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

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Brackets For Good 2017 Louisville presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll

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

Presenting sponsor Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP brings fundraising contest back to Louisville nonprofits

Calling all Louisville 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 Louisville area garnered 1,998 donations, 36 percent of which were first-time donations. Donors gave $267,759 total, and tournament champion Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) brought in $26,093, on top of the $10,000 awarded by corporate sponsor Bingham Greenebaum Doll.

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://louisville.bfg.org/city by Oct. 28, 2016. One-hundred-fifty-four Louisville nonprofits have already registered to be considered to play in the 2017 tournament starting Feb. 24.

Additionally, Louisville is one of just a few cities in which Brackets For Good is introducing Community Teammates. As a Brackets For Good Community Teammate, local business will be systematically paired with a local nonprofit to help them – however they think best – advance in the 2017 Brackets For Good tournament. The selection process is dependent on the pool of nonprofits that register as well as the company’s geographic and cause preferences.

Being a Community Teammate offers participating local business several employee-engaging, brand-building benefits that highlight their organization as an active, socially responsible company in the Louisville-area. For more information about Community Teammates, visit https://louisville.bfg.org/community_teammates.

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

“The combined efforts of our attorneys help more than 100 nonprofit organizations across Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio,” said Robyn Radomski, Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. “Supporting Brackets For Good amplifies our impact on nonprofit organizations, allows us to empower numerous organizations with one investment, and is a fun way to create social good. We’ve been longtime partners of Brackets For Good and are excited about the impact we’ll make in the communities in which we collaborate.”

Brackets For Good 2017 Louisville sponsors include: Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Valeo Financial, Kentucky Select, Harding Shymanski and Lids.

“We’re excited to be returning to host a Louisville Brackets For Good tournament,” said Reid McDowell Brackets For Good Partnerships & Marketing Director. “This past March, $267,759 was raised for nonprofits in the Louisville 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 Louisville community involved in philanthropy.”

For more information, visit https://louisville.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, Louisville | Tagged 2017, Louisville, Media, press release


2016 Brackets for Good Celebrate Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville

Posted on April 18, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

Louisville nonprofit Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville edged out Elevate in the final round of the Brackets For Good tournament. FEAT of Louisville raised a grand total of $26,093, on top of the $10,000 prize awarded by Bingham Greenebaum Doll.

To celebrate following the April 10 Pacers game in Indianapolis in which FEAT of Louisville was honored with a $10,000 check presentation at half time, FEAT of Louisville is hosted a “banner hanging” ceremony in conjunction with Passalino’s Vine to Wine Event on Wednesday, April 13.

In the spirit of Brackets For Good, FEAT of Louisville will designate the $10,000 award to be used for programs to help local families impacted by autism, including preschool programs, camps and swim safety lessons. This is FEAT of Louisville’s second year participating and winning the Brackets For Good tournament.

Congratulations, FEAT of Louisville!

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Posted in Brackets For Good, Louisville | Tagged champion, Louisville


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


More than helping you love insurance, Epic Insurance Solutions loves their community

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Rachel Purviance

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Epic Insurance Solutions strives to make insurance as simple and pain-free as possible.

We want you to love insurance as much as we do, and to do that we offer solutions with exceptional ease and customer service.”

Other than helping you love insurance, Epic Insurance loves their community. They have dedicated a team of professional Epic Super Heroes to serve on our EpiCares committee, which focuses on how they can best serve the community through fundraising, volunteerism, education and passion.

2016 is an exciting year for Epic Insurance Solutions & EpiCares. They are committed to providing a minimum of $50,000 to the community. In addition, they will continue to share the mission with Epic Friends for additional sponsorships to support many causes. The EpiCares committee meetings occur monthly to brainstorm ideas on how they can better serve.

This year, the EpiCares’ calendar highlights a specific cause each month where employees & their families are encouraged to either donate monies, time or talent.

