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  1. With the rise of digital streaming platforms, the Extra Lifers who participate in fundraising efforts on Game Day and beyond have become incredibly visible and shaped the way that people think about Extra Life. However, Extra Life is more than just streaming! We have a large and passionate community that exists in spaces that are left out of the streaming world by choice or technical limitations. If you're looking to up your fundraising game without streaming, here are several ideas that will make your efforts to help your kids in your community successful. Make the First Donation to Your Page This first point might raise a few eyebrows. When it comes to fundraising, momentum is important. Participants who already have a donation, even if it is from themselves, are more easily able to attract future donations. In fact, making the initial donation yourself before any fundraising effort is so effective that, according to our friends at DonorDrive who have crunched the numbers, people who self-donate are likely to raise 10 times more than those who don't. Join D&D Adventurers League This should be of interest to the tabletop gamers in our community: Participating in Extra Life fundraising can help you earn rewards at the table in Dungeons & Dragons' Adventurers League! Adventurers League helps new people to learn how to play D&D while providing high-quality, regulated adventures for players of all skill levels. Since Wizards of the Coast began working with Extra Life several years ago, many local Adventurers League events have offered ways to earn in-game items or a re-roll of the dice via charitable donations. This year, Adventurers League is offering extended Liars Night (the name of their month-long Halloween event) festivities to everyone who has donated to a fundraising page on the Extra Life website, bought a re-roll ticket that benefited Extra Life, or otherwise helped in local fundraising efforts. This will extend the spooky celebration through November 7th, allowing more time for players to fight Wandering Monsters through Game Day and beyond. Defeating those monsters earns in-game candy corn that can be used for unique, holiday-related items. Download the Apps A reminder to download the apps might cause some to roll their eyes. However, if everyone in the Extra Life community downloaded and made the attempt to use the Mobile Fundraising Apps, Extra Life would be able to raise another $1 million USD for the kids! Set Up a $1 Donation Playlist One of the most creative unstreamed fundraising efforts we have encountered is a sponsored cross-country road trips. This involves an Extra Lifer soliciting $1 USD donations per song suggestion to construct a playlist of music they must listen to during their journey. Community member Rich Moser recently put this tactic to the test on a journey from Pittsburgh to Phoenix. "People could choose songs, ANY song, by donating $1 per song," explained Rich. "If my math is right, I raised $614 by doing this! [There were] so many great and terrible songs that I had to keep the playlist playing for a day or so after we got here in order to complete it!" If you want to take a gander at Rich's playlist, here’s the link (be warned some songs are NSFW). Launch a Facebook Fundraiser One of the features on Facebook that has gained traction over the years has been giving users on the social media site the ability to create fundraisers for causes near and dear to their hearts. This feature has raised over $1 billion USD since it was launched back in 2015. Due to a recent update to Extra Life's website, it has never been easier to create a Facebook Fundraiser. Through your account page on Extra Life's main website, you will have a small button that streamlines the fundraiser creation process with clear prompts to help you connect your Extra Life account with your Facebook. Once the process is complete, any donations to your Facebook fundraiser will be reflected in your fundraising total on Extra Life! On average, people who create Facebook Fundraisers raise $150 USD from the effort. If everyone in the Extra Life community created one, our fundraising totals for 2019 would be mind-boggling! Host a Classic Game Night If streaming isn't your thing, consider throwing a game night for your friends or community. Game nights are a classic way to get people engaged with your fundraising efforts, especially if it's a laid back, less formal event. Dust off the Rock Band or Guitar Hero controllers, grab a few board games, your tabletop dice, whatever will help everyone have a great time. The flexibility of fundraising during an occasion like this depends on your imagination. Ideas to raise money for the kids range from a $10 donation to attend the festivities to micro-donations to turn the tide of various games from Super Smash Bros. to Monopoly. The key is for everyone to walk away having had fun and armed with the knowledge that they helped kids in their communities. What are the most fun fundraising ideas with no streaming required that you have come up with? Share with us in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. With the rise of digital streaming platforms, the Extra Lifers who participate in fundraising efforts on Game Day and beyond have become incredibly visible and shaped the way that people think about Extra Life. However, Extra Life is more than just streaming! We have a large and passionate community that exists in spaces that