Bracket-Style Fundraising Tournament to Drive Awareness and Donations for Nashville Charities

Starting on March 9, 23 nonprofits in and around Music City will have the opportunity to win $10,000 through Brackets For Good Nashville, a competitive fundraising tournament that inspires the community to learn about and rally behind local charities.

Brackets For Good Nashville is now in its second year. In 2017, the tournament raised more than $114,000 for participating nonprofits, with over a third (35%) of the donations coming from first-time donors to the contestants. Nashville is one of 13 cities and states across the country that are hosting a Brackets For Good tournament this year. Across these 13 tournaments, more than 600 nonprofits will be participating in 2018.

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

How the Tournament Works

Similar to college basketball’s March Madness, participating nonprofit organizations will be matched up in a bracket. They will rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their peers and advance to the next round. 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 tournament. Every dollar donated equals one point. In each matchup, the organization with the most points at the end of the round advances. At the start of the next round, point totals reset to zero.

No matter how many rounds each organization advances, it benefits from added awareness, meets new supporters, and keeps the donations received during tournament play. The organization that advances through the entire bracket receives an additional $10,000 championship grant from Buckingham Foundation, the presenting sponsor of the Nashville tournament. It’s competitive giving. Everybody wins.

How to Get Involved 

Starting on March 9, visit to make online donations and help your favorite nonprofit organization advance. $1 donated equals one point. The tournament ends and a local champion will be announced on April 6.

Brackets For Good Nashville 2018 is presented by Buckingham Foundation. The tournament will feature the following nonprofits:

  • ABLE Youth
  • Amelia’s Closet
  • Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
  • Autism Tennessee
  • A Vintage Affair
  • Book’em
  • Charis Health Center
  • Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
  • Empower Tennessee
  • First Steps, Inc.
  • Girls on the Run of Middle Tennessee
  • Hickory Hill Farm
  • Jared’s Keepers Foundation, Inc.
  • King’s Daughters Child Development Center
  • Last Chance Pet Rescue, Inc.
  • Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee
  • NASBA Center for the Public Trust
  • Park Center
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  • Tennessee Respite Coalition
  • The Shelby Foundation
  • Youth Encouragement Services

Brackets For Good tournaments are made possible by the support of local organizations dedicated to the community. Brackets For Good Nashville 2018 sponsors include:

“Buckingham Foundation is ready for Brackets For Good action,” said Theresa Rhodes, Executive Director, Buckingham Foundation. “One of the best ways we can initiate and implement lasting positive change in Nashville is by helping bring the philanthropic tournament back to the area. When community members become more aware of and rally behind local nonprofits, the community is strengthened.”

“Brackets For Good tournaments are about much more than raising dollars. They’re about shining a spotlight on the amazing organizations working hard every day to improve our communities,” said Matt McIntyre, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Brackets For Good. “The energy and the excitement attracts new fans of philanthropy and gives existing fans a unique way to rally around the causes they care about. As a result, participating organizations are more equipped to further their missions with engaged supporters and raised awareness.”

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. Since the inaugural tournament in 2012, new awareness, fundraising capacity and over $2.75 Million dollars have been raised for hundreds of charitable organizations across the country in an innovative and fun way. For more information, visit

About Buckingham Foundation

Buckingham Foundation is the philanthropic partner of Buckingham Companies. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has grown its grant giving capacity to support affordable housing opportunities for families in need, to encourage participation in arts and culture initiatives and to invest in local communities. Buckingham Foundation invests in organizations through meaningful grants, volunteers thousands of hours to hundreds of nonprofit and civic organizations, and goes beyond typical philanthropy to open doors that create positive change. To date, Buckingham Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants and sponsorships to 250 nonprofits. For more information, visit