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  1. Edit: It's out! https://mahn.bandcamp.com/releases Hey everyone! This is my 3rd year supporting Extra Life, and my main source of fundraising has been streaming and donations through Twitch. I teamed up with a back in April for a "Pretty Princess" stream with a friend of mine where we raised ~$1,400 for Extra Life! Shortly after though, due to personal reasons, I had to stop streaming on a regular basis. But I had a project on the backburner that I wanted to put whatever free time and energy I had into, and try to raise some money for EL before the end of the year. I've been playing music for 20 years, but never did an actual music project or album. I decided to change that, and I'll be releasing a six-track EP tomorrow (Wednesday, 12/5) called "World Warriors", a homage to the Street Fighter series. The concept is mixing and mashing metal songs, old and new, with video game music. The Chrono Trigger battle theme sounds like "The Trooper" from Iron Maiden? Let's do a song called Chrono Trooper! You get the idea I'll be doing a stream on Twitch on 12/5 at 6:30 PM ET as a "release party", and I'll play a few songs live. But once I release the album on Bandcamp, the "Pay More" option will be enabled. If you buy the album and pay more above the minimum price ($3 for a digital copy, $5 for a physical copy), I'll collect the additional money and donate it to Extra Life before the year end. I'll edit this post with the Bandcamp link once I release the album, but if you'd like to support on stream tomorrow, my Twitch channel is below! twitch.tv/mahn Promo video:
  2. 12 Days of Gaming

    Still hoping to reach your personal or team fundraising goal? Check out our twist on the 12 Days of Christmas....Extra Life style!#12daysofgaming #extralifeATL 12 Days of Gaming 2017_Extra Life Atlanta.pdf
  3. So, despite all the personal stuff that caused me to be away for most of the summer/fall, I want to say how amazed and proud I am of all of you. We did some amazing things this game day, and here's the proof: City State Hospital Fundraising Participants October 30th 3pm CST: MILWAUKEE WI Children's Hospital of Wisconsin $47,268.00 529 November 6th 3pm CST: MILWAUKEE WI Children's Hospital of Wisconsin $106,413.00 724 But we aren't done yet. We have until December 31st to get donations in. Cash donations, check donations, or real-time through the site. Take your rest from game day, but let's all commit to one more push #ForTheKids this holiday season. I'm open to planning a meetup, or simply gaming online; but let's give it one final shot to see how far we can go. -Joshua
  4. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the ESA Foundation have been prolific partners with Extra Life from the very beginning! Each year we love announcing this challenge to our Extra Lifers and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and this year is no different! We're thrilled to announce the 2017 ESA Foundation Extra Life Challenge. This is a chance to unlock a huge donation for your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital by doing what you do best; Playing Games to Heal Kids. The Internet simply does not have enough bandwidth for us to fully transmit our gratitude. THANK YOU, ESA FOUNDATION! The ESA Foundation's generous $60,000 grant is divided into two prizes that Extra Lifers can unlock for their hospital by working together to raise all they can for the sick and injured kids that Extra Life supports. Prize #1: Top Overall Fundraising - $30,000 2017 Recipient: Seattle Children's Hospital! ESA Foundation is awarding a $30,000 prize to the hospital whose Extra Lifers raise the most money overall by 9:00am Central Time on Sunday, November 5th.. The total will include only funds raised and received by the deadline (all the more reason to get your offline gifts in early or convert them to digital donations). Last year, the San Francisco-Oakland market took home the funds! Okay, but what if YOUR town is not as big as the top dogs on this list? The ESA Foundation has a SECOND prize to recognize the needs of smaller hospitals and the kids they serve. Prize #2: top Fundraising Per Capita - $30,000 2017 Recipient: Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation Using census data for the areas served by our hospitals, an additional award of $30,000 will be unlocked for the hospital with the highest per capita fundraising. To compute per capita we divide the population of the area by the dollars raised for that hospital. The hospital with the highest per capita amount at 9:00 am Central Time on Sunday, November 5th will win. Again, only funds that are raised and received by this time will be counted towards this figure. Note: A hospital can only unlock one award, even if they are the highest for both the overall fundraising and top fundraising per capita. In the event that this happens, the hospital will unlock the overall fundraising grant and the next highest per capita fundraising hospital will unlock that grant. Last year, UVM Children's Hospital in Vermont edged out the competition to win! Working with the ESA and the ESA Foundation continues to make Extra Life and our communities stronger! Now get fundraising and unlock these major achievements! View full article
  5. ESA Foundation Challenge UPDATED

