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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Tags: donations, non profit website, non profits
We’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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Tags: event, follow up, fundraising, gala, media, non profit, non profit sponsors, research, Sponsors, sponsorship package
Instagram 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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Tags: instagram, nonprofits, social media
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
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.
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Tags: Slippery Rock, Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company, SRVFC
Take a minute to imagine how your life would be if food wasn’t easily attainable by simply walking to your pantry, opening it up, and grabbing a bite to eat in the attempt to silent the insatiable growling of your stomach.
Now imagine the inability to purchase items at your local grocery store to feed your family. What if you had to chosen to feed your three children by sacrificing a meal each night of the week for yourself? You may feel that these scenarios are unimaginable. How could you ever have to struggle to obtain something as simple as food?
In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it’s almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. With recent government funding cuts to food access/SNAP programs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families living in poverty to afford food. In fact, the lack of governmental funding to access, or other “food-stamp” programs is literally costing families one meal a week. Imagine that feeling. Hunger- one night a week, every week.
The Tapolci Foundation understands the importance of capturing excess food and providing it to people in need. When we heard that our friends at a local food bank needed a truck to deliver food to families facing this crisis; we made sure to call our team together to help.
The Greater Washington County Food Bank has been providing groceries and nutritional education to food insecure residents of Washington County for the past 30 years. Through their network of 48 distribution sites and seven agencies throughout the county, this nonprofit primarily relies on community support to help the over 25,000 people who are food insecure.
The Food Bank delivered more than 2.7 million pounds of food last year alone-a whopping 62% increase over the prior year (we were there to sort just a fraction of it). However, their fleet of vehicles became outdated and unfit for the task of delivering the food. With the goal to replace a 1999 international refrigerated truck with a new 24′ truck, the Food Bank reached out to us to help #FundTheTruck .
Our answer? A party of course! The #FundTheTruck event will take place on Thursday, April 6th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Mad Mex in Robinson Township, PA. Fifty-fifty raffles will occur during the evening as well as a Chinese Auction.
Board Member Jeff Tapolci stated, “When we formed the Tapolci Foundation, donating to organizations in our community such as the Greater Washington County Food Bank was our main purpose.” He continued, “As a company, we will be volunteering at the Food Bank at the end of April, but we also want to present them with a check with donations raised from this event and online so the impact will be greater.”
If you’ feel like you want to be a part of this- stop by! Enjoy networking with local businesses, maybe even donate a few bucks- you know every bit counts!
In the meantime share this post all over the social medias using #FundTheTruck . Sharing is caring and in this case for an amazing cause. We’ll see you at Mad Mex!
Unable to attend? Donate toward our goal here.
Tags: #FundTheTruck, food bank, greater washington county food bank
Newsjacking 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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Tags: David Meerman Scott, ethics, Newsjacking, nonprofit, press release
Today 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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Tags: how to start a podcast, podcasts