Frequently Asked Questions

Livestream Fundraisers

What Is A Charity Livestream?

A live, online event where an individual or team of broadcasters provides entertainment while encouraging viewers to donate online to a non-profit.

Usually there is also some form of community interaction through chat systems and donations (donate $X in order to influence the games being played, commission a sketch, perform a specific song, drink hot sauce, etc.).

What Kinds Of Events Can Be Livestreamed For Charity?

All kinds! Video game commentary, art creation, live music, live podcasts, or anything else where a creator is entertaining and interacting live with the community. The type of event is only limited by the broadcaster’s imagination & resources.

Where Do I Find More Information About Running A Charity Stream?

Check out the CLS Resources page for guides, assets, and more! https://www.charitylivestream.com/resources/

CharityLiveStream.com - General Information

What Is CharityLiveStream.com (CLS)?

CharityLiveStream.com is a fundraising focused "LinkedIn" for gamers, artists, and their communities to grow their talents through fun events that help others.

Users submit their fundraising events to the central calendar, get organizational & promotional resources to boost outreach, and have the events automatically logged in their portfolio profiles.

Users can then add their social media, interests, skills, past work, causes, and availability for a variety of charitable and non-charitable projects from the community, nonprofits, and businesses.

As users refine their talents and grow their networks through livestream fundraisers, their verified portfolio profile is proof of their talents as they pursue new projects on the Opportunity board.

All of these come together in the CLS platform to create an ecosystem of individuals and organizations continually expanding their skills in everything from entertainment, promotion, & visual design to digital technology, event organization, and community management. All while raising awareness and funds to help those in need through no fault of their own.

Who Is CLS Built For?

CLS is focused on gamers, but designed for anyone with a passion to do good and interested in running, participating in, and supporting charity livestreams:

  • Broadcasters & Entertainers
  • Marketers
  • Artists & Graphic Designers
  • Community Managers
  • Fundraising Teams
  • Nonprofits
  • Game Developers
  • Businesses
  • Media Groups

CLS is built for everyone to grow their portfolio and connect with others to make an impact, whether they're in front of a camera or not.

What Are The Core Features Of CharityLiveStream.com?

The Core Features are:

  1.  A Central Calendar With Detailed Event Pages For All Livestreams 
  2.  Portfolio Profiles Promoting Individuals Abilities, Causes, Interests, Past Experience, and Availability For New Projects
  3.  Marketing Outreach Tools & Knowledge Resources
  4.  Opportunity Board For Projects Connecting The Community, Nonprofits, & Businesses

For more details on each of these features, check out their FAQ sections below.

How Do These Features Help The Community?

CLS is built on 4 core concepts reflected in the features mentioned above: Promotion, Collaboration, Individual Growth, and New Opportunities.

Promotion
Submit your event to the master calendar and get a professional, shareable event page which provides all the links and information about who your charity is, why you’re spending your time raising money for them, and how the community can be involved with your event.

Build hype before your event by giving your community information ahead of time. The page can easily be shared to various social channels and personal reminders of the event can be added via iCal or Google Calendar.

Collaboration
Promote the skills you have, how you’re willing to partner with others (Community, Non-profits, Businesses), and how you’re most comfortable being contacted by each group.

Build your fund raising team based on the roles/skills you need and quickly get your event up and running.

Individual Growth
In addition to tools, you can access knowledge through the How To Guides and contribute what you know to others through the CLS Wikia.

Build your experience in organization, promotion, broadcasting, and more as you complete charity events. Use the archive of past events to build out a portfolio that serves as a showcase of what you can do.

New Opportunities
The next step for the site will be the “Opportunity Board” where community members can connect directly with non-profits, businesses, and other members for both charity and non-charity projects.

Whether you’re looking for sponsors, volunteers, or a talented pool of people, it makes much more sense to have a central place to find others who actually opt-in to working together.

So CLS Is Basically A Support System For The Gaming & Art Communities?

Yes, but it’s also so much more!

CLS provides a path and platform for someone with nothing but a drive to do good to learn all about charity streaming, connect with others who share their passion, and build talents centered around whatever personal growth or career goals they have.

The end result is an ecosystem of those dedicated to helping others. The potential of which is mind blowing considering the enormous success of so far.

What Makes CLS Unique From What's

CLS is the first and only promotion platform to offer tools, role/skill focused connections, knowledge resources, and collaboration opportunities for those using their creative passions for helping others.

The site also is unique in it’s pledge to NEVER take a direct percentage of money raised by our users.

So Is CLS A Nonprofit Organization?

CLS is NOT a registered non-profit. It’s a for-profit, start-up platform with a focus on empowering the community, non-profits, and businesses while never taking a percentage of donations.

How Does The Fundraising & Donation Process Work? 

