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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

 

The Day After the Event

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

It’s finished! Your event was yesterday and all the time, money and effort that you put in came to fruition. Now, you can rest.woman-phone-comp

Wait. No, you can’t! You’ve only just begun!

It’s time for the follow-up.

Sometimes, organizations focus so much energy solely on the event itself. However, if you aren’t careful, you overlook the opportunity that was just presented to you. These people who joined you for your event – be it through friends or family – are potential ministry partners and friends to the organization. This relationship is brand new to some and first impressions truly last.

This is your opportunity to make a GREAT first impression. 

By showing appreciation for people giving of their time to be invested in your ministry, you nurture relationships with potential ministry partners. This is your chance to not only fundraise but to “friend raise” as well.

With the use of FundEasy, all your event information is in one place so you can easily see who participated, donated, and raised funds for your event. It is important to thank each of these people.

Connecting with participants and ministry partners should be done in a tiered fashion within a week of your event – the sooner the better. For every day a ministry partner goes unthanked, money is lost, so be ready to start that very next day. For best results, aim to get thank yous “out the door in 24” — preferably starting phone calls the very next day. Trust me, your partners will be impressed that you took the time to reach out!

Be certain to thank your event sponsors and large-dollar ministry partners (top 10%) immediately after the event. This is a great opportunity to share next year’s event date with them and invite them to sponsor/participate again. Having the event fresh in their mind helps encourage the commitment for next time.

You also have some long-time ministry partners who have been faithful for several years and some brand new partners who have given a large first-time gift: These people need a little extra care. Take the time to call or visit with them and learn their reason for giving. The impact will be far greater than an email or a receipt.

That said, for a broader reach of participants and low-dollar partners, emails are a wonderful way to connect with many people in a swift timeframe. Emailing through FundEasy helps reach all your participants and ministry partners to say thank you and let them know you will be following up them periodically so you can continue growing the relationship.

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All people have a desire to feel as though they belong and are significant. Following up with participants and ministry partners is an essential part of relationship building for your organization. This is your chance to help these people know how vital they are to the work you do in your community. Through their gifts, they are changing lives! What an amazing gift!

So, right now, make certain that on your “To-Do List,” you have “Thank Ministry Partners” listed immediately following the event. Or, simply print out our “Fundraising Walk To-Do List” and start checking off those tasks today.

Happy planning!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

Photo 1: Designed by Prostooleh / Freepik
Photo 2: Designed by katemangostar / Freepik

Equip Your Fundraisers

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Without supporters, non-profits could not exist. This is the reality organizations must work with in order to grow. But, how do you engage your fundraisers so that they become cheerleaders for your organization?


Teach your fundraisers

  • Social Networking. Encourage your fundraisers to use their social networks. Using social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube increase fundraising results by up to 40%.fe-participant-smartphone
  • Rewards. Make fundraising a game by offering rewards for achieving certain goals (i.e. free t-shirt for $250 raised).
  • Teams. Not only do teams raise more money for your organization, they add fun and competition to fundraising. Encourage your fundraisers to start their own team.
  • Meet & Teach. Success stories can provide ideas on how to fundraise, but an added session or two with the experts allows them to have their questions answered.
  • Samples. Don’t let your fundraisers get stuck on something you could have easily provided. Supply sample fundraising emails, Facebook posts, tweets, phone scripts, thank you notes, etc.
  • Success stories. Highlight a past fundraiser and use that example to tell them how to raise money, how to overcome challenges and most importantly, the impact their donations will have on your mission.
  • Tips to get them started. People are all created differently and not every method of fundraising will be for everyone. Provide several different fundraising ideas, and emphasize the most efficient methods such as sending email through a tool like FundEasy.

 

Connect with your fundraisers

  • Invite them to join. Call on your top fundraisers to join a volunteer committee makes them feel closer to your organization and a part of its success. 
  • Give a tour. Offering a tour of your organization is a great way to bring them closer to your cause. Seeing the places that will be impacted by their efforts and meeting those on the front-lines will give your fundraisers extra encouragement.
  • Provide accountability. Let them know how the money raised in the past has been used for your organization and how this year’s funds will be used.
  • Thank them. After the event, invite them to a thank you reception. It’s another opportunity to connect them to your mission and encourage future participation.

