Online Organizational Tools for the PTA/PTO/Non-Profit: Calendly


Scheduling software for the PTA, PTO or Non-profit Organizations

PTA/PTO/Nonprofit Tools

Scheduling a meeting with your PTA members? Use Calendly

The Problem: Scheduling meetings one-to-one can be difficult. Scheduling meetings with multiple participants is exponentially more difficult, e.g., an impromptu PTA board meeting. The major task in scheduling is to find a time that works for everyone. From experience, we know that exchange of emails to schedule optimal meeting time can quickly get out of hand. So, is there a better way?

The Solution: There are a number of online meeting scheduling apps that can make the scheduling of a meeting much easier. These scheduling apps come with the basic functions of scheduling a meeting and following that up with creating event invites. The most suitable app for you is the one that is compatible with the online calendar that you use and at the same time does not limit the calendar applications used by your meeting invitee.

Our Recommendation: The meeting scheduling app that I like and recommend is Calendly,

Calendly has a clean and simple user interface and solves the scheduling problem. The sign up process for Calendly is short and simple. A key part of the registration process is authorizing access to your online calendar, which in our case is the Google calendar. Unfortunately, Calendly is not yet set up to accept Calendar from the Mac OS.

Figure 1. Signup for Calendly

Signup with email

Signup with email

Figure 2. Connect with your calendars

Set up you calendar to connect with Calendly

Set up your calendar to connect with Calendly

Step 2: Setup all of your event types

You can add your custom event type for your calendar by clicking on ‘Event Types’ and using ‘Add Event Type’. There are two main event types – one-on-one event or a group event (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Create an Event Type

Create an event type with Calendly

Create an event type

Once you choose the one-on-one or group event type, you can fill in the rest of the name, description, duration and location of your event as in Figure 4 below and a unique event link will be created for your event.

Figure 4. Creating an event type of your own

Create a Calendly event type

Creating an event type of your own


Figure 5. Custom event types

Custom event type in Calendly

Custom Event Types


Once you create an event, you can click on the gear icon to copy the link to invite a person to make the appointment as in Figure 6.

Figure 6. Have others setup appointments on your calendar by sending them an invitation link

Copy event link on Calendly

Copy link and send invitation

When the invitee goes to the event link, this is the view that they will see. It is easy to book an available slot on the calendar and the invitee receives a confirmation.

Figure 7. Invitee view of your calendar

Invitee view of your calendar in Calendly

Invitee view of your calendar

So, next time you need to schedule a meeting with one or multiple individuals, all you need to do is send them an email invite that has your organization‚ Calendly link. Similarly, you can also send out your Calendly link the next time you receive a meeting request. The invitee can then can look up the available openings in your schedule and pick the time that works best for them. Calendly also sends reminders, enables people to easily cancel if something comes up.

MobileArq uses Calendly to schedule meetings with our customers and online demos of the mobile directory and related online group communication and E-commerce software for the PTAs, PTOs and nonprofit organizations.

For recommendations on other online tools that can help with organizing your PTA/PTO or non-profit as well as time-saving tech tips, please visit or MobileArq Weekly Tech Tip.