Leading Fireworks Company Provides Nonprofits Creative Ways to Fundraise

Florence, AL, July 03, 2009 --(PR.com)-- America’s nonprofit groups – from churches to community organizations – are feeling the economy’s pinch on vital fundraising efforts, and are tapping into creative opportunities to address fiscal shortfalls. Those that have long relied on the annual sale of consumer fireworks as well as many that are new to this effective fundraising technique are joining in partnership with TNT Fireworks to combine family and neighborhood celebrations with support for community-based missions.

As a fundraising partner to more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations nationwide, TNT Fireworks helps local groups organize fundraisers that generate more than $20 million annually to support community causes. (States use different terminology for consumer fireworks according to what is legal to sell in that state – some are called “fountains” and “sparklers” while others call them “consumer fireworks.” Whatever the terminology, these party favors have a tradition of helping Americans celebrate their patriotism and providing nonprofits with a great revenue resource.)

The fundraising relationship TNT develops with nonprofit partners is profitable for both the company and the nonprofits – but the end result is a win for everyone in each community. By selling consumer fireworks and sparklers, the nonprofit organizations can continue meeting the critical needs of the people and causes they serve.

“A TNT fundraiser really helped us get over the hump this year. We were several thousand dollars in the hole and it helped us get out. It was a tremendous blessing,” says A.B. Stewart, pastor of First Pentecostal Church in Oakwood, Ga. “Because of the economy and related setbacks, the fundraiser was really a God-send to help us pay our bills.”

Robert Davis of the Pioneer Ruritan Club in Max Meadows, Va., had a similar experience partnering with TNT to raise funds for his organization’s community outreach in southwest Virginia.

“We’re an organization of all volunteers, so the funds we raise have a great amount of value to us. We split our funds with the local volunteer fire department last year, and the TNT fundraiser was the highest revenue-raiser each of us ever had,” Davis says. “We would not be able to accomplish our goals without TNT fundraising.”

According to Davis, the Pioneer Ruritan Club relies on every dollar raised by its annual sparkler and fountain sales campaign to keep its various outreach programs afloat. The organization provides financial support to the Max Meadows Volunteer Fire Department, aids Wythe County residents who find themselves in dire financial straits and even funds a scholarship program that supports the academic aspirations of one local student each year.

Whether the nonprofit provides books for schools or uniforms for youth sports leagues, TNT fundraising partners have a huge impact on communities.

Money from TNT campaigns have also supported youth groups who take their messages of hope and healing to international audiences. When asked how big of a role TNT fundraising plays in his group’s missions efforts worldwide, Jim Smith of Pleasant Valley Community Church based in Groton, Conn. said, “It’s about 99 percent of my fundraising. Every two years we do an international mission trip, so from year-to-year we save the funds and use them to support our kids’ trips.”

“Not only does TNT generously work to raise funds for partner organizations, while imparting valuable lessons to youth who get involved in the fundraising campaigns, the company also conducts much of the preliminary work involved in setting up at each location, lessening the labor-intensive burden on small groups like us,” Stewart says.

Just before July 4th, TNT ensures its partners are prepared before the first product is sold each holiday season. A critical part of this process is TNT University – a learning session that educates each school, civic or church organization on everything their members need to know to run a successful consumer fireworks fundraiser. It includes safety measures, business instruction and product knowledge to ensure each person is prepared.

While partnering with TNT to sell consumer fireworks and sparklers contributes significantly to each organization’s bottom line and program success, the simple pleasure of helping Americans enjoy their country’s longstanding traditions also adds value to the fundraising experience.

“Our relationship with nonprofits in the United States is very instrumental in helping Americans enjoy Independence Day, while also giving back to their communities at the same time,” says Tommy Glasgow, president of TNT Fireworks East. “We encourage all charities of all sizes and scope to join us to help make this patriotic holiday the most enjoyable – and profitable – yet for the audiences they serve.”

About TNT Fireworks
TNT® Fireworks (TNT) is the nation’s largest distributor of consumer fireworks. 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 www.tntfireworks.com.

Duffey Communications, for TNT Fireworks
Bryony Fuller