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Aura Fury

Your Home Away From Home on The Internet

Freeport, TX   |  aurafurygaming.com

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Aura Fury

EIN: 88-1035718


Mission

Making casual and professional gaming a fun space where people matter

Ruling year info

2022

President

Jacob Rey

Chief Information Officer

Alex Thompson

Main address

202 Peach Ln

Freeport, TX 77541 USA

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EIN

88-1035718

Subject area info

Education

Sports and recreation

Human services

Population served info

Adults

LGBTQ people

Women and girls

Men and boys

Academics

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

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

It is no secret that in the gaming industry toxicity, anti-LGBTQ+, sexism, and racism exist. Through programs of education, connecting individuals, connecting organizations, and outreach we believe we can help bring this to an end creating a more inclusive and safe space. During the pandemic we recognized that another wide spread issue is loneliness. So many people do not have a good place to socialize and have fun. By providing a fun, safe and educational environment we were able to create a home away from home on the internet to help battle loneliness. We also recognize that people need opportunities to try things and resources to figure out what educational path or career to go after in the gaming industry. We hope to guide more folks through this wilderness and help them meet their goals. By doing so we are helping place individuals who understand that gaming should be a fun, inclusive, and safe space.

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?

Safe and Inclusive Gaming Space

We provide a safe and inclusive space for individuals to game and socialize in online. This has been of particular importance during the pandemic to provide for individuals’ needs to socialize and have fun while staying home. Even after the pandemic, for many the internet is the only outlet for individuals to meet this need and we aim to continue to provide this at zero cost to the user

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

We teach inclusiveness and sportsmanship to people from a variety of ages and backgrounds through gaming events. Through education we are building more inclusiveness in video games and attacking the toxicity, discrimination, and sexism that exists in the gaming industry as a whole

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We provide a variety of ways for individuals to try new skills and gain experience in the gaming industry. Individuals can try out being a castor, learn how to run production on gaming events, learn and take part in event planning, Esports teams, management, programming, marketing, or play in tournaments. We are teaching others about possible educational paths you can seek out in college or possible careers in the gaming industry.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Academics
Adults
Children and youth
Academics
Unemployed people

We produce an educational podcast that teaches inclusiveness, sportsmanship, the gaming industry, the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces, game development/modding, mental health, content creation, Esports, opportunities in education and more.

We produce a series of educational documentary-quality videos called the Aura Fury Academy. These videos dive deeper into many of the subjects the podcast does and more. The videos are professional interviews of members of the gaming industry and community along with talking with individuals who have overcome or still are dealing with barriers in the gaming industry.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Unemployed people
Academics

We provide technical and general assistance to content creators at a variety of levels of skill whether they are seeking to stay casual or make it their career. We are building a list of resources that include educational videos and websites along with license-free resources for music and graphics to help content creators reach their goals

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Academics

We are developing another community called Community Connections to help build and teach communities’ owners and admins to be more inclusive in their communities, overcome technical issues that we run into running servers and events, and overall run better communities. In Community Connections we share ideas on how to grow communities, troubleshoot and share fixes for game servers, share how to install game servers on Linux and Windows, improve admining, tackle how to deal with individuals that are banned, build more accepting communities, and share useful resources

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

We are helping build gaming clubs and Esports teams at Community Colleges that teach sportsmanship, inclusiveness and about the gaming industry. The goal is to connect these Community Colleges with each other so that players who cannot find other players at their own club have people to game with it. It allows people to network and get to know others from other colleges.

