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2016 Brackets for Good Celebrates Spare Key of Minnesota

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Minneapolis nonprofit Spare Key edged out the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association in the final round of the Brackets For Good tournament. Spare Key raised a grand total of $75,225, on top of the $10,000 prize awarded for Northern Tier Family of Businesses.

Spare Key hosted a “banner hanging” ceremony on Thursday, April 14 to celebrate following the April 10 Pacers game in Indianapolis in which Spare Key was honored with a $10,000 check presentation at half time.

In the spirit of Brackets For Good, Spare Key will designate the $10,000 award to be used for critically ill and seriously injured children of Minnesota Law Enforcement professionals. The organization is currently working with tournament sponsors and other partners in an attempt to double or even triple that commitment.

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Posted in Nonprofit Story, Twin Cities | Tagged champion, Twin Cities


Congratulations to the 2016 Champions!

Posted on April 11, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Fundraising Madness, Competitive Giving

After expanding from the Indianapolis area to the Louisville, Ky., area in 2015, Brackets For Good added three new markets in 2016: St. Louis and surrounding areas, Ann Arbor, Mich., and surrounding areas, and Minneapolis and surrounding areas. The six-round tournament took place online over five weeks, from Feb. 26 – April 1, 2016.

Congratulations to the 2016 Champions!

The following totals are money raised on top of the $10,000 prize:

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Posted in Ann Arbor Area, Brackets For Good, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis, Twin Cities | Tagged Ceremony, Championship, Pacers


The clock is ticking down and the game is close…

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

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Welcome to the Philanthropic Four!

Score your points before the buzzer sounds this Tuesday, 29th 7:59pm.
Now is the time to get into the action & help one of these great causes enter the Championship Round. Don’t wait, this round ends TONIGHT —
It’s an extra $10,000, so let’s raise some more dollars for these fantastic remaining organizations! Let’s do it!

Posted in Ann Arbor Area, Brackets For Good, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nonprofit Story, St. Louis, Twin Cities | Tagged champion, philanthropic, Philanthropic four, winner


Luther Automotive Group is Driven by Service

Posted on March 01, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

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The red car with the yellow sticker represents more than just selling cars. In fact, it represents over 60 years of hard work by the team members of Luther Automotive Group, a proud community partner for the 2016 Brackets for Good tournament in the Twin Cities.

For the last six years, Luther Automotive Group has designated the month of February as “Drive To Serve” month and focused our efforts on an event that allows us to engage our employees, families, communities, and customers in a combined effort to do something good for others. This effort has resulted in over 8,900 volunteers coming together to package over 3,700,000 meals for hungry children around the world. In addition, for each bag of food that was packaged, we have contributed to the Emergency Foodshelf Network in Minnesota and The Veterans Airlift Command resulting in donations over $180,000. Over 8,600 pounds of food has been collected for our local food shelf partners by asking volunteers, employees and customers to bring food to the event to share with their neighbors in need.

The Luther Family and its dealerships are also very active in special needs giving. For Example, in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the devastating tsunami in Indonesia, and the typhoon in the Philippines, Luther Automotive encouraged employees to assist victims by donating to The Red Cross, CARE, World Vision, or UNICEF and matched employee contributions up to 100,000 for each situation. Luther also encourages and participates in special needs giving within our local communities.

In addition to giving to the community, Luther Automotive is committed to our environment. Luther Automotive is the largest solar friendly auto dealer in the state of Minnesota. The solar panels on the roofs of the four automotive dealerships in Hennepin County reduce the electrical use of each dealership by 10% to 15% annually. When these dealerships are closed on Sundays, they are generating power and providing it to the power grid. Annually, Luther Automotive recycles over 250,000 gallons of used oil, more than 100,000 oil filters and large amounts of antifreeze, batteries, tires, and sheet metal. Luther Automotive responsibly recycles all electronic waste with Arrow Value Recovery. Luther Automotive transitioned half of our body shops from solvent-based paint to waterborne paint, which will greatly reduce the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are released into the atmosphere in the painting process.

Posted in Sponsor Story, Twin Cities


Brackets For Good 2016 Twin Cities presented by Northern Tier’s Family of Companies: Nonprofit Line Up

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Matt McIntyre

Brackets For Good 2016 Twin Cities presented by Northern Tier's Family of Businesses

We are just 32 days away before Fundraising Madness sweeps through the Twin Cities for the first time! Brackets For Good Twin Cities 2016 presented by Northern Tier starts on Friday, February 26th at 8:00 pm (EST).

We’ve learned that the Twin Cities are very philanthropic area with many worth organizations so selecting 64 nonprofits was no easy task.  Luckily, every nonprofit organization registered with Brackets For Good will be considered for all future tournaments.

$10,000 is up for grabs so, it’s time to grab your play books finalize the most creative game plan to be crowned the first ever Brackets For Good Champion in the Twin Cities!

Brackets For Good Twin Cities 2016  – Nonprofit Lineup

(in alphabetical order)

  1. 180 Degrees
  2. Active Kids Association of Sport
  3. Adult Training and Habilitation Center
  4. Animal Humane Society
  5. Appetite For Change
  6. Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
  7. Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project
  8. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
  9. Breakthrough Twin Cities
  10. Center School, Inc.
  11. Crescent Cove
  12. Defending The Blue Line
  13. Dodge Nature Center
  14. Eriks Ranch and Retreats
  15. Face to Face Health and Counseling Service
  16. Feed My Starving Children
  17. Firefly Sisterhood
  18. First Step Initiative
  19. Folds of Honor
  20. Free Arts Minnesota
  21. Friends in Need Food Shelf
  22. Girls Are Powerful Foundation
  23. Helping Paws, Inc.
  24. Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  25. International Wolf Center
  26. Jeremiah Program
  27. Joyce Preschool
  28. Little People of America District 9
  29. Living Well Disability Services
  30. Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
  31. Minnesota Justice Foundation
  32. Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association
  33. Minnesota Military Family Foundation
  34. MN ADOPT (Minnesota Adoption Resource Network, dba MN ADOPT)
  35. NAMI Minnesota
  36. National Ataxia Foundation
  37. Open Arms of Minnesota
  38. People Incorporated
  39. Pinky Swear Foundation
  40. Positive Coaching Alliance Minnesota
  41. Reach for Resources, Inc.
  42. Rebuilding Together Twin Cities
  43. Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota
  44. Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest
  45. Second Harvest Heartland
  46. Smile Network International
  47. Spare Key
  48. Special Olympics Minnesota
  49. St. Croix Animal Friends, Inc.
  50. Students Today Leaders Forever
  51. Success Beyond the Classroom
  52. Tee It Up for the Troops, Inc.
  53. The Arc Greater Twin Cities
  54. The Emily Program Foundation
  55. The GOD’S CHILD Project
  56. The Lift Garage
  57. The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music
  58. The Southern Theater
  59. The Warming House
  60. Transit for Livable Communities
  61. True Friends
  62. Ujamaa Place
  63. United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation – Minnesota
  64. Western Communities Action Network

Soon, we’ll be announcing 2016 divisions and first round match-ups! Be one of the first to get the news and subscribe to our email newsletter today.

If your organization is listed above and you didn’t receive our congratulatory email with details and a invitation to our Pep Rally event, please contact us at email@bracketsforgood.org.

Posted in Brackets For Good, Twin Cities | Tagged 2016, Announcements, NPO News


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