our Easy Potluck Brunch Party Ideas Celebrate a nice sunny afternoon with a springtime-inspired dining experience that pairs good friends and delicious food.  It’s the perfect chance for you and your guests to sit back, relax and eat while enjoying each other’s company and delight in the beauty of the season....


Church Ministry Tips: Spiritual Milestones Think back on your spiritual journey to this point and there will be a handful of events that stand out as milestones – landmark moments, or turning points, in your walk with the Lord. Some of them God provided for you directly, but others were probably the result of the prayerful planning and efforts of a parent, friend or ministry leader....


A Fun and Festive Classroom Easter Party Easter or Spring break parties are now being planned in schools everywhere. So, create some fun with games, festive crafts, and spring time treats. Here are our tips on how to make your spring party festive and entertaining....


10 Tips for a Successful Volunteer Sign-Up If you have ever been responsible for getting people to sign up for a particular job or timeslot, or to bring or donate a specific item, you know how much work that can be. Do you find that e-mail, tons of phone calls, posting a sheet of paper on a bulletin board, flyers, or word of mouth is ineffective and too time consuming?


Coaching Secrets:  Getting Respect From Your Players When kids are 4-6 years old, soccer leagues are mostly about fun and silly games while learning the basics. Coaches run around with the players, get parents involved, and make sure that kids are laughing and having a great time....


3 Great Bible Study Ideas to Get Your Small Group Talking Having the right study for your church group can really make a difference in the spiritual growth and commitment of your members. Thankfully, we are blessed to live in a time with some incredible authors and resources available....


Read Across America Ideas Each year many schools, classrooms and libraries participate in Read Across America celebrations on or around March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Suess. Across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others volunteer for Read Across America activities....


Valentine's Day Classroom Party Tips & Ideas Plan a fun Valentine's Day party for kids in the classroom, community center or even at home with fun activities, festive foods and fabulous holiday favors. Here are some quick and easy ways to help teachers, parents and party planners provide a super sweetheart celebration filled with games, goodies and gifts....


How to Plan the Ultimate Super Bowl Party! The Super Bowl is the best “party event of the year” and for many sports fanatics, it’s the best excuse to host a fun-filled get-together. This game day bash has become much more than watching the game, screaming at the officials, yelling at the players and cheering when your team scores....


Deck the Halls Deliciously! The holiday season is all about spending time with friends, family and loved ones. A snazzy cookie exchange is a terrific way to kick off your seasonal festivities and a delicious way to turn a memory making get-together into a beloved holiday tradition....


Ho-Ho-Ho-liday Christmas Party Planning on a Budget ‘Tis the season once again to plan festive parties with friends, family and co-workers. While hosting an over-the-top lavish affair sounds great, you may find yourself trying to save a little money this time of year....


10 Crowd-Pleasing Potluck Themes Who doesn't like a potluck? A variety of dishes from a variety of cooks means there's bound to be something you've never tried before! Here is a list of ten great potluck themes guaranteed to produce an abundant mosaic of colors, tastes and textures - all will love!


Yule Love Planning Great Holiday Parties The holiday season is a time to reconnect with those who mean the most to you... those you may have lost touch with, but who have never lost a place in your heart. Make it a truly festive time by planning ahead and gathering your family and friends for a magnificent Christmas party!


Holiday Entertaining to Entice Your Senses! Entertaining during the holidays doesn’t have to be complicated or involve throwing an elaborate celebration. There are lots of simple ways you can celebrate the season. We all want our Christmas to be wonderful and when all the senses are stimulated, our memory of the holiday is that much more special....


Host a Howlin' Good Halloween Party Who doesn't love Halloween? It's the one day of the year you can be anyone—or anything—you want. We love Halloween because the creative potential of the holiday is virtually unlimited. When else do you get to plan a ghoulish get-together with all the gross, goofy, and gory impulses you never imagined you had?


3 Free Web Tools Every Teacher Should Use Organization and communication are essential to being a successful teacher with a smooth functioning classroom while creating positive parental involvement. What better way to manage your classroom than to get on board and see how internet tools open the lines of communication and offer the “power to engage” students and parents in classroom activities?


Plan the Perfect Picnic It can be a pick-up-and-go party or a planned in advance adventure, either way, the perfect recipe for a great summer picnic includes good friends, shady trees, and a bunch of your favorite picnic foods. A summer picnic is more of a relaxed get together where you get to catch up with your friends and share a meal....









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