The Brackets For Good Highlights blog is used to showcase the impact our participating organizations and sponsors have on their communities, share proven nonprofit fundraising advice, and provide updates on our March fundraising tournaments.

Score BIG with Our Champ Coloring Contest

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Matt Duncan

Put your artistic skills on display and you could be one of five lucky winners to win $100 for your favorite nonprofit! Here is how you can get in the game!

Good luck #noluckneeded!



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Welcome to the Line Up Birge & Held Asset Management

Posted on February 25, 2017 by Jen Marcuson

Birge & Held (B&H) is a national apartment real estate, private equity and investment firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since 2008, B&H has acquired and currently manages over $350,000,000 in multi-family assets across the country. Through private equity and creative debt structures, B&H continues to grow its portfolio of assets and generate strong returns for its investors.

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B&G is dedicated to creating profitable partnerships with their stakeholders, an enriched work environment for employees, best in class properties for their residents, and opportunities for community involvement. They have a Community Service policy for all employees and encourage continuous philanthropic initiatives. In this spirit, B&G has generously signed up to be a BFG 2017 Indianapolis Community Teammate. They are partnered with the Humane Society of Hamilton County, our 2015 Indianapolis Champion!

We are excited to see what B&H and the Humane Society unleash in the 2017 tournament together.

Posted in Indianapolis

Inverse-Square joins Brackets For Good Community Partners Roster

Posted on February 25, 2017 by Matt Duncan

Founded in 2011, custom software development company, Inverse-Square is a dedicated Microsoft technology shop. Experts in C#, SQL, and JavaScript, Inverse-Square is exceptional at building software that makes business processes easier and more efficient.

In 2016, they started a Charity of the Year program and donated time to build software for Paws & Think, a therapy-animal organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life by using the power of the human-animal bond. This year, besides participating in Brackets for Good, they have chosen Indiana After School Network (IAN) as their Charity of the Year. This organization promotes afterschool and summer learning by connecting youth workers, partners, and advocates. Besides donating financially and fundraising for IAN, Inverse-Square also will provide 40 hours of service toward helping them with their software needs.


As a Brackets For Good 2017 Community Teammate, Inverse-Square is partnered with The Center For Leadership Development (CLD). This organization works to foster the advancement of minority youth in central Indiana as future professional, business, and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment.

By day, “Team Awesome”, as Inverse-Square employees are known, solve client problems with efficient, practical solutions. The Center for Leadership Development prepare youth for the highest levels of academic achievement and career success. These two teams look ready to put the work in, score some points, and build leaders of tomorrow together!

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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


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.


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

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

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