5 Tips for Securing Sponsors for a Non-profit Event


Non profit SponsorsWe’ve discussed how to raise funds and how to expose your organization in several previous posts. One way to garner support for your cause is to hold an event. Events can run the gamut. You could hold a charity fun run or maybe you want to get fancy and hold a gala; regardless of what type of event you have, you are likely going to need some outside help to pull things off.
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5 Fundraising Ideas for Non-Profits


VolunteeringThe 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!

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Pittsburgh Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors


Senior Volunteer OpportunitiesIn 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.
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Working for Non-Profits: Dispelling the Myths


Once Upon a TimeThere 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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Batter Up! Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and Community Outreach


PNC ParkToday 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.
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Lights, Camera, Action: How to Market Your Nonprofit with Video


Non profit videoWhen 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.
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Newsjacking: How to Hijack Headlines for Your Non-Profit


NewspaperNewsjacking is one of the new hybrid words we’ve created for the digital age. We’ve heard about it, but do we really know what it is? I asked what came to people’s minds when they heard the word “newsjacking.” In response, I received several very similar answers.

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5 Tips for Storytelling About Your Nonprofit


IMG_0039We’ve all watched the commercials, and you know what I mean; the ones that get you right in the feels. They tell us a story with the intention of stirring up emotions that we will in turn hopefully act on. I’m sure you could name a few right off the top of your head. I bet the ASPCA spot where they play the Sarah McLachlan song, “Arms of an Angel“, is one of the first that come to mind. Many of this year’s Super Bowl commercials were heavy on story telling as well.
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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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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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