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ST. LOUIS: National fundraising organization activates new local donors, offers $10,000 grand prize to top St. Louis nonprofit competitor in bracket-based tournament

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Brackets For Good 2017 St. Louis presented by YouthBridge Community FoundationNational fundraising organization activates new local donors, offers $10,000 grand prize to top St. Louis nonprofit competitor in bracket-based tournament

Presenting sponsor YouthBridge Community Foundation brings fundraising contest back to St. Louis nonprofits

Calling all St. Louis nonprofits: Charitable organization, Brackets For Good, 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. These organizations gain exposure, access to free fundraising tools and potential new donors through Brackets for Good’s localized marketing and corporate involvement.

The 2016 tournament in the St. Louis area garnered 1,887 donations, 49 percent of which were first-time donations. Donors gave $190,272 total, and tournament champion Athletes For Animals brought in $29,683, on top of the $10,000 prize from corporate sponsor YouthBridge Community Foundation.

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 tournament originally expanded from Indianapolis to  Louisville, followed by Ann Arbor, St. Louis and Twin Cities. Brackets For Good is pleased to announce it will break into several other markets in 2017, including Denver, Cincinnati, Miami, Hartford, Nashville and Baltimore.

To participate, charities should register free at https://stlouis.bfg.org/city by Oct. 28, 2016. One-hundred-twenty-seven St. Louis nonprofits have already registered to be considered to play in the 2017 tournament starting Feb. 24.

The positive impact of the Brackets For Good tournament on the St. Louis-area is only made possible due to the support of local businesses dedicated to the community. Brackets For Good 2017 St. Louis sponsors include: YouthBridge Community Foundation, Simploy, Ferguson Roofing, Jet Linx, Commerce Bank and Lids.

“YouthBridge Community Foundation is dedicated to building strong communities by bridging the resources of donors with community needs,” said Michael Howard, CEO, YouthBridge Community Foundation. “By helping bring the Brackets For Good tournament to St. Louis, we’re doing exactly that. We’re activating donors in a fun way to support the needs of the community. As a result our community is stronger. We’re excited for the St. Louis Brackets For Good tournament to have an even greater impact on the St. Louis community in its second year.”

With the competitive giving tournament returning to the St. Louis area for a second year, Brackets For Good founders are hopeful that the dollars raised will be even higher in 2017.

“We’re excited to be hosting the second St. Louis Brackets For Good tournament, co-founder Matt McIntyre said. “This past March, $190,272 was raised for nonprofits in the St. Louis area. We’re confident this year’s tournament will be even more successful at raising awareness and funds for local nonprofits. Beyond raising funds for nonprofits, we’re excited about the longterm impact of getting more and new people in the community involved in philanthropy.”

For more information, visit https://stlouis.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, St. Louis | Tagged 2017, Media, press release, St. Louis


2016 Brackets for Good Celebrate Athletes for Animals of St. Louis

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

St. Louis nonprofit Athletes for Animals edged out H.E.R.O.E.S. Care in the final round of the Brackets For Good tournament. Athletes for Animals raised a grand total of $39,683 total raised, on top of the $10,000 prize awarded by Youthbridge Community Foundation.

To celebrate the April 10 Pacers game in Indianapolis in which Athletes for Animals was honored with a $10,000 check presentation at half time, Athletes for Animals hosted a “banner hanging” ceremony in conjunction with Tani Sushi Bistro on Tuesday, April 5.

Athletes For Animals Founder and Saint Louis Blues NHL Captain David Backes shaved his head at the event, as part of the #BackesFlowGone challenge orchestrated during the tournament to win additional donations.

Congratulations, Athletes for Animals!

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Posted in Brackets For Good, St. Louis | Tagged champion, St. Louis


BAM Marketing’s philanthropic efforts emphasize pro-bono service

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

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BAM Marketing is a full-service marketing management company located in the historic Frisco Building in downtown St. Louis at 9th and Olive Street. BAM has one of the most dynamic and experienced marketing teams in the St. Louis region.

BAM provides pro-bono marketing services for Beverly Farm Foundation, a residential community for nearly 400 intellectually and physically disabled adults.

Beverly Farm is a planned community that looks and feels like a neighborhood. There are homes and grass, and a recreation center with a pool; there is an equestrian center, a pavilion, jobs, all kinds of activities, medical services, therapies, and much more. Cottages, group homes, apartments, and community-based options make up the landscape, people make it home.