CharityLiveStream.com does NOT handle donation processing. An event submitted usually has a target fund raising goal and donations are handled via a 3rd party donation platform or directly on the non-profit’s website if they have those capabilities. This adds a level of trust for those donating to the charity, since the broadcaster does not touch the donations while still being able to track comments & progress.

There are new technologies coming out every year in the donation space giving more and more options to donators, broadcasters, and nonprofits alike. In 2016, for example, the advent of the Paypal Giving Fund which eliminates processing fees for registered non-profits. The plethora of new platforms for fundraising now allows for plenty of alternatives that ensure donations are processed quickly and securely.

It’s always best to contact the nonprofit you want to fund raise for to determine their preferred crowdsourced donation platform.

Note: There are some individuals who still use the method of donating to a personal account (Paypal, etc) and then dispersing the collected funds directly to the charity in question. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED. Not only is it seen by the community to be suspicious, but funds taken into a personal account are considered personal income and are hit with a tax burden, even if all funds are subsequently donated to the nonprofit in question. Additionally, events with direct Paypal donations to the broadcaster are not accepted on the site without express written permission from the benefiting nonprofit.

ALWAYS BE SURE TO DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON THE BROADCASTER, GIVING PROCESS, AND BENEFITING CHARITY BEFORE MAKING ANY ONLINE DONATION.

If You Don't Take A Percentage Of Donations, How Do You Keep The Lights On?

By keeping costs low and offering premium features & services. CLS has been a one man operation since Feb. 2015 and I have continually kept a long term focus on it’s growth and success.

If you like what CLS is working towards, please support the Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/charitylivestream

What Are The Technical Requirements To Use CLS?

The CharityLiveStream.com website can be accessed from any web browser and is mobile optimized for phones and tablets. Basic accounts are Forever Free, so if you have internet access, you can use the site.

CharityLiveStream.com - Events

Do I Need A Premium Account To Put My Event On The Calendar Or Build A Team?

No. Placing your event on the central calendar, finding other community members based on roles/skills, and creating a Basic level team account is free for any logged-in CLS member.

What Are The Requirements For Posting An Event?

Submitting Events
Only users with CLS accounts can submit events to be promoted and the events submitted must be organized by that individual, team, nonprofit, or business. All events must pass the review process to be posted.

Passing Review
There are 3 main requirements for a submitted event to pass the review process and be posted on the CLS Calendar:

  1. The event MUST be a Fundraiser Benefiting a Nonprofit Organization.
    Personal fundraisers, those to benefits specific individuals, and "split fundraisers" where the broadcaster/team takes a portion of money raised are not eligible for promotion on CharityLiveStream.com. The nonprofit's name and website must be submitted in the appropriate fields.
  2. The event MUST be able to be Watched Live Online with Specific Start & End Times.
    Charity fundraisers without the ability to be watched live online are not "livestreams" (which is the point of the site) and events for extended periods without a posted schedule in the description (ex: all month) are not as effective since it's difficult to determine when the viewer should tune in.
  3. The event MUST have a nonprofit specific donation page or a verified 3rd party donation tracking page.

    NOTE: Donation pages linked to individual PayPal, Twitch, or other personal accounts are NOT allowed UNLESS you email a copy of express, written permission by the benefiting nonprofit for that specific event to info@charitylivestream.com.
Can I Stream My Event Through Your Website?

No. The footage for your event needs to be streamed to a broadcast hosting site. You can learn more about broadcasting hosts & streaming in the CLS guides on the Resources page: https://www.charitylivestream.com/resources/

What Do I Do After An Event Is Over?

Now that your event is over, you can add your final total raised by editing your event page and adding the link to your donation page in the donation verification section.

The event itself automatically is logged into the organizer's (your) portfolio profile, so now anyone who checks out your profile can see the past events you organized under your Events tab.

If you haven't already, be sure to fill out your profile with the information you want others to know about you and, after you create some highlights from the stream and export them to YouTube (a really simple process with Twitch's Highlights feature if you used Twitch to broadcast), add the YouTube URL for those highlights into your profile to embed the video an add the appropriate links.

CharityLiveStream.com - Opportunity Board

What Is The CLS Opportunity Board?

The CLS Opportunity Board is a job board with both charity & non-charity focused projects & employment posted by fundraising teams, nonprofits, and businesses.

Check out the Opportunity Board: https://www.charitylivestream.com/opportunities/

What Are The Requirements For Posting An Opportunity?

Submitting Opportunities
Submitting projects to the Opportunity Board requires a Verified Nonprofit account or an upgraded Premium account. All submitted opportunities must pass review before being posted.

