The Tapolci Foundation just had a great event to benefit the Greater Washington County Food Bank with our #FundTheTruck fundraiser. Thanks to your support and with help from Mad Mex in Robinson Township we were able to raise over $2,500!
This was truly a success. Raising funds is a major focus for most non-profits, and while asking for donations sometimes you need to spice things up a little. Let’s explore some options that you can use as a way to raise funds as well as expose your organization.
Organize a Charity Run – As someone who has at least ten bibs hanging on her wall and just as many if not more event shirts, I can attest that these events will bring in a crowd. It’s a fun way to get out and support an organization, have fun with friends, and be active. Though there are some start up costs involved, the return is great. Not only will you raise money for your non-profit, but you will also be able to promote your mission and maybe gain a few new volunteers in the process.
Luncheon or Gala Event – Everyone loves a reason to get dressed up and have a fancy night out. Though this may be a little more costly than some of the other fundraising ideas listed, it can be a great opportunity to discuss the organization’s mission. This could become an annual event your supporters look forward to each year.
Partner with a Local Retailer or Restaurant – Just as the Tapolci Foundation did, your group can pair with a local business and organize a night of support and profit sharing. Also, many businesses have “pre-made” fundraising coupons your organization can sell. Though you won’t be able to convey much about your mission this way, you will have less time tied up in planning.
Haunted House or Hayrides – This event is something everyone can have fun with volunteers included. Haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, and bonfires are popular weekend activities for everyone. They are also activities that are inexpensive to execute. Don’t think you have the time to pull something like this together? See if you can pair with one that is established in your area and work together to raise funds and a profit.
Yard/Rummage Sale – Think about all the stuff you have lying around your house. I bet there are more than an item or two that you’ve never or rarely use. They are in good shape but are just taking up space. Now think about giving that item a new life for a good cause. This is a very simple and low-cost way to raise money for your non-profit; you really just need some price stickers and volunteers to work the event and bring in items. The best part is that when the event is over all the money you’ve made goes straight to your cause; no overhead to pay for!
There are many ways to promote your non-profit. When choosing a fundraiser, take into account your target audience so that you choose an event that will appeal to them. Have you had some fundraising successes? Share with us what made the event great; we’d love to hear about your successes!
Tags: #FundTheTruck, charity, event, fundraising, non profit
Some of you may already be aware but for those who are not, May is National Bike Month. National Bike Month was established in 1956 and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. To celebrate biking this month, May 19 is National Bike to Work Day; how about going for a ride? To support this initiative, we will be sharing with you some tips to get you ready to bike to work.
Familiarize yourself with Bike PGH. These guys have all of the information you need for biking around Pittsburgh. From education to bike routes to tips and advocacy opportunities, they should be your go-to for up-to-date biking info.
Use #BikeMonth, #BikeToWork, and #BikePGH on social media to let your friends know you will be participating in Bike to Work Day 2017. Share your resources with them to help them prep for their ride to work too.
Today, whether you bike to work every day or this is your first time, pack your things, plan your route, and bike to work!
After work, visit our friends at Over The Bar in the Southside. They are a sponsor for our #FundTheTruck campaign, which is raising money for The Greater Washington County Food Bank. They have a great bicycle-themed menu and specialty cocktails. Treat yourself and meet other bikers after a long day of biking and working.
Now what if biking to work isn’t realistic for you, but you’d still like to participate? Remember, it is National Bike MONTH. You have plenty of time left to ride your bike this month, to the store, park, or a friend’s house. Check out Bike PGH’s event page to get involved. You can also donate, become a member, or learn about advocacy and volunteer opportunities.
Are you planning to bike to work today? Let us know what you think if it’s your first time biking to work!
Tags: #bikemonth, #biketowork, bike to work, BikePGH, OTB Cafe, Over the Bar Cafe
In 2015, baby boomers numbered around 74.9 million in the U.S. Known as the Generous Generation, they will donate around $47 billion or more annually; making up 43% of the donations given yearly. Though in size, the Baby Boomers have recently been edged out by Millennials, they are a force to be reckoned with in terms of buying power and philanthropy. It is apparent that Baby Boomers are ready to part with some of their hard-earned money for a good cause, but how can seniors get involved further and make more than just a monetary difference in their golden years? We’ve rounded up several volunteer opportunities in the Pittsburgh area for the 65+ crowd.
Continue reading “Pittsburgh Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors”
Tags: baby boomers, Carnegie library of pittsburgh, children's hospital of pittsburgh, cloverleaf community food bank, greater pittsburgh community food bank, pittsburgh, project Linus, seniors, st. Clair hospital, volunteer
April has been a very eventful month for all of us here at the Tapolci Foundation! We’ve certainly been picking up the pace on our philanthropic efforts outside of the office in the past few weeks. To recap, we held our wildly successful event, #FundTheTruck, at Mad Mex in Robinson, exceeding our goal of raising $2,500 towards a 24’ refrigerated truck needed for the Greater Washington County Food Bank!