    The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the ESA Foundation have been prolific partners with Extra Life from the very beginning! Each year we love announcing this challenge to our Extra Lifers and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and this year is no different! We're thrilled to announce the 2017 ESA Foundation Extra Life Challenge. This is a chance to unlock a huge donation for your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital by doing what you do best; Playing Games to Heal Kids. The Internet simply does not have enough bandwidth for us to fully transmit our gratitude. THANK YOU, ESA FOUNDATION! The ESA Foundation's generous $60,000 grant is divided into two prizes that Extra Lifers can unlock for their hospital by working together to raise all they can for the sick and injured kids that Extra Life supports. Prize #1: Top Overall Fundraising - $30,000 2017 Recipient: Seattle Children's Hospital! ESA Foundation is awarding a $30,000 prize to the hospital whose Extra Lifers raise the most money overall by 9:00am Central Time on Sunday, November 5th.. The total will include only funds raised and received by the deadline (all the more reason to get your offline gifts in early or convert them to digital donations). Last year, the San Francisco-Oakland market took home the funds! Okay, but what if YOUR town is not as big as the top dogs on this list? The ESA Foundation has a SECOND prize to recognize the needs of smaller hospitals and the kids they serve. Prize #2: top Fundraising Per Capita - $30,000 2017 Recipient: Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation Using census data for the areas served by our hospitals, an additional award of $30,000 will be unlocked for the hospital with the highest per capita fundraising. To compute per capita we divide the population of the area by the dollars raised for that hospital. The hospital with the highest per capita amount at 9:00 am Central Time on Sunday, November 5th will win. Again, only funds that are raised and received by this time will be counted towards this figure. Note: A hospital can only unlock one award, even if they are the highest for both the overall fundraising and top fundraising per capita. In the event that this happens, the hospital will unlock the overall fundraising grant and the next highest per capita fundraising hospital will unlock that grant. Last year, UVM Children's Hospital in Vermont edged out the competition to win! Working with the ESA and the ESA Foundation continues to make Extra Life and our communities stronger! Now get fundraising and unlock these major achievements!
  6. Prizes for donors?

    Hey folks! New captain here, and I've tried to find some information on incentive levels to no avail. In short, I'd like to give some "prizes" away to random donors. I'm imagining something like Kickstarter, where there might be "donation levels" that have different prizes attached to them. Is that possible?
  7. Prizes for donors?

    Hey folks! New captain here, and I've tried to find some information on incentive levels to no avail. In short, I'd like to give some "prizes" away to random donors. I'm imagining something like Kickstarter, where there might be "donation levels" that have different prizes attached to them. Is that possible?
  8. Painting Parties!

    Hey guys! I wanted to share an idea that one of my guild members did over the past weekend. She contacted one of those painting party places and was able to setup a party that benefited Extra Life! Those seem to be popular activities this year, so I suggest reaching out in your local area. She was able to raise a little bit and is planning on expanding it for next year! So if you aren't sure on how to push the fundraising bar up, think outside the box!!!
  9. Restaurant Fundraiser

    Has anyone ever had an experience of throwing a fundraiser dinner through a restaurant? My team is looking to throw one, but they will send the check for the donation directly to CMNH, and we were wondering if anyone had a way of having that donation be put towards the extra-life team's goal? If you have any tips or recommendations I'd appreciate it. Thank you!
  10. Tell people you're playing #ForTheKids Connect with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to let them know what you're doing! Surround yourself with people who believe in you and share your excitement about playing games and fundraising for Extra Life. Show them your serious! Consider telling grandma to donate to your Extra Life campaign instead of a birthday card! Tell your Aunt to skip the present and to help out local sick and injured kids with a donation. Have an Extra Life Party! Invite friends over for a game night. You cover the drinks and snacks and then ask your pals to donate to your Extra Life page to "pitch in" #ForTheKids! Encourage your friends to join Extra Life and host THEIR own Extra Life parties too! Use Social Media Share what you're doing for Extra Life on social media! We even have a Facebook application that can post for you periodically to your friends, letting them know how close you are to your goal and how they can donate! Stream to Twitch (or Mixer, Facebook, YouTube...) If you have the basics to live stream your video games via PC or console, then join thousands of other gamers as the stream #ForTheKids! need some help getting started? Check out our Streaming 101 guide! Go Old School with a Craft Fair, Bake Sale or Auction! Put your crafty-ness to work and make some cool crafts, bake an awesome pie or auction off your unused collectibles, all for donations! Yard sales are also a great way to give your campaign a bump. Engage with Local Businesses to Get Involved Visit your favorite eateries and bars to engage them with opportunity to not only join Extra Life but to contribute a portion of the nights proceeds to your campaign. Karaoke, trivia nights, painting & cocktails events are all great ways to have fun, raise money and spread the word about Extra Life. *BONUS TIP: Go Mobile! Manage your Extra Life campaign with our mobile app! Monitor fundraising, send messages and fundraising emails, schedule Facebook posts, and thank your supporters, all in one place! Grab it now for iOS and Android. Share your favorite fundraising tactics in the comments below! Need more ideas? Head over to Doc's "How to Actually Ask for Donations" article! View full article
  11. From the Community: Fundraising Tips

