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Southern Poverty Law Center

The SPLC describes themselves as "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality."

There's a lot going on in the world and in America today. The IGG crew stands with the SPLC in wanting to right the injustices of modern society and supporting them is just one small way we seek to contribute. As a diverse group of gamers from many different walks of life, we are immensely grateful for their efforts to understand and combat hate and intolerance, and to find a path forward.

Child's Play

Child’s Play is a non-profit, gamer-run charity that donates toys, games, books, and money to over 70 children’s hospitals worldwide, providing necessary relief for children whose days would otherwise be filled with boredom, pain, or fear. Giving these kids something to keep their mind off of what’s keeping them in the hospital improves their morale and can even help them get better faster.

Child’s Play’s mission is “to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the generosity of the game industry and the power of play.”

Child’s Play is the charity we have supported since our first marathon in 2011. We’re proud to have raised over $50k for them since then, and hope to raise more this year!


GiveDirectly aims to help people living in extreme poverty by making unconditional cash transfers to them via mobile phone. Approximately 90% of donor funds are sent directly to recipients, with the remaining 10% split between fees for the transfers and recipient identification and follow-up costs. According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, this is far more efficient than other charities. Strong evidence indicates that cash transfers lead recipients to spend more on their basic needs such as food and may allow recipients to make investments with high returns.

GiveDirectly’s mission statement is “Our mission is to reduce poverty by providing financial assistance directly to those in need. We aim to do so efficiently, making the most of every dollar; transparently, with a clear commitment to how each dollar is used; and respectfully, letting people choose how to help themselves.”

GiveDirectly is one of the charities we have added to our donation options this year. We’re excited to support evidence-based charity and hope to raise as much for them as we can!