It’s no secret that the gaming community is the heart and soul of Child’s Play. The efforts of individuals and groups to raise funds and awareness for Child’s Play is incredible. Just take a look at our Events calendar and you’ll see what I mean: people from all walks of life, all different types of games and geekery, coming together to help out some kids when they need it most.
Which is why we created the Child’s Play Fundraising Widget. We want to make fundraising simple and secure- for both the donor and the event organizer. The widget looks like this:
Donations made through the Child’s Play widget come straight to Child’s Play, regardless of who sets it up. It can be created with or without a ‘Goal’ and can be an event (like a marathon or game stream) or in honor (celebrating a birthday or in memory of someone). Donors have the option of signing up for a Donor account or donating right away through Paypal. Donor accounts allow you to view your past donations and print tax receipts.
Creating a widget is easy. Event organizers can track how much money their event has raised as well as view basic donor information (only if the donor makes it available- donors can choose to be anonymous) for easy giveaways and raffles.
Like our events calendar, each widget is individually reviewed and approved. If you are donating through a Child’s Play Fundraising Widget you can be confident that donations are going directly to Child’s Play - they never pass through event organizers or any third party.
We ask that all digital fundraisers use the Child’s Play Donation Widget. This absolves event organizers of tax requirements, guarantees donors that their full donation will go directly to the cause, prevents doubling up on digital transaction fees, and more. We do understand that there are some cases in which the Child’s Play Donation Widget might not fit; if you plan to use a different fundraising tool, please contact Jamie prior to the event for permission. If you have any questions about your fundraiser and how it fits in to our policy, please email Jamie ([email protected]).
We’re extremely excited to release a new fundraising tool to make it easier and safer than ever to organize events and donate to Child’s Play. If you have more questions, there is a FAQ. If you have questions the FAQ doesn’t address, you’re welcome to email [email protected] or for technical support, [email protected]
Today marks the launch of the 2012 Child’s Play fundraising season; our 9th annual drive to send video games, toys, movies, and more to our worldwide network of children’s hospitals. Thanks to the amazing community fundraisers, corporate sponsors, attendees of our annual golf tournament and all of our Child’s Play supporters, we have already raised over $300,000 this year! Moving into the holiday season we are reminded of what an amazingly generous community we’re a part of, so sincerest thanks to everyone that has contributed to such a strong start.
As the holidays draw near, so does our annual Dinner Auction, which will be held on December 6th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. Tickets for both individual and sponsored tables are available now. If you’re not familiar with the event, it’s a formal dinner and silent/live auction that features incredible game memorabilia, art, geeky crafts, world class replicas, and more. You can check out photos of last years’ event here.
If you’re interested in contributing, we’d love to hear from you- we’re currently accepting items for both our silent and live auctions. Email Jamie ([email protected]) for more information on how to donate or any questions about contributions.
As the annual fundraising drive nears we have an exciting announcement: the 2012 Child’s Play Dinner Auction will be held on December 6th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. Join us for an evening of fancy fun, delicious food and wine, and amazing auction items! Tickets are on sale now, with both individual and corporate sponsorship tables available. Passes are $145 per person and $5,000 for a corporate sponsored table of 10. Want to see what this Dinner Auction is all about? Check out our photos from previous events to see formal geekery and jaw-droppingly cool auction items.
Speaking of auction items, we are now collecting game memorabilia, art, unique experiences and more. If you’re interested in contributing an item, please contact Jamie Dillion - [email protected] We’re looking to have all items by November 28th.
The Child’s Play fundraising drive will officially kick off on November 1st. Keep an eye on our Twitter (@CPCharity) and here for more exciting announcements.