Tabletop Gaymers Inc.

aka Tabletop Gaymers   |   Ames, IA   |  https://tabletopgaymers.org/

Mission

Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion by championing the visibility and recognition of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and others) community through tabletop gaming.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Jeffrey T Sorensen

Main address

924 6th Street

Ames, IA 50010 USA

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EIN

47-4190614

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tabletop Gaymers is trying to address discrimination, homophobia, hatred, and the resulting isolation felt by individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community.

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?

Visibility Badge Ribbons

The badge ribbon campaign distributes "GAYMER", "ALLY", and pronoun badge ribbons to participants at gaming conventions and other badged events. The ribbons are part of the convention traditions and attendees wear various ribbons to show interest and affiliation to different programs and causes.

Badge ribbons to help build the community of gaymers and allies by self-identification. Pronoun ribbons help further the recognition of diversity in gender and raise awareness of transgender issues. The idea is that the awareness of their presence helps enhance the environment of the convention, promotes interaction and community building, and networking.

The ribbons are always distributed to participants by request and are always free of charge.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Transgender people

Panel series featuring industry leaders talking about various queer aspects of the gaming industry. Panelists share experiences and lead discussions on gender, sexuality, and general diversity topics in gaming from design and publishing to game-play and community.

Population(s) Served

Tabletop Gaymers assists LGBTQ+ Community Centers by donating board games and providing "Gayme Masters" to teach the games. We work with the centers to help establish a recurring event where their patrons have the opportunity to learn and experience these games, socialize, network, and make new friends.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adolescents

Tabletop Gaymers is partnering with The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) to create a Safe Space program for retailers and their patrons. The program includes guides, brochures, and promotional material to help the retailer elevate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fundraising materials are also available to help the retailer support local DEI-focused nonprofits.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adolescents
LGBTQ people
Adolescents

Where we work

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 people on the organization's email list

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

Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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

Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Related Program

Visibility Badge Ribbons

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 - no in-person events

Number of products distributed

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

Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Related Program

Visibility Badge Ribbons

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendees at various events. 2020 - no in-person conventions were attended due to the pandemic.

Number of Sustaining Donors.

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

LGBTQ people, Heterosexuals

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sustaining donors contribute a small amount each month on a recurring basis.

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.

Tabletop Gaymers hopes to provide opportunities for members of the LGBTQIA+ gaming community and their allies to network, socialize, make new friends, and tackle homophobia through programs of self-identification and education.

Network with local "Gaymer Groups" to create new opportunities and better collaboration between groups.

Connect with local LGBTQIA+ Community Centers to develop new and creative events for their patrons and to reach young adult patrons by providing safe, fun environments to meet.

Reach more gaming conventions willing to host our social and educational programs.

Tabletop Gaymers is a well-connected organization with individual contacts in the gayming community; retailers and game manufacturers; panelists of authors, developers, and other industry leaders; leaders of local gayming groups; and program coordinators of LGBTQIA+ community centers.

We have distributed approximately 50,000+ "GAYMER/ALLY Badge Ribbons" at 16 conventions over the past 5 years; held 20+ social events (Gaymer Gathering, Gaymer Picnics, etc.) and helped to coordinate 30+ seminars (Queer as a Three Sided Die, Gaming in Color, Queering Your Setting) reaching a total of 1500+ attendees.

We are expanding the reach of our programs, holding multiple social events and seminars every year at 4-5 gaming conventions each year.

We are working with local LGBTQ+ Community Centers to provide them with games, tutors, and instructions for creating a recurring Gayme Night at their center to provide a safe-space for young adults.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Financials

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Operations

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

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Tabletop Gaymers Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeffrey Sorensen

Iowa State University

Term: 2015 -

Zach B Lones

Justin E Nauman

Dustie Lohmeyer

Amanda L Rivera

Dustin Lynch

Edwin Morales

Kimberly M Hinkle

John Matt Layne

Christina R Stiso

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/14/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.