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  2. Game gear company KontrolFreek has been supporting Extra Life for years, bringing incredible passion to their fundraising efforts, and this year is no exception. Tomorrow, the wonderful folks at KontrolFreek will begin streaming for a full day of weird and wild gaming hijinks. Since the stream is taking place during the holiday season, KontrolFreek has also organized a series of giveaways as donation incentives! The stream will begin tomorrow, December 14th, at 11am EST and continue until 9pm EST. The KontrolFreek team plans on livestreaming non-stop from their Atlanta headquarters. The KontrolFreek Day of Giving Charity Stream will be benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a facility that supports over 60 specialties and programs for children across the state of Georgia. Be sure to tune into the stream, which you can find over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, throughout the day for a chance to win cool donation prizes from their corporate sponsors. Everyone who donates $5 USD or more to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page during their official stream will be entered into a giveaway contest for a slew of incredible items donated for them to use for their fundraising efforts. Prizes have been donated by some of the leading brands in gaming. For a $5 USD donation, you could win products from Gunnar, Legion, Meta, DXRacer, Kill Cliff, Lenovo, and Turtle Beach! You can also gun for the coveted spot of top donor during the stream, which will guarantee the person behind the donation a win in the contest. Furthermore, at various points throughout the stream, KontrolFreek's dedicated streamers will be opening "mystery boxes." These boxes contain three escalating levels of disgusting and embarrassing challenges for those who open them, all for the entertainment of the audience. The more that people donate, the worse things will get for the streamers, and they are only too happy to oblige when its all going toward helping the kids of Georgia. We applaud KontrolFreek's dedication to the kids, thank you so much to the brave streamers putting themselves on the line. Tomorrow will be an exciting time over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, so be sure to follow along with the shenanigans. If you want to support, you can donate to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page or even join their team and host your own stream inspired by the efforts of the KontrolFreek team! All donations count toward 2019's Extra Life fundraising total until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  3. Game gear company KontrolFreek has been supporting Extra Life for years, bringing incredible passion to their fundraising efforts, and this year is no exception. Tomorrow, the wonderful folks at KontrolFreek will begin streaming for a full day of weird and wild gaming hijinks. Since the stream is taking place during the holiday season, KontrolFreek has also organized a series of giveaways as donation incentives! The stream will begin tomorrow, December 14th, at 11am EST and continue until 9pm EST. The KontrolFreek team plans on livestreaming non-stop from their Atlanta headquarters. The KontrolFreek Day of Giving Charity Stream will be benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a facility that supports over 60 specialties and programs for children across the state of Georgia. Be sure to tune into the stream, which you can find over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, throughout the day for a chance to win cool donation prizes from their corporate sponsors. Everyone who donates $5 USD or more to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page during their official stream will be entered into a giveaway contest for a slew of incredible items donated for them to use for their fundraising efforts. Prizes have been donated by some of the leading brands in gaming. For a $5 USD donation, you could win products from Gunnar, Legion, Meta, DXRacer, Kill Cliff, Lenovo, and Turtle Beach! You can also gun for the coveted spot of top donor during the stream, which will guarantee the person behind the donation a win in the contest. Furthermore, at various points throughout the stream, KontrolFreek's dedicated streamers will be opening "mystery boxes." These boxes contain three escalating levels of disgusting and embarrassing challenges for those who open them, all for the entertainment of the audience. The more that people donate, the worse things will get for the streamers, and they are only too happy to oblige when its all going toward helping the kids of Georgia. We applaud KontrolFreek's dedication to the kids, thank you so much to the brave streamers putting themselves on the line. Tomorrow will be an exciting time over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, so be sure to follow along with the shenanigans. If you want to support, you can donate to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page or even join their team and host your own stream inspired by the efforts of the KontrolFreek team! All donations count toward 2019's Extra Life fundraising total until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  4. Yesterday
  5. Having trouble coming up with ideas for what gifts to pick up for the holidays? Sometimes buying gifts for the gamer in your life can be difficult when venturing beyond the actual games themselves. We dug through the internet to find four gift ideas outside of the norm to put on your list or pick up for your loved ones. Fortnite Yoga Pants Sometimes you want to rock an eye-catching look to yoga while also subtly signaling your nerdiness to the world. These Loot Llama leggings will accomplish both goals flawlessly. Inspired by the infamous Loot Llama of Fortnite fame, these will certainly add color to any yoga-goer’s ensemble. Gaming Pet Collars If you haven’t ever looked into the world of handmade video crafts on Etsy, there’s more to discover than you can imagine. One of the most unique and practical items you can purchase on the site are collars for your dog or any other kind of pet. There are fantastic ones inspired by gaming controllers, Space Invaders, and The Legend of Zelda series. One of our favorites is a collar that uses the opening legend scroll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in its design. Pac-Man Makeup Line If you are looking for a way to represent your love of old-school gaming or for the perfect finishing touch on your look for that hip neighborhood arcade outing, cosmetics company Wet n’ Wild has an official partnership with the Pac-Man brand to sell makeup based on the iconic gaming franchise. Each item has been designed both in color scheme and packaging to be reminiscent of the series, making it a fun gift for any fan of gaming. Nerdy/Cool Keyboard Customization Keyboard customization has become a rapidly expanding hobby industry. You can find artisans to create key caps for mechanical keyboards that incorporate cute or cool designs inspired by video games or characters from pop culture. For laptops or keyboards that don’t have easily removed caps, you can find handmade decals to make your functional keyboard into a piece of art that can serve as an outlet for self-expression. You can find all kinds of people who make these things across the internet, like TinyMakesThings (who is also an Extra Lifer!) or various artists who offer decal or key cap services, like TooMcCoolForYou and their sweet Pokémon keyboard decal set. If none of these are terribly interesting, you could always make sure that loved one has a Platinum Extra Life profile for 2019 and help them hit the $200 goal to get them the sweet and exclusive t-shirt design for the year. That way, you know your money is going to a good cause and letting your gamer flag fly by rocking one of our super cool gaming t-shirts. You can do this anytime from now until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  6. Having trouble coming up with ideas for what gifts to pick up for the holidays? Sometimes buying gifts for the gamer in your life can be difficult when venturing beyond the actual games themselves. We dug through the internet to find four gift ideas outside of the norm to put on your list or pick up for your loved ones. Fortnite Yoga Pants Sometimes you want to rock an eye-catching look to yoga while also subtly signaling your nerdiness to the world. These Loot Llama leggings will accomplish both goals flawlessly. Inspired by the infamous Loot Llama of Fortnite fame, these will certainly add color to any yoga-goer’s ensemble. Gaming Pet Collars If you haven’t ever looked into the world of handmade video crafts on Etsy, there’s more to discover than you can imagine. One of the most unique and practical items you can purchase on the site are collars for your dog or any other kind of pet. There are fantastic ones inspired by gaming controllers, Space Invaders, and The Legend of Zelda series. One of our favorites is a collar that uses the opening legend scroll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in its design. Pac-Man Makeup Line If you are looking for a way to represent your love of old-school gaming or for the perfect finishing touch on your look for that hip neighborhood arcade outing, cosmetics company Wet n’ Wild has an official partnership with the Pac-Man brand to sell makeup based on the iconic gaming franchise. Each item has been designed both in color scheme and packaging to be reminiscent of the series, making it a fun gift for any fan of gaming. Nerdy/Cool Keyboard Customization Keyboard customization has become a rapidly expanding hobby industry. You can find artisans to create key caps for mechanical keyboards that incorporate cute or cool designs inspired by video games or characters from pop culture. For laptops or keyboards that don’t have easily removed caps, you can find handmade decals to make your functional keyboard into a piece of art that can serve as an outlet for self-expression. You can find all kinds of people who make these things across the internet, like TinyMakesThings (who is also an Extra Lifer!) or various artists who offer decal or key cap services, like TooMcCoolForYou and their sweet Pokémon keyboard decal set. If none of these are terribly interesting, you could always make sure that loved one has a Platinum Extra Life profile for 2019 and help them hit the $200 goal to get them the sweet and exclusive t-shirt design for the year. That way, you know your money is going to a good cause and letting your gamer flag fly by rocking one of our super cool gaming t-shirts. You can do this anytime from now until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  7. Last week
  8. For the third year in a row, ArenaNet, the developer behind the popular Guild Wars 2 MMO, participated in Extra Life. Over the past two years, Team ArenaNet managed to raise over $80,000 USD for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This past year, ArenaNet set up a Super Team that includes 9 sub-teams and nearly 500 team members that includes staff, community members, and fans. Through their combined efforts, ArenaNet and its community have raised over $145,000 this year alone, bringing their lifetime fundraising total to well over $225,000 USD for kids all across the US and Canada. "We're on a mission to show the world that gaming is the best form of entertainment, the best way to make new friends, and most importantly, the best way to raise money for children's hospitals!" - Official ArenaNet statement ArenaNet provided support beyond encouraging employees to participate in Game Day fundraising. In the lead up to the big day, they put out a blog post letting everyone in the Guild Wars 2 community know that all donations up to $25,000 USD would be matched by ArenaNet. That means that when their fundraising hit $25,000 USD total, ArenaNet also donated $25,000, doubling the funds raised up until that point. Of course, the Guild Wars 2 community didn't just let things end there. Streamers and staff members were able to work together to bring in almost three times that $50,000 USD during their Game Day efforts. That's an incredible achievement for a developer and its community to reach by cooperating and coordinating together and we want to thank everyone; the ArenaNet employees who went out of their way to help arrange the fundraiser, corporate for providing matching funds, and the fans who played and spread the word to bring in an astonishing amount of donations. You all did an incredible job and a huge number of kids are going to be able to get the treatment they need thanks to your efforts. Thank you so much! If you want to continue showing that support until the end of the year, you can! Team registration is open throughout the year, so you can head over to the Team ArenaNet Extra Life page to create a sub-team or join the larger Super Team and hold your own personal Game Day to raise money for sick and injured kids in the Children's Miracle Network Hospital of your choice, or donate to the overall team's total to help them set a new fundraising record for 2019. Every donation from now until the end of December sets the bar for next year even higher! It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  9. For the third year in a row, ArenaNet, the developer behind the popular Guild Wars 2 MMO, participated in Extra Life. Over the past two years, Team ArenaNet managed to raise over $80,000 USD for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This past year, ArenaNet set up a Super Team that includes 9 sub-teams and nearly 500 team members that includes staff, community members, and fans. Through their combined efforts, ArenaNet and its community have raised over $145,000 this year alone, bringing their lifetime fundraising total to well over $225,000 USD for kids all across the US and Canada. "We're on a mission to show the world that gaming is the best form of entertainment, the best way to make new friends, and most importantly, the best way to raise money for children's hospitals!" - Official ArenaNet statement ArenaNet provided support beyond encouraging employees to participate in Game Day fundraising. In the lead up to the big day, they put out a blog post letting everyone in the Guild Wars 2 community know that all donations up to $25,000 USD would be matched by ArenaNet. That means that when their fundraising hit $25,000 USD total, ArenaNet also donated $25,000, doubling the funds raised up until that point. Of course, the Guild Wars 2 community didn't just let things end there. Streamers and staff members were able to work together to bring in almost three times that $50,000 USD during their Game Day efforts. That's an incredible achievement for a developer and its community to reach by cooperating and coordinating together and we want to thank everyone; the ArenaNet employees who went out of their way to help arrange the fundraiser, corporate for providing matching funds, and the fans who played and spread the word to bring in an astonishing amount of donations. You all did an incredible job and a huge number of kids are going to be able to get the treatment they need thanks to your efforts. Thank you so much! If you want to continue showing that support until the end of the year, you can! Team registration is open throughout the year, so you can head over to the Team ArenaNet Extra Life page to create a sub-team or join the larger Super Team and hold your own personal Game Day to raise money for sick and injured kids in the Children's Miracle Network Hospital of your choice, or donate to the overall team's total to help them set a new fundraising record for 2019. Every donation from now until the end of December sets the bar for next year even higher! It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  10. Walk to help digestion. Drink plenty of fluids, for example grape juice or hot tea. FitnessCheif Carbonated drinks can also help. Take a hot dip bath or use a heating pad on the abdomen. This will relax the muscles and sometimes allow the obstruction to resolve. Gently massage around your stoma to stimulate the evacuation of the blockage. Check if your stoma is inflamed. If so, replace the bag and drill a larger hole in your adhesive wafer. Try different positions, such as lying on your side, or keeping your butt elevated in the air and your head resting on your forearms. If you repeatedly have obstructions, your doctor may send you home with a sterile rubber catheter to self-catheterize your stoma. Only perform this step if instructed by the doctor. If none of these treatments resolve the blockage, call the doctor again and wait for further instructions. What can I expect when I arrive at the hospital? The types of treatments and procedures you can receive (or not) are: https://www.fitnesscheif.com/
  11. Salesforce has been a long-time supporter of Extra Life through its Fragforce Extra Life team. These intrepid members of the Salesforce company go out of their way every year to raise money for Extra Life as well as several other excellent charity organizations. The Fragforce team has been able to raise over $350,000 USD for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. From the beginning, Salesforce has been one of the most charitable companies out there. The company's CEO, Mark Benioff, is the namesake of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, an achievement that speaks to the underlying ethos of Salesforce. On top of that, the company's support of the Fragforce Extra Life team through employee matching has been a massive factor in the success of their fundraising efforts. Salesforce Employees have taken advantage of the company's matching donations to supercharge the money that goes to supporting kids who need help the most. Fragforce has had a significant Extra Life United presence over the past few years. This past year, Dave Denison, a member of Fragforce, came up with a brilliant idea. He bought a version of Munchkin that allows players to draw their own cards. He was able to have Champion Kids from across the US and Canada draw their own cards for the popular tabletop game. After that, an impromptu tournament was put together with the winner taking home a $500 USD grant from Salesforce to support the hospital of their choice. Not only that, the one-of-a-kind game made with the passion of those kids was put up for auction, eventually being bought for $550 USD. “The idea of being able to gain a few extra volunteer hours (while doing something I spent far too much time doing anyway), was what initially intrigued me. However, after joining Fragforce and touring UCSF Benioff Hospital, I was awestruck at seeing firsthand how much Children’s Miracle Network and Extra Life do to help these kids, and how our fundraising directly empowers them.” – Ben Gray, Salesforce.com, Software Engineering For what the awesome members of Fragforce are able to do with the support of Salesforce, we cannot thank them enough. It's inspiring to see a company and its workers coming together to help the kids in their communities while having fun and forming genuine, lasting connections. The creativity Fragforce shows the world every year is astounding and we are honored that they choose to spend their time helping kids through Extra Life. One thing that can really bring fundraising efforts to the next level is a matching donation from a company. Many actually have these programs, though they can be a bit hard to find. If you are looking to increase your fundraising to hit your goal or just to do as much good in the world as possible, consider asking your manager or browsing your company's corporate site to see if they will match the donations you receive for Extra Life. It's a simple step that can do a lot for the kids in your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  12. Salesforce has been a long-time supporter of Extra Life through its Fragforce Extra Life team. These intrepid members of the Salesforce company go out of their way every year to raise money for Extra Life as well as several other excellent charity organizations. The Fragforce team has been able to raise over $350,000 USD for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. From the beginning, Salesforce has been one of the most charitable companies out there. The company's CEO, Mark Benioff, is the namesake of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, an achievement that speaks to the underlying ethos of Salesforce. On top of that, the company's support of the Fragforce Extra Life team through employee matching has been a massive factor in the success of their fundraising efforts. Salesforce Employees have taken advantage of the company's matching donations to supercharge the money that goes to supporting kids who need help the most. Fragforce has had a significant Extra Life United presence over the past few years. This past year, Dave Denison, a member of Fragforce, came up with a brilliant idea. He bought a version of Munchkin that allows players to draw their own cards. He was able to have Champion Kids from across the US and Canada draw their own cards for the popular tabletop game. After that, an impromptu tournament was put together with the winner taking home a $500 USD grant from Salesforce to support the hospital of their choice. Not only that, the one-of-a-kind game made with the passion of those kids was put up for auction, eventually being bought for $550 USD. “The idea of being able to gain a few extra volunteer hours (while doing something I spent far too much time doing anyway), was what initially intrigued me. However, after joining Fragforce and touring UCSF Benioff Hospital, I was awestruck at seeing firsthand how much Children’s Miracle Network and Extra Life do to help these kids, and how our fundraising directly empowers them.” – Ben Gray, Salesforce.com, Software Engineering For what the awesome members of Fragforce are able to do with the support of Salesforce, we cannot thank them enough. It's inspiring to see a company and its workers coming together to help the kids in their communities while having fun and forming genuine, lasting connections. The creativity Fragforce shows the world every year is astounding and we are honored that they choose to spend their time helping kids through Extra Life. One thing that can really bring fundraising efforts to the next level is a matching donation from a company. Many actually have these programs, though they can be a bit hard to find. If you are looking to increase your fundraising to hit your goal or just to do as much good in the world as possible, consider asking your manager or browsing your company's corporate site to see if they will match the donations you receive for Extra Life. It's a simple step that can do a lot for the kids in your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  13. Pretty much title. I just finished my 24 (21) hour charity stream on Saturday night. How long until the hospital receives the money that I raised? It's a local hospital that I'd like to visit, but I'd like for them to have the money before I go. Anyone know about turnaround times? Thanks, Aaron
  14. Fundraising may sound like a simple event with small activities aimed at attracting people to chip in for something you believe in. In reality, fundraising can be anything but simple. Any professional fundraiser would tell you how detailed and intricate the whole process is. For a fundraiser to be a success, it must come with its own strategic plan. A strategic plan is a thorough study of the goals of the fundraiser and how to reach them. Professional fundraisers say that an unplanned fundraiser is not as effective or as sustainable as a planned fundraiser, since a plan has already covered the ups and downs, theoretically. Therefore, if a calamity does hit them, they are better prepared to withstand it and go around it to be efficient (Perry, 2007). A strategic fundraising plan would incorporate four main points 1. Goal: The amount the organization strives to raise in the identified year 2. Mission: The organization's mission statement and how the funds go in line with the statement 3. Method: How the money will be raised 4. Timeline: Time bound goals and methods to measure effectiveness (Sargeant & Jay, 2010). Here are a few tips for strategic fundraising planners: Make a Strong Case A fundraiser always has a purpose. Ensure a solid specific case statement for the people. This would describe the organization, the purpose of the campaign and how the plan of the fundraiser is in line with the mission of the organization. The fundraising plan needs to have actions that would drive the campaign to achieve specific goals from a large group of investors or money sources (Sargeant & Shang, 2010). Choose the Right Team A reasonable team for the fundraiser is important. Gather experienced nonprofit workers who have knowledge of the proceedings. The team will be responsible for research, looking for prospects, sending out invites, etc. (Burnett, 2007). Have a Realistic Goal Know that fundraising is not an easy job; it is laborious and it takes time. Keep expectations realistic so motivation isn't lost. Goals should be long term and be focused since there are a multitude of non-profit companies fighting for similar grants (Burnett, 2007). Know the Target Audience Most large institutional foundations are usually one-time donors. This is mostly because they wish to have a larger impact and wish to help more people. Therefore, individual donors need to be celebrated and met with similar enthusiasm. Second-time donations need to be highlighted, since they show the effectiveness of your organization. Search for donor prospects and know your supporter base. Focus on places where funding is most probable (Sargeant & Jay, 2004). Be Creative Going to donors and simply asking for checks is the old way. Get creative. Think of ways to negotiate the deal and keep it for your benefit. Asking the donor to give small amounts in a spread out manner is a good way. Or, make a deal that a certain benchmark achieved would be the key to release of funds by the donor. This develops trust and would be more beneficial to raise funds (Perry, 2007). Being prepared for anything you desire to do is one of the key standings for guaranteed success. Highs and lows always need to be taken into account to ensure that the road to success is not blocked. Yes, unexpected things happen and plans fail, but statistics show that a planned fundraiser captures a bigger market and has a greater sustainability than unplanned fundraisers. Moreover, employees across the organization understand the goals, keeping them motivated and organized for greater benefits. It does take time and probably even double the time of the task to make a plan. However, in the end, the results will be worth the trouble (Sargeant & Jay, 2010). References Burnett, J. (2007). Nonprofit marketing best practices. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Perry, G. (2007). Fired-up fundraising. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Sargeant, A. & Jay, E. (2004). Building donor loyalty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Sargeant, A. & Jay, E. (2010). Fundraising management. London: Routledge. Sargeant, A. & Shang, J. (2010). Fundraising principles and practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Chris Bouchard is a creative coach who helps artists and non-profits position themselves for success and realize their full potential. An accomplished grant writer and fundraising consultant, Chris started his business in 2013 to help small non-profits through the sometimes overwhelming prospect of navigating the world of social business. To contact Chris, please visit his coaching website at https://usafundraising.com
  15. Extra Life Nerds, formerly known as Team Nerdery, has been going strong for several years, fundraising for kids in Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, and Arizona. The group grew out of employees at the various Nerdery offices discovering Extra Life and wanting to leverage their nerdy interests in a way that could give back to their various communities and the hospitals that had helped them and their children. Finding that the group had grown larger than just those within the company, they changed their name to Extra Lifer Nerds as both a nod to their roots and a more welcoming name for newcomers. Troy Cleland took leadership of the team from the very beginning. Playing for Extra Life for the past 9 years, Troy was given the Angels in Action Award last year for everything he has done to contribute to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota through his work with Extra Life Nerds and as president of the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild. Under his leadership, fundraising events around the state have been empowered to find success and support their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. With Extra Life Nerds specifically, Troy has captained the team to raise nearly $200,000 USD since the team began its fundraising efforts, consistently putting Extra Life Nerds in the top 20 teams raising money #ForTheKids. The Extra Life Nerds team incorporates over 130 gamers across their four central locations. Part of the success that the group has found is in turning parts of the office spaces within the Nerdery into community gaming spaces for Game Day. The company donates the space which those running the events can then use for Rock Band/Karaoke venues, VR stations, auction space, rooms for tabletop roleplaying games like D&D, space for people to bring in consoles or PCs of their own, and more. The Minnesota location, for example, even has an annual midnight dodge ball game! Giving local gamers a place to go if they want to participate in a big group event for Extra Life has helped Extra Life Nerds grow every year and make their Game Days a draw for the entire community. The employees at the Nerdery are able to leverage their connections with the tech industry to snag cool incentives for giveaways and auctions, giving everyone a chance to pick up something cool during their time marathoning for the kids, confident that the money they bid is going to a great cause. A huge thank you to Extra Life Nerds for everything they have done for the kids of Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Phoenix Children's Hospital, KU Medical Center, and more. If you're interested in joining or donating to the Extra Life Nerds team, you can head over to their Extra Life team page. You can also sign up for updates on the team's activities on the website the team built to help organize itself. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  16. Extra Life Nerds, formerly known as Team Nerdery, has been going strong for several years, fundraising for kids in Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, and Arizona. The group grew out of employees at the various Nerdery offices discovering Extra Life and wanting to leverage their nerdy interests in a way that could give back to their various communities and the hospitals that had helped them and their children. Finding that the group had grown larger than just those within the company, they changed their name to Extra Lifer Nerds as both a nod to their roots and a more welcoming name for newcomers. Troy Cleland took leadership of the team from the very beginning. Playing for Extra Life for the past 9 years, Troy was given the Angels in Action Award last year for everything he has done to contribute to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota through his work with Extra Life Nerds and as president of the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild. Under his leadership, fundraising events around the state have been empowered to find success and support their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. With Extra Life Nerds specifically, Troy has captained the team to raise nearly $200,000 USD since the team began its fundraising efforts, consistently putting Extra Life Nerds in the top 20 teams raising money #ForTheKids. The Extra Life Nerds team incorporates over 130 gamers across their four central locations. Part of the success that the group has found is in turning parts of the office spaces within the Nerdery into community gaming spaces for Game Day. The company donates the space which those running the events can then use for Rock Band/Karaoke venues, VR stations, auction space, rooms for tabletop roleplaying games like D&D, space for people to bring in consoles or PCs of their own, and more. The Minnesota location, for example, even has an annual midnight dodge ball game! Giving local gamers a place to go if they want to participate in a big group event for Extra Life has helped Extra Life Nerds grow every year and make their Game Days a draw for the entire community. The employees at the Nerdery are able to leverage their connections with the tech industry to snag cool incentives for giveaways and auctions, giving everyone a chance to pick up something cool during their time marathoning for the kids, confident that the money they bid is going to a great cause. A huge thank you to Extra Life Nerds for everything they have done for the kids of Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Phoenix Children's Hospital, KU Medical Center, and more. If you're interested in joining or donating to the Extra Life Nerds team, you can head over to their Extra Life team page. You can also sign up for updates on the team's activities on the website the team built to help organize itself. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
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  18. Game Informer has been turning out to support Extra Life since 2011. Their efforts began as a community effort for that first year before snowballing, drawing in the editors and artists that work on the magazine and website. Since then, the team's Game Day stream has grown larger and larger with each passing year. This year, Game Informer's streaming efforts and their wonderful community managed to raise almost $80,000. In total, the Game Informer team has managed to raise almost $350,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota. To achieve their stellar results year after year, Game Informer has been able to come up with a great Game Day program. The editors on working the live stream focused on group games to foster a competitive spirit along with a couple strategically picked solo titles to bring in additional viewers. Divided into 1-2 hour blocks of time, Game Informer's staff played party games like Pictionary and Jackbox Party Pack 6 with the audience while challenging one another in matches of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Goldeneye, and Heave Ho. Other segments had editors providing commentary while playing through The Last of Us: Left Behind, Final Fantasy VII, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Hard Mode. Throughout all of this, viewers were able to donate to force editors into a wide variety of masks and suits, pie one another in the face, or even eat bugs or the notorious clam-dy canes. However, one of the biggest draws to the Extra Life stream every year are the auctions. During various chunks of time throughout the 25-hour Game Day stream, the livestream would switch over to the auction desk, where unique, one-of-a-kind items were put up for viewers to bid on in the Twitch and YouTube chats. These auctions included unobtainable shirts that had been used as promotional items for games going all the way back to the 90s, gaming themed bundles, consoles, rare collector's editions, signed magazines by the staff, signed posters from development teams, action figures, and so much more. These are things that usually can no longer be bought anywhere else, so the auctions draw a lot of attention from hardcore gaming fans. While those auctions and opportunities have come and gone for 2019, those who want to continue to support Game Informer still can! If you are interested in joining their team to do an end of the year fundraising stream or donating to their overall total, you can do so on Game Informer's Extra Life team page. Finally, we just want to say thank you to everyone in the Game Informer community and everyone who worked so hard on the Game Informer staff who gave their time and energy to helping kids. It's so inspiring to see you all come together, whether that's over the Game Day stream or an obscure game like OverBlood, to do something incredible to support the most vulnerable among us in getting the care they need to live happy and healthy lives. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  19. Game Informer has been turning out to support Extra Life since 2011. Their efforts began as a community effort for that first year before snowballing, drawing in the editors and artists that work on the magazine and website. Since then, the team's Game Day stream has grown larger and larger with each passing year. This year, Game Informer's streaming efforts and their wonderful community managed to raise almost $80,000. In total, the Game Informer team has managed to raise almost $350,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota. To achieve their stellar results year after year, Game Informer has been able to come up with a great Game Day program. The editors on working the live stream focused on group games to foster a competitive spirit along with a couple strategically picked solo titles to bring in additional viewers. Divided into 1-2 hour blocks of time, Game Informer's staff played party games like Pictionary and Jackbox Party Pack 6 with the audience while challenging one another in matches of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Goldeneye, and Heave Ho. Other segments had editors providing commentary while playing through The Last of Us: Left Behind, Final Fantasy VII, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Hard Mode. Throughout all of this, viewers were able to donate to force editors into a wide variety of masks and suits, pie one another in the face, or even eat bugs or the notorious clam-dy canes. However, one of the biggest draws to the Extra Life stream every year are the auctions. During various chunks of time throughout the 25-hour Game Day stream, the livestream would switch over to the auction desk, where unique, one-of-a-kind items were put up for viewers to bid on in the Twitch and YouTube chats. These auctions included unobtainable shirts that had been used as promotional items for games going all the way back to the 90s, gaming themed bundles, consoles, rare collector's editions, signed magazines by the staff, signed posters from development teams, action figures, and so much more. These are things that usually can no longer be bought anywhere else, so the auctions draw a lot of attention from hardcore gaming fans. While those auctions and opportunities have come and gone for 2019, those who want to continue to support Game Informer still can! If you are interested in joining their team to do an end of the year fundraising stream or donating to their overall total, you can do so on Game Informer's Extra Life team page. Finally, we just want to say thank you to everyone in the Game Informer community and everyone who worked so hard on the Game Informer staff who gave their time and energy to helping kids. It's so inspiring to see you all come together, whether that's over the Game Day stream or an obscure game like OverBlood, to do something incredible to support the most vulnerable among us in getting the care they need to live happy and healthy lives. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  20. The Giant Bomb Extra Life team has been going strong for over nine years now, next year will mark a decade of the media outlet's participation in Extra Life. In that time, the staff and community of Giant Bomb have raised over $1.6 million USD for the kids. Over 200 members joined their team this year, and together they were able to raise over $230,000 USD, with a significant amount of that going to support UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, a network of medical facilities that helps kids across Northern California. Giant Bomb's staff hosted not one, not two, but seven streams for a total of length of 139 hours of streamed content, which translates to nearly six days of near constant streaming between the various members of the Giant Bomb staff. That's not counting the hard work of the Giant Bomb community that outdid themselves. Not only did members raise an incredible amount of the Giant Bomb team's total, they also put together a lot of fun resources for others in the community to use, like nearly an hour of free to use music tracks and even a slick promo video to advertise their team's fundraising efforts. One of the fundamental aspects of the fundraising Giant Bomb's community has built over the years is livestreaming on or around Game Day. They recommend selecting a theme for your stream to attract other die hard fans and help you stand out from the crowd. Becoming familiar with streaming allows some to up the production quality of their streams with graphics, layouts, donation alerts, and more. By focusing their energy around Game Day, they have found it easier to build hype around their streams and that hype makes it easier for them to find donations. In fact, community members encourage one another to put the time in to promote their streams before Game Day as much as possible in order to bring in the most donations. After all, it's hard to get donations after a streamer's marathon has come and gone. If you want to help Giant Bomb's Extra Life team reach their full goal of $250,000 USD for 2019, there's still time! Extra Life takes donations at any time throughout the year. Just head over to the Giant Bomb team page to donate or sign up to participate in a year-end fundraising stream either solo or with your friends. We want to thank everyone who has helped Giant Bomb and its community to become one of Extra Life's most dedicated and successful pillars. You are all incredible and never stop amazing us. Shine on, you crazy diamonds! It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  21. The Giant Bomb Extra Life team has been going strong for over nine years now, next year will mark a decade of the media outlet's participation in Extra Life. In that time, the staff and community of Giant Bomb have raised over $1.6 million USD for the kids. Over 200 members joined their team this year, and together they were able to raise over $230,000 USD, with a significant amount of that going to support UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, a network of medical facilities that helps kids across Northern California. Giant Bomb's staff hosted not one, not two, but seven streams for a total of length of 139 hours of streamed content, which translates to nearly six days of near constant streaming between the various members of the Giant Bomb staff. That's not counting the hard work of the Giant Bomb community that outdid themselves. Not only did members raise an incredible amount of the Giant Bomb team's total, they also put together a lot of fun resources for others in the community to use, like nearly an hour of free to use music tracks and even a slick promo video to advertise their team's fundraising efforts. One of the fundamental aspects of the fundraising Giant Bomb's community has built over the years is livestreaming on or around Game Day. They recommend selecting a theme for your stream to attract other die hard fans and help you stand out from the crowd. Becoming familiar with streaming allows some to up the production quality of their streams with graphics, layouts, donation alerts, and more. By focusing their energy around Game Day, they have found it easier to build hype around their streams and that hype makes it easier for them to find donations. In fact, community members encourage one another to put the time in to promote their streams before Game Day as much as possible in order to bring in the most donations. After all, it's hard to get donations after a streamer's marathon has come and gone. If you want to help Giant Bomb's Extra Life team reach their full goal of $250,000 USD for 2019, there's still time! Extra Life takes donations at any time throughout the year. Just head over to the Giant Bomb team page to donate or sign up to participate in a year-end fundraising stream either solo or with your friends. We want to thank everyone who has helped Giant Bomb and its community to become one of Extra Life's most dedicated and successful pillars. You are all incredible and never stop amazing us. Shine on, you crazy diamonds! It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  22. Was there no partnership with Carved this year? I always look forward to a new case xD
  23. Over the past three years, it has been incredible seeing Funko Games come out to support kids across the United States and Canada. This year, they've outdone themselves. The DDoS attack on Game Day was a major setback for many, but Funko Games' Stephanie Straw has decided to lead the charge in planning and hosting a make-up game night to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. With limited space and killer prizes, the event at Funko HQ has already sold out, with all ticket proceeds going to local kids through Extra Life. However, the willingness to do not one, but TWO Game Day events isn't the only thing that sets Funko Games apart. The previous two years in which Funko Games participated saw their team raising over $35,000 USD. This year not only have they done a significant amount of fundraising, but they have incorporated Extra Life into their year-round plans and helped get the word out about Extra Life in a number of fun and unique ways. Back in June, Funko Games helped Extra Life out by helping to stock the incredibly popular Human Claw Machine with a wide array of their incredible Funko Pop! figures. In order to make the Human Claw Machine initiative work, we needed to have those prizes to create a draw. Funko Games really came through for us in that regard. Funko Games has their own podcast that talks about the biggest things the company is involved with, highlights important members of its community, and teases fun things coming in the future. Extra Life's own Brandon Llinas was invited onto the program for Episode 125 to talk about all things Extra Life. You can listen to Brandon expertly informing the Funko community about Extra Life over on Soundcloud or find the Funko Funkast on most major podcasting apps. Finally, Stephanie Straw was on the official Gen Con stream with Extra Life's own Lou Adducci. The duo, accompanied by Miracle Kid Ethan McKinney and host Maya Coleman, were able to introduce the world to Funko Games latest tabletop game, Funkoverse Strategy Game. Featuring tiny Pop! figurine representations of characters from all corners of pop culture, Funkoverse throws them all together into a fun battle of wits for all ages. It was amazing to be included in such a high-profile reveal. We were, and still are, thankful for the opportunity. Funko Games' last major Extra Life push will be their sold out Giving Tuesday Game Night event. However, if you want to support their fundraising efforts, you can always join or donate to their Extra Life team, Funko Games & Friends. Donations are accepted at anytime and count toward the year's fundraising total right up until the end of the year. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  24. Over the past three years, it has been incredible seeing Funko Games come out to support kids across the United States and Canada. This year, they've outdone themselves. The DDoS attack on Game Day was a major setback for many, but Funko Games' Stephanie Straw has decided to lead the charge in planning and hosting a make-up game night to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. With limited space and killer prizes, the event at Funko HQ has already sold out, with all ticket proceeds going to local kids through Extra Life. However, the willingness to do not one, but TWO Game Day events isn't the only thing that sets Funko Games apart. The previous two years in which Funko Games participated saw their team raising over $35,000 USD. This year not only have they done a significant amount of fundraising, but they have incorporated Extra Life into their year-round plans and helped get the word out about Extra Life in a number of fun and unique ways. Back in June, Funko Games helped Extra Life out by helping to stock the incredibly popular Human Claw Machine with a wide array of their incredible Funko Pop! figures. In order to make the Human Claw Machine initiative work, we needed to have those prizes to create a draw. Funko Games really came through for us in that regard. Funko Games has their own podcast that talks about the biggest things the company is involved with, highlights important members of its community, and teases fun things coming in the future. Extra Life's own Brandon Llinas was invited onto the program for Episode 125 to talk about all things Extra Life. You can listen to Brandon expertly informing the Funko community about Extra Life over on Soundcloud or find the Funko Funkast on most major podcasting apps. Finally, Stephanie Straw was on the official Gen Con stream with Extra Life's own Lou Adducci. The duo, accompanied by Miracle Kid Ethan McKinney and host Maya Coleman, were able to introduce the world to Funko Games latest tabletop game, Funkoverse Strategy Game. Featuring tiny Pop! figurine representations of characters from all corners of pop culture, Funkoverse throws them all together into a fun battle of wits for all ages. It was amazing to be included in such a high-profile reveal. We were, and still are, thankful for the opportunity. Funko Games' last major Extra Life push will be their sold out Giving Tuesday Game Night event. However, if you want to support their fundraising efforts, you can always join or donate to their Extra Life team, Funko Games & Friends. Donations are accepted at anytime and count toward the year's fundraising total right up until the end of the year. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  25. 2019 is the 8th year Reddit has partnered with Extra Life to raise money and heal kids. This year marked the first time the company has been able to form a Super Team, an umbrella team that allows large organizations to bring their many communities into the fold. Together with some of the biggest internet communities around, Team Reddit was able to raise almost $150,000 USD for kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada! One of the special drives Reddit pushed in the lead up to Game Day was a special Extra Life trophy and award. The award, purchased with 500 Reddit Coins, cost the same as giving Reddit Gold and conferred the same benefits upon the recipient. Those who donated the Extra Life Charity Award were given a special Extra Life themed trophy to display on their Reddit profiles. As part of this initiative, Reddit matched the first $15,000 USD of Reddit Coins purchased during that time. In total, Reddit was able to bring over 400 people together across 38 teams to almost reach their goal of $150,000 USD. The top three teams among those 38, excluding Reddit itself, were Reddit Remotes!, Fortnite, and Team Soraka (the r/leagueoflegends community). Thank you so much to Reddit for organizing their Super Team this year and thank you to all of the Redditors who supported Extra Life this year to help sick and injured kids at their local hospitals. You're really making a differences in the world. Extra Life might have one main Game Day per year, but we accept donations and support at all times! If you would like to sign up and fundraise under the Team Reddit umbrella or donate to help them reach their goal, you can do so before the end of 2019. Just head to the Team Reddit Extra Life page and go from there. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  26. 2019 is the 8th year Reddit has partnered with Extra Life to raise money and heal kids. This year marked the first time the company has been able to form a Super Team, an umbrella team that allows large organizations to bring their many communities into the fold. Together with some of the biggest internet communities around, Team Reddit was able to raise almost $150,000 USD for kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada! One of the special drives Reddit pushed in the lead up to Game Day was a special Extra Life trophy and award. The award, purchased with 500 Reddit Coins, cost the same as giving Reddit Gold and conferred the same benefits upon the recipient. Those who donated the Extra Life Charity Award were given a special Extra Life themed trophy to display on their Reddit profiles. As part of this initiative, Reddit matched the first $15,000 USD of Reddit Coins purchased during that time. In total, Reddit was able to bring over 400 people together across 38 teams to almost reach their goal of $150,000 USD. The top three teams among those 38, excluding Reddit itself, were Reddit Remotes!, Fortnite, and Team Soraka (the r/leagueoflegends community). Thank you so much to Reddit for organizing their Super Team this year and thank you to all of the Redditors who supported Extra Life this year to help sick and injured kids at their local hospitals. You're really making a differences in the world. Extra Life might have one main Game Day per year, but we accept donations and support at all times! If you would like to sign up and fundraise under the Team Reddit umbrella or donate to help them reach their goal, you can do so before the end of 2019. Just head to the Team Reddit Extra Life page and go from there. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  27. On November 2nd, 250 gamers arrived at the West Edmonton Mall, their new home for the next 25-hours. The Game Day event, organized by the Edmonton Extra Life guild, had hundreds of people take to the ice rink at the mall to play games and raise money for sick and injured kids at Stollery Children's Hospital. The event opened with a now traditional opening ceremony that featured kids from Stollery Children's Hospital playing an exhibition game of Mario Kart against a team of local Edmonton politicians. For the record, the kids have beaten the politicians at every previous opening ceremony competition and continued their streak of victory this year. The Edmonton Extra Life guild's president, Lisa Hawthorne, made sure that the event was stuffed full of enough games and fun side activities to keep attendees occupied and engaged for the duration of the 25-hour gaming marathon. Tournaments with prestigious trophies were held at the event, pitting players against one another in games like Super Mario Party, Luigi's Mansion 3, and even Untitled Goose Game. A photo booth captured snapshots of attendees throughout the day and night. Live music performances kept both attendees and mall-goers entertained. Since 2012, Edmonton Extra Lifers have raised almost $1.1 million CAD for Stollery Children’s Hospital. Extra Lifers in Edmonton raised over $200,000 CAD this year with the West Edmonton Mall event helping to break that incredible total. Part of what made their event so successful was the support they received from local sponsors like: Beamdog, Digital Extremes, EA, Game OVR, BioWare, The Gamers' Lodge, Microsoft, Noms, RetroActive Arcade, The Brick, Animethon, Displayco, DQ Orange Julius, Fragapalooza, West Edmonton Mall, and many more. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make Edmonton's events so successful and fun. The Edmonton Extra Life guild hopes to push that number over $250,000 CAD before the end of the year - if you want to help them reach their goal, consider signing up for their team to raise money yourself or donating to the cause through their Extra Life team page. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  28. On November 2nd, 250 gamers arrived at the West Edmonton Mall, their new home for the next 25-hours. The Game Day event, organized by the Edmonton Extra Life guild, had hundreds of people take to the ice rink at the mall to play games and raise money for sick and injured kids at Stollery Children's Hospital. The event opened with a now traditional opening ceremony that featured kids from Stollery Children's Hospital playing an exhibition game of Mario Kart against a team of local Edmonton politicians. For the record, the kids have beaten the politicians at every previous opening ceremony competition and continued their streak of victory this year. The Edmonton Extra Life guild's president, Lisa Hawthorne, made sure that the event was stuffed full of enough games and fun side activities to keep attendees occupied and engaged for the duration of the 25-hour gaming marathon. Tournaments with prestigious trophies were held at the event, pitting players against one another in games like Super Mario Party, Luigi's Mansion 3, and even Untitled Goose Game. A photo booth captured snapshots of attendees throughout the day and night. Live music performances kept both attendees and mall-goers entertained. Since 2012, Edmonton Extra Lifers have raised almost $1.1 million CAD for Stollery Children’s Hospital. Extra Lifers in Edmonton raised over $200,000 CAD this year with the West Edmonton Mall event helping to break that incredible total. Part of what made their event so successful was the support they received from local sponsors like: Beamdog, Digital Extremes, EA, Game OVR, BioWare, The Gamers' Lodge, Microsoft, Noms, RetroActive Arcade, The Brick, Animethon, Displayco, DQ Orange Julius, Fragapalooza, West Edmonton Mall, and many more. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make Edmonton's events so successful and fun. The Edmonton Extra Life guild hopes to push that number over $250,000 CAD before the end of the year - if you want to help them reach their goal, consider signing up for their team to raise money yourself or donating to the cause through their Extra Life team page. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  29. Current Release: v3.0 Release URL: https://github.com/djotaku/ELDonationTracker/releases/tag/v3.0 Release notes: Lots and lots of changes - some user-facing and some in the background, running more efficiently. (Or more maintain-ably) In the GUI start/stop should reload the config now - no more need to restart the GUI. So if you change something in the configuration after you've started running the script, just hit stop and start again. I have added the ability to persist the settings. No longer do you have to re-enter your settings when you upgrade. It will save to the XDG-recommended location on Linux and the equivalent on Windows. Because of this, the config file has a version now (in case I add new fields). When you start the GUI with an outdated version it will ask if you want to start from scratch or update your configs by opening settings, double-checking what's there and hitting save (or persist - depending on whether you want to persist your settings or just save within the folder you just extracted). You now have the ability to change number of donations put into the text files. So if you want to display more than 5 donations on the screen (vertically or horizontally) you can now show any arbitrary number of donors and donations. See the settings button (or file) for that option. I do have one "breaking" change for this release - some of the filenames have changed both to reflect the fact it no longer saves only 5 donations or donors and because I've realized that there is a difference in the API between donors and donations. So enjoy all that! With all those changes there's bound to be a bug that slipped in there (I hope not, but .... I'm only human) so please file an issue if anything is not working correctly. New tutorial videos:
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