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!

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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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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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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3 Keys to Running a Successful Non-Profit Campaign

In the past we’ve talked about how different generations and the candidates give back and how to get things moving for your cause with a 5k charity run; but what does it take to run a non-profit campaign? In a non-profit setting you strive to do the most good with limited funds. You rely on donations and volunteers to operate and to grow. In order to keep moving forward and increasing awareness and funds; campaigns are necessary. Whether the mission is to garner monetary support or to increase awareness, here are three key things you need in order to run a successful non-profit campaign.

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#ShowUsYourCause for a Chance to Win our Sweepstakes!

Are you passionate about helping a charity or organization? Do you love a cause so much that you constantly talk about it to all of your friends and family? If you have the heart to volunteer, then you might be a fit for our #ShowUsYourCause contest. Here at the Tapolci Foundation, we are committed to enriching the community. Now, we want to celebrate those who have contributed their efforts to build stronger communities.

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Election 2016 – How Giving are the Presidential Candidates?

It’s that time of year again; the time where you can’t turn on the TV, or look at any of your electronic devices, or heck, go through the day at the office without hearing something about one of the current presidential candidates. Since the beginning of this whole crazy process (if you’ve watched any of the debates, you can’t disagree with me here), the candidates are asked a multitude of questions like:

  • What are your views on foreign policy?
  • How would you react to the issues in the middle east?
  • What is your take on immigration?
  • What about healthcare?

But, what about “How giving are you?”

In recent years, Americans have been more and more giving when it comes to charitable donations; in 2014 the total amount given by Americans was $358 billion. Everyone has a cause or two that is near to his or her hearts; what about our presidential candidates? When you look at the numbers it may not be as much as we all originally thought. Here’s a look at the breakdown:

giving candidatesHillary Clinton is at the top of the giving tree with over 10% of her and her husband’s combined income going to charity. With the information we have, Ted Cruz looks to be the least giving with less than 1% of his combined income going to charity. And we don’t have a clue what Mr. Trump donates yearly since he has not released his tax returns; but we do know that according to his doctor,  “Mr. Trump is healthiest person to ever run for president”.


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7 Reasons Supporting a Charity Can Help Your Business

You have many privileges as a business owner. The corner office, the awesome parking spot, your own business… just to name a few. Yes, those privileges of running a business are great, but there are also others that are somewhat more meaningful.


Have you ever thought of the benefits volunteering can deliver to your business? We have, and we’re here to enlighten you with seven ways supporting a charity can be helpful for your business.

1. Defining Your Corporate Identity

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Making Monetary Donations on a Budget

When donations make headlines, they are often in insurmountable amounts high enough to shake heaven and earth itself. Bill Gates himself pledged to donate 95 percent of his wealth to charity which is currently estimated to be at $74.8 billion.

Although the generosity made by deep-pocketed philanthropists is often staggering, you don’t necessarily have to empty your bank account just to make a difference. Making donations on a budget can be easy; and no we aren’t going to ask you to donate a gallon of blood in the process.

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