Leading a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop is a great way to give back to your local community. Many people, especially parents, decide to create a scout troop in their local area. For scout masters, keeping track of everything and maintaining good communication with the scouts, or with parents of younger scouts like Brownies and Cub Scouts, can present a challenge.
Fortunately, there are an impressive variety of options for facilitating consistent, effective communication with your scouts and their parents. Here are some of the best options, including general messaging apps, platforms designed specifically for scout troop management, and more.
TroopTrack is a software program specifically designed for managing and organizing scout troops. You can plan events, manage important information, and communicate with members of your troop using an email distribution list, which includes a monthly newsletter personalized for each member.
In TroopTrack, you can also create custom web pages and share pictures, documents, links, and videos. For many organizations, including Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, they also provide information about badges and other achievements. [trooptrack.com]
Email isn’t the latest and greatest cutting-edge communication app, but it’s still in use for a reason. Pretty much everyone has an email address, and the majority of teenagers and adults check theirs regularly. If your troop is composed of younger children who don’t have their own mobile devices or Facebook pages yet, email is sometimes the simplest way to keep in touch with their parents.[click to continue...]
Christmas is an exciting time of year for children and advances in technology have made it possible to create Santa apps to spread holiday cheer. NORAD really kicked off the interactive Santa Claus movement when the organization launched NORAD Tracks Santa in 1955, and later launched it's online Santa Tracker in 2004. Since then, several companies have joined in on the mission to spread holiday cheer by offering free apps for kids to use during Christmas each year - calls from Santa, hilarious videos with Santa's elves, and unforgettable holiday video eCards are just a few of the many apps available.
To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, DialMyCalls.com has compiled a list of the top 5 free Santa apps for kids to enjoy:
1) NORAD Tracks Santa
Dating back to 1955, NORAD Tracks Santa is the longest running interactive Santa Claus experience for kids and adults. Every December the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launches their annual Santa tracking event. Kids and parents alike can enjoy interactive games, videos, information and much more - let's not fail to mention that everyone can track Santa as he makes his way around the world. NORAD Tracks Santa is available on the web as well as the Google Play Store (Android Mobile App) and iTunes (iOS Mobile App). [noradsanta.org]
2) DialMyCalls' Free Personalized Santa Calls
DialMyCalls officially launched their free Santa calls event back in December of 2011 as a way to give back to our local Jupiter, Florida community. We quickly realized that not only locals loved the personalized calls from Santa Claus - the event generated buzz from happy parents all across the United States.
Each year parents are able to visit DialMyCalls' Santa Calls event and schedule a personalized call to their children, direct from Santa Claus himself. Easily select your child's name from the list and schedule when you want them to receive a call from jolly old Saint Nick - if your child's name is not available, we offer a standard greeting from Santa that can be sent. Send free Santa calls to your kids today![click to continue...]
When it comes to email marketing, MailChimp is the gold standard. Founded in 2001 the service is almost unparalleled in its ease of use, versatility, and integration. MailChimp is an indispensable tool for marketers around the world, whether they’re selling a product online or promoting a charitable nonprofit.
MailChimp is capable of seamless integration with quite a few different apps. From e-commerce platforms and content management systems, to CRM and project management tools, MailChimp integration is surprisingly versatile. Here are sixteen of the best apps that integrate easily with MailChimp.
1) Shopify Integration
Shopify is one of the most widely used e-commerce platforms. During the checkout process, Shopify can ask your customers if they’d be interested in receiving promotional emails from your brand. If they agree, MailChimp for Shopify will automatically add their email address to your list. The customers are also automatically added to their own list, making it simple to target emails specifically to former customers.
But that's not all -- it can also send e-commerce data directly to your MailChimp account, giving you valuable insight into your customers’ purchase behavior, geographic location, and other valuable information. It also picks up on sales that were directly generated by your email campaigns, helping you accurately measure your ROI on each promotion.[shopify.com]
2) Facebook Integration
Facebook is the worlds most widely used social network. Whether you’re targeting teenagers or senior citizens, your audience probably uses this ubiquitous social platform. Your fans and followers are more likely to take action if you make it as easy as possible to sign up for your emails. With Mailchimp's Facebook integration, you can easily add an email signup form directly to your Page.
Mailchimp can also integrate with Facebook Custom Audiences, which allows you to target ads to specific subsets of your customers. You can sync your entire MailChimp list with Facebook or upload it as a CSV file, helping you broadcast engaging, relevant ads direct to your Facebook audience. [facebook.com]
3) Power BI Integration
Power BI is a visualization program for analytics and data, helping you and your team share insights and examine detailed data. It presents your business' information on a single dashboard, letting you create visually striking reports and build robust data models.