Passing Review
In order to pass review an opportunity must follow 3 guidelines:

  1. The opportunity must clearly indicate whether it's a volunteer or paid project/employment.
  2. If it is a paid project or employment opportunity, the pay or pay range MUST be included in the posting.
  3. Commission or partial commission based employment opportunities (Sales positions) are NOT ELIGIBLE for promotion on the CLS Opportunity Board and will not pass review.

 

CharityLiveStream.com - Individuals

How Does CLS Help Individuals?

CLS is built to help individuals build their skills, portfolios, networks, and communities through charity livestreams.  As such, most of the features are built to benefit individuals who have the drive to improve themselves and help others, even if they don't have the knowledge or previous experience. Signing up for an individual account is free.

All Basic (free) individual accounts gain access to event posting, detailed portfolio profiles to promote yourself, free resources for organizing/promoting events, user search based on skills/causes/mentorships/more, and applying to Opportunity Board postings.

How Are Individual Profiles Set up?

Individual portfolio profiles are built for you to promote your skills, interests, causes you care about, past accomplishments, and availability for new opportunities.

Any information left blank is hidden from your profile, so fill in just the area that are relevant to you in order to be found by the community.

The portfolio breakdown is:

  1. Introduction, Overview Summary, & Embedded Youtube Video
  2. Social Media & Owned Channels
  3. Fundraising Roles & Mentorships
  4. Community, Nonprofit, & Business Opportunity
  5. Skills & Interests
    1. Broadcasting
    2. Gaming
    3. Game Development
    4. Art
    5. Writing
    6. Music
    7. Film & Animation
  6. Livestream Highlights
  7. Partners & Sponsors
  8. Past Sponsors
How Do I Edit My Profile?

In order to edit your profile, click the gear on your profile page and select "Edit Profile".

After filling out your account details, click the "Checkmark Icon" at the top of the page or the profile confirmation button at the bottom of the page.

CharityLiveStream.com - Fundraising Teams

How Does CLS Help Fundraising Teams?

As individuals connect together to form teams, they'll find CLS has several benefits to help them promote themselves. The largest of which is a dedicated web page for your group and all it's information, if you don't have your own website, or to integrate information about your organization with your events if you do. Signing up for a Basic Fundraising Team account is free.

All Basic (free) individual accounts gain access to event posting, detailed portfolio profiles to promote your team, free resources for organizing/promoting events, user search based on skills/causes/mentorships/more, and applying to Opportunity Board postings.

By supporting the site for the price of a Netflix subscription, you can access more detailed profiles and recruitment posting directly to the Opportunity Board.

How Are Fundraising Team Profiles Set up?

Team profiles are built for you to promote your group, content, causes your team cares about, past accomplishments, and availability for new opportunities.

Any information left blank is hidden from your profile, so fill in just the area that are relevant to your team in order to be found by the community.

The portfolio breakdown is:

  1. Introduction, Overview Summary, & Embedded Youtube Video
  2. Social Media & Owned Channels
  3. Our Story & Get Involved
  4. Skills & Interests
    1. Broadcasting
    2. Gaming
    3. Art
    4. Music
  5. Livestream Highlights
  6. Partners & Sponsors
  7. Past Sponsors
  8. Community, Nonprofit, & Business Opportunity
  9. Member List
How Do I Edit My Profile?

In order to edit your profile, click the gear on your profile page and select "Edit Profile".

After filling out your account details, click the "Checkmark Icon" at the top of the page or the profile confirmation button at the bottom of the page.

CharityLiveStream.com - Nonprofits

How Does CLS Help Nonprofits?

There are many benefits for Verified nonprofit Accounts. Signing up for a unique nonprofit account is free for any US 501c3 status nonprofit. All Verified Nonprofits gain access to event posting, DIY promotion tools, unique user search/outreach features, and one Opportunity Board posting per month for free.

CLS also offers initial consulting on site usage and is constantly working with nonprofits to improve free and premium features specifically for them.

How Do I Edit My Profile?

In order to edit your profile, click the gear on your profile page and select "Edit Profile".

After filling out your account details, click the "Checkmark Icon" at the top of the page or the profile confirmation button at the bottom of the page.

CharityLiveStream.com - Business

How Does CLS Help Businesses?

Businesses have several benefits using the site both in Basic & Premium accounts. Signing up for a basic business account is free. Businesses at the Basic level gain access to event posting and DIY promotion tools for events.

Premium accounts gain unique user search to discover individuand Opportunity Board posting for both charity & non-charity projects & employment.

CLS also offers consulting and is constantly working with businesses to improve free and premium features specifically for them.

How Do I Edit My Profile?

In order to edit your profile, click the gear on your profile page and select "Edit Profile".

After filling out your account details, click the "Checkmark Icon" at the top of the page or the profile confirmation button at the bottom of the page.