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@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or for technical support, email@example.com.
Child’s Play is pleased to invite the game industry and community to our Third Annual Child’s Play Invitational Golf Tournament! We’re mixing things up a bit this year and hosting the tournament close to home – at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, WA. It’s a beautiful course, and we’re excited for another year of competition, fun, and raising some money for the kids.
We do want to say a huge thank you to those that supported us for our first two tournaments in LA. We (really!) love the sun, but as Child’s Play is based in Seattle we thought we’d bring the tournament home.
Tickets will be available this month, so mark it on your calendar and keep an eye on @CPCharity and our news here for updates! If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Jamie Dillion - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course: Inglewood Golf Club
Date: Monday, May 20, 2013
Format: Shotgun start with a four-person scramble. Team with the lowest round score wins!
The term “record-setting” doesn’t do our final total justice, nor does incredible, amazing, generous, or overwhelming. In 2012, Child’s Play Charity raised $5,085,761 for children across the globe.
From our own events to a record number of community-run fundraisers (many of which were featured on our new website calendar), we as a group were able to raise an astonishing amount to benefit kids in hospitals, clinics, and domestic violence shelters worldwide. But each and every one of these events requires thousands of volunteers, organizers, and participants, each pouring in late hour after late hour, weekend after weekend, to make these events work.
Child’s Play is fortunate to have this amazing community of generous, engaged individuals who are deeply passionate for the cause. It quite literally would be nothing without your amazing support. From individual donations and wishlist purchases to filling out donation-matching paperwork to even watching and cheering on a marathon, every effort makes a difference.
In addition, we’d like to recognize some huge efforts from the community this year. There were a few individual donors. We know you don’t want the spotlight, but please know we appreciate your support deeply. We’ll leave it at that. We also want to call out the Humble Bundle team, as being involved with them has been a, well, humbling experience. The support that stems from these bundles makes a profound impact on the work we do.
The 6th Desert Bus for Hope marathon from Loading Ready Run, in addition to all of the other incredible marathons that were run this year like Mario Marathon, Zeldathon, and many many others, were not only a blast to watch, but the fundraising achieved through them was record-breaking on its own. Every dollar is earned through a monumental amount of work organizing the technology, auctions, giveaways and call-ins. Their hard work illustrates how great our community is - passionate, generous individuals working with gamers to accomplish an incredible goal.
We are overwhelmed, honored, grateful, and incredibly proud to be a part of such an amazing community of generous gamers. Thank you for a record-breaking 2012!