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Maximizing the Donation

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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Organizations that manage fundraising events using AttendEasy and FundEasy now have the ability to allow supporters to cover their own transaction fees since we’ve switched payment processors. The response has been phenomenal!

On average, an astounding 64% of supporters opt to cover their own transaction fees. When they make the choice to cover their own fees, the organization receives 100% of the revenue. This means more money goes directly to the organization.

That $50 donation is now actually $50, not $47.50 ($50 minus $2.50 for transaction fees).

This option allows your supporters to give the maximum amount for a cause they believe in—your mission! This is their way of being a part of your organization and sharing their heart for your ministry.

Be certain to thank your supporters for taking that extra step to maximize their donation. I know your organization appreciates it, be certain they know too!

Have a great day!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

Announcing: New Partnership with WePay Payment Processor

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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Ministry Sync now partners with WePay to provide improved online payment processing and automatic bank deposits for your events.

Here are a few reasons why you’re going to love using WePay:

Keep up to 100% of your donations and registration fees!
Donors have the option to cover their own transaction fees.

Faster and better reporting!
Your transaction report just got a big upgrade.

Better chargeback protection!
Reduced risk of chargebacks, and better support with lower fees if they do occur.

Processing available in Canada for CAD currency!
Canadian customers can now process funds in their local currency without the need for PayPal.

WePay will be the standard payment processor for all new events going forward. Any events or campaigns that have already been created will be automatically upgraded to use WePay if they are eligible.

Ministry Sync will prompt you to set up your WePay account the next time you add or edit an eligible event.

 

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WePay is the world’s leading processor engine for apps like ours and will enable Ministry Sync to build a faster, more reliable, more secure platform in regard to how we process funds.

Some of the benefits right out of the box, you will see immediately:

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Soft-descriptors (payment titles) can be changed to whatever you want!

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Multiple WePay accounts can be created for your organization! This allows you to have a different soft-descriptor per event or have funds go to different bank accounts. 

Example: You could create one WePay account called “PRC Banquet” and another one called “PRC Walk for Life.” This helps people remember what that charge is on their credit card statement, reducing the number of chargebacks to you!

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Payment via checks! Don’t have a bank account or want funds direct deposited? WePay can cut you a check once a week or once a month.

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Real-time on-boarding — no more faxing drivers licenses and 501(c)3 documents.

 
 If you have any questions at all, please contact us. We are happy to help!

 

Jason Galicinski
Jason Galicinski

 
 

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The ABCs of Event Types

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

If you run a Pregnancy Help Center, you host a fundraising walk, right? Well, maybe. Maybe not.

Depending on where you are located and how many ministries there are in the area, a traditional event may not work for you. The hours you spend putting into the event should have an impact on your organization and your community. If it isn’t, you may want to think outside the box for a new concept.

We’ve compiled a list—in addition to our Non-Events—to help inspire new ideas for your ministry.

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As you can see, the sky’s the limit! Find creative ways to connect with your area. We are more than happy to brainstorm with you what event would work for your community. FundEasy and AttendEasy are designed for almost any fundraising event and we’d love to show you how they can work for you on any one of these events—or even a traditional Walk or Banquet 😉

If you have a creative idea that is not listed, please let us know. Let’s keep this idea bank growing and help ministries fundraise world-wide!

Happy planning!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

Ever hosted a Non-Event?

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Working at a non-profit teaches you how to juggle 20 different tasks while standing on one foot on a ball and balancing a plate on your head. Your time can be stretched incredibly thin with all the tasks—but it is all worth it because of the powerful work you are doing in your community.

That said, let’s be realistic; there are 168 hours in a week and there are times that adding one more item to your to-do list simply isn’t possible. We understand and we have a solution that allows you to fundraise for your organization with minimal planning effort.

Host a Non-Event

FundEasy’s Non-Events provide you with a way to connect with your community and raise funds solely online. No fundraising dinner, no walk. Just a virtual event that allows people to raise money for a cause they believe in.

This isn’t online giving—it is a scheduled online event to raise funds in a certain time period.

This eliminates the need for venue contracts, permits, seating charts, nametags, etc… All you need is a fun theme and a deadline, and your Non-Event is ready to go!

Here a few suggested themes to spark ideas:

  • Couch to 5K → Take a picture of yourself from your couch and set a goal to raise 5K for your organization.
  • Family Walk for a Cause → Encourage donors to take a 30-minute walk with their family and donate $30 to your organization at the end.
  • Dinner with Friends → Have a home-cooked meal with friends and donate the amount they would have spent at a restaurant to your organization.