Nearly 400 individuals who live with intellectual or developmental disabilities call Beverly Farm home. We challenge and encourage them to live their best life.

“Beverly Farm’s extraordinary environment and commitment for growing, living and caring has touched both our son and family in many ways. We see the improvement in his awareness, happiness and abilities and we are so thankful and appreciative that he lives and grows at Beverly Farm.”

BAM also provides pro-bono marketing services for African Vision of Hope, an organization that serves 1,000 children by providing a place to live, food, and education in Zambia, Africa.

African Vision of Hope is a Christian organization committed to bringing immediate and lasting solutions to children and families living in extreme poverty. We confront the root causes of poverty by providing opportunities to be educated, grow up healthy, develop leadership and economic skills and learn about God’s love. The vision is “for every child in Africa to be released from extreme poverty and have the ability to fulfill the purpose that God has for their lives.”

BAM Marketing is a proud divisional sponsor of the 2016 tournament in St. Lous.

Posted in Sponsor Story, St. Louis | Tagged BAM, Sponsor, St. Louis


Community service is a cornerstone for Ferguson Roofing

Posted on February 08, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

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Brackets for Good is proud to announce Ferguson Roofing as a divisional sponsor of the 2016 tournament in St. Louis.

Ferguson Roofing has a history of supporting community, customers and staff through various efforts.

“Our mission is to protect your residential or commercial property through high-quality workmanship, optimal product selection, industry leading warranties and excellent customer service while upholding the reputation and values we have built upon for 75 years.”

 
Ferguson Roofing is a proud member of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and the Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce. We are very happy for the opportunity to support local businesses, schools and charities in the Greater St. Louis and metro East Illinois areas. Ferguson is also involved in many golf tournament, trivia, and gala sponsorships to support causes such diabetes, children’s dental care, education and shelter for disadvantaged children and numerous other foundations.

 

We are evolving our philanthropic strategy to better leverage our resources, both financially and with our team. We are applying the same acumen to our corporate philanthropy that we do to our general business strategy. Our entire staff is included in this process as philanthropy becomes a more actionable and personal piece of our team culture.

 

Innovation continues to thrive with the third generation now operating the business. For brothers Brett and Jason, green is not a color at Ferguson Roofing, it’s a focus and passion. The “Think Green” process is applied on every front. Ferguson investigates and tests the newest environmentally sound products and techniques, often before they even hit the market. Additionally, Ferguson is a devout recycler – from old shingles at the job site to copier paper in the office.

 

Customer service is and always has been a cornerstone in the success of Ferguson Roofing. Yet there is another “C” service that we hold important: Community service. After all, we live here in Greater St. Louis and metro east Illinois with our co-workers, friends and family. We like to help make it a better place.”

 

What is next on the horizon for Ferguson Roofing? There are projects being developed all of the time. Whatever it is, the safe bet is it will incorporate honorable business practices with innovative, cutting-edge technology and products and quite possibly a Shupp on-site skippering the project.

 

Posted in Sponsor Story, St. Louis | Tagged Ferguson Roofing, Sponsor, St. Louis


YouthBridge exists to help nonprofits focused on improving the lives of children

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

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YouthBridge Community Foundation is the Title Sponsor of the 2016 Brackets for Good competition in St. Louis.
With a heritage rooted in children and youth causes dating back to 1877, our philanthropy advisors consult today on a wide range of charitable giving solutions, bringing specialized expertise and philanthropic management services to donors, nonprofits, advisors and businesses.”

YouthBridge Community Foundation is an organization that exists to help nonprofits, especially those focused on children and youth, become stronger and more sustainable, to help donors maximize their social impact and to help professional advisors administer their clients’ charitable funds.

Our most recent initiative is the Think Big for Kids Fund
o Provides grants to support projects that are new, bold and innovative (projects may be unproven and seen as risky)
o Projects funded will be transformative for the nonprofit(s) involved or the community of children & youth
o Expected range of grants will be $25,000+

There will be an Advisory Committee, comprised of community members, to review and make grant recommendations.
o The Think Big for Kids Fund is open to the community and accepting donations to help fund the grants
o More details on grant guidelines will be available on April 4 on the YB website.
o Letters of Interests from nonprofits seeking funding will be accepted beginning April 4.

Posted in Sponsor Story, St. Louis | Tagged Sponsor, St. Louis, YouthBridge


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