Jacksonville Non-Profit Partners with Leading Fireworks Company to Give Back

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Fundraising relationship supports charity’s mission while providing sparkle and glow.

Our relationship with First UPC of Jacksonville is very instrumental in helping area residents enjoy sparklers on Independence Day and New Year’s Eve, while also giving back to the community at the same time.

In this harsh economic climate, one local church creatively addressed its fundraising needs by joining forces with the nation’s leading fireworks distributor to sell sparklers and non-aerial items. The First United Pentecostal Church of Jacksonville, now in its fifth year of fundraising with TNT Fireworks®, joined more than 5,000 organizations nationwide who use TNT’s fundraising program to support their charity’s mission, while also ensuring local residents have sparklers and non-aerial items to colorfully ignite Independence Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

First United Pentecostal Church of Jacksonville relies on every dollar raised from its sparkler sales campaign to aid the important youth ministry at the church. Without the support of its fundraising with TNT, First UPC would not be able to cover the costs of the church’s youth revivals, field trips and gatherings throughout the year, such as their trip to the North American Youth Congress in Nashville, Tenn.

“TNT is a reputable company and puts us at very little financial risk,” says Michael Guerra, youth minister at First UPC. “We make more money in 10 days than we do with fundraisers the entire year. It’s a win-win for both organizations. The fundraising offsets some of the expenses associated with our youth ministry programs.”

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

“From Jacksonville church ministry projects to international humanitarian relief efforts and after-school youth programs, our fundraising partners make enormous contributions to the communities they are a part of,” 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 make profound differences in the lives of the citizens of their respective communities, while helping create sparkling memories for years to come.”

TNT provides fundraising opportunities with non-profit organizations, while imparting valuable lessons to those involved in the fundraising campaigns. TNT conducts much of the preliminary work involved in setting up the stand and tent at each location lessening the labor-intensive burden on the 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.

While participating with TNT to sell sparklers 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.

“Our relationship with First UPC of Jacksonville is very instrumental in helping area residents enjoy sparklers on Independence Day and New Year’s Eve, while also giving back to the community at the same time,” said Glasgow. “We encourage non-profits to join with us to help make this year’s holiday enjoyable 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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