As a hardcore gamer, I have spent many hours playing games and not really contributing to the world. I would go to my local Gamestop, buy a game, take it home, and play. I am nothing more than a consumer. What if someone told me that I could play games, but it would raise money for charity? It almost seems too good to be true; however, this is now a reality.
GamesThatGive is a free site that runs off of ads. GTG gives 70% of it’s ad revenue to the charity you choose to play for. As of right now the games are all mini games, including, solitaire, sudoku, gems, bubbleburst, smashteroids, memory, word search, drull, and black jack. So this site looks like a good time killer while at work. Sponsors include Dial, Domino’s Pizza, Pepsi, Propel, Starbucks, MasterCard, Quaker Oats, and more coming in the next few weeks. With an impressive list of charities including the American Heart Association, Feeding America, Breast Cancer Network of Strength, and The Wilderness Society; this site is extremely ambitious.
As of the writing of this article, GTG has donated $1816.53 to various charities, and as word gets out, there is no doubt that they will give much more. GTG is run by Adam Archer, Chris Bell, Cie Nicholson, Brian Reich, and Kristofer Goss. The work that they have done is remarkable, especially for such a small team.
GamesThatGive is truly an amazing way for any of us to make charitable contributions while doing an activity that we truly enjoy. Just think of the countless hours that you spend at work playing solitaire. Now just play solitaire on GTG and know that not only will you be passing time while at work, but you will also be helping to make the world a better place.