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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5 Reasons to be Thankful for Nonprofits

Before you dive into your turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, take some time to give thanks for the things in your life. Here at the Tapolci Foundation we are thankful for many things, one of these is nonprofit organizations.
Here is a list of five reasons to be thankful for nonprofits.

thanksThey Help Communities to Grow

Community organizations often tackle projects and problems that are too hard for townships, boroughs, and community government to handle. Groups organize volunteers to give back to community parks, activities, and residents. Examples of nonprofit community organizations are local sports teams, organizations for the elderly or homeless, and others for children and teens.

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5 Tips for Starting a Nonprofit

We all have causes we are passionate about. We volunteer. We help raise funds or donate. We work to spread awareness. But what do you do when you feel you can and want to do more?

One option is to build your very own nonprofit organization. You can do the additional work that you feel needs to be done and serve the communities your group feels are underserved. With all the enthusiasm you possess for your cause, you want to hit the ground running; here are five tips to make the process of starting a nonprofit go smoothly.

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How to Harvest Your Connections

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors of the season are beautiful, we start to snuggle up in sweaters, and we enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving. You can watch the squirrels outside your window scurrying around collecting their winter stores. This time of the year we start to gather together with family and friends; make new connections, and strengthen current ones. We network, just as the squirrel gathers its acorns, and we collect connections. Many people collect business cards (or if you are like me you collect contacts on your iPhone) like others would baseball cards. But how do utilize your compilation of contacts or capture new ones? Here are some ways you can round up and harvest your connections.  


Organize Your Donors

In the nonprofit realm we can use all the help we can get. If your group is anything like those I’ve been involved with, you are a pretty lean group. In order to keep things running when it comes to coordinating special events, additional help is needed. The great thing is there are so many people ready to lend a hand, and they are already in your database–your donors! If you don’t already have a system that helps you keep track of those who have given, and for which campaigns, it is essential you start! Check out programs like DonorPerfect, which will help you log contributions your group has given to other programs, organize donations via campaign (this is great when you have annual events/fundraisers), as well as log volunteer activities. Having information like this organized and at your finger tips will help you filter who to reach out to for assistance for certain projects.

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Beware of Frightful Charitable Organizations—Boooooo!

mirror mirror on the wallThis week at the Tapolci Foundation we want to teach you how to avoid a ghoulish fright when choosing “witch” charitable organizations to support. While most organizations have a mission that they strictly adhere to, some may be wearing costumes this Halloween. Here are three things to look for when researching your organizations to make sure you don’t get spooked!

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Smooth Sailing: How to Keep a Nonprofit on Course

sailboatWorking for a nonprofit can be extremely rewarding, but it also takes a lot of energy at times. Most foundations are run with a bare bones crew relying on volunteers and donors to help with the bigger projects. You wear many hats when involved with charitable work. With so much on your, plate how do you keep things running smoothly, and continue to help your community?

Find Your Rhythm

Your alarm goes off in the morning. If you are like me, you get up, get showered and dressed, get your coffee, and head out the door. We all have our own unique routines, and if you live with others likely you have found ways to work with each others’ daily habits. When working in a nonprofit environment, you likely work closely with a small group of people, much like a family. Creating a routine and rhythm within your “work family” is important for smooth operations.

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Fall Back Into Your Connections By Networking

As we prepare to “fall back” and turn the clocks back an hour in three weeks, let’s talk about another thing you can fall back into. That thing is your social network! During the summer months planning can get hectic with vacations, picnics, reunions, and all of the other summer activities we look forward to all year. This can cause scheduling conflicts within your networking group. As things slow down and before everyone gets ready for the holiday season there is time to catch up with your colleagues.

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Pittsburgh Area October Events & Volunteer Opportunities

In the past few weeks we’ve talked about how you can make your foundation stand out, we’ve asked you to #ShowUsYourCause, and we’ve highlighted what the Tapolci Foundation is all about.

Now as the leaves start to change and before we hand out Halloween candy, let’s talk about how we all can get active. Here are several events and volunteer opportunities you can add to your calendar for October that will help support local groups in the Pittsburgh area.

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Lace up your running shoes come help support the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation on Sunday, October 16th. Whether you are a runner, want to walk as a family, or would like to volunteer, all opportunities are open. If you are interested you’ll want to act fast though. Registration for runners/walkers ends at midnight on October 9th, and only a few volunteer spots are still open. This has always been one of my favorite runs of the year, even if the uphill finish is a challenge. Plus you get to feel good twice about this, by participating you are being physically active and helping yourself, as well as helping support two worthy local non-profits. Not available this day, or not up to running or walking? You can still support these groups, by joining donating to a runner.

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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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