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Career Counseling Organization Ready for tip-off in Baltimore

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Jen Marcuson

Maryland New Directions (MND) was introduced to Brackets For Good last year when they received a postcard inviting them to check out the website. It didn’t take them long to realize the value the forthcoming tournament could bring, and they registered to be among the first competitors in the 2017 Baltimore tournament. 

Offering no-cost career counseling and job skills training, MND has been serving low-income Baltimore residents for 43 years. They offer a range of training services such as career assessments, mock interviews, one-on-one coaching, and job placement assistance. Being well-versed in professional skills development, it is no surprise that the team at MND has already huddled up and developed a full tournament strategy!

Development Manager Barbara Reed says that the team is busy “getting in game mode” for the upcoming competition. They have already warmed up by creating “Team MND” marketing materials, have drafted local businesses to support their tournament run, and are developing video clips. Most of their tournament playbook is top-secret, but Barbara revealed that they will roll out a “Jump Shot for Jobs” promotion. Everyone from volunteers to board members are being put through the paces in order to be able to spread the word, plan special events, and connect with their supporters.

Barbara reports that they have put the BFG website and locker room tools to good use in creating their game-plan. They have viewed the training materials, taken advantage of the available logos and graphics, and integrated the sample social media posts into their planned messaging. Barbara says that the provided writing samples help them to more clearly articulate what BFG is all about in a consistent manner. Ensuring that everyone is getting the same clear and concise message about BFG will help most effectively encourage their supporters to participate, both locally and across the nation.

MND changes lives through employment. Since 1973, they have worked with nearly 140,000 individuals. As they enter 2017, they do so with hopes to grow their newest Youth Opportunity work initiative, focused on unemployed inner city residents, aged 18-24. If MND was to secure the Baltimore Championship title, the funds would be used to support targeted efforts specifically for that demographic. No matter how far they advance, Barbara says that MND is looking forward to new donors, community support, and a great deal of fun. With only 24 days to go until tip-off, the MND team is in great shape and ready to score early and often!

 

Posted in Brackets For Good | Tagged 2017, Baltimore, Nonprofit, Nonprofit Interview


Introducing Champ: Our Warm & Furry MVP (Most Valuable Philanthropist)

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Rachel Purviance

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A Beastly Blue Dude on a Soul-cial Mission

Not too long ago, an amazing thing happened. It was December and the snow was just beginning to blanket our headquarters in the heart of the Midwest. Our team was busy finalizing the matchups for our 2017 Brackets for Good tournaments, coast to coast, when we heard the familiar whoosh of our front door opening. Before we could even stop what we were doing, a furry blue dude took a seat and was headband deep in our non-profit online registrations. He studied the reports, analyzed the field of contenders, and made the kinds of observations that can only be described as philanthropic wizardry. P&Ls, organizational stability, potential impact. He could spot a Cinderella Story from a million miles away. Within minutes, the digital paperwork was flying through the Interwebs, our 2017 brackets were locked and loaded, and our mysterious blue guest let out a wonderful yowl that sounded sweeter than a Jim Nantz drawl. We finally mustered the courage to ask him his name. “Call me Champ,” he said. “You could say I’m on a soul-cial mission.” A soulcial mission indeed. It wasn’t long before we recognized Champ’s other talents as well. He seemed to hold a black belt in enthusiasm, and could rally support like nobody’s business. And of course, there was that beautiful, wonderful yowl of his. We spent the rest of the day on into the wee hours of the morning listening to Champ tell us about his journey from the Land of Giving, where he’d spent his youth honing his philanthropic chops. Realizing that his skills could be put to use in a wider world—where not everyone knew how to give or even what organizations they could give to—he said good-bye to the Land of Giving and tracked us down here at Brackets for Good where he hopes to help others discover the power of philanthropy. Champ will be working closely with our creative team at Lodge (and will even be bunking up at their Shop) and is committed to becoming the Most Valuable Philanthropist for all of our participating non-profits. We plan to have him canvassing the country, spreading the good word about the philanthropy’s role in today’s ever-changing world.

