The origins of Ovation Fundraising Group can be traced back to the very beginnings of the school fundraising industry. In 1982, Ron Brammer, a successful band director and master teacher from Van Buren, Arkansas, noticed a growing gap between larger, “affluent” band programs and smaller, more rural programs in northern Arkansas. He set out to help close that gap by offering school fundraising options that combined the best quality products, reliable logistics, and unparalleled customer service to schools and organizations of all sizes and in all locations. Ron quickly became the go-to name in fundraising in Arkansas and Missouri and built a team with the goal of bringing his brand of fundraising to as many schools and organizations as possible.
Fast forward over 30 years, and the school fundraising industry is a barely recognizable shell of its former self. New products, new ideas (good and bad!), new technology, and all kinds of new “fads” have made school fundraising both easier, and more confusing, as time has gone on. Large companies have been built, and then destroyed, as the industry continues to remake itself. In 2013, Ron’s son, Chris Brammer, joined the team and began to navigate the changing industry in an effort to innovate and bring the best school fundraising model up-to-date. Ovation Fundraising Group was born.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the drastic need for funds in our education systems. As budgets shrink and costs rise, schools continue to need more and more funding to provide the experiences that our students deserve and our communities expect. Ovation Fundraising Group is committed to providing the very best in school fundraising. Focused on utilizing new technology, the highest quality products, and, of course, unrivaled customer service, OFG strives to Be the Change with every project we run.
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With over 40 years of school fundraising experience, Ron Brammer is an icon in the industry. Ron built his business from the ground up and is nationally recognized as an educator and innovator. Ron and his wife, Linda, live in Springfield, MO, and spend their free time spoiling their grandchildren.
Ron’s son, Chris, an accomplished conductor, clinician, and educator, spent twelve years teaching music in public schools before leaving to join Ron in the fundraising industry. It is his mission to bring fun, energetic, and profitable fundraising opportunities to passionate students and organizations across diverse disciplines. Chris resides in Springfield with his wife Amy, and three amazing children, Wyatt, Will, and Izzy, where he maintains an active schedule as a clinician, and is the Artistic Director of the Springfield Chamber Chorus.
The newest member of the Ovation team, Amanda brings her own brand of energy and excitement to school fundraising. Originally tasked with heading up the event-based side of Ovation, she has quickly developed as our “go-to” person for PTA/PTO communication, as well as our on-the-ground presence in the Kansas City and Northwest Missouri territories. Amanda and her husband, Bryan, live in Nixa, MO and are incredibly happy raising two beautiful young boys.