And remember to make it fun! Encourage fundraisers to take pictures and share how they are participating via social media. This helps spread the word and raise more money. Offer prizes for your top-3 fundraisers for a competitive incentive.

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    1. Create a new FundEasy Event
      Participants register to your event from your website and receive their own FundEasy Page immediately to collect donations from their friends.
    2. Spread the word
      Participants share their FundEasy Pages with hundreds of family and friends through Facebookemail and more to raise money for your organization.
    3. Collect Funds
      Every FundEasy Page collects online donations and deposits them directly into your bank account.

Be certain to set a deadline for your event. We suggest that you set a deadline about four to six weeks from the start date and make certain to broadcast that date. This gives you enough time to connect with your ministry partners and gives them enough time to share the Non-Event with their friends. Plus, people tend to respond to urgency. The deadline gives you that timeline for those pressure-prompted donors.

Your ministry partners believe in your cause. Rather than host no event at all due to time or financial restrictions, consider giving them this Non-Event opportunity so they can be involved in your ministry.

Contact us today to plan your first event Non-Event!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

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11 Questions to Ask Before Setting Up Your Event in FundEasy

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

As part of our “Running a Great Event” series, our sales and support staff has worked together to bring you key questions you should ask yourself before setting up your event in order to make the planning process as simple as possible.

FundEasy is used to manage all kinds of peer-to-peer fundraising events and campaigns. We understand that your event is unique, and we are here to help you get started on the right foot with your online registration.

As you set up your event, there are several questions to consider in order to make sure you’re getting all the necessary information from your participants. The best way to decide what you should include on your event’s registration form is to ask yourself the following questions:

Note: If you liked the registration form used in a past event, we can copy it into your new event so you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

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Is there a fee to participate?

While most walks are free, runs often charge a registration fee. Is this the case with your event? If every—or just some—registrations require a fee, we can customize your form to collect payment at the time of registration. 

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Is the registration fee always required?

Do you plan to waive the registration fee with a fundraising commitment like the example below? If so, we can help you customize your event to include this feature.

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Will the price change as the event gets closer?

Sometimes offering an Early Bird Discount is what it takes to get fundraisers to sign up before the final countdown. If your pricing changes on a certain date, your registration form can be set up to automatically change pricing or remove options when the early bird deadline is reached.

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What is happening at the event that we must account for in advance?

Are you having a toddler race? A lunch? Assigning bib numbers to runners? Multiple start times? It’s a good idea to get a count for other event activities in order to prepare for bibs, giveaways, sandwiches, etc.

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Are there different event locations or registration types?

Plan for an accurate count of runners, walkers, or participants at both your North & South locations by adding a simple drop down or radio button field to your registration form.

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What information do we need to follow up with fundraisers?

The people who joined you for your event–be it through friends or family–are potential ministry partners and friends to the organization. Be sure to collect the appropriate contact information so your organization can stay connected once the event is over. (See The Day After the Event for more details.)

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What information must we have?

Would you like your fundraisers to be required to enter more than just their name and email? No problem! Any fields on your registration form can be required.

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What information do we need to prepare for prizes?

Gone are the days of guessing t-shirt orders! Get sizes and selections in advance so you can intelligently order your shirts and other prize items.

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Do we want our fundraisers to set their own goals and/or deadlines?

As the Event Coordinator, you can choose a default fundraising goal and a deadline for your participants when setting up your event. If you would prefer they set their own when registering, you can do that!

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How do we want to handle family registrations?

Participants can often choose to fundraise as a family. This creates one fundraiser page in their family’s name. If you need to charge for additional family members or want to know information for each family member (like their names and ages), please reach out to our Support Team. We’ll talk through your needs and make sure the correct information is requested when your fundraisers sign up.

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Do we want a liability release waiver initialed when fundraisers register?

Our default registration form offers this option so your organization can include the proper legal language. Be sure to add your liability release waiver text before opening public registration!

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Note: Ministry Sync does not provide waiver text. Consult with your legal advisor before adding your liability release waiver.

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As always, our Support Team is available to help you get set up for your event. Simply chat, call or email us! 

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Talk to you soon!

Crystal Velte
Crystal Velte

 

Introducing Online Giving Doubles Fundraising Income

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

quoteHosting a Walk for Life in our community wasn’t newwe’d been doing it for over 20 years. But after an event training, we decided to implement an online fundraising tool.

We put the Walk online using Ministry Sync. It was well worth the investment cost!

Our Walk income more than doubled — thanks in part to FundEasy.

Walkers love having their own page with easy fundraising options; we love online registration and having our Walk data in one organized, easy-to-access place.  Win, win, win!

