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Brackets For Good St. Louis 2018 presented by YouthBridge Community Foundation

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Rachel Purviance

Fundraising Madness for 2018 has come to a close – but we’re excited to share the impact that was made in the St. Louis community this year thanks to the nonprofit participants, donors and Community Partners Ferguson Roofing, Simploy, Open Road Communications and YouthBridge Community Foundation. From all of us at Brackets For Good, thank you for your support!

Click on the logo below to read our 2018 Impact Report for St. Louis!

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Posted in Brackets For Good, St. Louis


Brackets For Good St. Louis 2017 presented by Youthbridge Community Foundation

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Rachel Purviance

Fundraising Madness spread across the country in 2017 marking this our biggest year yet! Brackets For Good tournaments are a team effort. The tournaments help people in the community learn about and rally behind great local causes doing amazing work.

Check out our stats from the second tournament in St.Louis! The report covers an overview of the tournament stats, the impact on participating nonprofits, donors and our partners, and you even get a sneak peek into what we are working on for 2018!

Thanks for helping build stronger communities through the power of Competitive Giving!

Select the image to download the Brackets For Good St. Louis 2017 Teammate Report.

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Posted in Brackets For Good, St. Louis


Brackets For Good 2017 Champions

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Jen Marcuson

The Brackets For Good 2017 Champions post-game press conference: get the scoop on all the game-winning plays.

Brackets For Good Champion check presentation April 12th 2017 at Indiana Pacer Home Game at halftime on halfcourt

🏆 USA (National)

  • Champion: Allied Arts
  • Raised: $440,004.83
  • Mission: Enriching Our Communities Through Advancement of the Arts.
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “We had brand new donors, and that’s always great. We also had loyal donors, and we had corporate partners that gave more because there was this opportunity to double their dollars. Having that $100,000 prize out there as an opportunity really helped our corporate donors say, ‘let’s get in on this!’.”


🏆 Ann Arbor

  • Champion: Community Action Network
  • Raised: $42,706.44
  • Mission: Community Action Network partners with children, youth and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and to improve the communities in which they live.
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good gave us a way to reconnect with old donors and a way to connect with new donors to raise a lot of money for our organization when we desperately needed it.”


🏆 Baltimore

  • Champion: I AM O’KAH!
    Mission: The mission of I AM O’KAH! is to empower all youth to unlock their greatest potential: through mentorship, scholarships and programs that help them navigate through socio-economic barriers to success.
  • Raised: $30,477.03
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good increased our outreach to first-time donors and allowed us to spread awareness about the organization to people who didn’t previously know about us.”


🏆 Cincinnati

  • Champion: NS Cares
    Mission: The vision of NS Cares is to ignite progress and growth throughout the insurance industry through acts of kinds in our communities.
  • Raised: $37,402.93
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good not only brings in new donors and connects you to your current donor base but also connects you with other organizations you might not be aware of, and you might have future opportunities for partnership.”


🏆 Denver

  • Champion: Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding
    Mission: Promise Ranch encourages individuals of all abilities, including Veterans, to reach their full potential by providing safe, supportive, and quality Green Care opportunities in our community.
  • Raised: $52,718.00
  • Game Winning Play: “The tournament created an intense amount of excitement within our community, with our clients, our volunteers, and also new donors. That was really amazing and thrilling for us.”
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “This competition really gave us a chance to come together as a staff, with our board, and with our volunteers and clients, and build something from the inside out.”


🏆 Hartford

  • Champion: CMHA (Community Mental Health Affiliates)
  • Mission: CMHA is a leading provider of an integrated health and behavioral health care system for children, families and adults. By fostering improvement in the quality of life for their clients, CMHA contributes to the well-being of the communities it serves.
  • Raised: $53,883.78
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good was a huge team-building concept for our organization. It brought our organization together; it engaged our employees; it made us feel like a team working together for a common goal.”


🏆 Indianapolis

  • Champion: Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People
    Mission: To serve people living with childhood grief through bereavement programs, advocacy, community education and outreach. Our vision is to ensure that no person living with childhood grief feels alone.
  • Raised: $91,460.74
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good created tremendous awareness about our organization and actually helped families find us who need our services.”


🏆 Louisville

  • Champion: Neighborhood House
    Mission: Our mission is to provide individuals with opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty for our children and families.
  • Raised: $71,148.83
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets for Good is a tremendous way to raise awareness for your nonprofit and to really capture the energy going on around March Madness already. If you can harness that power for good and turn it into dollars, that’s wonderful.”


🏆 Miami

  • Champion: Holocaust Documentation & Education Center
  • Mission: To document and present an enduring, historically accurate record of the Holocaust through eyewitness accounts by Survivors, Liberators, Rescuers, and others who survived terrifying experiences, overcame fear and grief, and triumphed to live meaningful and productive. To teach people from all walks of life the universal lessons of the Holocaust, through thought-provoking exhibitions and insightful programming, illuminating the catastrophic ramifications of prejudice, racism, stereotyping, and bullying which tragically still occur today. This is accomplished through the cultivation of alliance and cooperation with individuals, organizations and institutions, locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Raised: $32,414.25
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good really spreads awareness. It also boosts morale, donors become excited, friends want to get engaged, and everyone has lots of fun!”


🏆 Nashville

  • Champion: Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
  • Mission: To provide educational opportunities and training in the arts through the power and in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Raised: $40,049.70
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “The biggest thing for us was that it was a way to get more people involved early in the year when normally fundraising just doesn’t happen.”


🏆 St. Louis

  • Champion: Camp Jump Start
  • Mission: Camp Jump Start is a whole health summer camp dedicated to jump start kid success.
  • Raised: $106,088.43
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good gave us a great opportunity to engage all of our staff, donors, and volunteers in order to be a team. Everyone wanted us to win, round after round after round and it got everyone very engaged!”


🏆 Twin Cities

  • Champion: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest
    Mission: We, in partnership with our community, provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness.
  • Raised: $64,190.07
  • Game Winning Play: “The social media presence has been priceless.”
  • How they lit up the scoreboard: “Brackets For Good is one of the best ways we’ve had to engage new donors or lapsed donors. The competitive spirit energizes not only our staff, but our donors as well as the philanthropic community.”

Posted in Ann Arbor Area, Brackets For Good, Fundraising, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nonprofit Story, St. Louis, Twin Cities


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!

David Backes hair shave crowdAthletes For Animals display table

David Backes hair shave (1)

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


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