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Utilizing School Website Templates for Affordable School Website Design

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Summer is almost over and that means school is coming just around the corner. With the turn of a new school year, it is the perfect time to welcome a new look for your school or PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) website. The good news is, creating a great school website is easier and more affordable than ever. School website templates from DoJiggy can save your school or organization time and money, while working within the comforts of a proven website builder and providing great school website design.

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DoJiggy Is Moving All Website Pages to the Secure HTTPS Protocol

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Google Chrome to Mark all HTTP sites as ‘Not Secure’ Starting in July 2018

Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Google Chrome 68, Chrome will begin flagging sites as not secure if they don’t use an SSL certificate on all pages. Currently, DoJiggy fundraising websites use an SSL certificate (which renders HTTPS pages) only on website pages where customer data is received. These are the registration, sponsorship, volunteer, and products pages as well as the entire shopping cart.

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Five Steps to Get Started with SEO for Your Non-Profit Website

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The world of search engine optimization (SEO) can sound intimidating to many non-profit and development professionals. After all, do non-profits really need to worry about SEO with all of the other concerns in creating and maintaining a non-profit website and fundraising strategies?

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10 Simple Steps to Plan a Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser

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While the winter makes many people hide away indoors, polar bear plunge fundraisers are a unique and fun way to bring supporters out for a great cause. Supporters of polar plunges raise funds or pledges and then take the plunge into frigid or icy waters to raise awareness for a charitable cause. One of the most appealing reasons to host a polar plunge is that it attracts quite the attention from the media and local community. Just take a look at Project Sweet Peas’ Plunge for Preemies, as their polar bear plunge fundraiser is just about to plunge into the eighth successful year.

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DoJiggy Recognized as a Leader in the Colorado Tech Scene

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DoJiggy Recognized as a Leader in the Colorado Tech Scene by G2 Crowd

DoJiggy has been identified as one of the best Colorado software tech companies, based on its high levels of customer satisfaction and likeliness to recommend ratings from real G2 Crowd users for the GolfRegistrations golf tournament software management platform.

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Checklist of 2018 Fundraising Trends

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Coming into the new year, it’s a great time to focus on evaluating and solidifying your organization’s fundraising approaches. Today, fundraising for a cause comes at everybody at such a fast and frequent pace, making sure that your organization understands best practices and stands out from the crowd is vital. An analysis of fundraising trends to date bring clarity.

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Should We Use DoJiggy Payments, Merchant Services or PayPal?

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If your school or organization is starting an online fundraising campaign, you may be wondering about the benefits of using our merchant accounts vs. DoJiggy Payments. What are the benefits and fees associated with both of these options? How do you choose which is the better option for your organization? What if you already have a PayPal account - should you just use that?

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Fun Run Ideas

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While the weather is still warm, why not gather your students or supporters together and raise money while getting some exercise with a Fun Run? Fun Runs are the perfect fundraiser for schools, as they encourage youth exercise and team building. Students get excited about the big day and are happy to fundraise for your school in the meantime. The best School Fun Runs include training time for the kids, team building exercises for classrooms that are working together to raise funds, and school spirit pep rallies and initiatives. Unique Fun Run Ideas - costumes, games, after-parties, and more - that add fun are always encouraged.

For non-profits, the competition of a 10K, half-marathon or marathon may fuel athletic supporters, but a Fun Run exponentially grows your participants because it isn’t just about getting to the finish line. Families can train together or just show up and have fun.

Our Fun Run ideas below add an extra dose of fun by adding a theme or costume to the run. Everyone falls in love with the fun run because the entire journey from beginning to end is an enjoyable and energetic experience whether participants run, walk or roll. The ideas are endless but here are nine great concepts to run with!

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How to Organize an Obstacle Course Fundraiser

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The school bells are about to ring and that means back-to-school fundraising is just around the corner! While you may have the urge to organize a plain old walk or marathon, why not up the ante on your fundraising event and give it the extra sizzle that it needs to increase your participation? Put a twist on athleticism and create an obstacle course fundraiser instead!

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Introducing DoJiggy Payments

Introducing DoJiggy Payments

Need payment processing for your fundraising event, but not interested in a full merchant account and monthly fees? Tired of using PayPal and dealing with PayPal Pending orders? Need payment processing for your fundraising event, but not interested in a full merchant account and monthly fees? Tired of using PayPal and dealing with PayPal Pending orders?

