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GamesAid Nominations Open August 4th To Find 2014’s Youth and Children’s Charities

Open call to members of the UK games Industry to propose which good causes should receive charity funding

Friday August 1 st : GamesAid, the only fully democratic charity in the videogames industry, is calling for members of the games industry to nominate and vote for the charities of their choice. 

The annual process of nominations and voting is open to all of GamesAid’s valued members (for which you need to be a member of the UK games industry to register and qualify). 

This year’s nomination period opens on Monday August 4 th and will close two weeks later on Monday August 18 th

Following the nomination process those charities which qualify will be entered into a voting process, and those gaining the highest number of votes then receive an equal share of all the monies raised this year, proving that games and gamers can do great things for others!

To qualify for the voting process charities should be British-based, with low operating costs and support children and youths in the UK.  

It’s a really easy process for would-be nominators: 

  • If you work in the UK computer games industry become a GamesAid Member: JOIN GAMES AID
  • Existing and new members should send an email to gamesaidnominations2014@gmail.com which states these key facts about the charity you want to nominate:
    • Charity Name
    • Charity Number 
    • Reason for nomination 
    • Nominator’s contact details 

GamesAid is a charity which supports children and young people in the United Kingdom, so there are some criteria that nominators should consider. These are: 

  • The charity should be UK registered, help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.
  • The charity should turnover less than £5M annually and have administrative costs of less than 30%.

IMPORTANT: To find out the turnover and administrative costs of a charity for consideration search on the Charity Commission’s website: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk

All GamesAid Members have the right to nominate, including brand new members who can sign up today! JOIN GAMES AID.

The process of putting charities forward to the voting stage is taken extremely seriously and a process of due diligence will take place between August 18th and September 1st. No charity is put forward for voting without passing the due diligence process. 

Nominations are open for a limited time only – August 4 th – August 18 th and the next stage will be the voting process, which will run for one week only from September 1 st – 8 th

For more information about criteria for a charity’s possible eligibility download the GamesAid blueprint:  http://www.gamesaid.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/GamesAid-Blueprint.pdf

MORE INFORMATION 

Why support GamesAid? 

In 2013 the Industry raised an impressive £260,000 in total and the five supported charities received £52,000 each. That money has changed and transformed lives throughout the year. The charities chosen through the vote  in 2013 were LifeLites, Special Effect, Action for Kids, MAPS, Safe at Last. They can be seen talking about their experiences in the Story of GamesAid movie [ LINK].

GamesAid’s members have raised a record amount in  2014 since the charity was established in 2007, and as a democratic organisation, it’s the Members who decide how these significant funds will be allocated.

GamesAid Members belong to an interactive entertainment industry that is one of the biggest in the world.  The UK boasts 48 of the world’s most profitable games studios, and employs a highly talented group of individuals: 80% of UK based videogames workers are educated to degree level, compared with 24% of the UK working age population.

Membership of GamesAid and involvement in the 2014 ballot is a simple way of this important UK business sector giving something back to the community. By voting Members can help allocate significant funds to disadvantaged and disabled children and young people in the UK: It’s Your Industry, Your Charity, Your Decision.

About GamesAid

GamesAid is a UK based video games charity (Registered UK Charity # 1081706) which supports a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people. As the only fully democratic charity in the games space, members of the games industry propose and vote for the charities of their choice annually. Funds are predominantly used to support children’s charities in the UK, with limited application for overseas causes; for education, health, housing and social welfare. 

PR CONTACT

Emily Britt: emilygamesaid@gmail.com

Jack Masterson: masterson.jack@me.com

 

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