There’s nothing like a little friendly competition. This year why not spice it up by contributing to a good cause along the way?

The Rustic Pathways Foundation is launching our first ever March Madness Bracket Challenge!

We are inviting all members of the Rustic universe (students, staff, parents, etc.) to organize a bracket challenge for your communities. Friends, sports teams, religious groups, after-school clubs, family—whoever is in your community! Everyone who participates in your personal bracket challenge will send you $25 as their buy-in and the winner will decide which Rustic Foundation project to support.

This is a super easy and fun way to support some amazing projects around the world.

You in? GREAT

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Click here to let us know you’re planning on hosting a bracket challenge.
  2. We’ll send you a personalized link to your group on ESPN.com.
  3. You spread the word to your friends (post on social media, target a specific group of friends, or think broader to any community groups or listservs you’re part of).
  4. You collect $25 from each participant in your group (it’s up to you how you do this, we think Venmo or PayPal is probably easiest).
  5. You hold onto the money while the tournament takes place.
  6. At the end, the winning bracket owner gets to decide which Foundation project to support.
  7. You donate the winnings to the project of your choice.
  8. You feel good, they feel good, and we are that much closer to achieving our impact goals.

Good luck!


Learn more about the Rustic Pathways Foundation, including additional ways to support our community partners around the world. 

About the Author

Andrea Bouch

Executive Director, Rustic Pathways Foundation

Andrea has spent her career exploring social impact and sustainable development while working in microfinance, impact investing, philanthropy, education, and tech. Andrea traveled with Rustic Pathways as a high school student in 1997 and has since visited 50+ countries. She holds an MBA in nonprofit management and international development from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she was also an adjunct professor in social entrepreneurship, and a BA from UC San Diego. A California native, she has lived in Chile, Guatemala, and Switzerland and considers travel a central component of her happiness.