The goal is provide another avenue for players to pursue competitions without being top tier players as well. This program is currently only running in Texas, but we hope to expand eventually.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Women and girls
Men and boys
Academics

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Become the space people want to spend their free time, improve their gaming skills, make connections and friends while taking part in games and Esports


Maintain and improve our community to where everyone can feel comfortable in casual gaming and esports regardless of whether you are from the LGBTQ+ community, your gender, race, disability, or background


Teach good sportsmanship and push inclusiveness in our community, in Esport, and the gaming industry in general. We want to make this space a better place for everyone


Help those who seek a profession in Esports or the gaming industry grow in the Aura Fury community and reach the resources they need to achieve their professional goals


Create events that are fun, promote the goals of Aura Fury, and bring people together


Grow connections with other communities, associations, companies and educational organizations to promote a better Esports and gaming industry environment


Continue to run on a donation and sponsorship basis for running Aura Fury so that financial barriers are as low as possible for those who want to be a part of Aura Fury


Provide ways for gaming and Esports content creators to improve their content, get involved in the community, provide resources, promote their content and encourage them to promote good sportsmanship and inclusiveness in their content


Encourage involvement in things that surround gaming and Esports such as modding, game development, and art


Help women, minorities, LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities overcome barriers they confront in Esports, the gaming industry and gaming in general

Our organization is currently funded 100% on donations and runs completely with motivated volunteers. By placing volunteers in positions that are both fun, grow them as individuals, and allow them to excel at helping the organization we have been able to help a large and growing amount of people. We have people from a number of different backgrounds from technical to folks that are good with working with others. These individuals have really created a lot of success.

We are working on growing our financial and technical resources through promoting awareness about Aura Fury, making is easier to donate, being transparent as an organization (we post financials, meeting minutes and more on our website), and are willing to partner with other organizations to achieve goals.

We strive to be efficient with our financial and technical resources. We know the better we are with them, the more people we can server and the better the gaming industry will become. As our resources grow we are confident we can continue to do this and make a huge difference in the world.

We recognize the achievements of others whether it is the community we serve, volunteers, donators, partners, or our board. This is all one big team effort to make a better world and gaming industry. We hope you will be willing to join in too!

We have create a safe, inclusive and educational space for people to game in that currently serves 1500 people and is growing. Its an achievement we are proud of and continue to put a focus into.

We have created multiple videos, resources, and chances to gain experience in various fields of the gaming industry along with learning about inclusiveness and creating safe spaces.

We have created a growing number of connections between small communities, companies and now communities colleges to help grow the safe space and provide more opportunities feel people to meet others, learn about the gaming industry, learn about careers and more

We have and continue to attend conventions to spread the word and educate others on the gaming industry, inclusiveness and creating safe spaces

The number of people we have been able to serve has been doubling every 12-14 months

Financials

Aura Fury

Operations

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

Documents
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President

Jacob Rey

Jacob Rey is one of the founders and current president of the 501(c)(3) gaming non-profit Aura Fury. He helped turn a gaming community of people from all around the world into a safe and inclusive space for individuals to game, socialize, and learn new things. The drive to make the gaming industry a more accepting place for all, help people break down barriers, and his love for gaming is his main motivation as he leads the fast-growing organization. He is currently the program chair and associate professor of business and economics at Brazosport College. He is actively redesigning the A.A.S degree in management to ensure graduates get credentials of value that will help them improve their lives. He is leading the way in bringing A.I, innovative lecture videos, and trying to bring gamification to the classroom. He hopes to find ways to help even more students overcome challenges that prevent them from being successful, such as lack of access to technology or resources.

Chief Information Officer

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson is the Chief Information Officer and Treasurer for Aura Fury, bringing in over a decade of IT experience to ensure compliance with modern security standards and best practice. During the chaos of the early days of the lockdown he came across the community and found a group of like-minded individuals. A community that supports, rather than criticizes, fostering collaboration across all-too-common societal divides. Resonating with its mission statement, he got involved supporting its server infrastructure and its eventual journey towards 501(c)(3) status. He is currently a Data Analyst at Resolution Re where he helps to foster an inclusive work environment akin to the one found in the community.

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Aura Fury

Board of directors
as of 08/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jacob Rey

Erika Rey

Alex Thompson

Jacob Rey

Justin Hill