are left out of the streaming world by choice or technical limitations. If you're looking to up your fundraising game without streaming, here are several ideas that will make your efforts to help your kids in your community successful. Make the First Donation to Your Page This first point might raise a few eyebrows. When it comes to fundraising, momentum is important. Participants who already have a donation, even if it is from themselves, are more easily able to attract future donations. In fact, making the initial donation yourself before any fundraising effort is so effective that, according to our friends at DonorDrive who have crunched the numbers, people who self-donate are likely to raise 10 times more than those who don't. Join D&D Adventurers League This should be of interest to the tabletop gamers in our community: Participating in Extra Life fundraising can help you earn rewards at the table in Dungeons & Dragons' Adventurers League! Adventurers League helps new people to learn how to play D&D while providing high-quality, regulated adventures for players of all skill levels. Since Wizards of the Coast began working with Extra Life several years ago, many local Adventurers League events have offered ways to earn in-game items or a re-roll of the dice via charitable donations. This year, Adventurers League is offering extended Liars Night (the name of their month-long Halloween event) festivities to everyone who has donated to a fundraising page on the Extra Life website, bought a re-roll ticket that benefited Extra Life, or otherwise helped in local fundraising efforts. This will extend the spooky celebration through November 7th, allowing more time for players to fight Wandering Monsters through Game Day and beyond. Defeating those monsters earns in-game candy corn that can be used for unique, holiday-related items. Download the Apps A reminder to download the apps might cause some to roll their eyes. However, if everyone in the Extra Life community downloaded and made the attempt to use the Mobile Fundraising Apps, Extra Life would be able to raise another $1 million USD for the kids! Set Up a $1 Donation Playlist One of the most creative unstreamed fundraising efforts we have encountered is a sponsored cross-country road trips. This involves an Extra Lifer soliciting $1 USD donations per song suggestion to construct a playlist of music they must listen to during their journey. Community member Rich Moser recently put this tactic to the test on a journey from Pittsburgh to Phoenix. "People could choose songs, ANY song, by donating $1 per song," explained Rich. "If my math is right, I raised $614 by doing this! [There were] so many great and terrible songs that I had to keep the playlist playing for a day or so after we got here in order to complete it!" If you want to take a gander at Rich's playlist, here’s the link (be warned some songs are NSFW). Launch a Facebook Fundraiser One of the features on Facebook that has gained traction over the years has been giving users on the social media site the ability to create fundraisers for causes near and dear to their hearts. This feature has raised over $1 billion USD since it was launched back in 2015. Due to a recent update to Extra Life's website, it has never been easier to create a Facebook Fundraiser. Through your account page on Extra Life's main website, you will have a small button that streamlines the fundraiser creation process with clear prompts to help you connect your Extra Life account with your Facebook. Once the process is complete, any donations to your Facebook fundraiser will be reflected in your fundraising total on Extra Life! On average, people who create Facebook Fundraisers raise $150 USD from the effort. If everyone in the Extra Life community created one, our fundraising totals for 2019 would be mind-boggling! Host a Classic Game Night If streaming isn't your thing, consider throwing a game night for your friends or community. Game nights are a classic way to get people engaged with your fundraising efforts, especially if it's a laid back, less formal event. Dust off the Rock Band or Guitar Hero controllers, grab a few board games, your tabletop dice, whatever will help everyone have a great time. The flexibility of fundraising during an occasion like this depends on your imagination. Ideas to raise money for the kids range from a $10 donation to attend the festivities to micro-donations to turn the tide of various games from Super Smash Bros. to Monopoly. The key is for everyone to walk away having had fun and armed with the knowledge that they helped kids in their communities. What are the most fun fundraising ideas with no streaming required that you have come up with? Share with us in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. At its best, the tabletop gaming community can be wonderful, coming together to discover new adventures, forge new alliances, and bring out the hero or heroine in all who come to play. Three years ago, the Extra Life Twin Cities Guild in Minnesota worked with the local non-profit tabletop gaming convention Con of the North to have a presence at their event. Over the years that relationship grew into something that brings figures from across the tabletop community in Minnesota together to raise money for the kids. The Extra Life Twin Cities Guild president, Troy Cleland, took point on organizing the event. As with past years, Con of the North graciously gave Extra Life table space to come and talk with curious con-goers about how they can help sick and injured kids in hospitals by playing games. This year, however, Troy was able to bring the convention deeper into the Extra Life fold. “[Because] they donate our table to us, it is no cost to us to be there,” Troy explained, “so we can focus on promotional items and materials.” Being freed from worrying about booth space allowed Troy to coordinate with Con of the North to launch additional fundraising endeavors across the wider convention. One of these fundraising attempts came courtesy of Gen Con, the largest tabletop convention in North America. Con of the North dubbed the event Cardhalla which has people building impressive structures out of playing cards and then donating money at the end of the convention to knock them down. Cardhalla made use of cards donated by the local company Prolific Games, which supplied around 600 decks of playing cards to serve as construction materials. This had never been done before at Con of the North and managed to raise about $150 for Extra Life. Con-goers enjoyed the event quite a bit and there’s little doubt as to whether it will be returning again next year. That wasn’t the only event that Troy was able to coordinate, however. One of the most interesting events occurred in Con of the North’s vendor hall. A group of artists called The Long and Short of It had decided to hold a miniature painting contest at the convention and then hit upon an idea to raise money for Extra Life by holding a competition between the organizers, the titular Long and Short. They engaged in a battle all throughout the convention weekend in a no-holds-barred match of skill. As they progressed, onlookers were able to donate money for which model they thought was the best and the model that raised the most money would be declared the victor. One of the artists chose to create the many-headed dragon Tiamat from Dungeons & Dragons, complete with lighting effects customized into the figurine, while the other tackled a Warhammer 40K mech that he constructed entirely out of household recycleables and garbage. Tiamat managed to clinch the victory, but the close rivalry between the two wound up raising over $460 for the Extra Life Twin Cities Guild hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. The Long and Short of It had such a good time competing and raising money that they plan to bring the event back with some expanded features for Con of the North 2020. The main event benefiting Extra Life at this year’s Con of the North had to be the involvement of D&D Adventurers League for the second year running. They hosted a silent auction with items they provided themselves, a prize drawing, and more. However, the epic event they hosted on the Saturday of the con proved to be one of the most interesting initiatives they undertook. Players who were participating in the epic event could purchase in-game items and rolls by donating to Extra Life. Guild president Troy Cleland was on hand to MC the prize drawing and silent auction held before the epic event. All told, D&D Adventurers League was able to raise about $1600. “This is the second year they have done this for us,” said Cleland of the amazing effort the league had brought to raising money for Extra Life, “[D&D Adventurers League] didn’t disappoint at all.” Con of the North being a gaming convention, it seemed only natural for Extra Life to bring dice to the event. Working with the local children’s hospital, the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild was able to acquire over 150 six-sided and ten-sided die to use as a means of attracting curious con-goers and also raise a bit more money for Extra Life. A $1 donation conferred a d6 while a $2 donation got the donor a d10. The D&D room also made use of the dice for their in-game purchases to raise money. By the end of the weekend, the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild had managed to pull in over $140 with dice alone. Some people came by multiple times to donate more money for more dice, gushing about how much they loved using dice for a good cause, donating more than the suggested $1 or $2. In total, the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild was able to raise around $2,350 to support the sick and injured kids at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare while also spreading awareness in the tabletop gaming community about how people can play and help kids at the same time. Troy Cleland played a huge part in bringing it all together and deserves so much credit for forming the ongoing relationship between Con of the North and the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild. Minnesota’s conventions don’t draw the large crowds of a PAX, a Gen Con, or an E3, but there’s a lot of heart and passion in these smaller cons that can really bolster the support local hospitals experience. All it takes is the effort necessary to expose these tight-knit communities to Extra Life’s core message of compassion and play. Here’s to another Con of the North… For The Kids. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  4. At its best, the tabletop gaming community can be wonderful, coming together to discover new adventures, forge new alliances, and bring out the hero or heroine in all who come to play. Three years ago, the Extra Life Twin Cities Guild in Minnesota worked with the local non-profit tabletop gaming convention Con of the North to have a presence at their event. Over the years that relationship grew into something that brings figures from across the tabletop community in Minnesota together to raise money for the kids. The Extra Life Twin Cities Guild president, Troy Cleland, took point on organizing the event. As with past years, Con of the North graciously gave Extra Life table space to come and talk with curious con-goers about how they can help sick and injured kids in hospitals by playing games. This year, however, Troy was able to bring the convention deeper into the Extra Life fold. “[Because] they donate our table to us, it is no cost to us to be there,” Troy explained, “so we can focus on promotional items and materials.” Being freed from worrying about booth space allowed Troy to coordinate with Con of the North to launch additional fundraising endeavors across the wider convention. One of these fundraising attempts came courtesy of Gen Con, the largest tabletop convention in North America. Con of the North dubbed the event Cardhalla which has people building impressive structures out of playing cards and then donating money at the end of the convention to knock them down. Cardhalla made use of cards donated by the local company Prolific Games, which supplied around 600 decks of playing cards to serve as construction materials. This had never been done before at Con of the North and managed to raise about $150 for Extra Life. Con-goers enjoyed the event quite a bit and there’s little doubt as to whether it will be returning again next year. That wasn’t the only event that Troy was able to coordinate, however. One of the most interesting events occurred in Con of the North’s vendor hall. A group of artists called The Long and Short of It had decided to hold a miniature painting contest at the convention and then hit upon an idea to raise money for Extra Life by holding a competition between the organizers, the titular Long and Short. They engaged in a battle all throughout the convention weekend in a no-holds-barred match of skill. As they progressed, onlookers were able to donate money for which model they thought was the best and the model that raised the most money would be declared the victor. One of the artists chose to create the many-headed dragon Tiamat from Dungeons & Dragons, complete with lighting effects customized into the figurine, while the other tackled a Warhammer 40K mech that he constructed entirely out of household recycleables and garbage. Tiamat managed to clinch the victory, but the close rivalry between the two wound up raising over $460 for the Extra Life Twin Cities Guild hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. The Long and Short of It had such a good time competing and raising money that they plan to bring the event back with some expanded features for Con of the North 2020. The main event benefiting Extra Life at this year’s Con of the North had to be the involvement of D&D Adventurers League for the second year running. They hosted a silent auction with items they provided themselves, a prize drawing, and more. However, the epic event they hosted on the Saturday of the con proved to be one of the most interesting initiatives they undertook. Players who were participating in the epic event could purchase in-game items and rolls by donating to Extra Life. Guild president Troy Cleland was on hand to MC the prize drawing and silent auction held before the epic event. All told, D&D Adventurers League was able to raise about $1600. “This is the second year they have done this for us,” said Cleland of the amazing effort the league had brought to raising money for Extra Life, “[D&D Adventurers League] didn’t disappoint at all.” Con of the North being a gaming convention, it seemed only natural for Extra Life to bring dice to the event. Working with the local children’s hospital, the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild was able to acquire over 150 six-sided and ten-sided die to use as a means of attracting curious con-goers and also raise a bit more money for Extra Life. A $1 donation conferred a d6 while a $2 donation got the donor a d10. The D&D room also made use of the dice for their in-game purchases to raise money. By the end of the weekend, the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild had managed to pull in over $140 with dice alone. Some people came by multiple times to donate more money for more dice, gushing about how much they loved using dice for a good cause, donating more than the suggested $1 or $2. In total, the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild was able to raise around $2,350 to support the sick and injured kids at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare while also spreading awareness in the tabletop gaming community about how people can play and help kids at the same time. Troy Cleland played a huge part in bringing it all together and deserves so much credit for forming the ongoing relationship between Con of the North and the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild. Minnesota’s conventions don’t draw the large crowds of a PAX, a Gen Con, or an E3, but there’s a lot of heart and passion in these smaller cons that can really bolster the support local hospitals experience. All it takes is the effort necessary to expose these tight-knit communities to Extra Life’s core message of compassion and play. Here’s to another Con of the North… For The Kids. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
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