Message From Our Director
We can’t express in words how blessed we are to have such a wonderful community supporting this charity event, and for Fran to give us the opportunity to produce FOCC once again.
All of us worked non-stop to polish every detail of the broadcast and event, providing the best service we could to the community. $10,430 raised is an enormous success and a testament to the strength of the Overwatch community.
I wanted to cover a couple of topics to be fully transparent with the donors and the FOCC audience. As this is not a small sum of money, it’s important for us to shed light on what is happening behind the scenes, showing you exactly where your money is going and who it is supporting at the end of its journey.
Thank you so much,
Where is my money going ?
After an amazing tournament, Scion Esports had won the grand prize and opted to support the Black Lives Matter Charity. Due to the controversies facing the charity presently, they have elected instead to donate the amount to several local and reputable BLM organisations. This is in order to still support the core cause, but make sure the money was being sent to good hands.
Congrats Scion on your well earned victory and thank you for your support.
The money will be split evenly among the following charities
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Publicly-supportedHBCUs enroll over 80% of all students attending HBCUs. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also a source for top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.
Source : Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Vision statement: To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.
Source: Black Girls Code
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Source : EJI
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma. As America’s leading national Black LGBTQ/SGL civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, NBJC has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBTQ/SGL equality.
Source : NBJC
Color of Change is a progressive nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization in the United States. It was formed in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in order to use online resources to strengthen the political voice of African Americans. Color of Change is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organizing with an affiliated political action committee. Rashad Robinson serves as the organization’s executive director.
Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. We are becoming the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Source : The Love Land Foundation
With more than 1.5 million members, nearly 300 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys, and offices throughout the nation, the ACLU of today continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more. The ACLU stands up for these rights even when the cause is unpopular, and sometimes when nobody else will. While not always in agreement with us on every issue, Americans have come to count on the ACLU for its unyielding dedication to principle. The ACLU has become so ingrained in American society that it is hard to imagine an America without it.
Source : ACLU
Not all youth are born with privilege, opportunities, or a positive network. Some are raised throughout their lives thinking they’ll never be able to live the life they’ll want. This is because of the environment and the people who they surround themselves every single day. Every African-American person should have the ability to create the life they’ve always wanted and that’s what The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. provides.
Source : 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. Through a revolving fund, CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence. Inability to pay bond results in higher rates of conviction, longer sentences, loss of housing and jobs, separation of families, and lost custody of children. By paying bond, CCBF restores the presumption of innocence before trial and enables recipients to remain free while fighting their cases. CCBF also engages in public education about the role of bond in the criminal legal system and advocates for the abolition of money bond. CCBF is committed to long-term relationship building and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing.
How Your Donations Were Handled
Monkey Bubble wanted to pick a platform that supported a 0% transaction fee, so as much of the money as possible ended up into the hands of the charity. When we have done charity events in the past, the charity was either known or the platform supported us assigning a charity after the event was over. The latter option is no longer available to us through Softgiving, given they have changed their platform design, wanting their donors to know from the start where their money is going when donating to a particular campaign.
I am very much for transparency so I agree with their decisions as an NPO, but for this event, the charity or cause was not known until after the tournament had ended, so we had decided to go with a different provider – Raisely.
All the money donated was processed and transferred to the Monkey Bubble Business account via a PayPal gateway, to be later distributed to the charity of the winner’s choice via our Bank or PayPal account to minimise transaction fees appropriately.
We took on this responsibility because we wanted to support the fundraiser in our own way, by forcing the reduction the transaction fees and hidden charges for donors to an absolute 0%, so all of your money with its intension goes to the charity, not in the pockets of PayPal or Banks. Transaction fees are often not advertised as much (usually 1.9 – 5 %) , but in this case, we felt money to the order of $500-150 is potentially lifechanging and should not be thrown away in fees or taken lightly. To do this, we are compensating these fees from our own pocket.
There was such a high volume of donations, you froze our PayPal business account. We can’t even pay our normal monthly operational expenses through this gateway until the disputes with PayPal are resolved, which means some subsidiary services, such as the store, will be affected for a short period of time. We did not anticipate this much love and support.
You guys are awesome.
We are resolving the issue with PayPal currently, and we will be posting receipts of donations made to organisations on this page when the dispute is cleared.
We will try to resolve the desputes and problems as fast as we can. When we do, we will be posting our receipts on this page as a confirmation to our donors that we have fulfilled our commitment to them.
$1043 will be given to each charity. In the event the charity asks us to cover a transaction fee, we are covering it as Monkey Bubble.
[ Charity ] – [ Status of Donation ]
Thurgood Marshal College Fund – Donation Received
Black Girls Code – Donation Received
NAACPLDF – Donation Received
EJI – Donation Received
NBJC – Donation Received
Color of Change – Donation Received
The Love Land Foundation – Donation Received
ACLU – Donation Received
100 Black Men of America, Inc. – Donation Received
CCBF – Donation Received