 

Stay connected

  • Check-in often. Share stories about your organization and be available for any questions they may have.
  • Seek input. After the event, ask them what they liked, what they didn’t, and what would have helped. Implement good ideas into future fundraisers.
  • Celebrate goals. Your fundraisers will likely be really excited when they reach their goal. Capitalize on this opportunity to thank them. FundEasy makes it easy to stay connected.
  • Be available. As with any event, your participants will have questions. The important thing is to make certain that you respond quickly to all questions and concerns that come your way. The longer it takes you to help, the less fundraising momentum they’ll have.

 

Fundraise Online via FundEasy

  • Personalized fundraiser pages. Donate buttons should be placed on your personal fundraiser page in a bright color so their eyes easily see it. FundEasy’s fundraiser pages are automatically set up this way.
  • Easy donations. Quick and simple web forms encourage people to donate online. Help your fundraisers by using FundEasy’s online donation forms that are easy to complete and update in real time. 
  • Donor highlight. FundEasy has an option where you can automatically spotlight top givers and teams. This can be used to motivate some fundraisers.

 

Follow Fundraising Page Best Practices

  • Add a photo. People connect with people. Encourage fundraisers to add a photo to their fundraising page; it may inspire others to donate.
  • Tell a story. Ask your fundraisers to change the “Welcome Message” area in the personal fundraising pages to share personal stories and inspire others.
  • Offer Personal links. This allows fundraisers to direct friends and family to their specific fundraising page rather than going through your organization’s home page.
  • Increase goals. Allowing fundraisers to change their goal at any time allows them to increase their goal once achieved and encourage more support.
  • Answer FAQs. FundEasy has developed a Knowledge Base available to teach each fundraiser how to register, setup a page, import contacts, email family and friends, and other important fundraising activities.

 

With these tips and FundEasy’s Fundraiser Knowledge Base filled with helpful information, your fundraisers will learn more about your organization and have a deeper passion for the walk.

Put these steps into action and watch your participants move from walker to fundraiser!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

Fundraising Walk To-Do List

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

FundEasy To-Do ListDid you know that the ideal start time for planning a fundraising walk is 24 weeks (or 6 months) before the event? How is your planning going?

Many organizations recruit fundraisers through walks.  A fundraising walk is not only a healthy way for your participants to raise money for a good cause, but also a very visible way of promoting your organization to the community.

To help you as you prepare, Ministry Sync and LifeSteward Ministries developed this planning tool to help keep you organized.
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Couple this to-do list with FundEasy’s registration system, a walk training by LifeSteward Ministries, and software synchronization using our eKYROS connector and your walk is sure to be a success!

Happy planning!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

New Mobile-Friendly Updates!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Mobile Friendly Registration

 

We are excited to announce that starting today, all new Upcoming Events in your Ministry Sync account have been upgraded to our new mobile-friendly design! This means that all your guests can register more easily to your event from any device, including phones and tablets. All emails have also been redesigned for easy viewing on all devices.

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But that’s not all. Our Table Host Manager in AttendEasy events got a mobile face-lift too! Table Hosts can now manage their guests even better than before.

New features for Table Hosts include:

  • Ability to view their guests in real-time,
  • Invite new guests,
  • Register, edit, and cancel guests, and
  • Track their list of invitations and responses
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Integrated “Give” Button

We have also added the option for your AttendEasy events to include a “Give” button to your invitation email that links directly to your online donation page so that guests who are not able to attend your event still have the opportunity to give to your organization at that moment.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve with you and help you achieve your goals this fundraising season.

The Ministry Sync Team

Introducing YouSaveBabies!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Connecting Pregnancy Help Organizations with Local Support

We are very excited to partner with Heartbeat International to bring YouSaveBabies into the world.

YouSaveBabies.org utilizes Ministry Sync’s FundEasy platform to connect over 2,000 local pregnancy help efforts throughout the U.S. with local donors through personal giving pages.

