GamesAid is a UK based video games charity (Registered UK Charity # 1081706) which acts as an umbrella to support a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.
It is a non-trading body, administered by Trustees who operate on a fixed term basis run by a chairman who is also appointed on a fixed term. 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.
The charities who get the top number of votes then get an equal share of all the monies raised that year, proving that games and gamers can do great things for others
Funds will predominantly be used to support children’s charities in the UK, with limited application for overseas causes; for education, health, housing and social welfare. Funds may also be deployed for career guidance and sport. Where possible, there will be some form of technology/interactive play element, but that is not a funding stipulation.
Funds can only be raised for Registered Charities.
The charities supported by GamesAid are most likely to be small-to-medium sized, rather than the better-funded larger ones.
Source of funds
Monies are to be raised through a number of routes including, but not limited to:
- Industry activities, such as social or sporting events
- Individual and corporate donations and memberships
- Game compilations sold at retail
- Digital download bundles
- Sales of donated games memorabilia on eBay