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March Gladness Nonprofit Bracket Challenge


At ImOn Communications, we believe in supporting and investing in the communities we serve. We pride ourselves in actively giving back and supporting our local schools, cultural organizations, service groups, nonprofits, and athletics. So it would only make sense that we do something BIG for our community in honor of our 11th Anniversary on March 9, 2018.

Since our 11th Anniversary falls in line with the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, we have decided to hold an “ImOn March Gladness Nonprofit Bracket Challenge” on Facebook.

The ImOn March Gladness Challenge follows along the lines of the NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge, but instead of basketball teams, 8 local nonprofits will compete for community votes. Each day, a pair of local nonprofits will compete for community votes on ImOn’s Facebook page and here on this website. The nonprofit that gets the most votes will move on to the next round. This will continue until a final winner is determined on March 23rd. The winner will receive a $500 donation from ImOn, and the runner up will receive a $250 donation.  

The nonprofits participating in this year's event are: Cedar Rapids Library Foundation, Cedar Valley Humane Society, Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, Jane Boyd, Salvation Army, Shelter House, and United Way of East Central Iowa. Below you will find more information about each nonprofit and a link to their website. This will be the 3rd year for the ImOn March Gladness Nonprofit Bracket Challenge. Past winners include Arc of East Central Iowa and Last Hope Animal Rescue.

We invite you to like our ImOn Facebook page, and visit each day, March 13-23, to vote for your favorite nonprofit and help them win $500. 



March Gladness Participating Nonprofits:

Shelter House: Shelter House’s mission is to provide safe shelter and help people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness. Focusing on emergency, stabilization, and long-term solution programs in the areas of housing, employment, and mental health recovery they help hundreds of men, women, and children each year to get back on their feet. 

The Crisis Center of Johnson County: The Crisis Center of Johnson County's vision is that every individual in Johnson County, Iowa, has support in a time of need. What is a crisis? Anytime a situation, emotion, or stress has become too great to cope alone, we are here to help. The Crisis Center of Johnson County provides immediate support through Crisis Intervention, Food Bank & Emergency Assistance, and Community Intervention Programs.

United Way of East Central Iowa: The United Way of East Central Iowa strives to break the cycle of poverty and create stronger communities. They focus on education, financial stability, and health because they are essential for living well. By addressing the root causes of issues, they create innovative solutions to make real change.

Cedar Valley Humane SocietyThe Cedar Valley Humane Society is dedicated to building healthy relationships between people and animals, and eliminating cruelty, abuse and overpopulation of animals through education, adoption services and inspiring compassion for all living things.

Jane Boyd: The mission of the Jane Boyd Community House is to enhance the academic, emotional, and social well-being of children and families in the community. They focus on opportunities for families and neighborhoods that help children become successful.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army was founded with the desire to help those less fortunate and the belief that all people are entitled to essentials like food, clothing, safe housing, second chances and the opportunity to prosper. Through its many programs and services it helps to meet the needs and issues of individuals in crisis. This includes emergency disaster services, food assistance, housing support, senior services, youth activities, and educational services. 

Friends of the Animal Center Foundation: Friends of the Animal Center Foundation raises funds to support and expand the animal care services of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption center. They hope to provide health, comfort, freedom from fear, and a loving guardian for all animals. 

Cedar Rapids Library Foundation: The Cedar Rapids Library Foundation works to mobilize community resources and relationships to empower the Cedar Rapids library to deliver innovative programs and service that impact on our community.