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EFFECTIVE - Four Tips for Effective Short Term Trip Logistical Management

Have a Plan You always have to start with a plan. Benjamin Franklin once said, “failure to plan is planning to fail”. Your plan should include dates, team leaders, expectations, preparation, resources, travel logistics, legal resources, fundraising tools, communication plans, and more. Work the Plan It might sound simple, but once you have the plan, work it! Revie...

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EFFECTIVE - Four Tips for Effective Short Term Trip Team Leader Success

The Right Person It really does start with the right person and this is often best known by watching people as they experience serving opportunities and how they handle smaller responsibilities. You are looking for a person with the right character, the right temperament, the right social skills, and the right administrative skills. Know what you are looking for and keep lists of potential...

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EFFECTIVE - Five Tips for Effective Team Preparation

EFFECTIVE PREPARATION Clarify Expectations Clarify expectations with your team. Consider outlining expectations for different groups involved and the different stages of the event. You might outline expectations for the team members, the team leader, the field partner, and the sending organization. You may also outline expectations leading up to the event, the event, and post event. ...

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EFFECTIVE - Five Tips for Effective Short Term Trip Marketing

Friends - Ask people and alumni to share with their friends. Give them some triggers for thinking of names. Some examples might be family, small group members, friends, roommates, colleagues, etc. Social Media - It’s good to leverage things like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Be intentional with your messaging and create clear calls to action in each of your postings. Create links...

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EFFECTIVE: Six Tips for Effective Short Term Trip Recruiting

Six Tips for Effective Short Term Trip Recruiting Alumni - Reach out to alumni who have served with your organization before or have specifically been to this location or worked with this partner. Clarify the Win - Quickly state the purpose of the trip and who you are looking to recruit as a team member. The more clearly you clarify from the beginning, the better chance you have of fin...

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Personal Fundraising Pages

A Fundraising Catalyst As we have worked with many organizations and churches to talk through various challenges (and remember, we are passionate about partnering with you to tackle these challenges). One of these challenges that comes up often is helping trip participants raise funds and know about the tools they have available for raising funds. The team at ServiceReef has created a tool...

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Introducing Limited Registration

What is Limited Registration? Limited Registration provides an experience for users to quickly view a serving opportunity and sign up (on the event page) with just their name, email, and phone number. Consider a time when you are having a campaign for local serving events and you need to quickly display upcoming opportunities and have people sign up (perhaps in a lobby after church for any ...

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Things to Consider in Your Budget

Here are a few things to consider when building your budget... Preparation Retreat Lodging & Meals at Retreat Transportation to Retreat Training Resources Team Gear Meetings Travel to Site Travel around Site Lodging for Event Meals for Event Visas Insurance Project Funds Gifts Debrief Expenses Post-Event Meetings Post-Event Resources

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Budgeting Tool Overview

It’s important to keep track of your finances, especially your expenses. We also understand that every organization managing their finances and budgets very unique to their systems and processes. Our hope is that this tool will enable you to efficiently manage finances, expenses, and reconciliation with minimal work. The budgeting tool is built to allow three primary functions - create...

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Groups Search Page

Welcome to the small groups search page. Our goal here was simple… to help people quickly find their way to the group that meets their interests OR to help them start a group of their own. Geography is important and it’s good to see what’s near or what’s not close to us. Our first impression we desire to give people is to view where the current groups are and be a...

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