Continue reading “Recap: Volunteering at the Greater Washington County Food Bank”
Tags: #FundTheTruck, charity, food bank, give back, greater washington county food bank, nonprofit, philanthropy, pittsburgh, volunteer, volunteering
There are many misconceptions when it comes to non-profits and how they operate. What it is like to work for a non-profit is one aspect which seems to have a plethora of myths surrounding it. Many people think that non-profits have no employees, just volunteers. These misconstrued notions can draw some passionate candidates away from the non-profit sector. Let’s delve into some of these myths and unearth what it truly is like to work at a non-profit.
- Non-profits are run only by volunteers; they have no paid employees: Though volunteers are an integral part of non-profits they are certainly not the whole picture. Organizations large and small still have day-to-day tasks that need to be addressed. The volunteer pool will likely always be bigger than the amount of paid employees, but by no means are non-profits solely run by volunteers.
- Non-profits do not pay well: The myth that non-profits do not make a profit plays into this one. The truth is these organizations do make profits, though most of their gains go towards helping others, employees are also taken care of. It is true that the salaries may be lower than similar positions in for-profit jobs, however, value is added elsewhere. The work/life balance and flexibility offered by most organizations can many times make up for the slight pay gap.
- Non-profits are where people who couldn’t make it in the “real world” go to work: In my experience, those working in the non-profit sector are just as intelligent and driven as those in the business world. Many of these individuals need to interact with business leaders and make business decisions. Just because they work for a charitable organization doesn’t mean someone is lazy.
- Non-profits provide no upward mobility: Many people assume that non-profits have a flat structure and there is no way to advance in a career there. Though in some organizations there will not be as many options when it comes to upward movement, this does not mean there is no chance for growth. Many times young people see advancement and leadership roles earlier in the non-profit sector than they would in the business world.
- Non-profits are very political: Some of the initiatives of these organizations may require some political aspect such as lobbying for certain legislation or for grants to help advance a program. What non-profits do not do is require a specific political party affiliation.
Take it from me, working at a non-profit can be extremely rewarding. It may not be glamorous or exciting; some days it can be challenging. When you think about it though, are jobs in other sectors any different? I’m sure sometimes Princess Kate is bored being a royal. If you are thinking about a non-profit career, don’t let myths steer you away from what could be a great opportunity.
Do you have any other questions about what it is like to work for a non-profit? Let us know. We’d love to talk to you about it!
Tags: mobility, myths, non profit, nonprofits, pay, political, volunteers
Here at the Tapolci Foundation, we are always sharing ways to help you get involved with nonprofit organizations. This week, we thought we would share ways our employees have been involved with outside organizations. To do this, I interviewed one of our employees, Josh Aggas, who recently finished a volunteer project with the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Team (SRVFC). Take a look at his answers to see what Josh’s project was and how working for the Tapolci Foundation has inspired and prepared him to give back.
Continue reading “Tapolci Foundation Gives Back: An Interview with Lead Web Developer Josh Aggas”
Tags: Slippery Rock, Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company, SRVFC
We did it! Totaling up the contributions made on April 6 at The Tapolci Foundation’s #FundTheTruck event, we were able to exceed our goal! Who made it possible? You did, of course. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who could make it to Mad Mex to support our cause for The Greater Washington County Food Bank!
Continue reading “#FundTheTruck Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Greater Washington County Food Bank”
Tags: #FundTheTruck, food bank, greater washington county food bank
Today the sun is shining, I watched robins hopping around outside, my phone even told me today is a great day for a run; spring has sprung. Though March 20 was the official first day of spring, for many people spring doesn’t officially begun until the beginning of the baseball season. Last Friday, April 7, was the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener. Though the weather made it feel more like a Steelers home game (I was the girl in about 5 layers, wrapped in a blanket), this game ushers in a new season, and new opportunities, especially for the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities.
Continue reading “Batter Up! Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and Community Outreach”
Tags: baseball, Field for Kids, home opener, Miracle League Field, Pirates Charities, Pirates Home Run, pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente, spring
If you’re looking for a great way to give back while networking this month, the Tapolci Foundation has an opportunity that you can’t miss! Last month we introduced our readers to #FundTheTruck and this week we’re inviting you to join us at Mad Mex in Robinson Township on April 6th from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM for a networking event to raise money to help make the truck a reality. We will be having a 50/50 raffle, Chinese Auctions, and even better conversation to help the Greater Washington County Food Bank raise funds to buy a new box truck.
Continue reading “Spotlight: Greater Washington County Food Bank”
Tags: food bank, greater washington county food bank, Mad Mex
When it comes to marketing your organization, sometimes you need to get creative, especially when it comes to how you budget your resources. You may feel that a lot of “fancier” options, like video, are out of your reach. Well, think again! Video is not only an important tool that should become part of your marketing plan, it is also budget friendly. Let’s look at how this can be incorporated and some platforms that are great for broadcasting this medium.
Continue reading “Lights, Camera, Action: How to Market Your Nonprofit with Video”
Tags: audience, Facebook, Facebook live, marketing, nonprofit, see, snapchat, story, tradition, video, YouTube