Recap: Volunteering at the Greater Washington County Food Bank

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!

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#FundTheTruck Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Greater Washington County Food Bank

Food BankWe 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!
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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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13 Nonprofit Superstitions


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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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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Season of Giving: Pittsburgh Volunteer Opportunities for December

ChristmasWe are a week into December, the holidays are quickly approaching, and the weather (sadly) started getting colder. The Season of Giving is here! At a time where we are running around working to complete our holiday to-do list, many others are struggling to just get by. This season, if you are looking to give back to the community there are many worthy options. Here are several organizations with volunteer opportunities for this December and beyond.

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America Recycles Day… Recycling Our Favorite Posts!


Plastic bags. Shampoo bottles. Paper. Newspapers. Old cell phones… What do all of these seemingly unrelated things have in common? You can recycle them! Today is America Recycles Day and the Tapolci Foundation has taken the pledge to recycle papers and plastics for the planet. In the meantime, we’re going to start by recycling some of our top blog posts from this year in case you missed them.

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#GivingTuesday: What It is and How You Can Help

Now that Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have come to pass, (and we all officially ate and shopped too much) it is time to focus on giving back. #GivingTuesday is a global movement to support nonprofit organizations during the winter charitable giving season. This year it will be celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2016.

#givingtuesdayThe 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City, and the United Nations Foundation executed the first #GivingTuesday in 2012. These organizations felt that the philanthropic community needed a response to consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season. The team consists of influencers from organizations and corporations that believe in giving back. In addition to these influencers, over 30,000 organizations participate in giving and receiving on #GivingTuesday.

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Who Gives More—Android or iPhone Users?

Iphone vs. Android, a new rivalry for the ages. Believe it or not studies have been conducted regarding what your choice of smartphone says about your personality. surveyed 15,818 users and put together this handy infographic to share the personality information they collected.

See if any of these things surprise you…Do any of them apply to your smartphone choice?

You’re probably asking yourself, “What does this have to do with philanthropy?” Let’s take a look at the core demographics and personality section on the Hunch infographic.

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Paying It Forward with Play It Forward

‘Tis the season to spread some holiday cheer! We all gladly welcome back the holidays this time of year with open arms. Whether we’re spending time with our families, catching up on some last minute holiday shopping, or just enjoying whatever time we may have away from the office; we’re all trying to take in as much of the holiday spirit before it’s said and done.

However, maybe you’re not feeling entirely fulfilled this holiday season. Maybe you’re transitioning from a Scrooge to a Grinch type character? Maybe sitting in that recliner watching the game, or decking out your house to resemble something out of a Griswald family vacation movie isn’t your thing. You seek something a little more satisfying or maybe even philanthropic. Well congratulations, this time of year has plenty in store (no, not in an actual store… get the Black Friday madness out of your head) for you to give your time to a cause that matters!

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