One of the EpiCares events includes Kosair Charities’ Capes for Camp kick-off, igniting the superhero in children who either have cancer or are in remission and sending them off to Camp Quality for a week. Epic Insurance’s 2014 & 2015 fundraising efforts raised over $45,000 to support this event. Planning is underway for 2016!

Epic Insurance Solutions & EpiCares considers the communities of Kentucky, Indiana & throughout the United States and beyond.

Our passion is driven by leadership, fellow employees, culture and the desire to do more than is expected and partner with those in need.”

 

Posted in Louisville, Sponsor Story | Tagged Epic Insurance, Louisville, Sponsor


Eight hundred and forty-four thousand, three-hundred and eight dollars!

Posted on May 13, 2015 by Matt McIntyre

$844,308 This is the magic number that signifies the biggest Brackets For Good season in our four year history! In just a few short weeks, $581,383 was raised in the Indianapolis tournament presented by Valeo Financial Advisors and $262,925 in the inaugural Louisville tournament presented by Bingham Greenbaum Doll. Now that the frenzy of competition has subsided and the champs have been crowned we can look back and reflect on the achievements of the 2015 tournament.

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Some of the fiercest competitors made their intentions known from the moment the ball was in play. Indianapolis played hard in the first round and quickly produced the highest scoring round in the whole tournament- over 140,000 points scored! In Louisville, Round 1 also started out strong and the teams played steadily right to the last whistle. At the end of round 1 we all learned a valuable lesson we would carry with us for the next four weeks: Never underestimate the Buzzer Beater! The last fifteen minutes of each round were consistently a burst of alley-oops, three-pointers and slam dunks all over the scoreboards. It was a dizzying downpour of pent-up donations cascading down the screens at 15 minutes to the bell each week. The last buzzer beater would barely hit the board when we would see a new surge of points scored, both for teams looking to close the gaps and for nervous leaders scrambling to stay on top. The buzzer beaters made underdogs emerge victorious and caused week-long leads to crumble in seconds.

Over the course of the tournament, Indianapolis saw 2,322 individual donors give a total of 5,014 times, with 60% of those coming from first-time donors, demonstrating the important exposure generated for the participating charities. We saw countless creative YouTube videos and spirited twitter banter over the course of the tournament by sponsors, nonprofits and their supporters. We expect that infectious attitude to return next year for our 5th annual Indianapolis tournament!

In Louisville, we saw 1,167 donors giving a total of 2,594 times, 61% of whom were also first-time donors – and everyone was a rookie BFG tournament participant! Congrats to Louisville for hitting the ground running and not running out of gas all tournament long. The Louisville teams brought fresh enthusiasm and a can-do attitude that kept the momentum up and brought surprises around every corner. We can’t wait play ball again next year.

humaneWe are so proud of our two winners this year – they are truly champions. We cannot give enough big wet sloppy kisses to Hamilton County Humane Society for their ability to raise a ruckus all over the courts, raising over $124,000 during the tournament – the most of any organization by a long … leash! These funds will help them provide a safe haven for the lost and stray animals of Hamilton County and find new loving homes for thousands of animals this year.

louisvillebatsOur Louisville Champ is also greatly deserving of their crown: FEAT – Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Louisville. FEAT consistently raised more funds in each round as the tournament progressed – generating a total of $33,918! These funds will help them provide scholarships, continue their valuable programs and enrich parent education for the families who need their services.

Without volunteers, sponsors and advocates for these amazing organizations we could not have achieved these monumental successes. Our participants are fierce competitors who can fire up the fans on Facebook, have impressively strong hashtag skills and score point after point, round after round. We also want to thank our generous sponsors. Thanks to them, 128 charities received well-deserved funds to help them continue their work and gained exposure to new supporters, volunteers and community partners, all while having fun!

Congratulations to our Champions and see you in 2016! #BFG16

Posted in Brackets For Good | Tagged 2015, Indianapolis, Louisville, NPO News


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