Making it easier for everyone to help out

Great Meetups are made of great members who care about their communities. These members know that organizing a Meetup takes work, and in addition to the planning, scheduling, and coordinating, it also takes money. Whether it’s jerseys for game days, craft supplies for projects, rental fees for equipment, or even just snacks, we know that sometimes it takes stuff—in addition to awesome members—to make awesome Meetups happen.

We want to make it easy for supportive members to chip in on costs and help make Meetup groups even better. That’s why, as of today, we’re adding a “Chip in” button on group and event pages, allowing members to contribute, no matter what device they use to access Meetup.

Chipping in is a great way to help cover costs and strengthen the Meetups you love. Stronger Meetups mean stronger communities, and it’s up to us to make it happen.

Jesse, the Organizer behind the Central Park Sketching & Art Meetup Group, reports, “Contributions have been working great. I’m using the money to pay for the name tags and markers I use for the group, for park and museum reservations, and to pay for myself to scout out new locations.”

Contributions are also an easy way to cover Meetup fees. Andrew, the Organizer of the Garden State Kayakers Meetup, says, “all contributions go straight into paying the dues for the group.”

Timothy from the Central Kentucky Photography Group agrees. “The money we collect goes towards Meetup activities and website fees. It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and it works.”

Currently, chipping in is only available for our US-based friends. Stay tuned for international chip in options—coming soon!

Have questions about Contributions? Head over to our Help Center.

Meetup & Get to the Polls

We’re happy to announce that we’ve joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project and The Internet Association to help voters Get to the Polls on November 4th for the U.S. Midterm Elections. The Get to the Polls site provides voters with a simple, central location to find everything they need to make an informed decision on Election Day. By entering their residential information, voters will be able to find their polling place address, hours of operation, and full ballot summary with just a few easy clicks.

At Meetup, we’re setting out to make local community real. We believe that everyone should have a voice in their community, and voting is one of the most important ways to make that voice heard. Through Meetup, people come together to make their communities stronger, healthier, happier places, and choosing our elected officials is an important part of ensuring those communities continue to thrive. Creating the communities we want to live in is important work, and it’s up to all of us to do it together. Voting is a critical piece of that work, and we’re thrilled to see Get to the Polls making it easier than ever. If you’re a United States citizen, make sure to check it out, and on November 4th, don’t forget to vote.

Double Dutch Lovers NYC Meetup

When Tina was first introduced to a book club Meetup by a friend, she said “I’m not going anywhere with strangers.” She then proceeded to have “one of the best experiences of my life,” adding “I am still friends with those strangers.” Today Tina is the proud organizer of the Double Dutch Lovers NYC Meetup, a community of women who come together to exercise and re-live childhood memories. One Saturday afternoon this summer, we grabbed our jump ropes and headed to Central Park to get in on the fun.