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DoJiggy Selected for Gartner's Nonprofit Donor Management Software FrontRunners

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We are pleased to announce that DoJiggy Pledge crowdfunding software was recently selected to Gartner's list of 2017 Nonprofit Donor Management Software FrontRunners. The listing includes the top 24 software products in the Nonprofit Donor Management category, based on online user reviews and the Gartner Methodology.

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New Shopping Cart for Golf & Events Pro Websites

New Shopping Cart for Golf & Events Pro Websites

We are excited to announce a new, mobilized version of the Golf & Events registration page. The page now functions as a shopping cart, allowing your constituents to add various items and make multiple purchases that were not previously supported.

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Encouraging Your Peer-to-Peer Participants to Fundraise

Encouraging Your Peer-to-Peer Participants to Fundraise

The power of a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign lies in your participants’ fundraising abilities. As your participants tap into their social network, new people are introduced to your organization and many of them are likely to become donors, if only for this event. If your organization has decided to host a crowdfunding or peer-to-peer fundraising event, the percentage of your participants that fundraise (and fundraise well) will likely be a key metric of your success. And it’s not as easy as you might think to motivate participants, even those that are excited about your cause, to raise money for you. We often see events where participation rate, as defined by the number of participants that have raised at least one donation for the organization, is less than 20%.

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Booster Club Fundraising 101

Booster Club Fundraising 101

Clubs and sports hold the power to making a school’s educational experiences more enriching. Sometimes extra fundraising help is needed to support these initiatives, which creates a great opportunity to begin or participate in booster club fundraising.

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Best Charity Golf Tournament Software

The Best Charity Golf Tournament Software

Charity golf tournaments are a fantastic way to raise funds, especially if you have a strong network of supporters with an avid passion for grabbing their clubs to head to the greens. While fundraising software can often handle many complexities that come with different fundraising efforts, golf tournaments often have intricacies that require special features. 

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Back to School Fundraising Software and Program Updates

Back to School Fundraising Software and Program Updates

Back to School means back to fundraising for many school PTO and PTA groups. DoJiggy is here to help! DoJiggy supports school fundraising campaigns including Fun Runs and walk-a-thons, serve-a-thons and Service projects, spell-a-thons, fundraising golf tournaments, school carnivals, classroom giving drives and more.

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Golf & Events Pro Software Features

Golf & Events Pro Software Features

We recently made the decision to discontinue our Standard edition subscriptions of Golf and Events. For clients that are moving on up to Pro, here is a list of new features you can now take advantage of:

  • Event cloning
  • Unlimited product sales
  • Up to three administrative log-ins (with permissions for limited access to additional administrators)
  • Advanced pricing controls for registrations with course/flight/series management
  • Unlimited website pages
  • HTML emails (we make you look good, including your event banner as the email header)
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Volunteer Sign-up page for your website
  • And more
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DoJiggy Implements Credit Card Transaction Fees for Pledge Subscriptions

DoJiggy Implements Credit Card Transaction Fees for Pledge Subscriptions

Every day, maintaining PCI compliance and fraud protection become more important for e-commerce software providers. At the same time, maintaining this high level of compliance and best practices is quite costly. To help cover the costs associated with these compliance standards, DoJiggy is implementing a .20 transaction fee for all completed credit card transactions on our Pledge Crowdfunding platform.  

Pledge events by their nature of being peer-to-peer events generally have a disproportionate number of transactions in comparison with general registration events, as one active fundraising participant can easily generate 20-50 donation orders or even more. This is why the events are so successful! We have found that due to the associated volume of transactions, security compliance and support demands are highest on our larger Pledge events and we need to pass along some of the burden of higher costs on these events.

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Three Tips to Help Simplify Your Fundraising

Three Tips to Help Simplify Your Fundraising

If yours is like many other nonprofit organizations, there’s a good chance you don’t have the resources you’d like. Perhaps your budget is a little lower than you’d hoped and your support staff is non-existent, but yet you are tasked with creating a successful fundraising campaign. 

Don’t worry! These three tips will help you simplify your startup fundraising.

 

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Miniature Golf: A Hole in One for Fundraising

Miniature Golf: A Hole in One for Fundraising

Golf tournaments are popular for many different reasons. They are a great way to raise awareness for your cause, fundraise, and network with clients and sponsors, among other things. But not everyone is a golfer.

While traditional golf tournament fundraisers can be very lucrative, hosting a miniature golf fundraising event can also be a simple, effective way to fundraise. And, it's a fundraising event that draws participation from a much larger audience. Miniature golf is the perfect event for schools - students as well as their entire families can attend.

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