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 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.”

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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

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