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It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day!


We’ve just wrapped up with Valentine’s Day and are inching ever closer to spring time (we’re thinking Phil got it wrong this year). You can still feel the love in the air from the 14th; especially now that all that heart-shaped candy is on sale! Let’s keep that feeling rolling into today, February 17th, Random Acts of Kindness Day. We love to pamper our significant others and family during the holidays and on Cupid’s Day, but what about those we work with, or the person you see on the bus each day? A small random and unselfish act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.

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5 Ways to Get Employees More Involved in Philanthropy



VolunteeringGetting your business involved in Philanthropy not only leads to a great public image but, more importantly, it makes a difference in the community. The question, however, is how do you get your employees to spend their time volunteering? Below are some suggestions from on how to get employees interested, excited, and on track to volunteer in 2017.

Stand for Something

“It’s good to stand for something, to believe in something and base your business on values.”
-Jerry Greenfield

Make sure your employees know that your organization believes in making a difference. Do this by emphasizing the organization’s values. Publicize the donations (both monetary and in time) you have given to organizations with similar values. Seeing the overall contribution will motivate employees to get involved.

Start at the Top

Get executive-level employees to set an example for everyone. Getting the CEO, CFO, COO, and executive-level management involved will assist in creating an inclusive philanthropic environment for your employees.

Organize

Everything is easier to do in a group. If you can spare a day or two, organize company or departmental volunteer events. This will help those new to volunteering feel more comfortable and those veteran volunteers will learn about new organizations and ways to give back. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Get to know your employees

How well do you know your employees outside of the workplace? Many of them have passions and skill sets outside of their day-to-day work. Take time to learn more about them. Then use this information to help pair them with organizations that match their passions.

Incentives!

Who doesn’t like an extra day off? Many companies have a volunteer policy, either giving employees time off to volunteer, company-wide recognition, lunches, or a combination of incentives. Incentives are nice; however, they work best when there is a spirit of philanthropy within the entire company.

Do you volunteer? Does your organization support or encourage your efforts? Or, are you a manager looking for ways to get employees to volunteer more? Start a conversation and share ideas in the comments!

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It’s Groundhog Day…Punxsutawney Phil Sees Lots of Spring Volunteer Opportunities!


Groundhog DayThis year is already flying by. I can’t believe we’ve already made it to February! Even though we’ve had a pretty mild winter (so far), I am so ready for spring. We in Pennsylvania have this quirky tradition of consulting a furry oracle of sorts as to when spring will actually begin. Of course I’m talking about Groundhog Day and our friend Punxsutawney Phil (who actually is a Philomina, I think)! By now we know that our “weather-animal” has seen his shadow and we can look forward to six more weeks of winter, but let’s all Think Spring anyway! Here are several volunteer opportunities and events that will help get you out of your winter funk and active in the community:
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Will a New President Affect Non-Profits?


TrumpInauguration Day was recently upon us! Whether you are excited to see what the new administration will bring, or ready to flee the country, we need to prepare for changes. Here at the Tapolci Foundation, we will be using Inauguration Day to open up a discussion about how a change in government administration can impact the non-profit sector.
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The 5 Best Non-Profit and Volunteer Blogs


IMG_0028Was your New Year’s resolution to read more? Or, maybe it was to volunteer more? Need some help getting started? Well, we’re here to help! We’ve combed the web for some great blogs that will help you to accomplish both of these. Check out these top blogs that will help keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in the non-profit world and show how you can get involved and volunteer more.
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13 Nonprofit Superstitions


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Today is the first Friday the 13th of 2017, the other being in October. While those suffering from triskaidekaphobia may have decided not to do business today, we have decided to share some of our favorite volunteering and nonprofit superstitions (or myths) and the truth behind them.
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January Volunteer Opportunities and Non-profit Events


January volunteer eventsIt’s that time again. New year, new you! If one of your resolutions is to get involved and give back, here are some volunteer opportunities and non-profit events to start off January on the right foot. New year, new chances for giving!
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2017 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Non-Profit


non profit new years resolutionsNew Year’s Day is fast approaching; it is a time of new beginnings, new goals, and a reset for all of the things you accomplished in 2016. Many of us set our own personal New Year’s Resolutions, but what about your non-profit? Whether you are the founder, leader, or a board member of a non-profit organization, here are some New Year’s Resolutions for your organization in 2017.
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Winter Solstice: Short Day, Big Giving


As I’m writing this it is currently only 11 degrees out. For me, that means
that winter is definitely here. But according to the calendar, winter doesn’t officially start for a few more days. The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs on December 21.  In ancient times the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia around this time. It is from this festival that the date for Christmas has evolved. The Romans celebrated this season as a season of light, and the birthday of the “Unconquerable Sun.”

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