    Tell people you're playing #ForTheKids Connect with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to let them know what you're doing! Surround yourself with people who believe in you and share your excitement about playing games and fundraising for Extra Life. Show them your serious! Consider telling grandma to donate to your Extra Life campaign instead of a birthday card! Tell your Aunt to skip the present and to help out local sick and injured kids with a donation. Have an Extra Life Party! Invite friends over for a game night. You cover the drinks and snacks and then ask your pals to donate to your Extra Life page to "pitch in" #ForTheKids! Encourage your friends to join Extra Life and host THEIR own Extra Life parties too! Use Social Media Share what you're doing for Extra Life on social media! We even have a Facebook application that can post for you periodically to your friends, letting them know how close you are to your goal and how they can donate! Stream to Twitch (or Mixer, Facebook, YouTube...) If you have the basics to live stream your video games via PC or console, then join thousands of other gamers as the stream #ForTheKids! need some help getting started? Check out our Streaming 101 guide! Go Old School with a Craft Fair, Bake Sale or Auction! Put your crafty-ness to work and make some cool crafts, bake an awesome pie or auction off your unused collectibles, all for donations! Yard sales are also a great way to give your campaign a bump. Engage with Local Businesses to Get Involved Visit your favorite eateries and bars to engage them with opportunity to not only join Extra Life but to contribute a portion of the nights proceeds to your campaign. Karaoke, trivia nights, painting & cocktails events are all great ways to have fun, raise money and spread the word about Extra Life. *BONUS TIP: Go Mobile! Manage your Extra Life campaign with our mobile app! Monitor fundraising, send messages and fundraising emails, schedule Facebook posts, and thank your supporters, all in one place! Grab it now for iOS and Android. Share your favorite fundraising tactics in the comments below! Need more ideas? Head over to Doc's "How to Actually Ask for Donations" article!
  12. Best Practices: Extra Life: Explained

    Wha t is Extra Life? Extra Life, a fundraising program of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, leverages the passion of the gaming community to rally support for our 170 member hospitals. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. https://youtu.be/D7kfCS0ruhc How to participate Sign up: Pledge to play games from your home or online. Play during the 24-hour marathon (Nov 4th) or on any day that works for you! Fundraise & Recruit: Ask your family and friends to donate to your fundraising. Create a team and recruit others to join you! Play games, heal kids: Raise funds, have fun, and help heal kids at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! Why support Extra Life and CMN Hospitals? More than 10 million kids enter Children's Miracle Network Hospital across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Extra Life is among various programs that support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Getting Started •Customize your participant page •Utilize the team captain tools in the Extra Life Dashboard •Use the Extra Life Mobile Fundraising Apps •Make a plan for Game Day •Send a dedicated e-blast •Share (and share often) on your social media channels •Write a blog post Have a question? Join the discussion here or on our Discord! View full article
  13. Extra Life: Explained