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Invite Champ to your next charitable event! champ@bfg.org

Posted in Brackets For Good | Tagged 2017, Announcement, BFG17, Champ


TWIN CITIES: National fundraising organization activates new local donors, offers $10,000 grand prize to top Twin Cities nonprofit competitor in bracket-based tournament

Posted on October 14, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Brackets For Good 2017 Twin Cities presented by Western Refining and Super America

Presenting sponsor Western Refining & SuperAmerica brings fundraising contest back to Twin Cities nonprofits for a second year

Calling all Twin Cities nonprofits: Charitable organization, Brackets For Good, again challenges your organization to friendly competition and a chance to win $10,000!

Indianapolis-based Brackets For Good hosts online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments every March in communities around the United States. Participating nonprofits rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance. Through the excitement, localized marketing, and corporate involvement; nonprofits earn increased exposure, gain access to free fundraising tools, and are introduced to new donors.

In 2016, the Twin Cities tournament garnered 2,167 donations, 45 percent of which were first-time donations. Donors gave $281,184 total, and tournament champion Spare Key brought in $75,225.

Since Brackets For Good’s kickoff contest in 2012, it has raised more than $2.75 million for local charities. Due to the overwhelming success, the tournaments have since expanded from Indianapolis, Louisville, Ann Arbor, St. Louis, and Minneapolis and will break into several other markets in 2017, including Cincinnati, Miami, Denver, Nashville, Hartford, and Baltimore.

To participate, charities should register free at https://twincities.bfg.org/city by Oct. 28, 2016. 116 Twin Cities nonprofits have already registered to be considered to play in the 2017 tournament, which starts Feb. 24.

The positive impact of the Brackets For Good tournament on the Twin Cities-area is only made possible due to the support of local businesses dedicated to the community.

“It’s important to us that we have a positive and ongoing impact on the lives of our neighbors and provide meaningful support to the community at large,” said Matt Sieh, Food Service Manager, SuperAmerica of presenting sponsor Western Refining. Supporting Brackets For Good is a fun way for us to do exactly that. With a single investment in our community we support 64 nonprofits and help thousands of community members learn about and support the nonprofits that serve the Twin Cities area.”

Brackets For Good 2017 Twin Cities sponsors include: Western Refining & SuperAmerica, Legal for Good, and Lids.

“We’re excited to be returning to host a Twin Cities Brackets For Good tournament, co-founder Matt McIntyre said. “This past March, $281,184 was raised for nonprofits in the Twin Cities area. We’re confident this year’s tournament will be even more successful at raising awareness and funds for local nonprofits.”

For more information, visit https://twincities.bfg.org/city.

About BRACKETS FOR GOOD

Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis, IN based 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on activating new donors, and increasing awareness for other nonprofit organizations through competitive, online fundraising at no cost.

Media contact:
Jaymie Shook
317.602.7137 ext. 2066
jshook(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com

Posted in Brackets For Good, Twin Cities | Tagged 2017, press release, Twin Cities


HARTFORD: National fundraising organization activates new local donors, offers $10,000 grand prize to top Hartford nonprofit competitor in bracket-based tournament

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Brackets For Good 2017 Hartford presented by Stanley Black & Decker

National fundraising organization activates new local donors, offers $10,000 grand prize to top Hartford nonprofit competitor in bracket-based tournament

Presenting sponsor Stanley Black & Decker brings fundraising contest to Hartford nonprofits

Calling all Greater Hartford-area nonprofits: Brackets For Good, challenges you to a friendly competition and a chance to win $10,000!

Indianapolis-based non-profit Brackets For Good hosts online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments every March in communities around the United States. Participating nonprofits rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance. Through the excitement, localized marketing, and corporate involvement, nonprofits earn increased exposure, gain access to free fundraising tools, and are introduced to new donors.

Brackets For Good has raised more than $2.75 million for local charities since 2012. Due to this overwhelming success and popularity, the tournaments have expanded from Indianapolis to Louisville, Ann Arbor, St. Louis, and Twin Cities. This year, we are excited to continue growth into several other markets including Hartford, Cincinnati, Miami, Denver, Nashville, and Baltimore.

To participate, charities in the Greater Hartford-area and the surrounding towns can register free at https://hartford.bfg.org/city by Oct. 28, 2016. Fourteen Hartford-area nonprofits have already registered to be considered to play in the 2017 tournament, which begins Feb. 24.

The Brackets For Good tournament in Hartford is made possible by the support of local businesses dedicated to the community.

“Stanley Black & Decker is committed to building a better tomorrow,” said Tim Perra, Stanley Black & Decker, Vice President of Communications. “It’s not just the homes we help build with our tools, or the schools we protect with our security systems. It’s also a commitment to stepping up and bettering our local community, which has been an important part of our culture for nearly 175 years. Partnering with Brackets For Good is a fun and impactful way we can support 64 organizations that are serving the Hartford community.”

Brackets For Good 2017 Hartford sponsors include: Stanley Black & Decker, Lids, and Bloomerang.

“Brackets For Good exists because we believe that communities are strengthened when more people learn about and support local organizations that operate in service to the community,” said Reid McDowell, Partnerships & Marketing Director of Brackets For Good. “In both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, it’s clear that Hartford organizations are dedicated to the strength and health of their community. This dedication to the community is what drove us to expand to Hartford. I’m looking forward to a fun and impactful March.”

 

For more information, visit https://hartford.bfg.org/city.

About BRACKETS FOR GOOD

Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis, IN based 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on activating new donors, and increasing awareness for other nonprofit organizations through competitive, online fundraising at no cost.

About STANLEY BLACK & DECKER

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Media contact:
Jaymie Shook
317.602.7137 ext. 2066
jshook(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com

 

Posted in Brackets For Good | Tagged 2017, Hartford, press release


BALTIMORE: National fundraising organization activates new local donors, offers $10,000 grand prize to top Baltimore nonprofit competitor in bracket-based tournament

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Brackets For Good 2017 Baltimore presented by Stanley Black & Decker

National fundraising organization activates new local donors, offers $10,000 grand prize to top Baltimore nonprofit competitor in bracket-based tournament
Presenting sponsor Stanley Black & Decker brings fundraising contest to Baltimore nonprofits

Calling all greater Baltimore-area nonprofits: Brackets For Good, challenges you to a friendly competition and a chance to win $10,000!

Indianapolis-based non-profit Brackets For Good hosts online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments every March in communities around the United States. Participating nonprofits rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance. Through the excitement, localized marketing, and corporate involvement, nonprofits earn increased exposure, gain access to free fundraising tools, and are introduced to new donors.

Brackets For Good has raised more than $2.75 million for local charities since 2012. Due to this overwhelming success and popularity, the tournaments have expanded from Indianapolis to Louisville, Ann Arbor, St. Louis, and Twin Cities. This year, we are excited to continue growth into several other markets in 2017 including Baltimore, Cincinnati, Miami, Denver, Nashville, and Hartford.

To participate, charities in the Greater Baltimore-area and the surrounding towns can register free at https://baltimore.bfg.org/city by Oct. 28, 2016. Baltimore-area nonprofits must be registered to be considered to play in the 2017 tournament starting Feb. 24.

The Brackets For Good tournament in Baltimore is made possible by the support of local businesses dedicated to the community.

“Stanley Black & Decker is committed to building a better tomorrow,” said Jeff Ansell, Stanley Black & Decker Senior VP & Group Executive, Global Tools & Storage. “Partnering with Brackets For Good is a unique and impactful way we can support 64 organizations that are serving the Baltimore community, where we have called home for more than a century.”

Brackets For Good 2017 Baltimore sponsors include: Stanley Black & Decker, mGive, Lids, and Bloomerang.

“Brackets For Good exists because we believe that communities are strengthened when more people learn about and support local organizations that operate in service to the community,” said Matt McIntyre, Executive Director and Co-founder of Brackets For Good. “In both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, it’s clear that Baltimore organizations are dedicated to the strength and health of their community. This dedication to the community is what drove us to expand to Baltimore. I’m looking forward to a fun and impactful March.”

For more information, visit https://baltimore.bfg.org/city.

About BRACKETS FOR GOOD
Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis, IN based 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on activating new donors, and increasing awareness for other nonprofit organizations through competitive, online fundraising at no cost.

About STANLEY BLACK & DECKER
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Media contact:
Jaymie Shook
317.602.7137 ext. 2066
jshook(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com

Posted in Brackets For Good | Tagged 2017, Baltimore, press release


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