Bracket-Style Fundraising Tournament to Raise Awareness and Funds for Connecticut Charities

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

59 Nonprofits to Vie for Championship Title and $10,000 from Stanley Black & Decker

CONNECTICUT -- Next month, 59 nonprofits in Connecticut will have the opportunity to win $10,000 on top of the money they raise through Brackets for Good – Connecticut, a month-long competitive fundraising tournament that inspires community members to learn about and rally behind charitable nonprofits. 

Last year, Brackets For Good – Hartford raised $216,348 for participating charitable nonprofits. Thirty-three percent of the donations received in 2017 came from first-time donors to the participating organizations. Based on that success in Hartford in its first year, the local charitable fundraising tournament has expanded to statewide this year.

Brackets For Good, a 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Indianapolis, hosts online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments every March in communities around the United States. To date, Brackets For Good has raised more than $6.4 million for charitable nonprofits since 2012 with an average of 30 percent of donations coming from first-time donors to the participating organizations.

Brackets For Good tournaments are made possible thanks to the support of local organizations dedicated to the community. Brackets For Good - Connecticut 2018 sponsors include Stanley Black & Decker and Express Strategies.

How the Tournament Works

  • Participating nonprofit organizations will rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance. Through the excitement, tournament promotion, and corporate involvement, nonprofits earn increased exposure, gain access to free fundraising tools, raise funds, and meet new donors.
  • Supporters score points, by making donations, to help their favorite causes advance in the bracket-style tournament. Every dollar donated equals 1 point.
  • The organization that advances through the entire bracket receives an additional $10,000 Championship grant.
  • No matter how many rounds each individual organization advances, they benefit from added awareness, meet new supporters, and keep the donations received during tournament play. It’s competitive giving. Everybody wins.

How to Get Involved

Starting on March 2, visit to make online donations to help your favorite nonprofit organization advance to the next round and get one step closer to the $10,000 championship grant. $1 equals one point. The six-round tournament takes place over five weeks beginning March 2 and ending on April 8. Each of the first four rounds lasts a full week and the semi-final and championship round each last three days.

Participating nonprofits in Brackets for Good – Connecticut 2018, presented by Stanley Black & Decker:

  • Oak Hill
  • Community Renewal Team, Inc.
  • National Organization for Rare Disorder
  • Foodshare CT
  • Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA)
  • NAFI Connecticut, Inc., Clifford Beers Clinic
  • Mental Health Connecticut, Inc.
  • Xavier High School
  • Community Partners in Action
  • Connecticut Humane Society
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern CT
  • Community Child Guidance Clinic
  • MARCH, Inc. of Manchester
  • The Arc Quinebaug Valley


  • Connecticut Rivers Council – Boy Scouts
  • Hartford Behavioral Health
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bristol
  • Hands On Hartford
  • The Mark Twain House & Museum
  • Boys & Girls Club of Hartford
  • Intensive Education Academy
  • Center for Children’s Advocacy
  • The Connecticut Forum
  • Connecticut Association for Human Services
  • Playhouse on Park
  • Journey Home, Inc.
  • The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut
  • The First Tee of Connecticut
  • Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program, Inc.


  • Achieve Hartford!
  • Network Against Domestic Abuse
  • Hartford Performs, Inc.
  • Access Community Action Agency
  • Hartford Food System
  • End Hunger CT!
  • Angel Charities, Inc.
  • Capital City Education Alliance
  • HRA of New Britain, Inc. Youth Services
  • Children in Placement
  • Covenant to Care for Children
  • CT Breast Health Initiative
  • Pathways/Senderos Center
  • Cove Center for Grieving Children


  • Hartford City Mission
  • Noah Webster Fdn. & Historical Society
  • I-Park Foundation, Inc.
  • Enfield Loaves & Fishes, Inc.
  • Creative Living Community of Connecticut
  • Communication Advocacy Network Corp.
  • Anne C. Courtney Foundation
  • Civics First, Inc.
  • Girls for Technology
  • CT Council for Interreligious Understanding
  • Ryan Martin Foundation
  • Hartford 2000 Inc.
  • Farmington Public School Foundation
  • Tail to Paw Animal Support

In 2018, Connecticut is one of just 13 cities and states across the country that are hosting a tournament. Across the 13 city or state-based tournaments, over 608 nonprofits will be participating in Brackets For Good tournaments this year.

In addition to Connecticut, cities and states with Brackets for Good nonprofits fundraising tournaments in 2018 are Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Indiana, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Nashville and St. Louis. 

Last year’s local Champion was Community Mental Health Affiliates, based in New Britain, and the runner-up was Hartford City Mission.

"Brackets For Good exists because we believe that communities are strengthened when more people learn about and support local organizations that operate in service to the community," said Reid McDowell, Partnerships & Marketing Director of Brackets For Good. "In both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, it's clear that Connecticut organizations are dedicated to the strength and health of their community. This dedication is what drove us to launch in Hartford in 2017, and to expand statewide in Connecticut in 2018. We’re looking forward to a fun and impactful March."

Brackets For Good, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, uses the power of sport, innovative technology, and online bracket-style fundraising tournaments to inspire people to learn about and rally behind charitable nonprofits that make the world a better place. Since the inaugural tournament in 2012, new awareness, fundraising capacity, and over $6.4 Million dollars has been raised for hundreds of charitable organizations across the country. It’s Competitive Giving. Everybody Wins. For more information, visit



Bernard Kavaler
Express Strategies

Dianna DelPrete


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