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Tournament Competitors; Now Community Collaborators

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Jen Marcuson

logo-brackets-for-good-2016-twin-cities-1The final round of the 2016 BFG Twin Cities tournament came down to Spare Key and The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA). Spare Key is an organization that provides assistance to families in crisis with critically ill or seriously injured children. LEMA supports families of fallen law enforcement officers when they have lost their lives in the line of duty. Despite similar missions to assist Minnesota families in need, the two organizations had only a limited knowledge of each other’s work before they found themselves head-to-head, battling it out to become the first Twin Cities champion.

In what was the highest-scoring final round of all the 2016 city tournaments, Spare Key edged out LEMA to win, but their match-up didn’t end there. After the tournament, LEMA President Jeff Beahen reached out to Spare Key. In the spirit of shared excitement for the successes both organizations experienced, a dialogue formed about how they could leverage the momentum of the tournament and create a partnership.

spare-key-logoSpare Key Executive Director, Erich Mische, noted that many people on their Board of Directors had been involved in government and public policy and had the privilege of working with the men and women of law enforcement throughout their careers. Because of that body of knowledge, they were pleased to learn of the profound work that LEMA does on behalf of those who are committed to protecting and serving communities throughout Minnesota.

lema_logoJeff said on behalf of LEMA that while they didn’t know Spare Key before the tournament, the more they learned, the more interest they had in their organization. He noted, “toward the end, we mentioned that if we had to lose, at least it would be to Spare Key, as we admired their mission and their passion for those they served.”

The outcome of the conversations between the two organizations was the creation of a program to provide housing grants to Minnesota Law Enforcement families with critically ill or seriously injured children in the hospital. Spare Key designated their $10,000 prize from winning the tournament toward this program and LEMA donated an additional $5,000 to Spare Key to be used for the initiative.

Erich said, “we believe it has made many families who might not otherwise know of Spare Key aware of our program and services. Equally important, those families have shared information about our program to others which we believe will ultimately result in Spare Key being an important resource to law enforcement families who have sick and injured children in the hospital.” He added, “one of our strategic goals and objectives for 2017 is to increasingly highlight the relationship with LEMA and more proactively promote our program to law enforcement families throughout Minnesota.”

Jeff stated that the new relationship, “truly opened our eyes to the value of working with other non-profits toward common goals. We have a whole new approach to our marketing and branding after Brackets for Good, and we are so extremely grateful for this experience.” The feeling is mutual for Erich, who said, “we are privileged to have come to know the individuals leading LEMA, and the families they serve”.

Congratulations to both Spare Key and LEMA for this incredible endeavor. Friendly competition is an incredibly powerful force for GOOD. We look forward to seeing what these two champion organizations can do together in their community.

It’s Competitive Giving. Everybody Wins.

Posted in Nonprofit Story, Twin Cities | Tagged 2016, champion, Nonprofit Interview, Twin Cities


Engaged Eight Issue – Ann Arbor Area, Indianapolis, and Louisville

Posted on March 25, 2016 by Matt McIntyre

Brackets For Good fans in Ann Arbor Area, Indianapolis, and Louisville, we experienced an issue that we never have before. Our payment processor, Stripe, experienced an outage during the final five minutes of the round detailed here: https://twitter.com/stripestatus/status/713519009371545600.

In light of this issue we’ve decided to create a 24 hour overtime for the affected cities which will allow everyone equal opportunity to advance in Brackets For Good. The Engaged Eight round will now end at 8:00pm EDT for Ann Arbor Area, Indianapolis, and Louisville. Any current donations will be applied to the Engaged Eight Round.

This does not affect Twin Cities and St. Louis tournaments currently ending the Engaged Eight round tonight at 8:00 CDT / 9:00 EDT.

We are terribly sorry for this unexpected issue and please send any remaining questions to: email@bracketsforgood.org.

 

Sincerely,

Matt McIntyre
Executive Director, Brackets For Good
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Posted in Ann Arbor Area, Brackets For Good, Indianapolis, Location, Louisville | Tagged 2016, Ann Arbor, Announcement, Indianapolis, Louisville


Brackets For Good 2016 Louisville presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll: Nonprofit Line Up

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Matt McIntyre

Brackets For Good 2016 Louisville presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll

We are just 32 days away from the tip off of the Derby City’s second go around with Fundraising Madness! Brackets For Good Louisville 2016 presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll starts on Friday, February 26th at 8:00 pm (EST).

Word has spread about the tournament with many great organizations working hard to earn one of the 64 spots in the bracket. 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 hit the weights and the hardcourt to sharpen your skills to be crowned Champion!

Brackets For Good Louisville 2016  – Nonprofit Lineup

(in alphabetical order)

  1. 21st Century Parks/ The Parklands of Floyds Fork
  2. 3 Little Birds 4 Life
  3. A Woman’s Choice & Necole’s Place
  4. ABILITY 2 GROW
  5. Active Heroes
  6. Alley Cat Advocates, Inc.
  7. Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter
  8. American Heart Association
  9. Americana Community Center
  10. Best Buddies Kentucky
  11. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
  12. Bluegrass Center for Autism
  13. Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana (BGCK)
  14. Boys & Girls Haven
  15. Bridgehaven Mental Health Services
  16. Clean Socks Hope
  17. Coalition for the Homeless
  18. Colon Cancer Prevention Project
  19. Derby City Dog Rescue
  20. Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc.
  21. Elevate
  22. Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville
  23. Friend for Life Cancer Support Network
  24. Good Garbage, Inc.
  25. Goodwill of Southern Indiana
  26. Hand in Hand Ministries
  27. Healing TREE
  28. Heuser Hearing & Language Academy
  29. Hosparus
  30. Jill’s Wish Foundation
  31. Junior League of Louisville
  32. Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, Inc.
  33. LifeSpan Resources
  34. Little Ears Hearing Center
  35. Louisville Ballet
  36. Louisville Leopard Percussionists
  37. Louisville Visual Art Association
  38. Louisville Youth Choir
  39. Mama to Mama
  40. My Dog Eats First, Inc.
  41. National Center for Families Learning
  42. Neighborhood House
  43. New Directions Housing Corporation
  44. New Roots, Inc.
  45. No Kill Louisville
  46. Opal’s Dream Foundation
  47. Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky
  48. Restorative Justice Louisville
  49. School Choice Scholarships
  50. Senior Care Experts
  51. Shirley’s Way
  52. St Vincent de Paul Louisville
  53. St. George’s Scholar Institute
  54. StageOne Family Theatre
  55. Teach Kentucky
  56. The Alley Theater
  57. The Crimson Mission, Inc.
  58. The Dream Factory of Louisville, Kentucky
  59. The Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm
  60. The Healing Place
  61. The Morton Center
  62. The Salvation Army – Louisville Area Command
  63. Uspiritus, Inc.
  64. Women 4 Women

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, Louisville | Tagged 2016, Announcements, NPO News


Brackets For Good 2016 St. Louis presented by YouthBridge Community Foundation: Nonprofit Line Up

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Matt McIntyre

Brackets For Good 2016 St. Louis presented by YouthBridge Community Foundation

We are just 32 days away from the tip off of the first ever competitive giving tournament in St. Louis! Brackets For Good St. Louis 2016 presented by YouthBridge starts on Friday, February 26h at 8:00 pm (EST).

There was in incredible turnout of many great causes looking to get their organization into the big dance but only 64 spots are available.  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 and hit the court to draw up your final Fundraising Madness game plan.

Brackets For Good St. Louis 2016  – Nonprofit Lineup

(in alphabetical order)

  1. Affton Christian Food Pantry
  2. Almost Home
  3. American Cancer Society Hope Lodge St. Louis
  4. Arise Equine Therapy Foundation
  5. Art Unleashed
  6. Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter
  7. Athletes For Animals
  8. Beverly Farm Foundation
  9. Beyond Housing
  10. Boy Scouts of America, Lewis & Clark Council
  11. Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County
  12. Burns Recovered Support Group
  13. Call For Help Inc
  14. Caritas Family Solutions
  15. Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic
  16. Circus Harmony
  17. Coalition for Animal Rescue and Education
  18. Coat-A-Kid, inc
  19. Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis
  20. EarthDance
  21. Easter Seals Midwest
  22. Family Resource Center
  23. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
  24. Girls on the Run St. Louis
  25. Guardian Angel Settlement Association
  26. H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, Inc.
  27. HavenHouse St. Louis
  28. Kingdom House
  29. KUTO, Kids Under Twenty One
  30. Living Well Foundation
  31. Lutheran Elementary School Association
  32. Mathews-Dickey Boy’s and Girl’s Club
  33. Mission: St. Louis
  34. Missouri Eating Disorder Association
  35. Mooblio GO! Curriculum
  36. National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis
  37. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis Area
  38. National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Gateway Area Chapter
  39. Nature Preserve Foundation
  40. Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  41. New Creation International
  42. Our Little Haven
  43. Pedal the Cause
  44. Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
  45. Pujols Family Foundation
  46. Queretaro Institute for the Empowerment of Children
  47. Ready Readers
  48. Rebuilding Together SW IL
  49. Rise Community Development
  50. Sherwood Forest
  51. SIDS Resources
  52. St. Frances Cabrini Academy
  53. St. Louis College Prep
  54. St. Patrick Center
  55. Stray Rescue of St. Louis
  56. Sweet Celebrations
  57. Team Activities for Special Kids, Inc, aka TASK
  58. The Angel Band Project
  59. The Ethics Project
  60. The Sparrow’s Nest
  61. The Youth and Family Center
  62. Thomas Dunn Learning Center
  63. Voices for Children
  64. Web Innovations & Technology Services Inc

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, St. Louis | Tagged 2016, Announcements, NPO News


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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