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  1. herobyclicking

    Extra Life Instruction Manual

    If you've ever wanted a handy-dandy instruction manual to help share Extra Life with friends, family and co-workers, then consider this best practice as an answer to your desire! Perfect for sending as a PDF attachment or printing out to share at events, conventions or meetings! Introducing the official Extra Life Instruction Manual!
  2. If you've ever wanted a handy-dandy instruction manual to help share Extra Life with friends, family and co-workers, then consider this best practice as an answer to your desire! Perfect for sending as a PDF attachment or printing out to share at events, conventions or meetings! Introducing the official Extra Life Instruction Manual! View full article
  3. Hey everyone, My name is Connor, last year I participated for the first time by streaming my participation of a 24 hour marathon session, and raised more than I expected. This year I'm trying to improve on that experience by offering up donation milestones, a spectacle, task, or condition every $500 or so, to incentivize donations. I've reached out to friends for suggestions which resulted in the work-in-progress list below, and would love to hear any input you may have. $500 - highest donor can pick a game I'll play for no less than 2 hours (must be PC, if occurs during marathon stream must be something I can download on the spot) $1000 - I will drink a shot of hot sauce and say "I'm a spicy boy" $1500 - TBD $1965 - I have to play Spanish Flea by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Band on repeat for the remainder of the marathon $2000 - I will wax my legs on stream If you have any suggestions for additional tasks, or any other advice for someone still new to this event, please let me know. Thanks!
  4. Hello everyone! If you are looking for a way to share your donation alerts on stream, check out Streamlabs (TwitchAlerts/Streampro collaboration). It's fairly straightforward, though let us know if you have any questions! https://support.streamlabs.com/hc/en-us/articles/236189528-How-to-setup-Extra-Life-alerts
  5. What if I told you that you had the power to manage and share your Extra Life experience on the go? That this power was available to you and it was absolutely free? The Extra Life mobile app lets you fundraise and connect with others through SMS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Email. You can update your Extra Life page and check your fundraising progress all from the palm of your hand. Download the app here: iPhone | Android View full article
  6. What if I told you that you had the power to manage and share your Extra Life experience on the go? That this power was available to you and it was absolutely free? The Extra Life mobile app lets you fundraise and connect with others through SMS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Email. You can update your Extra Life page and check your fundraising progress all from the palm of your hand. Download the app here: iPhone | Android
  7. While being a participant and donating to Extra Life is the primary and most direct way to help Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, you can also support us with these simple, mostly free ways! If you're looking to send some additional love our way, here are four easy things you can do, right now! Follow and share us on social Following us and sharing our awesome content on Discord, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, our Community Hub and Instagram helps get the word out about the amazing things we ALL are doing. Believe it or not, there still plenty of folks who have yet to hear about playing game and healing kids, let's make sure they find out about us! Subscribe to us on Twitch! Our Twitch channel is a Charity Partnered channel! Which means that you can now subscribe and support the kids while enjoying hours of content from our amazing community. If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you get one (1) free subscription (Twitch Prime) each month which "includes bonus games and exclusive in-game content, a channel subscription every 30 days at no additional cost to be used on any Partnered and Affiliate channel, ad-free viewing on Twitch, exclusive emotes, and chat badge." Free content? No ads? Support Extra Life? Sounds like a no-brainer ;)! Check out the Twitch Prime guide to learn how use your monthly subscription for subscribing to our Twitch channel. Auto hosting the official Extra Life Twitch channel When you're not streaming, consider adding our official Twitch channel so your auto hosting list! Step 1: Sign up for a Twitch account! Step 2: To auto host Extra Life's Official Channel, just go to your "Settings" > "Channel & Videos" > scroll down to "Host List"> select the "+" > search for "ExtraLife4Kids" > add "ExtraLife4Kids" > select "Save Changes". Add our Official channel to your list today! Read more about it: https://blog.twitch.tv/grow-your-community-with-auto-hosting-e80c1460f6e1#.ayik03n2q Use our Humble Bundle Charity Partner Link If you're like us, you like games. A lot. It's even better when you can buy a lot of games for a great cause. Enter, Humble Bundle. If you're not aware of this awesome group, then it's definitely time to get acquainted. When buying your PC games, software and digital books, use Humble Bundle to purchase them AND contribute to charity. Specifically, Extra Life! Use the following links to purchase and support Extra Life: For the latest Humble Bundles: https://www.humblebundle.com/?partner=144206 For Humble Bundle Monthly: https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly?partner=144206 For all of your Humble Store purchases, be sure to add Extra Life as your selected charity! Take a peep below. Once you set Extra Life as your selected charity on Humble Bundle, your purchases from the Humble Store will support us! ***BONUS Pro-tip*** Are you a Humble Partner? You can set Extra Life as your charity in your partner link! So you're a Humble Bundle Partner, nicely done! Did you know that you can customize your Partner link to include Extra Life a your charity of choice? This will assign a portion of purchases made by people using your link to go back to Extra Life, providing mission critical funding! These sales are actually helping save lives of sick and injured kids across the US and Canada. Good work! It's super easy to set up too! You can select Extra Life and it add to your partner link in your Partner Dashboard.This is found in the "Charity Select" portion of the dashboard. You can then select Extra Life. Once you've selected Extra Life, you'll see it at the top bar of the Charity Selection portion. You'll then see that your current charity selected is Extra Life! This places the charity ID to all your partner links in the Partner Dashboard. For example, your referral link may look like this: Add these easy and fun steps to your Extra Life arsenal and help us to continue to support sick and injured kids across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Keep being amazing! View full article
  8. herobyclicking

    4 Easy Ways to Support Extra Life

    While being a participant and donating to Extra Life is the primary and most direct way to help Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, you can also support us with these simple, mostly free ways! If you're looking to send some additional love our way, here are four easy things you can do, right now! Follow and share us on social Following us and sharing our awesome content on Discord, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, our Community Hub and Instagram helps get the word out about the amazing things we ALL are doing. Believe it or not, there still plenty of folks who have yet to hear about playing game and healing kids, let's make sure they find out about us! Subscribe to us on Twitch! Our Twitch channel is a Charity Partnered channel! Which means that you can now subscribe and support the kids while enjoying hours of content from our amazing community. If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you get one (1) free subscription (Twitch Prime) each month which "includes bonus games and exclusive in-game content, a channel subscription every 30 days at no additional cost to be used on any Partnered and Affiliate channel, ad-free viewing on Twitch, exclusive emotes, and chat badge." Free content? No ads? Support Extra Life? Sounds like a no-brainer ;)! Check out the Twitch Prime guide to learn how use your monthly subscription for subscribing to our Twitch channel. Auto hosting the official Extra Life Twitch channel When you're not streaming, consider adding our official Twitch channel so your auto hosting list! Step 1: Sign up for a Twitch account! Step 2: To auto host Extra Life's Official Channel, just go to your "Settings" > "Channel & Videos" > scroll down to "Host List"> select the "+" > search for "ExtraLife4Kids" > add "ExtraLife4Kids" > select "Save Changes". Add our Official channel to your list today! Read more about it: https://blog.twitch.tv/grow-your-community-with-auto-hosting-e80c1460f6e1#.ayik03n2q Use our Humble Bundle Charity Partner Link If you're like us, you like games. A lot. It's even better when you can buy a lot of games for a great cause. Enter, Humble Bundle. If you're not aware of this awesome group, then it's definitely time to get acquainted. When buying your PC games, software and digital books, use Humble Bundle to purchase them AND contribute to charity. Specifically, Extra Life! Use the following links to purchase and support Extra Life: For the latest Humble Bundles: https://www.humblebundle.com/?partner=144206 For Humble Bundle Monthly: https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly?partner=144206 For all of your Humble Store purchases, be sure to add Extra Life as your selected charity! Take a peep below. Once you set Extra Life as your selected charity on Humble Bundle, your purchases from the Humble Store will support us! ***BONUS Pro-tip*** Are you a Humble Partner? You can set Extra Life as your charity in your partner link! So you're a Humble Bundle Partner, nicely done! Did you know that you can customize your Partner link to include Extra Life a your charity of choice? This will assign a portion of purchases made by people using your link to go back to Extra Life, providing mission critical funding! These sales are actually helping save lives of sick and injured kids across the US and Canada. Good work! It's super easy to set up too! You can select Extra Life and it add to your partner link in your Partner Dashboard.This is found in the "Charity Select" portion of the dashboard. You can then select Extra Life. Once you've selected Extra Life, you'll see it at the top bar of the Charity Selection portion. You'll then see that your current charity selected is Extra Life! This places the charity ID to all your partner links in the Partner Dashboard. For example, your referral link may look like this: Add these easy and fun steps to your Extra Life arsenal and help us to continue to support sick and injured kids across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Keep being amazing!
  9. How to Create/Join a Team Creating and joining a team is a great way to work together towards an incredible goal; helping sick and injured kids! When you initially sign up for Extra Life, you have the option to create your team alongside your individual registration! That's definitely the easiest way to get your team created. However, if you've already joined Extra Life and you've decided to create a team, we can help! As a team, you’ll be able to see the direct impact your team makes on sick and injured kids by tracking the number of people you recruit and how much your teammates have raised. Each team will receive a team page and the team captain will be able to set the team goal. Keep in mind that since teams are made up of individual Extra Lifers, it’s possible that a team will benefit different hospitals. Head to the Dashboard Log into your Extra Life account and head to the "Dashboard" > "Change Team Membership" Create (or Join) a Team From the dropdown menu, select "Create a new Team". Add the details of your team Fill out the "Team Name" and "Team Fundraising" goal. Your team donation total is an aggregates your individual team member donations. Also, since each individual can select different hospitals, your team might represent Children's Miracle Network Hospitals from across the US, Canada or Puerto Rico! Add a team goal, make it challenge but reasonable! For "Team Type" select "Extra Life Team". You're the Captain now... Now that you have your team, you'll want to head over and learn the basics for being the best Extra Life Captain you can be. Lead your team to victory, #ForTheKids!
  10. How to Create/Join a Team Creating and joining a team is a great way to work together towards an incredible goal; helping sick and injured kids! When you initially sign up for Extra Life, you have the option to create your team alongside your individual registration! That's definitely the easiest way to get your team created. However, if you've already joined Extra Life and you've decided to create a team, we can help! As a team, you’ll be able to see the direct impact your team makes on sick and injured kids by tracking the number of people you recruit and how much your teammates have raised. Each team will receive a team page and the team captain will be able to set the team goal. Keep in mind that since teams are made up of individual Extra Lifers, it’s possible that a team will benefit different hospitals. Head to the Dashboard Log into your Extra Life account and head to the "Dashboard" > "Change Team Membership" Create (or Join) a Team From the dropdown menu, select "Create a new Team". Add the details of your team Fill out the "Team Name" and "Team Fundraising" goal. Your team donation total is an aggregates your individual team member donations. Also, since each individual can select different hospitals, your team might represent Children's Miracle Network Hospitals from across the US, Canada or Puerto Rico! Add a team goal, make it challenge but reasonable! For "Team Type" select "Extra Life Team". You're the Captain now... Now that you have your team, you'll want to head over and learn the basics for being the best Extra Life Captain you can be. Lead your team to victory, #ForTheKids! View full article
  11. 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
  12. herobyclicking

    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!
  13. "The why finds you. You will inevitably know someone, or know someone who knows someone who needs a children's hospital. You'll know many more if you talk about it - many of your closest friends likely have experiences with these places that you don't even know." @Sean Rooney Why I Extra Life It may seem odd to make "Extra Life" a verb, but the incredible Extra Life community continues to make a pledge to "Play Games, Heal Kids". Year after year, since 2008, our passionate and generous Extra Life community grows. So naturally to do "good" for this community via gaming means to "Extra Life". Our reasons for doing what we do may vary, but we are all here for the purpose of saving and helping the lives of kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the US and Canada. Here are some other "whys" from the community. Consider sharing your "why" via social media, email or on your Extra Life participant page: "It started out as a selfish "Cool here is an excuse to play video games for 24 hours." kinda deal And so the first year my roommates and I decided to do it and honestly we didn't try to do any real fundraising until the day of the event.... Then this past year has been two really big events. Between attending ELU and both meeting members for this community and the Champs. And the birth of my son this year who a few weeks into his birth we had to head to our children's hospital to have some extra lab work done because he had some abnormal results come back on his blood tests. It's amazing to see how those hospitals function and the families that are in them." @heartandthesynapse "I worked at Wal-Mart for 10+ years, and if anyone knows they do a lot of fundraising for the CMN, and when I lived in Arizona, I ended up taking over the responsibilities for those fundraising at the Wal-Mart I had worked at. And by doing so, I was able to visit the Children's Hospital one day, and I had a very good tour of how the money is used and how it benefits the kids. And to me, I was thinking, how can I do more? That's when Extra Life found me." @JSStudz "I got recruited on the Giant Bomb forums, and lazily fundraised that first year. I then got some close friends and family to realize that my video gaming in life has contributed to something cool and they started doing marathons with me. I reached out to my hospital on my own and started seeing how that money was being used. Ever since, I've been more and more involved and am still one of the only people involved in the area working to get more and more people." @zolloz89 "When you're just starting out, I think "Guilt-free gaming" is a good enough reason for your first year participating. Once the first year is over, the donations are tallied and all of that, I think many people will get the warm and fuzzies and will re-commit themselves for another year. I'm based in Sydney, Australia where CMN doesn't operate so I haven't had the same personal experiences as many other Extra Lifers but the feeling of doing something you love, the feeling of doing something good and the feeling of being connected globally all combine to create a very powerful, very compelling force." @Rue How to talk about your "Why" As you can see, one of the best ways to share your "why" is to speak from your experiences. Your honest telling of a story that has affected you or someone close to you is a powerful tool to help support your fundraising efforts for Extra Life and your Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Meet Jeremy Smith (@gumbystation) for a great example of how to talk about your "why"! https://youtu.be/I3WqXIpK4As There are so many stories like this across our community! What is your "why" and how did you find it, or it you? Share in the comments below! View full article
  14. herobyclicking

    Finding and talking about your "Why"

    "The why finds you. You will inevitably know someone, or know someone who knows someone who needs a children's hospital. You'll know many more if you talk about it - many of your closest friends likely have experiences with these places that you don't even know." @Sean Rooney Why I Extra Life It may seem odd to make "Extra Life" a verb, but the incredible Extra Life community continues to make a pledge to "Play Games, Heal Kids". Year after year, since 2008, our passionate and generous Extra Life community grows. So naturally to do "good" for this community via gaming means to "Extra Life". Our reasons for doing what we do may vary, but we are all here for the purpose of saving and helping the lives of kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the US and Canada. Here are some other "whys" from the community. Consider sharing your "why" via social media, email or on your Extra Life participant page: "It started out as a selfish "Cool here is an excuse to play video games for 24 hours." kinda deal And so the first year my roommates and I decided to do it and honestly we didn't try to do any real fundraising until the day of the event.... Then this past year has been two really big events. Between attending ELU and both meeting members for this community and the Champs. And the birth of my son this year who a few weeks into his birth we had to head to our children's hospital to have some extra lab work done because he had some abnormal results come back on his blood tests. It's amazing to see how those hospitals function and the families that are in them." @heartandthesynapse "I worked at Wal-Mart for 10+ years, and if anyone knows they do a lot of fundraising for the CMN, and when I lived in Arizona, I ended up taking over the responsibilities for those fundraising at the Wal-Mart I had worked at. And by doing so, I was able to visit the Children's Hospital one day, and I had a very good tour of how the money is used and how it benefits the kids. And to me, I was thinking, how can I do more? That's when Extra Life found me." @JSStudz "I got recruited on the Giant Bomb forums, and lazily fundraised that first year. I then got some close friends and family to realize that my video gaming in life has contributed to something cool and they started doing marathons with me. I reached out to my hospital on my own and started seeing how that money was being used. Ever since, I've been more and more involved and am still one of the only people involved in the area working to get more and more people." @zolloz89 "When you're just starting out, I think "Guilt-free gaming" is a good enough reason for your first year participating. Once the first year is over, the donations are tallied and all of that, I think many people will get the warm and fuzzies and will re-commit themselves for another year. I'm based in Sydney, Australia where CMN doesn't operate so I haven't had the same personal experiences as many other Extra Lifers but the feeling of doing something you love, the feeling of doing something good and the feeling of being connected globally all combine to create a very powerful, very compelling force." @Rue How to talk about your "Why" As you can see, one of the best ways to share your "why" is to speak from your experiences. Your honest telling of a story that has affected you or someone close to you is a powerful tool to help support your fundraising efforts for Extra Life and your Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Meet Jeremy Smith (@gumbystation) for a great example of how to talk about your "why"! https://youtu.be/I3WqXIpK4As There are so many stories like this across our community! What is your "why" and how did you find it, or it you? Share in the comments below!
  15. herobyclicking

    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 $40 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
  16. herobyclicking

    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 $40 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!
  17. How To Use The Extra Life Email System We try to make it as quick and pain-free as possible for you to spread the word about Extra Life and even ask for donations. Once you log into your Extra Life account, you can take advantage of our email system to send out recruitment or donation emails to your friends and family. A direct email sent to your contacts that expresses why you participate in Extra Life will go a long way in helping you hit your fundraising goal. Follow the steps below to use our Email Address Import Tool to help you reach out to your donors. Log into your Extra Life account (participant page) by clicking "Login" in the top right corner From your fundraising dashboard, click on Send Donor Invitations & Updates (screen shot) Click on "Import From Webmail" Choose your address book Sign into your email account. A list of your email contacts will populate. Import all contacts, personalize your message (or use the one we wrote for you), and hit send! If you have any issues or questions along the way about importing your email contacts, please contact us. View full article
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    If you send it, they will donate

    How To Use The Extra Life Email System We try to make it as quick and pain-free as possible for you to spread the word about Extra Life and even ask for donations. Once you log into your Extra Life account, you can take advantage of our email system to send out recruitment or donation emails to your friends and family. A direct email sent to your contacts that expresses why you participate in Extra Life will go a long way in helping you hit your fundraising goal. Follow the steps below to use our Email Address Import Tool to help you reach out to your donors. Log into your Extra Life account (participant page) by clicking "Login" in the top right corner From your fundraising dashboard, click on Send Donor Invitations & Updates (screen shot) Click on "Import From Webmail" Choose your address book Sign into your email account. A list of your email contacts will populate. Import all contacts, personalize your message (or use the one we wrote for you), and hit send! If you have any issues or questions along the way about importing your email contacts, please contact us.
  19. Team Captain 101 So you've taken on the responsibility to be an Extra Life Team Captain - congrats! It's a big responsibility so we're here to help you along the way. Below you will find some tips discussing everything from how to recruit new team members to motivating your mates to fundraise. Customize your Team Page Similar to your individual Extra Life page, when you create a team and become the team's captain, you are also given a Team Extra Life page to manage. Make sure you customize the Team Page with a group picture, information about your overall mission, and even set a team fundraising goal. If you're feeling up to it, you can even customize your team page to offer special incentives for your team members (i.e. anyone on the team who raises $X will receive a personalized video of me singing Michael Jackson). Get creative and have fun! Rally the Troops To people like you and me, it just makes sense to sign up for Extra Life. We get to do what we already love doing, all while giving back to help sick and injured kids in our own communities. Your friends, family and community members may not have heard about Extra Life and be a little hesitant to join your team, but with a little convincing (and maybe some bribery), they'll join your ranks in no time. People are more likely to rally behind something that is for a good cause and something that you can speak passionately about. Share with your prospective team members why you're participating in Extra Life. Let them know why this is so important to you and ask for them to play alongside you. Lead by Example If you're excited about Extra Life, then your teammates will be also. Set the course for your fundraising campaign by setting reachable goals and being active in asking for donations. Assign fun tasks to your team members like talking to local businesses or making a social media post. Issue challenges to bring in new team members or raise $20 over the weekend. Every bit helps! Connect with other Teams in your Area Everything is more enjoyable when you have others to share it with! Visit the Extra Life Community Hub discussions to tell people about your team, ask for best practices and share ideas. Who knows, you may recruit some new teammates while you're at it. If you can't create one, join one! Creating and managing a team seem like too much? You can always just join a team! Consider joining one our top teams on the Extra Life page or visit the Extra Life Community Hub discussions and ask if anyone is recruiting! Always have Fun Remember - the task you take on by joining Extra Life is a life-saving one, but it's a fun one as well! Don't take things too seriously and have a good time. You'll be making memories not only with your teammates, but also for the kids you are helping create miracles for. View full article
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    Team Work, Making the Dream Work

    Team Captain 101 So you've taken on the responsibility to be an Extra Life Team Captain - congrats! It's a big responsibility so we're here to help you along the way. Below you will find some tips discussing everything from how to recruit new team members to motivating your mates to fundraise. Customize your Team Page Similar to your individual Extra Life page, when you create a team and become the team's captain, you are also given a Team Extra Life page to manage. Make sure you customize the Team Page with a group picture, information about your overall mission, and even set a team fundraising goal. If you're feeling up to it, you can even customize your team page to offer special incentives for your team members (i.e. anyone on the team who raises $X will receive a personalized video of me singing Michael Jackson). Get creative and have fun! Rally the Troops To people like you and me, it just makes sense to sign up for Extra Life. We get to do what we already love doing, all while giving back to help sick and injured kids in our own communities. Your friends, family and community members may not have heard about Extra Life and be a little hesitant to join your team, but with a little convincing (and maybe some bribery), they'll join your ranks in no time. People are more likely to rally behind something that is for a good cause and something that you can speak passionately about. Share with your prospective team members why you're participating in Extra Life. Let them know why this is so important to you and ask for them to play alongside you. Lead by Example If you're excited about Extra Life, then your teammates will be also. Set the course for your fundraising campaign by setting reachable goals and being active in asking for donations. Assign fun tasks to your team members like talking to local businesses or making a social media post. Issue challenges to bring in new team members or raise $20 over the weekend. Every bit helps! Connect with other Teams in your Area Everything is more enjoyable when you have others to share it with! Visit the Extra Life Community Hub discussions to tell people about your team, ask for best practices and share ideas. Who knows, you may recruit some new teammates while you're at it. If you can't create one, join one! Creating and managing a team seem like too much? You can always just join a team! Consider joining one our top teams on the Extra Life page or visit the Extra Life Community Hub discussions and ask if anyone is recruiting! Always have Fun Remember - the task you take on by joining Extra Life is a life-saving one, but it's a fun one as well! Don't take things too seriously and have a good time. You'll be making memories not only with your teammates, but also for the kids you are helping create miracles for.
  21. 10 Tips For A Great Game Day The time has come. You’ve registered, recruited supporters and donors and maybe even teamed up with a crew. You’re about to Extra Life. This gaming charity event is not for the faint of heart! Team Extra Life at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals wants to help you safely and enjoyably cross the finish line. Remember it's #ForTheKids: This is 100 percent For The Kids. Revel in the fulfillment of helping sick and injured children across US and Canada. You are saving lives, one hour at a time. Keep up the great work, and have fun! Invite Friends: Even if this isn’t your first rodeo, going it alone will have you wind up like the lone, sickly antelope at the back of the stampede. Keep up your motivation, increase your enjoyment and further your success by participating with friends and family — or strangers! Remember, you can also split all 25 hours amongst several people so consider a five hour-long party with five friends. Update/Check your Games: Make sure your games are updated, your PC and consoles have the latest patches and that you have ALL the pieces for your tabletop games before cracking them open for Game Day. Rest before, during and after your marathon: A runner wouldn’t pull an all-nighter before a marathon, so don’t slack on your Z’s the night before yours. Basic motor skills (the kind you, Gamer, desperately need) and mental endurance plummet with every hour you skimp. Be just as disciplined with keeping up on your comatose state as you are perfecting your game. And remember, if you are tired... go to bed. Get up later and finish then. Have a plan: Even if you don't stay on track, it's great to know what you're playing each hour, schedule breaks and social media time to let people know that your playing For The Kids! Stretch, move and exercise: Take breaks! Stretch. Walk about. Chat with a friend for a few. Powering through does not equal toughness in this game. Rest your eyes from the screen, stretch your muscles and take a jog around the block (or the house) every hour or two to get your blood flowing and keep your brain alive. Eat healthy and hydrate: Water is your new best friend. Even breathing requires H2O. Stay hydrated by keeping a nice, big 32-oz. water bottle by your side and fill it up five to six times throughout your 24—err, 25-hour trek (that’s right). Limit caffeine until you absolutely need it. That Venti cup of Joe or those Monster drinks should be a last-ditch emergency effort, not a plan of action. Treat your body like an engine. You wouldn’t put maple syrup in your car’s tank, so don’t put starchy, sugary, processed foods in your own. Stock up on energy-producing brain foods such as fruit, veggies, complex carbohydrates and lean protein. Keep nuts and fruit by your side instead of that family-size bag of Cheetos. Fuel your body right, and it will perform at those high speeds and long hours you need it to. Know how to talk about Extra Life: Have you "elevator speech" ready! If you're streaming, make a point to remind folks about why you're playing games for your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Need a refresher? Check out Extra Life: Explained! Tell people what you're doing and ask for donations: Post on social media, send emails and make phone calls! Streaming? Talk about and share your donation URL. If you do not ask, then you're not going to get donations. HAVE FUN: We mean it (we even used all caps)! You're playing games and healing kids, enjoy yourself! BONUS TIP- Brighten the mood: Playing in a dark room might seem cool at first, but that’s not going to fly at 4 a.m. Keeping the lights bright during the wee hours can help “trick” your brain into making less melatonin, the sleep hormone naturally produced when the lights go out. But if your body is screaming for a nap, listen to it. Want more tips and tricks on how to have an epic game day? Check out the community discussion right here on Community Hub. Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals strongly supports healthy and safe gaming. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s gaming, please visit www.cmch.tv for resources on healthy gaming habits for kids. View full article
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    Tips for a great game day!

    10 Tips For A Great Game Day The time has come. You’ve registered, recruited supporters and donors and maybe even teamed up with a crew. You’re about to Extra Life. This gaming charity event is not for the faint of heart! Team Extra Life at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals wants to help you safely and enjoyably cross the finish line. Remember it's #ForTheKids: This is 100 percent For The Kids. Revel in the fulfillment of helping sick and injured children across US and Canada. You are saving lives, one hour at a time. Keep up the great work, and have fun! Invite Friends: Even if this isn’t your first rodeo, going it alone will have you wind up like the lone, sickly antelope at the back of the stampede. Keep up your motivation, increase your enjoyment and further your success by participating with friends and family — or strangers! Remember, you can also split all 25 hours amongst several people so consider a five hour-long party with five friends. Update/Check your Games: Make sure your games are updated, your PC and consoles have the latest patches and that you have ALL the pieces for your tabletop games before cracking them open for Game Day. Rest before, during and after your marathon: A runner wouldn’t pull an all-nighter before a marathon, so don’t slack on your Z’s the night before yours. Basic motor skills (the kind you, Gamer, desperately need) and mental endurance plummet with every hour you skimp. Be just as disciplined with keeping up on your comatose state as you are perfecting your game. And remember, if you are tired... go to bed. Get up later and finish then. Have a plan: Even if you don't stay on track, it's great to know what you're playing each hour, schedule breaks and social media time to let people know that your playing For The Kids! Stretch, move and exercise: Take breaks! Stretch. Walk about. Chat with a friend for a few. Powering through does not equal toughness in this game. Rest your eyes from the screen, stretch your muscles and take a jog around the block (or the house) every hour or two to get your blood flowing and keep your brain alive. Eat healthy and hydrate: Water is your new best friend. Even breathing requires H2O. Stay hydrated by keeping a nice, big 32-oz. water bottle by your side and fill it up five to six times throughout your 24—err, 25-hour trek (that’s right). Limit caffeine until you absolutely need it. That Venti cup of Joe or those Monster drinks should be a last-ditch emergency effort, not a plan of action. Treat your body like an engine. You wouldn’t put maple syrup in your car’s tank, so don’t put starchy, sugary, processed foods in your own. Stock up on energy-producing brain foods such as fruit, veggies, complex carbohydrates and lean protein. Keep nuts and fruit by your side instead of that family-size bag of Cheetos. Fuel your body right, and it will perform at those high speeds and long hours you need it to. Know how to talk about Extra Life: Have you "elevator speech" ready! If you're streaming, make a point to remind folks about why you're playing games for your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Need a refresher? Check out Extra Life: Explained! Tell people what you're doing and ask for donations: Post on social media, send emails and make phone calls! Streaming? Talk about and share your donation URL. If you do not ask, then you're not going to get donations. HAVE FUN: We mean it (we even used all caps)! You're playing games and healing kids, enjoy yourself! BONUS TIP- Brighten the mood: Playing in a dark room might seem cool at first, but that’s not going to fly at 4 a.m. Keeping the lights bright during the wee hours can help “trick” your brain into making less melatonin, the sleep hormone naturally produced when the lights go out. But if your body is screaming for a nap, listen to it. Want more tips and tricks on how to have an epic game day? Check out the community discussion right here on Community Hub. Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals strongly supports healthy and safe gaming. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s gaming, please visit www.cmch.tv for resources on healthy gaming habits for kids.
  23. Four Simple Steps to Make your Extra Life page more Effective We've put together four simple steps to help you make your Extra Life fundraising page more appealing to prospective donors. Take 15 minutes and follow these four steps to help tell people what you're doing (Extra Life), why you're doing it (For The Kids) and who you're doing it for (your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital). Step 1 - Say Cheese Start with a picture - sounds simple right? Nothing says "you" to prospective donors more than a picture of...well...YOU! Think of your picture as your greeting and first impression. Having a nice picture at the top of your page is more inviting to your friends and family members than our logo or a picture they aren't familiar with. Step 2 - Think about your goal By default, Extra Life fundraising goals are set at $100, but since you're taking the time to read this, you're obviously no default Extra Lifer. The more your goal means to you, the more it will matter to your donors. Jeromy Adams, the founder of Extra Life, set his goal back in 2011 for $5,415; the total of $5 for every day his friend Tori spent fighting leukemia before she passed away. It was an ambitious goal and one that made him nervous, but it meant something to him. It turned out that it meant something to his donors, too and who helped him almost DOUBLE his goal. You don't need to have a personal connection to your children's hospital in order to set a good goal. Maybe you set a goal to raise $10 for every healthy year of your own childhood or a quarter for every child treated at your local children's hospital! A good goal is going to help shape your entire Extra Life campaign and it's going to give you more interesting things to talk about when making your appeal to your donors. It's also going to feel much more gratifying to you when you reach and exceed your goal, too. Step 3 - Your Story After you have added your picture and personal goal to your fundraising page, it's time to explain why you're raising funds for your local CMN Hospital through Extra Life. Our best advice to you is to keep it simple. Have a personal story or connection to your local children's hospital? Share it with your donors. Feel free to delete all of the default text and make this your Extra Life. You don't need to explain everything about the whole Extra Life program. Just explain who you are, what you're doing to raise money and that all of the dollars you raise will stay local in your community. You may also want to explain your fundraising goal and tell your donors how much you'd appreciate their help reaching it. Step 4 - Add a Video Some of the most successful Extra Life fundraisers share one common approach; they share their reason for participating in Extra Life in the form of a video. Look back at your personal narrative, prepare a few words, look right into your cell phone camera, hit record and let er' rip! Tell your visitors why you are playing games to heal kids. You can upload your video to any popular video service like YouTube or Vimeo and then add it to your Extra Life fundraising page. Feel free to share it on your social media pages, too! If you have time, consider updating your video regularly as you get closer to the day of the Extra Life event, tracking your progress and sharing your excitement about the people who donated to your campaign. Here is some amazing video from Extra Life United 2017. We might not all have stories like his, but we do have a story. Whether you know someone treated at a CMN Hospital or are just thankful for having been lucky enough to never step inside a children's hospital, what matters most is that you're genuinely sharing your story, your feelings and your mission with your donors. That's it - you've done it! If you followed the steps above, you've set yourself up for a successful Extra Life year. Now it's time to play games, heal kids. Have an awesome layout from a previous year? No problem! Import your page from a previous year! View full article
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    A Better Extra Life page in 15 minutes

    Four Simple Steps to Make your Extra Life page more Effective We've put together four simple steps to help you make your Extra Life fundraising page more appealing to prospective donors. Take 15 minutes and follow these four steps to help tell people what you're doing (Extra Life), why you're doing it (For The Kids) and who you're doing it for (your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital). Step 1 - Say Cheese Start with a picture - sounds simple right? Nothing says "you" to prospective donors more than a picture of...well...YOU! Think of your picture as your greeting and first impression. Having a nice picture at the top of your page is more inviting to your friends and family members than our logo or a picture they aren't familiar with. Step 2 - Think about your goal By default, Extra Life fundraising goals are set at $100, but since you're taking the time to read this, you're obviously no default Extra Lifer. The more your goal means to you, the more it will matter to your donors. Jeromy Adams, the founder of Extra Life, set his goal back in 2011 for $5,415; the total of $5 for every day his friend Tori spent fighting leukemia before she passed away. It was an ambitious goal and one that made him nervous, but it meant something to him. It turned out that it meant something to his donors, too and who helped him almost DOUBLE his goal. You don't need to have a personal connection to your children's hospital in order to set a good goal. Maybe you set a goal to raise $10 for every healthy year of your own childhood or a quarter for every child treated at your local children's hospital! A good goal is going to help shape your entire Extra Life campaign and it's going to give you more interesting things to talk about when making your appeal to your donors. It's also going to feel much more gratifying to you when you reach and exceed your goal, too. Step 3 - Your Story After you have added your picture and personal goal to your fundraising page, it's time to explain why you're raising funds for your local CMN Hospital through Extra Life. Our best advice to you is to keep it simple. Have a personal story or connection to your local children's hospital? Share it with your donors. Feel free to delete all of the default text and make this your Extra Life. You don't need to explain everything about the whole Extra Life program. Just explain who you are, what you're doing to raise money and that all of the dollars you raise will stay local in your community. You may also want to explain your fundraising goal and tell your donors how much you'd appreciate their help reaching it. Step 4 - Add a Video Some of the most successful Extra Life fundraisers share one common approach; they share their reason for participating in Extra Life in the form of a video. Look back at your personal narrative, prepare a few words, look right into your cell phone camera, hit record and let er' rip! Tell your visitors why you are playing games to heal kids. You can upload your video to any popular video service like YouTube or Vimeo and then add it to your Extra Life fundraising page. Feel free to share it on your social media pages, too! If you have time, consider updating your video regularly as you get closer to the day of the Extra Life event, tracking your progress and sharing your excitement about the people who donated to your campaign. Here is some amazing video from Extra Life United 2017. We might not all have stories like his, but we do have a story. Whether you know someone treated at a CMN Hospital or are just thankful for having been lucky enough to never step inside a children's hospital, what matters most is that you're genuinely sharing your story, your feelings and your mission with your donors. That's it - you've done it! If you followed the steps above, you've set yourself up for a successful Extra Life year. Now it's time to play games, heal kids. Have an awesome layout from a previous year? No problem! Import your page from a previous year!
  25. Hello Extra Lifers! Twitch has recently announced a great feature! You can now set your channel to auto-host other channels when you are not streaming. It is easy to do! How to Auto-Host Extra Life on your Twitch channel To auto host Extra Life's Official Channel, just go to your "Settings" > "Channel & Videos" > scroll down to "Host List"> select the "+" > search for "ExtraLife4Kids" > add "ExtraLife4Kids" > select "Save Changes". Add our Official channel to your list today! Read more about it: https://blog.twitch.tv/grow-your-community-with-auto-hosting-e80c1460f6e1#.ayik03n2q
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