Thanks MinistrySync!

Laura Sporre, Walk Coordinator
Ladysmith, Wisconsin
Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of NW WI Inc.

 

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This is one example as to how having an online registration process can increase giving dramatically.

According to the Blackbaud Index, a source for charitable and online giving trends, as of May 2017, overall giving is up 4.8% for non-profits. Online giving, however, is up 9.8% with nearly 1/3 of online giving going to peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising events such as walks, 5Ks, and campaigns.

If you haven’t introduced online fundraising pages for your Walk participants, now is the time. Schedule a demo today and see how FundEasy can help in your next P2P fundraiser.

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

A Trick to Find Anyone in your Event

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Do you know the trick to finding virtually any word on a page? Like a walker name in your column browser, or a particular guest’s name in your all members list?

There is a very simple shortcut to help you find any name in AttendEasy, FundEasy, and heck, pretty much any page on your computer!

So what is this magical trick?

Ctrl+F. Yes, that’s it: Ctrl+F. Simple, right?

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Control-F (or Command-F) gives you the ability to look for–or find–a word somewhere on a page, any page!

When you click Ctrl+F, a small “find” box will pop up somewhere in your browser where you can type in the exact word or phrase you are looking for. Click “enter” and your word or phrase will be highlighted on the page andif it’s outside the current screenthe page will jump to where the word is located.

 

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If the name or phrase exists more than once on the page as in the above sample, you can then either click the down arrow in the find box, click “enter” or click Ctrl+G to move on to the “next” match.

This keyboard shortcut works in all web browsers and for other documents too! (Think PDF, Excel or Word for example.)

So, next time you’re searching for a specific name within your event, remember Ctrl+F and save yourself a lot of time.

And for us Mac users, Cmd+F works exactly the same way 😉

Enjoy!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

P.S. Keyboard shortcuts save a TON of time as it eliminates the use of a mouse. From copying & pasting, to finding items on a page, to quitting programs, you’ll be amazed as to how much faster you can work. For a list of Windows Shortcuts, click here. Mac users, here’s your list.

WayCool Integration Now Available!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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We’re excited to announce that our friends at WayCool Software released a new integration that will streamline your data entry! How cool is that? Now all registrants can be imported from Ministry Sync to CoolFocus without having to first export a .csv file.

With this integration, you’ll be able to:

  • Post registrants as donors to the CoolFocus database.
  • Post gifts that were imported from Ministry Sync as donations under registrant donor files in CoolFocus.
  • Post donations that were given at the event.
  • Import pledges and create pledge forms.

Contact your WayCool Software account manager if you have any questions about how the Ministry Sync integration can work for you!

Jason Galicinski
Jason Galicinski, Founder & CEO of Ministry Sync

FundEasy FAQ – Keeping Fundraising Pages OPEN

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Q: If I close my event registration, will my fundraiser pages stay open?

A: YES! Your FundEasy Fundraiser Pages stay open for at least 30 days after your event so people can continue to give. Your fundraiser page will reflect this automatically (see below) and allow for further donations. This is a helpful feature that allows people to capitalize on the momentum of the event they were just a part of.

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What you need to know:

  • FundEasy’s Event Registration automatically closes on the day of the event (or sooner if you manually close it).
  • The Fundraiser Pages automatically stay open for 30 days after the event to accept donations.
  • You can extend the amount of time fundraiser pages stay open for an additional fee within the Event Details of your FundEasy event.
  • As the Event Coordinator, you can change the goal deadline within the Event Details. This allows you to change the time your fundraisers’ pages count down to. Even after this date, donors are able to give.

 

Good luck with your event, and the many days that follow!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

Customer Benefit – $50 Referral Credit

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

As a customer of Ministry Sync, you have access to unlimited *referral credits. That means for every new customer you bring in, your organization receives a $50 credit. There is no limit!

If you recommend Ministry Sync to six friends, and each of the new customers sign up, your organization will earn a $300 credit toward your next event!

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*Cru, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Young Life ministries are not eligible for referral credit.

How does the referral program work?

When new customers sign up for an AttendEasy or FundEasy event, they have the opportunity to enter a name in the “How did you hear about us” and “Organization who referred you” fields under Additional Information. Simply make sure and tell them to put you as a reference and your organization will receive the credit.

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How do I add a referrer?

You don’t need to do anything more than share your experience with your friends and colleagues.

We have heard so many amazing stories from those who have used our products, like Rebecca. You’re already using a product that saves you time and energy – you might as well share this knowledge and earn some credit as well :)

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden