59 nonprofits competing in March Brackets for Good tourney


PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
The 2018 Brackets for Good fundraising tournament for nonprofits is taking place across Connecticut.
Fifty-nine nonprofits -- including two from the Hartford region that won last year -- will vie for donor dollars in the quest for a $10,000 prize as part of this year's statewide Brackets for Good competition.

The fundraising tournament sponsored by New Britain's Stanley Black & Decker and Hartford's Express Strategies begins March 2 and runs through April 8.

Last year's local champion was Community Mental Health Affiliates, based in New Britain, and runner-up was Hartford City Mission. Both nonprofits are participating again, along with nonprofits this year from across the state that range from The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford to Angel Charities Inc. in Old Saybrook.

With $216,348 raised in 2017 in the region by participating charitable nonprofits, tournament organizers decided to expand the contest across Connecticut. Thirty-three percent of the donations received in 2017 came from first-time donors to the participating organizations, organizers say.

The national Brackets For Good 501(c)3 charitable organization, based in Indianapolis, hosts the online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments every March in communities across the country.

Participating nonprofit organizations rally donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance in the online brackets. Supporters score points, by making donations, to help their favorite causes advance. Every dollar donated equals 1 point. The organization that advances through the entire bracket receives an additional $10,000 Championship grant.

In 2018, Connecticut is one of just 13 cities and states across the country that are hosting a tournament.

Participating cities this year are Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota, Nashville and St. Louis. Other states include Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Minnesota.