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Gamers Outreach at E3 2018

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During E3 2018, we had the privilege to partner with our friends at Xbox in support of Gamers Outreach programs. Since 2007, our team has been working to provide equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals. We exist to inspire and heal patients through interactive play.

Xbox and Microsoft’s gaming franchises have been a part of our identity since our founding, and presently, the majority of our GO Karts deployed in hospitals are equipped with Xbox consoles. Given our history with the brand (and as fans), it was incredibly surreal to have the opportunity to work with the Xbox team during one of the video game industry’s biggest events of the year.

Our E3 week kicked off on Sunday with the Xbox press conference. If you caught the broadcast, you may have noticed Phil Spencer was wearing a Gamers Outreach tee! Shortly after walking on stage, Phil announced all proceeds from Xbox FanFest would be donated to Gamers Outreach in support of helping us bring entertainment to hospitalized children. Through those ticket sales, Xbox fans generated $20,000 for Gamers Outreach programs!


In addition to FanFest ticket sales, Aaron Greenberg helped raise another $5,000 through an online campaign in memory of Xbox Addict. Those community donations will be helping us provide a GO Kart and assortment of games to a hospital in Xbox Addict’s hometown. All donors who contributed at least $70 to the campaign during E3 will also be receiving a commemorative Xbox Addict controller.

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On Sunday evening, our founder Zach Wigal had the opportunity to talk about Gamers Outreach alongside Major Nelson in a theater of more than 500 Xbox fans. As of this blog post, Gamers Outreach is maintaining a presence in nearly 50 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. We estimate our initiatives are capable of benefiting more than 400,000 children per year. What’s more: we expect to double our impact thanks to commitments to support over 800,000 children in 200 hospitals this year.

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With all that growth, we’re going to need the help of the gaming community to deliver GO Karts and ensure hospitals are capable of maximizing the benefits games provide to patients! We invited our fellow Xbox fans to volunteer at their local hospitals as Gamers Outreach expands throughout 2018. If you filled out a volunteer application, be on the lookout in the coming months for an email from our team members!

On Monday, we organized a little mixer for our fellow gaming peeps visiting Los Angeles. It was wonderful to catch up with so many friends and make a few new ones! Thanks to everyone who joined us at the first ever Gamers Outreach prE3 mixer at PRANK bar in downtown LA! It’s definitely just the beginning of many more west coast events to come ;).

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Of course, we had to wrap E3 the best way we know how – by delivering some GO Karts! With support from Xbox FanFest attendees, we delivered our very first Xbox One X GO Karts to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA! Each GO Kart will provide hospitalized kids with access to entertainment for years into the future. Massive thanks to all the Xbox FanFest attendees for making this possible. This was just the first delivery supported by FanFest ticket sales of more to come!

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We’re so grateful to team Xbox and the gaming community for coming together to make a difference for kids and families in hospitals. Everyone’s support has an impact. E3 is an incredible stage to raise awareness for the work being done in hospitals and all there is still to do. On behalf of our fellow gamers going through hospitalization, THANK YOU to Xbox for helping us build support for this cause and sharing your voice during E3 2018!

Until next year!

BANDAI NAMCO Partners With Gamers Outreach

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Pretty cool story to share, fellow gamers! The team from BANDAI NAMCO America recently led a fundraising effort in support of Gamers Outreach! With support from their community, they were able to raise more than $20,000 to help bring entertainment to hospitalized children!

Official press release below!

BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. PARTNERS WITH GAMERS OUTREACH TO HELP CHILDREN IN HOSPITALS LEVEL-UP

Over $20,000 Donated to Provide Equipment, Technology, and Software to Help Young Patients Cope and Recover from Illness 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 24, 2018) – Leading anime video game developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. announced today it has raised and is donating over $20,000 to Gamers Outreach in support of the foundation’s mission to provide recreation and entertainment to children recovering from the treatment of long term illnesses in hospitals through the power of video games. The donated funds will go directly to the creation of additional “GO Karts” or Gamers Outreach Karts – portable, medical-grade gaming kiosks which healthcare staff can use to transport gaming consoles and games to children who are not able to leave their rooms during their recovery. GO Karts have already been stationed at nearly 50 hospitals around the United States and support over 450,000 children annually during their recoveries.

“As a video game company, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America is excited to see the power of video games brighten the day of a child recovering from illness. Video games can transport children to distant lands for grand adventures, empower them with super powers, and most importantly, deliver a simple smile and some comfort.” said Denny Chiu, Director, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “By lifting their spirits, we hope to help these brave young patients through their healing process and provide a semblance of fun and normalcy to their day. We also want to thank our generous fans who donated funds during our livestream, our combined donations will surely add a boost to help Gamers Outreach in its mission of bringing joy, creating smiles, and making the day special for countless kids.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to the team from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America for this generous gift of more than $20,000 in support of providing entertainment devices to hospitalized children,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “As an organization, our focus is to help normalize the hospital experience by ensuring games and recreation are available to patients, and easy for healthcare professionals to manage. GO Karts are a tool hospital staff rely on as a way to deliver content to patients who have limited accessibility during treatment. The GO Karts built by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America will be making a difference in the lives of children and their families for years to come!

Funds donated by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. are comprised of charitable donations raised during an eight hour “Let’s Play Anime” charity livestream which raised $5,484 from viewers and fans. The livestream featured gameplay segments featuring BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s latest games. The livestream was hosted by BANDAI NAMCO team members and social media influencers. During the program, viewers made donations in support of the livestream to benefit Gamers Outreach. Additional funds were donated by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. by matching the $5,484 donated by livestream viewers and with an additional $10,000 for a grand donation total of $20,968.

For more information on BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com. For more information about Gamers Outreach Foundation, please visit: https://gamersoutreach.org.

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About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN®, GALAGA®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and ACE COMBAT®. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL Z®, and ONE PIECE®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com or www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS

About Gamers Outreach Foundation

Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience for young people. Gamers Outreach eases those burdens by providing equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment. More information can be found at www.GamersOutreach.org

All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

Press Release © 2018 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

 

Contact:

Nick O’Leary
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
408-235-2134
noleary@bandainamcoent.com

Aaron Greenberg Joins Board of Directors

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We have some exciting news to share, fellow gamers, and we could think of no better time to do so than the weekend of our biggest event of the year, Gamers for Giving!

Today we’re proud to announce Aaron Greenberg has joined our board of directors!

As General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing, Aaron leads the games product marketing team across 1st and 3rd party titles at Microsoft. His daily work puts him at the forefront of the Xbox ecosystem, where he oversees a network of staff creating experiences for gaming enthusiasts worldwide.

“Aaron is an accomplished veteran of the games industry, and has been a champion for Gamers Outreach programs and the patients we serve in hospitals,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “Our team is inspired by his enthusiasm, and his professional expertise will be of great value as our initiatives become more widespread in the coming years.”

An advocate of Gamers Outreach programs, Aaron has personally made a significant impact for patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital through “Project GO Kart.” With the help of the Xbox community, Aaron mobilized fundraising efforts which led to the construction of 10 portable video game kiosks for patients undergoing long-term care. It’s estimated each GO Kart unit supports more than 2,900 children annually.

Aaron joins Gamers Outreach in the midst of historically significant growth as we work towards supporting more than 800,000 patients across 200 facilities in 2018.

We’re so proud to have Aaron as part of our leadership team, and look forward to making an incredible difference in the lives of patients for years to come!

Gamers Outreach Is Hiring!

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Applications can be submitted here.

Exciting news, fellow gamers! GAMERS OUTREACH IS HIRING!!

Gamers Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps thousands of children in hospitals across North America benefit from the power of interactive play through our programs. As witnesses ourselves, it’s clearly evident digital recreation helps create a sense of joy and relief for children receiving treatment. Video games make a tremendous impact within healthcare facilities.

We believe the stories of patients deserve to be shared.  By doing so, we hope to raise awareness of the needs hospitals face, the battles being fought by children and their families, how technology makes a difference, and ways for communities to get involved.

To lead this effort, Gamers Outreach is seeking a seasoned Content Marketing & Social Media Director to join our crew.

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This is a hybrid role that requires a mix of skills. The ideal candidate will develop and execute strategies to attract supporters and inspire actions that grow the impact of Gamers Outreach programs within hospitals. This person will report to the Executive Director and develop unforgettable campaigns that shed light on patients, hospital staff, and the role of entertainment in healthcare facilities. The person who fills this role will oversee the entirety of our digital presence including our website, social media channels, email, marketing automation, display, affiliate SEM, and SEO.

We’re looking for a high energy team player who is capable of working autonomously to materialize our vision through the power of story. This is a remote position.

Sound like the perfect role for you? Read below for the specific responsibilities! We’ll be accepting applications from March – May, with the intent of beginning interviews in late May, and hiring in June / July.

Role: Content Marketing & Social Media Director

Responsibilities

  • Lead the strategic development and implementation of all digital communication solutions.
  • Design and implement digital marketing campaigns focused on awareness, audience growth, and conversion.
  • Bring Gamers Outreach programs to life through story. Work with hospitals, patients, and their families to share the impact of technology in the healthcare setting with a sense of joy and dignity.
  • Create and manage media content across all social channels. Recruit and manage content teams responsible for collecting photo / video assets for use in marketing materials.
  • Develop and own quarterly content planning calendar for all website and key social media posts. Monitor, listen, and respond to community across social channels. Maintain a regular publishing schedule and implement a content editorial calendar with consideration to organization-wide events and program implementation.
  • Provide quarterly report recapping key metrics and events, illustrating how content correlates with program growth.
  • Utilize data and social analytics to effectively engage supporters and refine campaigns.
  • Become the “voice” of Gamers Outreach. Maintain a communication tone that connects with both gaming enthusiasts and healthcare professionals.

Must-Haves

  • At least 5 – 7 years of hands-on digital marketing experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills with the ability to work well cross-functionally and interact with internal / external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success managing and growing social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.) for brands and/or consumer goods companies.
  • The ideal candidate is a video game enthusiast with a passion for making a difference in the world. This person believes in the cause of Gamers Outreach.
  • Experience as a content creator or managing creative teams (photographers, agencies, graphic designers, videographers) to develop asset libraries that can be leveraged for effective messaging.
  • Solid expertise in all areas of marketing strategy development including customer targeting, brand strategy, integrated communications planning, brand and corporate partnerships, campaign measurement and optimization, digital and social media strategy and analytics.
  • Ability to travel 15% – 25% of the time (domestically)
  • Strong understanding of technology and software pertinent to the role.
  • Preference for a candidate that has experience with nonprofits.

Skills

  • You take initiative.
    You see something that needs improvement and you take action. You propose solutions to problems. You have a proven ability to plan, lead, implement and track marketing projects from concept through implementation. You’re proactive about making sure various departments have the information they need about your projects. You work well autonomously.
  • You know what you’re doing.
    You’re a born marketer with a proven track record managing a high performing marketing function. You’re a true marketing generalist with a broad range of hands-on experience. You have a strong understanding of the online marketing ecosystem and a deep understanding of all online marketing channels (e.g. email, marketing automation, social media, display, affiliate, SEM and SEO). You can handle just about anything that comes your way.
  • You’re a communications ace.
    You know that the secret to success is keeping people in the know. You not only know what to communicate but when, how and why it’s important. You possess exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • You’re big hearted.
    You take pride in being a do-gooder and live with a sense of altruism in your personal and professional life. You have a genuine concern for others and want to make the world a better place.
  • You’re a leader.
    Community leadership and participation (both online and offline) are integral to the success of this role. An essential component of this role is communicating the Gamers Outreach brand and those we represent in a positive, authentic way.

Benefits
Working at Gamers Outreach comes with a variety of benefits! While we’re open to working with contractors or agencies to fill this position, full-time employees can expect the following:

  • Retirement
    • 401K and Employer Match
  • Healthcare 
    • Dental & Vision
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Employer-paid Life Insurance
    • Employer-paid Short & Long Term Disability
  • The Anywhere Office
    • Unlimited vacation policy. Just make sure your work is done!
    • Paid Holidays
    • Work Remotely
  • Weekly Staff Gaming Session
    • Gaming day every Wednesday afternoon with co-workers.
  • Sabbatical
    • After 4 years employees are encouraged to take a 4 – 6 week paid sabbatical to pursue their personal goals or learn new skills. 
  • Pet / Child Friendly
    • Boarding / Babysitter expense account when traveling for Gamers Outreach.

Best of luck to all applicants! We look forward to reviewing your submission!

Applications can be submitted here.

Founder of Charity-Gaming Talks Benefits of Video Games in Hospital

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Jim Weller (second from the right) is the Assistant Director of Patient Experience at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), and we recently had the chance to sit down and discuss the benefits of video games for children in hospitals.

Jim has worked in hospitals his entire life, and is the founder of Charity-Gaming – a nonprofit organization that help kids stricken with illness feel like normal kids by providing an escape through video games. Charity-Gaming provides handheld gaming systems to patients to make their hospital stay more comfortable. Bonus feature: the patients actually keep the systems!

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Our partnership started when Jim was looking for a video game cart to purchase for SIUH. His research led him to Gamers Outreach – and after a bit of fundraising, Jim managed to construct two GO Karts for patients at the hospital! Most recently, Jim’s organization placed three more GO Karts within nearby facilities in New York, bringing his total number of GO Karts constructed to 5 units.

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Another strong motivator for Jim was his own experience seeing his father treated at the hospital. Jim’s goal is to ensure every patient at every hospital has access to video games. There are many benefits to having video games accessible at the bedside, including building math skills and inspiring creativity with games like Minecraft. Video games are powerful developmental tools for kids to build critical thinking and, we believe as does Jim, that the full potential of this has not been tapped. With the help of video games, Jim notes an upswing in not only patient happiness, but hospital staff happiness as well as the parents of the patients.

We look forward to working together with Jim on our combined quest to provide access to video games to every child being treated at a hospital.

Four Ways To Build Your Own GO Kart

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With the new production process complete, it’s now cheaper and more accessible than ever to build a Gamers Outreach Kart (GO Kart)!

Not familiar? GO Karts are portable video game kiosks built specifically for the medical environment. Each unit is equipped with a gaming console, monitor, and assortment of games. GO Karts enable nurses to easily provide bedside activities to children in hospitals who are unable to leave their rooms for extended periods of time. Each kart offers a safe and efficient way to ensure kids have access to entertainment.

Once constructed, GO Karts make an impact that lasts for many years. Our first GO Kart was built in 2009 and still exists in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital! We estimate a GO Kart is used (on average) by ~8 children per day, which means a single unit could benefit nearly 3,000 patients per year!

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The donor commitment for each GO Kart is $3,500 – which covers everything – the kart itself, gaming console, games, monitor, controllers, freight shipping (to any hospital in the mainland U.S.) setup, and a 2 year warranty!

Interested in building a GO Kart for your local hospital? Here are four ways you can get started:

Fundraising Platform
Looking for a way to collect donations from friends, coworkers, or fans on social media? Make use of the of the Gamers Outreach Fundraising platform! Each fundraising page can be uniquely tailored to your story. Customize your page by inserting your own fundraising video or stream (or use the default we provide). You can also add a description to your page, sharing why this cause is important to you, and asking friends for support. The goal for a GO Kart is set at $3,500, but you can also edit this amount to a custom goal (perhaps if you’d like to build multiple karts, or just generally fundraise). If you’re interested in building a GO Kart and raising funds on an on-going basis, our fundraising platform is the most streamlined way to get the job done! Once you’ve completed your GO Kart campaign, you’ll receive a congratulatory email, and one of our team members will get in touch to start the conversation about your new GO Kart donation!

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Organize a Community Event
Start your own gaming event, go door to door, throw a charity soccer tournament at school, the possibilities are endless! The old school methods are tried and true. You can’t go wrong putting in some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease, and the more accessible you make your event, the easier it will be to start the groundswell of support. Sporting tournaments are a great idea – especially if you’re in middle school or high school and have access to plenty of people and simple marketing. Pick the most popular sport at your school and downsize the roster requirement to allow more teams to participate. If you want to have a football tournament, make it a 5v5 flag football tournament; if you want to have a soccer or basketball tournament, make it 3v3; or any other sport! Or maybe your school has a gaming club (if not, you should be the one to get it started!) that would have interest in helping to organize a fundraiser. The big takeaway here is this: activities help bring people together and can be a great way to raise money. You just have to pick one and get started! Contact some local businesses for sponsorship and ask for gift cards or prizes for the winners. To reduce your stress as the tournament organizer, be sure to have people enter by donating on the Gamers Outreach Fundraising platform. You won’t have to worry about collecting money, and your supporters will be able to receive individual tax receipts!

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Summon Your Fellow Gamers
Through the power of streaming sites, like Twitch, you can broadcast your fundraiser to the masses! Hop on the sticks (or mouse and keyboard), and start streaming your favorite game in support of the cause. Take this to the next level by organizing a streaming marathon with your friends. We’ve had marathons last up to a full week, featuring multiple streamers in shifts, but you can play for as long or short as you’d like. Similar to organizing a community event, you can reach out to companies for donations so that your stream will be packed with giveaways and other fun activities for the viewers. Don’t forget to drop that link to your fundraising page in your panels and blast it out all over social media!

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Direct Contribution
Perhaps you’re in a position to directly contribute $3,500. Sponsoring a GO Kart build or purchasing a unit for a hospital is fairly straightforward. Simply email us at contact@gamersoutreach.org letting us know you’d like to acquire a unit. We can provide you with an invoice, or you can make a straight donation on our website. Just be sure to drop us an email so we can know where you’d like your GO Kart sent! We’ll follow up with all the usual questions, and even help organize a visit with the hospital if it’s of interest! We recognize all our donors atop each GO Kart – so sponsoring a unit could be a great charity project for your workplace!

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Got another idea for how to build GO Karts? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook! Thinking about getting started yourself? In the words of a famous sports company – JUST DO IT! But most importantly, GL HF. We can’t wait to see what you’ll accomplish for kiddos in hospitals!

Annual Summary: 2016 – 2017

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The year-end is an exciting time. It’s an opportunity for reflection, gratitude, and preparation.

I often think on our role within hospitals as a video game industry charity, and how we can be of help to patients. To that end, our purpose remains clear: Gamers Outreach exists to inspire and heal patients through the power of interactive play. By providing equipment, technology, and software to hospitals, we’re actively working to ensure children have access to activities during treatment. At our core, we’re a group of video game enthusiasts eager to make a difference.


Through the last decade of service, we’ve come to learn a lot about the healthcare environment. As our programs have expanded – and the breadth of supported hospitals has increased –  I’ve become more convinced of the incredible benefit games have in the hospital setting. I’ve also been surprised to realize how much work there is yet to be done. We’ve talked extensively about the role of video games in hospitals, and we know hospital staff turn to games as a way to provide children with access to activities. However, many hospitals still lack streamlined hardware mechanisms that ensure content is available to patients. With that, we also know it’s often difficult for staff to actively manage equipment and accessories even when they’re made available.

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One of our solutions has been Project GO Kart, and the majority of our focus this past year has been on effectively scaling the manufacturing process of the carts to meet the demands of hospitals nationwide. Even while undergoing manufacturing upgrades, 2017 was a strong period of growth, and the generosity we’ve seen from the gaming community has astounded our team. Our outreach has expanded significantly in the course of the past year. In our last annual report, I mentioned Gamers Outreach programs were benefiting an estimated 105,000 children across 19 hospitals. Since then, the impact of our programs has more than doubled. At the time of this writing, Project GO Kart is benefiting as many as 236,000 patients in nearly 30 hospitals around the U.S.

What’s more, thanks to some major fundraising events and partners this year, (e.g. PUBG, Child’s Play, Gamers for Giving 2017) in 2018 we expect Gamers Outreach programs to be of service to more than 800,000 children in nearly 200 healthcare facilities.

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With this expansion comes the need for increased capacity. We’re actively recruiting volunteers willing to help fulfill Gamers Outreach programs at their local hospital. For us, volunteer opportunities within hospitals take on a couple different forms:

  • Player 2: Though only available in a select few hospitals, by Q2 2018 we anticipate rolling out a dedicated program page for the Player 2 initiative on our website. Through Player 2, we’ve been inviting gamers to serve as “digital activity managers.” Volunteers help solve minor tech problems, distribute software, and play games with patients. As of this writing, Player 2 exists in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and recently launched in Rady Children’s Hospital (San Diego).
  • GO Kart Race Crew: We’re looking for volunteers throughout the U.S. & Canada who can assist with regional GO Kart deliveries. As a Race Crew member, you’ll be volunteering to ensure GO Karts are fully operational once they’ve been shipped to hospitals. If you’re interested, check out the full write-up here.

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As you can see, the next several months will be quite busy for our team. However, even with the dramatic expansion of supported patients, we’re barely reaching the incredible volume of children hospitalized annually. Each year, millions of kids are treated across hundreds of hospitals around the country, and we’ve realized the benefit in teaming up with other folks working in the hospital setting. In 2018, you’ll see us joining up with groups like Child’s Play and AbleGamers to extend our collective impact. Earlier in the year, we also partnered with organizations like GameChanger charity to help drive awareness of the various ways games can help in hospitals. In other words, yes – 2017 marked the beginning of the video game charity justice league, and we couldn’t be more excited to share this work with such wonderful partners.

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This growth wouldn’t be possible without the help of our community. In 2016, total public support for Gamers Outreach programs tallied nearly $430,000.00. And while it won’t be formally noted until next year’s report – our 2017 revenue is hovering between $1.5 – $2 million. Funding in support of our initiatives is largely driven by grassroots contributions via the gaming community and hospital donor networks. That said, in the last year, we’ve been able to diversify our revenue streams to include a slightly wider spread of grants and program-related services. Thankfully we’ve been able to maintain fairly lean operating costs alongside this increase in resources. Our 2016 management and operating expenses accounted for less than 13% of total expenditures. For those curious, our full 2016 Form 990 can be found here.

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A major driver of Gamers Outreach culture and impact is our annual fundraiser, Gamers for Giving. Through ticket sales, online donations, sponsorship, and with the help of Twitch broadcasters – more than $315,000 was generated at our 2017 event! In 2018, we’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving – truly a momentous occasion. It was in 2008 we hosted our first LAN party (one that didn’t get shut down by police), marking the start of Gamers Outreach programs. The event will be taking place on April 28th / 29th, and we’ll be chasing down a $350,000 fundraising goal! This will certainly be the largest fundraiser we’ve organized, and we can’t wait to chase down the goal with all our attendees and supporters online. If you’re near Michigan or feel like making the trip, we invite you to join us! Registration will open on January 26th, and information for the event will be posted on GamersforGiving.org.

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From everyone at team Gamers Outreach, we’d like to thank you for your support throughout 2016 & 2017! It’s a privilege to do this work, and we look forward to making an even greater impact for children and their families in 2018!

Have a wonderful new year! We’ll see you in 2018!

Zach Wigal
Founder, Gamers Outreach

Xbox Holiday Giveaway – Thanks PUBG!

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Over the past year, we’ve been honored to receive an incredible amount of support from our friends at PUBG Corp. Collectively, with help from the community, the PUBG team has been able to raise more than $363,000 in support of Gamers Outreach programs.

That’s a lot of chicken dinners… and GO Karts for kiddos.

It all started earlier this year with the 2017 Charity Invitational. During a single 12 hour event, streamers joined together to raise more than $200,000 for Gamers Outreach, with $100K coming via a direct contribution from the game’s developers. Closing out the year strong, PUBG and Twitch recently teamed up again to host a winter charity fundraiser – generating an additional $140,000 to further our work in hospitals.

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And did we mention 50% of their merchandise sales are being donated to Gamers Outreach and our friends at GameChanger? How generous can one game dev be!?

As a small token of appreciation, we’re giving away five game keys for the newest iteration of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, recently made available on Xbox!

You can enter for the chance to win by clicking here.

Each action grants an additional entry, so be sure to increase your chances!

Our deepest thanks go out to PUBG Corp. and the community of gamers who’ve helped been a part of this year’s massive fundraising effort. We can’t wait for you to all see the result of this work as GO Karts are deployed nationwide!

 

Microsoft Giving Campaign

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Each year, Microsoft employees participate in fundraising and volunteer activities which support a diverse number of charities. In 2016 alone, more than $142 million was contributed to nonprofits and schools across the globe.

Through the “Giving Campaign,” Microsoft matches employee donations to nonprofits dollar-for-dollar, up to $15K. The Giving Campaign takes place throughout the year, with a special push every October.

This year, we’re proud to announce Gamers Outreach will be visiting Microsoft as a “featured charity” among the many causes Microsoft employees contribute towards. We’ll be hanging out on Microsoft’s Redmond campus on October 9th, 11th, and 19th to raise funds / awareness for Gamers Outreach programs and our anticipated expansion.

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If you’re an employee at Microsoft, we hope to see you throughout the month of October, and look forward to sharing the progress being made in pediatric hospitals nationwide. You can support our efforts and unlock a matching contribution from Microsoft through the Benevity charity portal by searching for “Gamers Outreach Foundation.”

For any of you that may have available hardware or software, we are currently seeking in-kind contributions for controllers, consoles, and games! Anything you can spare would be truly appreciated.

Hope to see you on campus!

Gamers Outreach Receives Community Service Award from SXSW

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Awesome news to share, fellow gamers! We’re proud to announce Gamers Outreach has been selected to receive a Community Service Award from the organizers of SXSW!

The SXSW Community Service Awards celebrate the unique spirit of community in Austin by selecting six individuals and six organizations to receive grants to further their goals, complimentary badges to SXSW, and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community. As an award recipient, we’ll be one of the organizations to receive more than $50,000 in shared grants and be honored in a ceremony on March 12, 2018 during SXSW.

The free and open to the public ceremony does not require a SXSW badge to attend and is one of the most anticipated events hosted by SXSW in March. You can read more about the award and the selection process here.

Team members from Gamers Outreach will be attending next year’s event to accept this award, and to speak with the SXSW community about our quest to support hospitalized patients through digital play.

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We’re super thankful to the folks from SXSW for creating this award, and recognizing the impact being made by so many great causes, including our own! We can’t wait to advocate for the patients and families who benefit from the support of our community. We hope this brings more awareness to the importance of interactive technologies within medical environments, and ultimately generates more support for the work being done!

Looks like we’ll be seeing you in March, SXSW! Massive thanks!