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NO STREAMING REQUIRED | 6 EASY WAYS TO RAISE MONEY #FORTHEKIDS

With the rise of digital streaming platforms, the Extra Lifers who participate in fundraising efforts on Game Day and beyond have become incredibly visible and shaped the way that people think about Extra Life. However, Extra Life is more than just streaming! We have a large and passionate community that exists in spaces that are left out of the streaming world by choice or technical limitations. If you’re looking to up your fundraising game without streaming, here are several ideas that will make your efforts to help the kids in your community successful.

Make the First Donation to Your Page

This first point might raise a few eyebrows. When it comes to fundraising, momentum is important. Participants who already have a donation, even if it is from themselves, are more easily able to attract future donations. In fact, making the initial donation yourself before any fundraising effort is so effective that, according to our friends at DonorDrive who have crunched the numbers, people who self-donate raise 10 times more than those who don’t.

Launch a Facebook Fundraiser

One of the features on Facebook that has gained traction over the years has been giving users on the social media site the ability to create fundraisers for causes near and dear to their hearts. This feature has raised over $1 billion USD since it was launched back in 2015. Due to a recent update to Extra Life’s website, it has never been easier to create a Facebook Fundraiser. Through your account page on Extra Life’s main website, you will have a small button that streamlines the fundraiser creation process with clear prompts to help you connect your Extra Life account with your Facebook. Once the process is complete, any donations to your Facebook fundraiser will be reflected in your fundraising total on Extra Life!

On average, people who create Facebook Fundraisers raise $150 USD extra from the effort. (Note tax receipts only issues in the USA) If everyone in the Extra Life community created one, our fundraising totals for 2020 would be mind-boggling!

Host a Virtual Classic Game Night!

If streaming isn’t your thing, consider throwing a game night for your friends or community virtually! Prior to 2020, it was common for Extra Lifers in local cities to gather for IRL game nights, often at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. However, social distancing has led this community to focus primarily on virtual hang sessions. Check out our article How Extra Lifers Can Socially Distance and Gather Virtually.

The flexibility of fundraising during an occasion like this depends on your imagination. Ideas to raise money for the kids range from a $10 donation to attend the online festivities to micro-donations to turn the tide of various games from Super Smash Bros. to Monopoly. The key is for everyone to leave having had fun and armed with the knowledge that they helped kids in their communities.

Set Up a Milestone Incentive for your Donors

Setting small goals on the way to accomplish larger objectives helps in many areas of life. It turns out that this also applies to Extra Life fundraising! That’s why we formally incorporated milestones and incentives into the Extra Life fundraising platform last year.

What are the most fun fundraising ideas with no streaming required that you have come up with? We put together a list of great ideas from our community if you need inspiration.

Download the Extra Life Mobile App

Does it get any easier than downloading a mobile app?! However, if everyone in the Extra Life community downloaded and made the attempt to use the Mobile Fundraising Apps, Extra Life would be able to raise another $1 million USD for the kids!


We are grateful for ANY and all support you do to help change kids’ health to change the future for the kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We believe that when we positively change the health of even one child, we create a ripple effect felt by our communities for years to come. When we ensure our children can lead healthy, fulfilling lives, we foster the scientists, inventors, artists, and leaders of tomorrow. Game on!

Don’t forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!