Rallyhood is an all-in-one online platform that combines many of the tools we all use to communicate with each other, manage event promotion and registration, share files and photos, post, respond, and collaborate with other volunteers and parents, and more!
The purpose of Rallyhood is to make the day-to-day responsibilities of our members and volunteers easier and to build a more connected Girl Scout community. The Rallyhood platform combines the functionality of tools like Eventbrite, SignUp Genius, Shutterfly, Facebook, Flickr, Google Calendar, Google Forms, and Survey Monkey in one place. It seamlessly integrates so many of the functions we all need — communication, calendaring, file sharing, surveys, and payment — and that’s just a partial list! Service units and troops can customize their sites with their own photos and information, creating their own space for volunteers and parents to communicate.
Our Council is launching Rallyhood this year to provide an additional level of support to our members, volunteers, service units, and troops at a time when staying connected online is more important than ever. Rallyhood has been working with Girl Scout councils for 5+ years—they’re familiar with the Girl Scout movement and the needs of our volunteers. In fact, Rallyhood has worked directly with Council staff and volunteers to build out functionality that addresses our organization’s unique needs. Rallyhood has created an ecosystem customized to our Council and volunteer groups, and will continue to work with Council staff to improve how the system works for our families and volunteers.
We have heard from many volunteers that using fragmented tools creates lots of challenges and makes the work we all do difficult. A key benefit of Rallyhood is that it helps us take a more streamlined approach. The intent is to have one platform with all the tools and all our Council groups in one place. It provides us with a council-wide solution that brings all of our groups, troops, committees, and forums together on one platform to create a more consistent and efficient Girl Scout experience for all of us.
Our Council covers the cost of using Rallyhood, so members can enjoy and use it for free!
There are a number of council-level community hubs categorized by types of volunteer roles and activities where council staff will post content for volunteer groups or Girl Scout families. In addition to these council-level Rallyhood communities, each service unit may have its own community hub with additional rallies (sub-groups) within it, such as rallies for troop leaders, troop cookie managers, families, event coordinators, day camp/encampment volunteer committees, and others that are specific to that service unit. Within these community hubs and rallies, a service unit or troop can promote events, post information, start conversations, take registration for activities, create calendars, etc.
Our Council has already created a Rallyhood community hub for each service unit! Service unit managers will receive an email invitation to access and start using their Rallyhood site, which they can choose to use, ignore if not interested (it’ll be there later if you change your mind!), or delegate to another volunteer on their service unit team.
Community hubs and rallies can be set to public or private. If set to public, anyone could find that hub or rally in a search, join it, and access content. If set to private, an individual would need to be invited in order to access the hub or rally. This way you can control who is a member of individual rallies, such as inviting all troop cookie managers within your service unit to a rally specific to them.
Rallyhood partners with Stripe to offer a safe, secure, and easy way to collect payments. Rallyhood charges a platform fee of 2.9% to help cover costs for things like development of functionality, maintenance of the technology, and security for users.
Stripe charges a credit card processing fee of 2.9% + $.30 per transaction. Organizers have a live calculation of any associated fees (platform and credit card processing) right on the setup page. As organizers are creating tickets or payment requests, they can see exactly what the fees might be without any guessing.
Rallyhood tries to keep fees as low and fair as possible. For comparison, fees on a $10 ticket in Rallyhood are $.91 vs. $2.24 in Eventbrite, which is almost 2.5 times higher.
Find tips, one-pagers, and training videos in gsLearn. The gsLearn library will continue to grow as new tools and best practices become available. To access these resources, log in to gsLearn and search for “497 Rallyhood Basics” on your dashboard.
Contact the GSWISE staff member who is a Rallyhood owner/admin for questions.
Contact Rallyhood Support with technical questions.
Contact Rallyhood Client Services to talk with an expert about best practices for setting up and managing your Rallyhood community.