    Wha t is Extra Life? Extra Life, a fundraising program of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, leverages the passion of the gaming community to rally support for our 170 member hospitals. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. https://youtu.be/D7kfCS0ruhc How to participate Sign up: Pledge to play games from your home or online. Play during the 24-hour marathon (Nov 4th) or on any day that works for you! Fundraise & Recruit: Ask your family and friends to donate to your fundraising. Create a team and recruit others to join you! Play games, heal kids: Raise funds, have fun, and help heal kids at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! Why support Extra Life and CMN Hospitals? More than 10 million kids enter Children's Miracle Network Hospital across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Extra Life is among various programs that support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Getting Started •Customize your participant page •Utilize the team captain tools in the Extra Life Dashboard •Use the Extra Life Mobile Fundraising Apps •Make a plan for Game Day •Send a dedicated e-blast •Share (and share often) on your social media channels •Write a blog post Have a question? Join the discussion here or on our Discord!
  14. Lleva tus recaudos contigo ¡Baja la aplicación móvil desde tu smart phone o tablet y nunca estarás a mas de dos clicks de hacer la diferencia #PorLosNiños! Email, Redes Sociales, Textos ¡Hay docenas de mensajes, específicamente redactados para Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email y mensajes de textos, están integrados en el app para facilitarte el pedir donativos! Maneja tu equipo desde donde quiera que estés ¿Eres Capitán de algún equipo de Extra Life? Comunícate fácilmente con los miembros de tu equipo, sigue el progreso de sus cuentas de recaudos, y asegúrate que todos estén listos para el Maratón. Sobrepasa tu propia meta de recaudos Extralifers que usan el app tienden a recaudar casi 40% mas para su Hospital o Fundación que los que no la usan. ¡Baja el app y comienza a hacer milagros!
  15. Lleva tus recaudos contigo ¡Baja la aplicación móvil desde tu smart phone o tablet y nunca estarás a mas de dos clicks de hacer la diferencia #PorLosNiños! Email, Redes Sociales, Textos ¡Hay docenas de mensajes, específicamente redactados para Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email y mensajes de textos, están integrados en el app para facilitarte el pedir donativos! Maneja tu equipo desde donde quiera que estés ¿Eres Capitán de algún equipo de Extra Life? Comunícate fácilmente con los miembros de tu equipo, sigue el progreso de sus cuentas de recaudos, y asegúrate que todos estén listos para el Maratón. Sobrepasa tu propia meta de recaudos Extralifers que usan el app tienden a recaudar casi 40% mas para su Hospital o Fundación que los que no la usan. ¡Baja el app y comienza a hacer milagros!
  16. I will be hosting a gaming marathon for 24 hours. A variety games will be played from Rocket League to PUBG. There will be giveways for anyone who donates money towards Charity event. Even with a $1 Donation to the event will get you entereed into a prize giveaway during the stream and you will have supported a great cause. We will be working together to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Every day CMNH treats kids with trauma, diabetes, cancer, surgeries and babies with NICU. Our donation goal will be $1000. The company I work for will also Match any donations we contribute the the event!! I hope everyone of you can add this into your calenders and tune in for some of the event. Thanks for you time and support everyone!!
  17. Nerd Stash 36 hour EL Marathon

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    This weekend, myself and 8 other streamers from Team Nerd Stash are holding a 36-Hour Marathon for Extra Life. Be sure you come hang out! It will be lots of fun! www.twitch.tv/thenerdstash
  18. I work in an office building with a business casual dress code. We are allowed Jeans and Hawaiian Shirts on Fridays. For fundraising, sub sales did ok... too few people for a successful bake sale (50 in the whole building) The thing that has worked wonders for my fundraising is getting permission to have a day where, for a $5 minimum donation, we can wear shorts and tshirts. I had one last year, and raised ok money, this year I've got 3 days, and am already over $150 raised. What can I say? Shorts are comfy and easy to wear... And yes, the following image is on my flyers.
  19. Year Over Year Reports

