Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

November 4, 2008 -

As many gamers know, Gary Gygax (left), the famed creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away earlier this year.

By way of honoring the man and his achievement, the folks behind GenCon’s yearly charity auction decided to donate the proceeds to Gygax’s favorite charity, the Christian Children's Fund.  The auction, held at this year's GenCon, raised more than $17,000.
 
Unfortunately, according to a post on Live Game Auctions, the CCF refused the donation when it found out that the money would partially come from the sale of D&D merchandise.  GenCon instead donated the money to the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that enables family members to live nearby their hospitalized loved ones.
 
A curious member of the Giant in the Playground forum e-mailed the CCF about its decision and received the following reply:

Christian Children’s Fund made the decision to decline the gift from GenCon, LLC as the request presented to us gave the appearance that CCF (the organization) was an endorser or supporter of a gaming convention, which CCF was not.

 

As [with] many non-profit organizations, CCF is selective in its endorsements or support in order to maintain the integrity of its name and logo. We cannot lend our name to an event for which we have no involvement. This decision should in no way be interpreted as CCF holding an opinion on Mr. Gygax, gaming enthusiasts or the game Dungeons and Dragons.

GU Comics offers an amusing take on the situation.
 
-Reporting from San Diego, GP Correspondent Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

Wow, just wow...  This figures, those idiots...  Yeah, I would be willing to accept the return of any of those donations to build up my retirement off of, haha.  Even if it totaled $50,000 it would be a hell of a boost.

I just can't believe that they are acting like this.  I kind of want to know more about this group, but then again, a stupid religious based group/organization is a stupid religious based group/organization.

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

They state it is his favorite charity, he obviously donated before. Would they retroactively return old proceeds as well instead of be affiliated with Gygax? @__@

They claim it isn't becase of it being gamed based, but isn't that an outright lie since the money wasn't denied until after they learned it came from D&D profits? 

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

The ridiculous thing is, that if everyone donated the same amount of money in their own names instead of as a group, they'd have taken it without any problem. How silly.

Hear Hear for Anonymity!

 

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

Well, now we can ignore how guilty they try and make everyone with their commercials since they have chosen that the "damn dirty D&D players" are better to ignore and rebuke...then to take the money and help out a crap load of kids as they always claim.  Just a bunch of BS to me. 

@ Jes: I agree completely. 

Zen aka Jeremy Powers
Editor and Host of the Zenspath Podcast (now on iTunes)
www.ZensPath.com
XBL: "PsychoticZen" PSN: "Zenspath"
Nintendo Network: "Psychoticzen", 3DS: "3024-7965-4819

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

Likewise. The CCF begs for money on TV, yet refuses it if if comes from "shady characters." Well, it's better the money went somewhere else. The CCF is a pack of lies. That money would just go to fund more TV ads. I'll tell you one thing though; you'll never see ads for the REAL charities, on TV. They don't waste money on advertisment. They spred news by word of mouth. Promisekeepers, for instance, is everything the CCF claims to be, and more. PK spends their limited funds on what they should: improving the lives of poverty and hunger stricken families in 3rd world countries. And despite the fact that they are the most successful missionary program in the world, I bet most of you have never heard of them. Because they don't have money for TV.

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on GenCon Donation

Various groups decide to come together to host events to receive donations which, then, are distributed to major organizations such as CCF.

Many have positive and negative stances.  While the CCF CLAIMS that it isn't about its attitudes towards the gaming community, one wonders if they would accept money from a religious group who had ties to "family values" that included promoting bigotry and hate against whole groups of Humans.  Would the CCF, after discovering this, argue religious freedom and accept the money or decline/return the money?  Would it be acceptable if it weren't widely publically known?

Selective acceptance, at the cost of those who would receive the financial help, will always be seen as a form of bias, no matter what the political response is by them.

It's good that SOMEONE can see past the games and see the help being offered.  The Fisher House Foundation clearly sees that the needs of those they help are far more important than any personal, religious, and/or political agenda.

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

So a bunch of 20-30 year olds enjoying roleplay is apparently a danger to the CCF's integrity?

Sounds more like a refusal based on religious views to me!

Re: Children's Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation

Wow, even GamePolitics didn't do its homework.

If you'd read past the headline, you would have realized that the convention also included pornographic materials, and THAT was the real problem, not D&D. So this was not those evil uberconservatives out to destroy the world again with their hate. It was PR, plain as that.

Dennis, you owe your readers the FULL STORY. I am disappointed in the fact that you didn't dig deeper than this.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Will limiting Steam services to accounts that have spent at least $5 eliminate spammers?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Matthew WilsonI think its a good article, and devs can take some lessons from life is strange.04/24/2015 - 10:24pm
Andrew EisenI tinyURL'd it. The world is safe!04/24/2015 - 10:23pm
Matthew Wilson@AE my bad there is nothing I can do about that.04/24/2015 - 10:21pm
Andrew EisenLooks like the spoiler is right there in the URL.04/24/2015 - 10:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://tinyurl.com/ok9pf6b a interesting opinion piece on the life is strange episode 2, and a dark event that happens in it. full warning major spoilers.04/24/2015 - 10:11pm
Matthew Wilson@mech no just she, nor her co workers have not. she never said it is not real.04/24/2015 - 8:58pm
MechaCrashWas she saying "I haven't experienced it," or "I haven't experienced it therefore it does not exist"?04/24/2015 - 8:31pm
ZippyDSMleeoy the skyrim paid mod thing is going over well. My 2 lints, I would not mind if Skyrim had a full SDK and not a crappy lil editor....04/24/2015 - 6:46pm
Andrew EisenWell, that is indeed crappy and nonsensical.04/24/2015 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonshe got attacked for saying that she personaly has not experienced the harassment some other female devs have, and she got acused of defending GG and ignoring harassment. she ended up getting dog piled because of it.04/24/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenFine but do you recall ANY details at all?04/24/2015 - 3:38pm
Matthew Wilsonit was several weeks ago now, and I will admit to not saving it.04/24/2015 - 3:36pm
Andrew EisenAttacked HOW and by WHOM for not writing off WHO as evil? Do you have a link or anything?04/24/2015 - 3:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthat is the whole point she was not attacked for saying anything. she was attacked for being willing to debate in the first place, and not just write them off as evil.04/24/2015 - 3:28pm
Andrew EisenI know there's not a lot of room in the Shout box but goodness you're being vague.04/24/2015 - 3:26pm
Andrew EisenGreat, but that STILL doesn't tell me what she said, why she was attacked (or what the attack was) or what "standard line" she's following. Details, man. Details!04/24/2015 - 3:25pm
Andrew EisenOr what the heck Nina White (someone else I've never heard of) is actually referring to.04/24/2015 - 3:24pm
Matthew Wilson@AE she is a game dev. she used to do stuff with hormanix and now works with https://outact.net/#!/?page_id=2 she will often engage and debate both side.04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
Andrew Eisen...following.04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
Andrew EisenYou mean focus on stopping the bad behavior of those who are doing it rather than condemning all the people that associate with them? Great. But I still don't know who Emma Clarkson is, what she said, why she was attacked or what "standard line" she's04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician