The concept of First Friday started out in the late 1980s as a way for cities all over America to combat the threat of urban decay . By incorporating the safety in numbers mentality, First Fridays started reintroducing people to their beautiful, forgotten, historic districts by spotlighting locations presently perceived as dangerous. The name has since become synonymous with various public events taking place on the first Friday of every month, regardless of the stigma of the location. People see it as the place to be, often planning anticipated visits well in advance.

Despite the moniker, many cities have now…


With the rise of the tech industry, Silicon Valley has become home to one of the wealthiest sectors in the US. That also makes it a prime target for charitable organizations in need of funding, but charitable organizations are finding Silicon Valley to be a tough nut to crack. Getting charitable donations from Silicon Valley donors is not impossible, but it does require a different approach from other types of donors. Here are four tips on seeking philanthropic contributions in Silicon Valley.

Charitable organizations are somewhat infamous for playing on the heartstrings of donors. One of the most notorious examples…


Philanthropy is a well-integrated concept in society today. Different stakeholders perform different functions to facilitate and encourage the concept of giving towards charity. As a donor, you should put heavy emphasis on being informed regarding the concept of philanthropy. Here are 4 major philanthropy magazines that you may consider subscribing to if you’d like to receive valuable information in the area of philanthropy.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

This produces and publishers news and opinion-related pages that generally revolve around the area of non-profit giving and the role it plays in the society. The magazine produces special reports, webinars, as well…


Volunteering has been shown to have a number of health and overall quality of life benefits. Volunteers have been shown to live longer, have deeper emotional stability and even experience better mental health and happiness . That being said, it is also important to find the place to volunteer and in the right capacity. For some, volunteering may be something they want to be heavily invested in for a longer period, while others may want the flexibility to simply pitch in now and then. No matter what your needs or interests are, there is a volunteer opportunity that is right…


Retirement is a time for people to explore new experiences and participate in events they may not have had time for during their working lives. One such experience could be volunteering . Here are just a few of the benefits retired individuals might reap while volunteering their time and services to better their communities.

Maintained A Sense Of Purpose For some people, transitioning from working many hours a day for several decades to possessing all the free time in the world can be a difficult adjustment. Sometimes, a person may become bored and feel like they are not contributing to…


Utilizing Facebook as a platform for fundraising is an excellent opportunity to raise money for charity and other nonprofit purposes. However, it’s still important to weigh the pros and cons . Along with a multitude of fantastic benefits, there are some limitations and drawbacks to using this medium.

Pros

Of course, one of the greatest benefits of choosing to use Facebook for your fundraising is its wide reach across the globe. Virtually everyone in this day and age is a member of Facebook or can easily access it, no matter what city, state, or country in which they reside. …


Tourism to Lancaster County positively impacts small and large businesses alike. Restaurants, attractions and lodging properties benefit directly from tourism, but that leads to the betterment of all businesses from farmers to printers to builders.

The longtime residents of Lancaster and the surrounding areas are invaluable, but it’s the tourism to our county that has been a driving force of growth.

History of the Station

The Lancaster train station was designated a contributing property to the Lancaster Historic District in 2001, meaning it adds to the historical integrity and architectural qualities that make the district historic.

As of 2012, the…


When disaster strikes, American folks often dig into their wallets and donate, but giving back entails much more. Volunteering is another quality here in the United States that racks up some huge numbers. For instance, every year, close to 63 million people here volunteer, and that rounds out to services in the amount of $184 billion. The U.S. is also very generous compared to the rest of the world and ranks 4th in giving to charity to the tune of about $410 billion annually.

Not every state in the nation is so free-handed, however, and some states are penny-pinchers when…


Volunteering can change your life for the better, and those benefits are amplified when you jump out of your comfort zone and volunteer abroad . Being immersed in a new culture can change your entire perspective while benefitting the communities you visit.

How Volunteering Abroad Could Benefit You

When you decide to volunteer your time and skills in a different country, your motives likely aren’t focused on helping yourself — instead, you’re dedicated to helping those in need. However, you won’t walk away from an international volunteer experience without reaping some personal and professional benefits.

Developing a Global Perspective

Your volunteer experience will inevitably be accompanied…


Non-profit organizations focus on charity and have no affiliation for making financial profits, but they still need to get in touch with the public and attract financing to achieve their primary goal. To be effective, these companies need to undertake some level of marketing where they get in touch with potential supporters. Here are some crucial tips on how non-profit institutions can market themselves at the least possible cost.

Social media is mostly free and famous across the globe. Non-profit organizations can utilize the freedom and flexibility of various social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, to help spread…

Ian Ruzow

Ian Ruzow is an entrepreneur in Lancaster, PA. He is currently a Partner with Oak Tree Development Group. http://ianruzow.org.

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