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RunSignup July Newsletter

Top News: Introducing GiveSignup, a Free Technology Platform for Nonprofits

Nonprofits can raise more and save time with this new technology suite. GiveSignup is built on the foundations of RunSignup, and designed specifically for nonprofit organizations. GiveSignup is an all-in-one and open platform to power nonprofit revenue generation and supporter engagement. What’s included?

GiveSignup leverages the rich architecture and technology of RunSignup and has a dedicated team to help drive future nonprofit solutions. 


Best of the Blog – Industry Updates

Sales Tax and Races

In the wake of last year’s South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc. decision, the already murky world of sales tax is about to get even more complicated. We are taking the lead on research in this dynamic field and will be sharing what we learn in the upcoming months. To start, we have some changes to sales tax and processing feesand nonprofits and sales tax, as well as information on sales tax and Marketplace States

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RunSignup-Facebook Fundraiser API Integration

Nonprofits can maximize their fundraising potential with RunSignup’s free Facebook Fundraiser API Integration. This allows your fundraisers to auto-create a Facebook Fundraiser directly from RunSignup and sync the amounts between the two platforms. Learn more about Facebook Fundraisers, thenset up your API Integrationmanage your race’s integration, and see what your fundraisers will see

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ChronoTrack, Athlinks, and RunSignup Partner

The best of registration and timing technology are joining together in a partnership that will include a series of robust integrations between ChronoTrack, Athlinks, and RunSignup. Additionally, the companies will collaborate on a variety of analytics and insights to provide much-needed business intelligence in the industry. As always, RunSignup remains an open technology provider.

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Q2 2019 RunSignup Results

Our quarterly report for Q2 of 2019 was great, with RunSignup technology used by over 10,000 races in a single quarter for the first time. We also saw an 18% growth in races and 25% growth in total transaction dollars as compared to this quarter in 2018. On the technology side, Q2 brought major releases for nonprofits and free race websites with point and click cover pages and custom domains.

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More July Blog Updates

RaceJoy Processing Fee No Longer an Option →
And the Winner is: The Burnside Mile →
Scheduling and Sending a Pre-Race Email →


RunSignup Symposium: Education for the Industry

2019 Summer Symposium Wrap-Up

The 2019 RunSignup Summer Symposium brought together 293 race directors, timers, and industry professionals in Philadelphia for education and networking opportunities. Education highlights included 18 general sessions, 32 small group workshops, RaceDay Certification, advanced sessions for certified timers, a hands-on RaceDay Demo room, and expert panels on fundraising, marketing, and business practices. Want to catch up on what you missed? Videos of each session are in production and are posted hereas they are released.

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Announcing the Inaugural Winter Symposium

With demand for the Summer Symposium consistently exceeding capacity, RunSignup is introducing a Winter Symposium in 2020, to be held in Orlando, FL on January 13th and 14th. The Winter Symposium offers race directors, timers, and nonprofits an additional opportunity to invest in their education and connect with their peers. Three intersecting tracks will focus on RunSignup tools for race directors, the RaceDay technology suite for timers, and GiveSignup for nonprofits. Join our Symposium email list to be notified when registration opens!

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2019 Community Grant Award

The RunSignup Community Grant program is a giving program that began in 2016 to provide a financial contribution to endurance-related nonprofit organizations. The 2019 winners were selected by the RunSignup Customer Advisory Board, and announced at the Summer Symposium. Information for 2020 applicants will be available in April. 

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Alan Jones Timer of the Year Award Winner

Marc Roy, with Sportstats in Ottawa, Canada, was awarded the inaugural Alan Jones Timer of the Year Award. The award, named in honor of industry innovator Alan Jones, recognizes timers who have impacted the industry. Marc Roy was selected due to his leadership in growing what is now one of the largest timing organizations in the world.

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Timer Talk

RaceDay Scoring Update

With 303 RaceDay Certified timers, significant investments were made to RaceDay Scoring in July. Highlights include initial support for printing directly to a printer, added support for custom top finishers, a reorganized and more comprehensive dashboard, the ability to clear and recalculate all reads from the dashboard, and an updated quick link from the Scored Reads list to Raw Reads at a Location.

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Reminder: Update your Timer Profile

Our new Timer Search Page to help race directors find a timer is now searchable by state – you can add up to five that you serve. Make it more likely that they’ll find you by ensuring that your profile is update, accurate, and professional (add your logo!). We have a how-to for updating your profile here. Bonus: certified timers will have their status indicated on the list.

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Nonprofit Corner: GiveSignup Technology Updates

Ticket Event CheckIn App

Checking in attendees at your nonprofit event just got easier with GiveSignup’s new Ticket CheckIn App for iOS and Android. The Ticket CheckIn App is customized for ticketed events and allows for quick scan of QR Codes or search by ticket holder name/ticket ID. 

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CRM Expands to Include Ticket Holders

Functionality of the free CRM in RunSignup and GiveSignup has been expanded to include list functionality with ticket holders as an option. This is useful if, for example, you want discount your fundraising run/walk/ride for your charity gala attendees.

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Referral Rewards for Ticket Events

Promote your nonprofit ticket event with our highly successful referral rewards program. Referral rewards are an integral part of a viral social marketing strategy, allowing you to set a refund amount for attendees who refer their friends and family to buy tickets.

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Fundraiser Email Capabilities

Did you know that fundraisers can send emails from their fundraising page to request donations, thank donors, and invite others to join their fundraising team? Race directors can use the integrated email to promote their brand by creating preset content.

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