Gen Con isn't just about gaming; it's also about giving! Gamers giving back to the community is a key part of The Best Four Days in Gaming!
This year Gen Con is partnering with three incredible organizations in our charity efforts to support Indianapolis, the gaming community, and diversity in the industry.
Please welcome Take This and Trinity Haven as Gen Con's 2020 Charity Partners, and I Need Diverse Games as Gen Con Online's Special Event Charity Partner.
About Take This:
Take This is the only organization providing mental health resources, guidelines, training, and support tailored to the unique needs of game developers and the game community while embracing the diverse cultures of the community. Take This’ mission is to decrease the stigma and increase support for mental health among game developers and enthusiasts. Take This runs the AFK Room Program at game conventions, provides mental health workshops for game companies and their human resource departments, partners with industry groups to support mental health, curates information on treatment options and how to find help, and runs the Take This Ambassador Program for streamers.
Learn more by visiting www.takethis.org.
About Trinity Haven:
Trinity Haven will be Indiana’s first and only housing program for LGBTQ+ youth at risk for homelessness. Set to open in 2020, Trinity Haven will offer its residents long-term housing and services for up to two years. The programming focuses on preparing these youth for their eventual transition to independent living; it emphasizes education, job training, and life skills. Young people will work with case managers to create an individually tailored plan that leads toward independence, and they will pursue their educational goals while taking classes that teach cooking, cleaning, money management, interpersonal skills, and job attainment skills that are specific to LGBTQ youth, while also addressing their personal health and wellness needs. At the same time, the house activities are intentionally designed to create a homelike atmosphere of safety, affirmation, and acceptance.
Learn more by visiting www.trinityhavenindy.org
About I Need Diverse Games:
I Need Diverse Games, via all associated platforms and members, including but not limited to: twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other mediums, seeks to bring projects, works, and research by marginalized folks to light. We also seek to discuss, analyze, and critique identity and culture in video games through a multi-faceted lens rooted in intersectionality.
We view diversity as a way to enrich the video game experience, not a quota to be filled, or a tool to avoid criticism. Diversity is essential not just to reflect the variety of our community, but also to push the limits of immersion, to present audiences with a perspective that they have never experienced before, and ultimately, to foster empathy for others.
Learn more by visiting www.ineeddiversegames.org.
A portion of the base price of each event ticket sold for during Gen Con Online will be donated to I Need Diverse Games, to support the important work they are pursuing in the gaming community.
Since moving to Indianapolis, Gen Con, along with its sponsors, exhibitors, artists, attendees, and vendors, has raised over $340,000 for charity.
- 2019 — Special Olympics Indiana and Game to Grow
- 2018 — Jack Vasel Memorial Fund and Second Helpings
- 2017 — Child Advocates
- 2016 — The PourHouse
- 2015 — The Julian Center
- 2014 — Gleaners' BackSacks Program
- 2013 — Big Brothers Big Sisters
- 2012 — STARS Youth Foundation
- 2011 — School on Wheels
- 2010 — Pajama Program
- 2009 — Indiana Math and Science Academy
- 2008 — Fisher House
- 2007 — Christel House
- 2006 — Rupert’s Kids
The entire Gen Con team sincerely appreciates your support for these charity efforts. Together, we have made an important difference in the lives of those in both our Indiana and wider gaming communities. Thank you!