Ideas for a personal giving page—including no event or occasion at all—can range as far and wide as races, birthdays, anniversaries, in memory of loved ones, or as a way for groups of friends and church-based groups to support pregnancy help.

Any individual who wants to do something to help support their local pregnancy help organization can start a fundraiser in under a minute. All donations—less credit card transaction fees—go directly to the organization of choice. After starting their fundraiser, you can spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and more.

“The best part about this new service,” says Ministry Sync’s CEO Jason Galicinski, “is that the pregnancy help organizations will just start receiving checks in the mail from YouSaveBabies as people support their local center. We think this has tremendous potential to bring much needed resources into these organizations with little or no effort on their part!”

“We’re confident YouSaveBabies will play a vital role in what Heartbeat International is most committed to doing—advancing life-affirming pregnancy help at the local level,” Heartbeat International president Jor-El Godsey said. “Pregnancy help organizations are rescuing lives and helping to build strong families every single day. Donors and other supporters are invigorated to see that, and YouSaveBabies is a great way for them to connect.”

Any pregnancy help organization listed on Heartbeat International’s 24-7 pregnancy helpline Option Line (1-800-712-HELP, OptionLine.org) is eligible to receive funds through YouSaveBabies, and organizations can also invite donors to use YouSaveBabies as a fundraising tool by adding a badge to their own donor-facing website.

Following a soft launch at Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference March 29-31, YouSaveBabies already has seen 13 individuals raise $3,000 for local pregnancy help outreaches.

Check out YouSaveBabies.org for yourself and spread the word. As people become more active this spring, this new service can bring new purpose to your everyday activity.

Original source: https://pregnancyhelpnews.com/yousavebabies-to-connect-pregnancy-help-orgs-with-local-support

FundEasy: More than just a new look…

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

January was a big month for us at Ministry Sync! We launched some pretty awesome FundEasy updates, overhauled our fundeasy.com website, updated our logos, and hired two new staff members (welcome Brittany and Derrick!). To say 2016 has started with a bang is an understatement!

Our last blog post revealed FundEasy’s new look and ease of use on mobile. Wondering how that translates to your events? Read on…

 

We’ll start at fundeasy.com:

1. Sign in from anywhere! Your fundraisers can sign in to their page from FundEasy.com, your Event Webpage, or any other fundraiser page. Once signed in, they’ll be taken directly to their page! Have fundraisers who are managing multiple pages? Signing in will take them to “My Pages”, where they can choose which page they’d like to manage.

2. Search! Click on any of the magnifying glasses to search for a specific fundraiser page!

3. Featured Fundraisers! Curious how others set up their events? What other fundraisers write for their welcome message, or updates? Check out current fundraisers in our Featured Fundraisers section.

 

Event Webpages!

1. Still web-based! This is not an app, so it doesn’t require downloads or updates. All fundraisers and donors will go to your Event Webpage from their browser on any device!

2. Customizable action buttons! Every event looks different – now your buttons can too! The buttons on your Event Webpage now match your theme colors, and you can use a new FundEasy Preference to re-word your Participate and Donate buttons.

3. Track progress… or don’t! Have a fundraising goal? Great! We’ll calculate the total raised through your fundraising pages and show your progress on the Event Webpage. This is one of the many FundEasy preferences that can be enabled… or not.

4. It’s all about the sharing! Easy share buttons to encourage social sharing! Remember, it’s a webpage so you can always just share the URL.

 

Fundraiser Pages!

1. Edit, edit, edit! Encourage your fundraisers to personalize their fundraiser pages and enable automatic social sharing. Fundraiser pages are easily edited from any device! It’s super easy… ’nuff said.

2. Add Photos & Videos! Fundraisers can post a video share link to welcome page visitors with a video or upload photos if they prefer. Thanks to some updates from Apple and Jason’s sweet coding skills your iPhone photos no longer upload sideways! (sigh)

3. Every dollar counts! Whether donors give online or hand cash to a fundraiser, all funds can be recorded on fundraising pages. Fundraisers just need to sign in to record cash, checks and pledges they’ve gotten offline. This isn’t new, but it’s still awesome enough to mention.

 

Those are just some of the highlights. For a list of all that’s new, please check out our changelog.