The AbleGamers Charity said today that it was able to raise over $100,000 for the first time in its history, in 2013. The charity said that these donations were made possible with the help of a lot of companies and community based fundraising effort. Community-based fundraisers such as Minethon and PAX-E, corporate donations from Paradox and IndieGala, dozens of individual streamers, and an increasing awareness in the gaming and disability communities have helped propel the charity to a new level coming into 2014, according to AbleGamers.
"It’s been a truly amazing year," said Mark Barlet, President and Director of the AbleGamers Charity. "We have made so much progress over the course of 2013 in the areas of game accessibility. I’m so proud of our organization for all AbleGamers has been able to accomplish this year, but it’s all thanks to the generosity of our donors. Without them, the lifeblood of this organization, we wouldn’t be able to do any of the miraculous things you read about in the news. We’re extremely grateful and hope those who donated last year will remember us again in 2014."
Looking ahead to 2014, AbleGamers plans on launching new technology that helps disabled gamers, new partnerships with industry leaders, brand-new facilities for caretakers and other efforts and initiatives that will be unveiled in the course of the year.
"AbleGamers has some really cool projects coming up this year," said Steve Spohn, Chief Operations Officer and Outreach Chair for AbleGamers video game charity. "I wish I could say more, but a lot of them are hush-hush. What I can tell you is that we are working diligently to raise funds to meet the demand for grants. It’ll take hundreds of thousands of dollars to fulfill all the grant applications we already have and more continue to pour in by the day."
"To say we need financial support from the community now more than ever would be an understatement," Spohn added.
Funding will be even more crucial in 2014 because of new initiatives by the charity, like its recently launched year-round grant program. Nearly 50 applications have already been fulfilled, yet over 300 sit waiting in line. The group says that the challenge to equip every gamer with a disability in need of assistive technology is a monumental undertaking, but is possible with continued support from every corner of the gaming community.
You can learn more about AbleGamers and make a donation by visiting www.ablegamers.com.