Unofficial GWJ S&T Child's Play Effort

So there's some discussion over here about adding a Child's Play component to the rapidly growing International Gamers With Job Slap & Tickle day. The idea at least IMO is to raise funds at each of the individual S&Ts and then have them centralized and donated to Child's Play by GWJ Central.

Oilypenguin's going to be meeting with a professional-type-fundraiser-guy (that's his real job title, True Story) in the next day or so and will have some details and ideas for us.

In the meantime, what ideas can we come up with to raise funds? For starters:

1) Everybody coming to the S&T can bring a $5-10 donation.
2) We could hold some form of auctions at the S&Ts, either of stuff that the various attendees donate, or stuff we solicit from... elsewhere.
3) Sell replica Pillows of Heterosexuality
4) Simultaneous multi-site silent auction of big ticket item (would require video chat linkup and obtaining a big ticket item such as a signed PA print)
5) ...?

Nothing to contribute other than my eventual $$ and that this is a great idea

Awesome idea! One thing to know - whatever we do, the contact at Child's Play to talk to is named Kristin Lindsay.

Kristin's contact info can be found at http://www.childsplaycharity.org/con....

A very helpful FAQ is at http://www.childsplaycharity.org/abo....

Tagged. I'll post again tomorrow after I meet with some of my fundraising people. Hot tips and ideas are incoming.

momgamer wrote:

Awesome idea! One thing to know - whatever we do, the contact at Child's Play to talk to is named Kristin Lindsay.

Kristin's contact info can be found at http://www.childsplaycharity.org/con....

A very helpful FAQ is at http://www.childsplaycharity.org/abo....

Oh, awesome =) TY, momgamer.

I've considered sending Kristin an email in the past, as I've been wanting to put on a fund raiser for some time. I just always seem to end up being too busy at this time of year.

What are the odds that the Penny Arcade guys might let us buy a signed print or something that we could then auction off in a multi-S&T-site silent auction? I'd send Kristin an email and ask (and will if necessary), but that might be better coming from someone officially affiliated with GWJ rather than some random Goodjer such as myself.

I have good news but I'll let someone else break it for me. Let's just say that things are lining up very rapidly and I have very high hopes for this =)

Sweeeeeeeeeet.

Oily reminded me in PMs that there was talk about hooking up the various sites with some form of video chat or skype or something. If we are able to obtain some kind of big ticket item, like a signed print or something, how awesome would it be to orchestrate a live multi-site simultaneous silent auction?

This sounds like an excellent idea. My only concern is that the NY S&T is actually on the 9th, not the 23rd. Will we have some way of joining in on this? Whether donating through PayPal, participating in the auction, etc...?

Tkyl wrote:

This sounds like an excellent idea. My only concern is that the NY S&T is actually on the 9th, not the 23rd. Will we have some way of joining in on this? Whether donating through PayPal, participating in the auction, etc...?

Clearly you all need to reform Voltron on the 23rd to participate.

Or, as I imagine will be the plan, all of the S&Ts will put the funds into a pot (somehow?) and folks can donate to Child's Play by way of GWJ.

Somewhat Tannhausered, but what if we do a build up, including the big event on the 23rd, and then hand it off as part of the kickoff?

There might be other community events that could use the same framework over the course of the rest of the drive, too. Does someone want to take point on that?

That would make the most sense to me momgamer. We could keep a running tally site wide. The only thing that non-10/23/10 S&Ters might miss out on would be the multi-site silent auction, if such a thing is even feasible.

Since I saddled the International S&T with the Child's Play idea I don't mind taking some measure of responsibility for organizing as needed.

You folks are totally, truly amazing. This is such a great idea and I love that you guys are so active in making this happen. I'm quite overwhelmed with emotion and I want to give you all a million billion hugs.

As nice as it would be to collect cash in person to donate, I think setting up an electronically-accessible fund (be it paypal or whatever method the childsplay people prefer) would be a better idea so that those who may not be able to attend an S&T can still contribute if they wish. I think making the 10/23 some kind of kickoff/raffle/event-thing is a really good idea.

I love this community so much. You are wonderful people and I am honored to say that I'm a member here : )

The electronic fund is taken care of and will be in good hands. I think we'll get a more official announcement in the near future but let's just say don't worry about it, it's covered =)

This is a really great idea! I'll be at the Bay Area S&T with some disposable income to donate, but is there anything further we can do to help out?

Count me in as interested.

You guys rock. What a great idea!

oilypenguin wrote:

The electronic fund is taken care of and will be in good hands. I think we'll get a more official announcement in the near future but let's just say don't worry about it, it's covered =)

There goes my "oilypenguin birthday gift" budget.

nnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

momgamer wrote:

Awesome idea! One thing to know - whatever we do, the contact at Child's Play to talk to is named Kristin Lindsay.

Kristin's contact info can be found at http://www.childsplaycharity.org/con....

A very helpful FAQ is at http://www.childsplaycharity.org/abo....

Thanks a lot for that, Mom!

Chicagoland goodjers are thinking about getting an actual event together this December as a fundraiser. We'll certainly need all the help and advice we can get.

Bah @ my friend.

I need to schedule a meeting with him (hopefully this week). I'll try to get some fundraising ideas in ASAP.

Ok, I had a meeting with my little fundraiser group last night. Here are the take-aways (and remember, this is from someone who does this as a job):

1.) This is out first year doing this and we're organizing things pretty late. Don't get your expectations too high.

2.) The easiest way to raise money and most of the time also the most effective way is to simply ask people for it. So, if nothing else, pass the hat at your S&T.

3.) Assuming people toss in decent games, if we have a raffle that people donate games to and we draw tickets for a chance to take things from the pile, that should be pretty successful. Things with no overhead are best.

4.) Speaking of things with no overhead, running tournaments or events at your S&Ts that cost money to get into but pay back half to the winner is a nice, quick way to earn some charity money.

5.) The poster idea will make money but only because Trueheart works for a printing company and we won't have to make posters until after people order them from us and we have their $. Otherwise, this would be a really good way to toss away any money we actually make. So... yeah. Posters are probably a go.

Tagging this baby so I don't miss it when the digital hat gets passed around!

So, sounds like the best route this year is to setup as many S&Ts as possible (which is happening) and then collectively pool the money together from the gatherings and general donations (from people who won't be at a S&T)? That and the posters.

We could consider this the trial run and then next year have proper prep time to setup gatherings, gifts and whatnot (like live feeds to the other S&Ts).

garion333 wrote:

We could consider this the trial run and then next year have proper prep time to setup gatherings, gifts and whatnot (like live feeds to the other S&Ts).

That is %100 of the plan, yes.