Power BI can pull data from your MailChimp account to generate a dashboard for it, helping you explore data from your email campaigns. You can pinpoint which subscribers are most engaged, find out what geographic locations respond the best, and evaluate trends over time. Best of all, you don't need any coding abilities to use the program.[powerbi.microsoft.com][click to continue...]
Whether you're a pastor, an administrator, or a devoted volunteer at your church, meetings can feel like a serious drain on your energy and time. When not properly planned, meetings can meander off in a million different directions, making it impossible for your group to focus on important issues that need to be resolved. Poor organization, poorly defined meeting goals, and a lack of meeting structure can cripple an organization's meetings, and houses of worship are no exception.
If you feel like your church meetings aren't really accomplishing anything except wasting your staff and your volunteers' time, it might be time to reassess how you go about planning and executing your church meetings. Maybe you're having trouble contacting everyone effectively, leading to important people accidentally missing critical meetings. Maybe you're never quite sure what to talk about, leading to poor focus and meetings that spread your subject matter too thin. Maybe your meetings last far too long, but when they end, no one feels like anything actually got done.
These helpful tips can help you make your church meetings more productive than ever, turning them from a drain on people's time into a truly valuable opportunity to plan and grow together as a community.
1) Plan Your Religious Meetings on a Regular Schedule
Are your church meetings happening haphazardly, without any real schedule that determines when and where you meet? Having your meetings on a regular, predetermined schedule makes it easier for participants to keep up with them, as well as making it easier to measure progress toward your goals. Whether your meetings are once a week or once a month, planning for predetermined dates and times can help ensure that everyone who needs to be there is available.
2) Plan an Agenda for Each Church Meeting
For each church meeting, you should have already planned what you're going to talk about. Many church groups create handouts with key points, which can be distributed at the meeting. Without a clear agenda, meetings are likely to veer off-track or last longer than anyone wanted them to. A carefully designed meeting agenda ensures that anything truly important is brought up and talked about. If you're planning a meeting to discuss an upcoming bake sale to raise money, you don't want half the meeting to revolve around recent problems with the church choir. Structured meetings get a lot more accomplished than meetings where everyone is left to their own devices.[click to continue...]
Hospitals are incredibly important resources within a community, and in the case of an unpredictable and devastating disaster, it's crucial that hospital facilities remain organized, operational, and prepared. This means having an effective, well constructed emergency plan in place, capable of dealing with scenarios like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, chemical emergencies, and other events.
Back in 2006, a study published in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine evaluated hospital emergency preparedness for mass casualty incidents (MCIs). These events are almost unthinkable, but the fact that they're possible means that hospitals need to have an emergency preparedness plan in place to deal with them. Furthermore, if a hospital is equipped to handle an MCI, this preparedness plan can form a framework that allows them to handle minor emergencies smoothly and effectively.
The Elements of Hospital Preparedness
The 2006 study outlines nine key elements for hospital emergency preparedness for disasters of all kinds. The authors recommend an annual assessment of emergency plans, focused on these nine important aspects:
- Elements of disaster planning
- Emergency coordination
- Hospital surge capacity
- Personnel availability
- Equipment availability
- Medical supply stockpiles
- Expanded laboratory capacities
Numerous tools are available to hospitals to conduct these annual assessments, including surveys and self-assessment tools.[click to continue...]
There are quite a few apps out there that are designed to help businesses run more smoothly. From project management to lead generation, these helpful web and mobile technologies make our lives so much easier. This is also true for nonprofits. Nonprofits face unique challenges, but many of the same apps can provide significant benefits for these organizations. Here are some of the best apps available for nonprofit foundations.
1) One Today by Google
One Today is a mobile app from Google that features a different nonprofit every day. Users can donate $1 or match peer donations. To be approved, you'll need to register with Google for Nonprofits. [onetoday.google.com]
2) Check-in for Good
Check-in for Good can turn any business or event venue into a hub for donations and raising awareness. This app uses location-based technology to help your donors find donation hotspots. By checking in, they can conveniently send a micro-donation to your cause. [checkinforgood.com]
VolunteerMatch makes it easier than ever to find volunteer workers for your next event or fundraiser. People can search the site by location, skills, and interests, helping them find places to volunteer their time. You can create a free account with the app to attract local volunteers who care about your cause. [volunteermatch.org]
4) One Day's Wages
One Day's Wages is a grassroots movement that encourages users to donate one day's wages to fight world poverty. If your nonprofit's cause is similar, you can partner with them and work together to better the world. [onedayswages.org][click to continue...]
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