    Hey Guys We had these reports in the June Meeting, however wantred to post them up here for your viewing pleasure. What these reports show are our trend over the past few years. We'll try to update these monthly. ExtraLifeFundraisingTotalsByYear.xlsx ExtraLifeYearOverYear.xlsx
  20. It's that time of year again!! MomoCon 2016 was one of the best recruitment events we've had in the history of the Atlanta Guild, and this year is going to be even better!! For the first time not only will we be recruiting new members at the event, but we will also be actively taking donations at the event, a much requested change from last year. As before, those who volunteer to work a shift (no more than 5 hours max per shift), will receive a free full 4-day badge to the event so that you can experience all the Con has to offer when you are not manning the Extra Life booth. That includes access to all areas of the event including: Gaming Hall, Expo Hall, Main and sub stages, panels, classes and much more!! The only extra cost is for lodging, meals, souvenirs, and the Final Fantasy Orchestra concert. Another big change for this year, rather than just a table in the general organizations area, we are now part of the official MomoCon Charity Row section, complete with our own 10' x 10' booth!! We've got some great plans for the space, and I will be sharing those as we get closer to the event. If you are interest in volunteering, please click the link below to access the sign up sheet. Please fill in as much info as possible so we have a way to contact you during the event. Also, this is a first come first served event, and we have a limited number of passes available (16), so if you are interested you should sign up sooner rather than later! I will be onsite again throughout the event, and I look forward to working with everyone. Let's make this year's event the best yet!!! Volunteer Sign Up Page: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/116mavUSrzf5VRW9iL9iam1wUSews4CzhyAIjU63Pf0o/edit?usp=sharing
  21. In this topic I'll be posting a daily recap of where we are in terms of participants versus dollars. This will transition to a weekly format once we have a better understanding of the trends/day-to-day. I'll be posting all 3 CMN hospital reports, as we essentially cover the entire state being the only guild. April Reports: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 (As of 10pm CST)
  22. http://skillet.lifehacker.com/sneaky-philanthropy-dinner-parties-turn-a-night-with-1793167164 I saw this article today and thought it might be a good way to recruit as well as fund raise. The basic gist is you have a dinner party and ask that people contribute towards Extra Life what they would have spent going out to dinner. Throw in some before or after dinner board games and it might work well for recruitment as well. Has anyone here ever tried anything like this?
  23. Extra Life quick guide / handout

    Saw this while scoping the forums. Thought y'all would find this useful!
  24. The Entertainment Software Association Foundation honored Extra Life founder Jeromy Adams at its Nite to Unite gala on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The Nite to Unite gala honors leaders and visionaries in the gaming industry that are making a profound difference. The Visionary Award was given to Adams to recognize him for mobilizing a community of gamers that have raised over $30 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “Jeromy Adams is a visionary in the video game community," said ESA Foundation Executive Director Anastasia Staten in a statement. "Not only does he have big ideas, he has a big heart to match. Jeromy and the community participating in Extra Life to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals show the power of video gamers coming together to make a difference in the lives of countless children, friends and families across the country. In their hands, a game controller isn’t just a tool of entertainment, but is a tool of healing and a source of hope. The ESA Foundation is proud to support this incredible problem, helping to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals all across the country.” Adams first created Extra Life when he was a radio host in Houston, Texas. As part of the annual Radiothon program that benefitted Texas Children’s Hospital, he met Tori – the inspiration behind Extra Life. Tori was 11 years old at the time and battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Adams and Tori quickly bonded over a mutual passion of video games. Shortly after her passing Adams had an idea – why not have gamers do what they do best, while raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit more kids like Tori? And Extra Life was born. When asked about the experience, Jeromy applauds the passionate and generous gaming community saying, “It’s just something I did with 55,000 friends.” View full article
  25. The Entertainment Software Association Foundation honored Extra Life founder Jeromy Adams at its Nite to Unite gala on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The Nite to Unite gala honors leaders and visionaries in the gaming industry that are making a profound difference. The Visionary Award was given to Adams to recognize him for mobilizing a community of gamers that have raised over $30 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “Jeromy Adams is a visionary in the video game community," said ESA Foundation Executive Director Anastasia Staten in a statement. "Not only does he have big ideas, he has a big heart to match. Jeromy and the community participating in Extra Life to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals show the power of video gamers coming together to make a difference in the lives of countless children, friends and families across the country. In their hands, a game controller isn’t just a tool of entertainment, but is a tool of healing and a source of hope. The ESA Foundation is proud to support this incredible problem, helping to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals all across the country.” Adams first created Extra Life when he was a radio host in Houston, Texas. As part of the annual Radiothon program that benefitted Texas Children’s Hospital, he met Tori – the inspiration behind Extra Life. Tori was 11 years old at the time and battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Adams and Tori quickly bonded over a mutual passion of video games. Shortly after her passing Adams had an idea – why not have gamers do what they do best, while raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit more kids like Tori? And Extra Life was born. When asked about the experience, Jeromy applauds the passionate and generous gaming community saying, “It’s just something I did with 55,000 friends.”