5 Tips to Make your Nonprofit Website Get Noticed


Non Profit Websites

In the age of technology, everyone has a website, from nonprofits to retailers to individuals seeking employment. Many web designers make building a website accessible and easy, however, this doesn’t mean that your website will attract the right kind of attention. Today we’ll share with you some of the items that make up a great nonprofit website.

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Four Instagram Ideas for Nonprofits  


How to Use Instagram for NonProfitsInstagram holds a unique place in the social media world. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all use written text as their primary method of communication. Instagram uses hashtags, but its primary purpose is the visual appeal. Instagram can be a useful tool for nonprofits, not necessarily to collect donations, but to show a visual representation of the work being doing by an organization. Use the tips below to learn about the uses of Instagram for nonprofit organizations.

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Let’s #BikePGH: It’s National Bike to Work Day!


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.

Bike to Work Day
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!

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Tapolci Foundation Gives Back: An Interview with Lead Web Developer Josh Aggas


Josh Aggas Lead Web DeveloperHere 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.
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Spotlight: Greater Washington County Food Bank


Fund The TruckIf 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.
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1st Day of Spring: Spring Fundraising Ideas


First day of springBy this time of the year we are all patiently awaiting spring, especially with the weather we’ve been having lately. Although we can’t predict when the spring weather will start to stay, we can tell you that the first calendar day of spring is today March 20th. Spring is a great time to discuss new fundraising ideas; here are a few of our favorites.

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How to Start Nonprofit Podcast in Four Easy Steps


microphone-338481_960_720Today we’re going to talk about starting your own nonprofit podcast. Podcasts have gained popularity recently as an alternative way to get news, spark discussion, and gain knowledge. If you’re not already familiar with podcasts, you can easily download a podcast streaming app onto your phone and browse the hundreds of topics available for free. I’d suggest starting with my favorite podcast, Lore, it discusses the history behind popular folklore stories around the world.
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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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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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