GameChanger Charity

aka GameChanger Charity   |   Rancho Mission Viejo, CA   |  www.gamechangercharity.org

Mission

GameChanger Charity leverages innovation and technology to ease the pain and suffering of patients dealing with life threatening illnesses, while working to ensure their rights to play, learn, and socialize.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

Jim Carol

Main address

30767 Gateway Place #705

Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694 USA

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EIN

26-3438815

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a lack of modern, kid friendly distraction therapy in pediatric hospitals. GameChanger Charity leverages tech and innovation - builds and delivers solutions to ease the pain and suffering of sick and isolated children. The worlds top tech firms have partnered with GameChanger Charity to create and donate those innovations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gamers Give Back Tour

In partnership with Child’s Play Charity, the Gamers Give Back Tour visits Children’s Hospitals around the country to host special events & celebrate the amazing ways that gaming can improve the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

GameChanger awards scholarships to patients who are nominated by their care givers and hospital staff for displaying exemplary character in the face of challenging life experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

GameChanger provides cutting-edge experiences through custom software, Virtual-Reality (VR), and Augmented-Reality (AR) for children in hospitals around the world in order to enhance their general quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

GameChanger coordinates with hospital staff and gaming industry influencers to host multiplayer and VR activities for the enjoyment of patients.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

STEM Certification 2020

Awards

Grant Winner 2018

Newman's Own

Affiliations & memberships

Amazon AWS 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Young adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Innovation, Technology, and Gaming

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of ?software and hardware donations made to the sector

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Older adults, Young adults, Health

Related Program

Innovation, Technology, and Gaming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our founder created a Global tech firm prior to his child getting sick. GameChanger Charity uses tech and innovation to ease the pain and suffering of sick isolated Children.

i.e. for instance VR* for pain reduction, live streaming private shows curated for younger patients.

*VR- Virtual Reality

We have spent 12 years building strong partnerships with Nvidia, EA, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sony, and their divisions like X box, AWS, Twitch, You Tube . Each of these tech giants meet regularly with GameChanger Charity, working on solving problems like isolation. The Covid 19 pandemic has accelerated the need for virtual help as sick kids cannot go into the hospital lounges, the play rooms , or have visitors.

We have extreme software and live streaming pedigrees. We have written patents, received patents and donated those to help others. We have build major software systems with AWS, Google and Microsoft. The Founder of GameChanger Charity created one of the World's top For-Profit tech firms 20 years ago. This establishes credibility and respect for GameChanger Charity and our Mission. Over 250 hospitals have received donations thanks to the tech giants , like over $ 10M of X box games donated to hospitals in 2018.

We gutted a warehouse in 2016. Built recreated hospital rooms, down to the working patient beds.

We had 20 hospital executives visit these labs. We had Google, Microsoft , Amazon executives visit the labs.

We spent 3 years creating software to help patients with boredom, social isolation, and their education. We donate this tech to hospitals. We have changed the game for sick children globally.

Here is what Amazon wrote about our charities impact on sick children. https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/publicsector/bringing-power-play-hospitalized-children/

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    GameChanger Charity is a 14-year old 501(c)3 that serves children with life-threatening illnesses and provides support to their caregivers and families. We provide direct support to children, their families, hospital staff and caregivers.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Hold weekly meetings with hospital staff,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Every week we meet with our staff and make updates and edits to our programs and technology based upon direct feedback from the children and the caregivers. A great example would be that the devices we donated were running ads without our permission. We contacted YouTube and had the ads stopped.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our staff is directed and measured by customer satisfaction of the caregivers. Anything less than a rating of Utter Delight is unacceptable.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GameChanger Charity

Board of directors
as of 11/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Jim Carol

GameChanger Charity

Term: 2008 -

Jim Carol

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Jeff Shepard

Hughes Marino

Jon Storbeck

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Jordan Maron

Influencer

Don Johnson

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Mark Lamia

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/14/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.