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Sunday, October 07, 2007

My Favorite Non-Profit Organization

ProBlogger challenges bloggers to write about their favorite charitable organizations. My favorite 501c3 non-profit organization is a youth soccer organization:

Blackbear United non-profit organization

Blackbear United Football Club (BUFC) is a not-for-profit 501c3 youth soccer organization that develops soccer players aged 5-18. A highly qualified and nationally licensed coaching staff teaches the game of soccer in a fun and inviting atmosphere. The Blackbear United Football Club's philosophy is to develop players' technical and tactical ability through quality training from nationally licensed coaches in a fun and inviting atmosphere while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Blackbear United has grown from 66 players and four teams to over 250+ players with 10 premier teams, a development program, and a youth academy. Read more about the club.

Why do I support BUFC? My brother co-founded the club. He left his coaching job at the University of Maine to pursue the development of the youth soccer organization (read the story from MaineCampus.com). I respect him for taking that risk and for choosing to do what he's passionate about rather than seeking a high-paying coaching job. He tries to keep the costs down for youth players by organizing frequent fundraising efforts. When funds are available, the club offers scholarships so players aren't precluded from the program due to lack of money. From the BUFC tryouts page:
Blackbear United does offer financial assistance in the way of scholarships. One scholarship per team is awarded by the Board of Directors at their January meeting. The scholarship can be divided amongst a few players or awarded to one player based on requests.
He also strives to make sure the players and coaches are actively involved in the community. For example, they've recently announced a TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) Fall Program:
The TOPSoccer Program is aimed to provide a youth soccer program for children with physical and mental disabilities. The program will offer a four-week fall soccer program designed to provide an opportunity for children with physical and mental disabilities to learn and play the game of soccer. The Blackbear United coaching staff and players will teach the participants in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Signups for our winter (January - February) and spring (March) program will be available all fall. Each player will receive an jersey, soccer ball, socks and a sack-pack graciously donated by US Youth Soccer and Adidas through a TOPSoccer grant received.
The club is growing and has shown early signs of success. Their U19 girls team recently made history (read the full story). For the first time in Maine history, a girls team from Maine advanced out of the group stage to the playoff round at the prestigious Region One Tournament.

I know there's quite a bit of competition for charitable donations. Next time you're looking to make a tax-deductible contribution, particularly if you want to support youth soccer in the United States, please keep Blackbear United Football Club in mind. Thanks.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Richard,
I was reading about your favorite non-profit, what a great cause!

If I could show you how to raise money for this group using a cause marketing program would be able to promote it here on your blog?

I am currently supporting a military non-profit called Operation First Response with my program. You can see it here http://www.buyforthetroops.com

This may or may not be a good fit, it's just a possibility.

Thanks
Nicole
770-993-4220

Mon Oct 08, 08:32:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi Nicole. Blackbear United is working with a charity retailer called Giveline. Best of luck with your site!

Mon Oct 08, 08:52:00 AM EDT  

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