Mages for Charity is a campaign I started a while ago to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Essentially, it was my birthday on March 23rd and I thought that I didn’t want anything at that point and hence wanted to give something back.
I organised a “Special-Stream” with some Just Chatting, some Co-Op Stardew Valley with other streamers, some Twitch Sings later on and some JackBox 3 for the community and overall it has been a lot of fun.
There’s a problem with Charity-streams however: When people donate money to your PayPal, they never know if the money will really arrive there. Hence, I decided to use Tiltify which is a website where you can create campaigns with milestones and bonus goals where people can donate their money to the Charity Org directly and essentially get something back with the Sound Alerts and whatever else you set up for your stream.
I found Tiltify rather easy to set up and I even set up a goal of 100$ with different milestones like game-giveaways and us streaming longer. The plan was to stream from 6 pm Central European Time until 10 pm and for every 25$ we collected, we’d stream for one extra hour up to a total of 8 hours (and hence until 2 am). At different milestones throughout the stream, there’d be game-giveaways for Slay The Spire, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Niffelheim, although we only managed to raise 41$ initially and hence only gave away one game (at the 35$ milestone). Later on, I also gave away a second game in a different stream as we raised another 20$ after the stream and with my donation we then ended up having a total of 81$ raised for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Overall, I was glad to do something good and create a way for people to interact with each other. Jackbox is a game where everyone can tune in while Twitch Sings is a lot of fun because of me being a bad singer… and yeah, charity is great because people don’t usually donate money to charity without a reason so using my birthday to help an org that I believe in is great!
So, that was essentially a great birthday, despite Covid-19 and me having to cancel my actual birthday-party for now… and yeah. Hope you enjoy this post!
The campaign is still open, so money essentially still flows to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, when people donate to the campaign, so you may as well go there if you want to and donate money – or donate to something else. Even if it’s not much that you have to give, it’s better than nothing, right?
Either way, stay safe and healthy! Stay at home. I hope y’all have a wonderful time.
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