Michigan Non-Profits Partner with Leading Fireworks Company to Reach Financial Goals

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Fundraising Relationship with TNT Fireworks Aids Programs while Providing Sparkle and Glow

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It is an unfortunate reality of the current economy that many non-profits have to find additional funds to maintain programs they have long provided.

In this harsh economic climate, non-profits have seen a steady decline in funding. Many charity organizations in Michigan are looking for profitable ways to raise the funds necessary to continue offering the support programs that many local residents rely upon. TNT Fireworks, the nation’s leading fireworks distributor, has a solution that not only supports a charity’s mission but also ensures residents have Michigan legal fireworks to colorfully ignite Independence Day celebrations.

TNT has helped meet the needs of non-profit groups for more than 40 years by deploying a model fundraiser whereby organizations operate TNT stands and tents across the country, raising more than $20 million annually. The fundraising relationship TNT develops with non-profits benefits each party involved in different ways, but the end result is shared -- by selling consumer fireworks, our country’s non-profit organizations can continue meeting the critical needs of their community.

“It is an unfortunate reality of the current economy that many non-profits have to find additional funds to maintain programs they have long provided,” says Tommy Glasgow, president of TNT Fireworks East. “By participating with our company’s fundraising program, these groups have access to the resources needed to continue making a difference in the communities which they serve.”

The First Church of Nazarene in Battle Creek, Mich. partnered with TNT Fireworks as a way to help meet the needs of the people in their community. In 2009, with the money raised from the TNT Fireworks tent sale, the church was able to purchase two modular buildings for its His Hand Compassionate Ministry Food Bank, which serves the local area.

“We are making a difference in the lives of people who need encouragement, urgent assistance and life education,” says Jim Spohn, pastor at First Church of Nazarene in Battle Creek, Mich. “Our partnership with TNT Fireworks greatly aided in our efforts to expand our food pantry last year, and we are again dreaming big as to how it may impact the lives of the more than 100 children we minister in this coming year. As a result, we feel these fireworks tents have a positive effect on our community.”

TNT provides fundraising opportunities with non-profit organizations, while imparting valuable lessons to those involved in fundraising campaigns. TNT conducts much of the preliminary work involved in setting up stands and tents at each location, lessening the labor-intensive burden on non-profits. An indispensible part of this process is TNT University -- which is a required day of class -- to educate each school, civic or church organization on everything their members need to know to run a successful fundraiser.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United (VFW) Post 2496 relies on the money earned from its fundraising partnership with TNT Fireworks to support local veterans in the Alpena, Mich. area. “All of the money raised through the fireworks tent sale goes towards the local veteran’s relief fund,” says George Stephens, Jr., commander of VFW Post 2496 in Alpena. “Many sick veterans need transportation back and forth to Veterans Hospitals throughout the state. These funds go a long way towards helping the needs of our veterans.”

While participating with TNT to sell Michigan legal fireworks contributes significantly to its partners’ bottom lines and organizational success, the simple pleasure of helping Americans enjoy our country’s longstanding traditions also adds value to the fundraising experience.

“TNT Fireworks has a long tradition of working with Michigan area non-profits,” says Glasgow. “In addition to the VFW and the First Church of Nazarene, we work with over 50 fundraising opportunities in the state from church groups, marching band boosters to veterans groups. We would like to encourage all non-profits in Michigan to seriously consider working with us to make this year’s holiday bright and profitable.”

For more information or to register an organization to participate in a 2010 TNT fundraiser, visit http://www.tntfireworks.com , or call (256) 764-6131.

ABOUT TNT FIREWORKS
TNT® Fireworks (TNT) is the nation’s largest distributor of consumer fireworks and novelty items. For more than 50 years, TNT has set the benchmark for safety, customer satisfaction, innovation and quality in the fireworks industry. For more information about TNT Fireworks, visit http://www.tntfireworks.com .

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