Live fundraising is a great way to tell your story and engage with donors.
Great, how do I get started?
You'll need a device to stream with (desktop/laptop, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4)!
Download or login to a streaming app to your desktop (like Streamlabs, OBS, Lightstream or XSplit). Have a console? Your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have apps to stream directly from console (Twitch, Mixer or YouTube)!
Set up an account with a streaming service (Twitch, YouTube, Mixer).
You'll need something to broadcast your gaming! PC or console:
Set your Chatbot to share your donation link when your streaming.
**Pro-tip** add #donate to the end of your participant URL (non-customized) to bring donors right to the payment screen!
Xbox extras to customize your stream
Explore options to customize your stream using Lightstream and Mixer!
Once you have your device, streaming software/service and accounts setup, add your streaming username to your fundraising page by clicking Your Page, then clicking the pencil icon to edit. This allows you to stream to Twitch, Mixer and YouTube and have the stream directly embedded on your Extra Life page! Your donors can interact and chat with you AND donate with ease!
Here's the steps to connect your stream to your page
On extra-life.org. add your streaming username to your fundraising page & save – you're ready to go!
Click Your Page in the top bar
Click the Settings tab on your page
Choose your service and enter your username
Note: YouTube requires you to enter the full URL to the live video, not your YouTube username
Click Save Changes
Share the link to your fundraising page through social media, text messages, your chatbot and email.
When you start streaming from your streaming software (Streamlabs OBS, OBS, Lightstream, XSplit) or console, your stream will appear on your fundraising page!
Don't forget to check out our broadcasting toolkit for additional overlays, commercial breaks, talking points and more.
Stuck? Confused? Let our community of Extra Life streaming experts help! Head to our official Discordand ask for some assistance!
I've pledged to play games and raise funds for sick kids at my local children's hospital!
This is my third year participating in ExtraLife and every year I kinda just roll with a generic story. This year I’m feeling a bit braver and wanted to put my own story out there and explain one of the reasons why this is so important to me. At some point I may put this in video format but for now here’s some old fashioned text:
Many, many years ago, when I was a teenager, I lost my older sister in a car accident. Also in the car was my newly born nephew. We were living in different states and I had not yet had a chance to meet him. My sister passed away at the scene but my nephew was taken to the hospital and needed a crazy amount of care.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and in the end, he passed away as well. There are a lot of kids out there now who are sick and/or injured that need help. As ExtraLife gamers we strive to help those kids.
ExtraLife, for me, is a way to do what I can to help families feel less afraid. Less alone. To help them through those long silences between phone calls and provider updates. To give more hope to something that, more often than not, feels hopeless. To help, support, and prevent as much as we can in the hope that, in the end kids can go home, be home, and stay home with their families where they belong. Love.
Here's how it works
Extra Life is a fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
I'm joining thousands of gamers and will be dedicating a day to play games and get donations from friends like YOU!
100% of the donations go to my local children's hospital. TOGETHER we will make a difference for sick kids!
Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. You can click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation.