It was a good
few months ago when I came across a really good blog post
on fundraising via gaming from Caroline
Howes on Spring Giving. I was aware already of War Child, an AdvantageNFP
customer, and their ads on Football Manager a couple of years ago, as a
football gaming fanatic (and through Redbourn Business Systems’ presentation on
CHASE a few years ago) however I did not fully grasp that gaming could help
fundraising substantially and the huge potential lying within online games.
According to the post Call of Duty raised 250,000$ over one weekend for War
Later, I saw
Help The Hospices taking this one step further by offering a Santa game
(Super Mario like) on their Facebook page, promoting the Santa Fun Run in
December 2011, so in other words marketing their fundraising event through
gaming. At approximately the same period came out Bird
Life International and the incredible Angry Birds to support BirdLife
International’s fundraising efforts and I can honestly say I now know much more
about birds after visiting this page. I started to think this is no
coincidence...there is some sort of “gaming conspiracy” here!
Lastly, I came
across another AdvantageNFP customer’s (Handicap International),
via their Twitter and after talking to Tom from the charity I was very
impressed to find out that the game has been out since 2003! He also told me
that back then “Analytics” were not as accessible as today to monitor their
game’s influence however he admitted that Deminer raised substantial awareness
about landmines and cluster bombs, so no just fundraising.
It is ever so
clear now that the possibilities for fundraising and market awareness for
charities through gaming are endless. What I would like to see though is the
ultimate application of gaming for charities with a similar idea to RPG games
such as World of Warcraft and Second Life...let’s wait and see then!
PS. If you’ve
got some spare time do make good use of it and play these games – I can
guarantee you there will be fun and lots of learning too.
In : Fundraising & Gaming
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