Organize Your Volunteers Easily
The Many Uses of SignUpGenius for Nonprofits
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.com exists. There are so many ways that nonprofits are benefitting from this online sign up system that allows organizations to coordinate volunteers and events for free. Check out these ideas and then let us know how your nonprofit is using SignUpGenius!
Schedule Volunteers Simply
People who consistently volunteer for nonprofits are the busiest people around. Instead of bemoaning the fact that your volunteers never seem to have enough time to give, make sure that you’re at the top of their list when they decide to commit themselves to a cause. An organization that shows itself to be organized and respectful of busy schedules, will win volunteer hours. With an online sign up, your volunteers can see all of the needs and open time slots at a glance. That puts them in control of how they will serve and when, increasing the likelihood that they’ll serve again and again.
Genius Tip: Use SignUpGenius to coordinate volunteers for all of your fundraising events.
Decrease Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities
With online sign ups available for every nonprofit need from coordinating fundraising events to scheduling recurring volunteer responsibilities, a volunteer coordinator’s life is so much easier with SignUpGenius! The easy-to-use creation wizard walks coordinators through a simple set of steps to organize any type of event, wish list, or volunteer need.
Genius Tip: Use SignUpGenius to reach out to your community with a wish list of potential donation needs.
SignUpGenius Payments will help you collect donations, solicit sponsors and even sell tickets for your fundraising events!
Eliminate the Hassles of Volunteering
People who serve want to spend their available volunteer time making a difference. They don’t want to spend most of it wading through “reply to all” emails that some organizations use to try to coordinate groups of people. They also don’t want to feel stressed when a scheduling conflict comes up and they need to find someone to swap responsibilities with them. SignUpGenius eliminates the need for “reply to all emails” with online sign ups where volunteers can see who has signed up to help and which slots are still available at any time. Volunteers can also edit and swap their sign up slots without having to contact the volunteer coordinator.
Genius Tip: Use SignUpGenius to schedule recurring volunteer responsibilities that are consistent weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Get Feedback and Responses from Volunteers Quickly
With a bulk email tool available for every sign up, SignUpGenius allows you to notify people about volunteer opportunities, update them about the details of an event, and even send out reminders and thank you’s with very little effort. It’s also possible to add an RSVP to any sign up and have volunteers leave a comment next to their sign up slot when you need to gather additional information.
Genius Tip: Use SignUpGenius to organize training sessions or thank you events for volunteers and easily see who’s available.
SignUpGenius Pro will allow you to add mulitiple administrators to your account so that several people can share the work load. See if a pro account is right for you!
Spread the Word about Volunteer Opportunites
Making the direct ask is the best way to get volunteers on board to serve alongside your nonprofit. With SignUpGenius, making the direct ask has never been easier. Once a sign up is created, a nonprofit can post a link to the sign up on their website, Facebook page, Twitter feed or even Pinterest account. In addition to sending invitation emails directly from SignUpGenius, you’ll be spreading your net even further to catch willing volunteers via social media.
Genius Tip: For an event that needs a lot of volunteers, offer a drawing on Facebook when you post the link to the volunteer sign up. That way anyone who signs up to help by a certain deadline has a chance to win a prize. Then sit back and watch your sign up fill up fast!
There are so many ways for your nonprofit to use SignUpGenius.com to save time and money. Best of all, it’s a free service. So get started today and before you know it, people will be calling you a sign up genius
Posted by Angel Rutledge
Posted by Beth Taylor on Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:53 PM EST
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