Live fundraising is a great way to tell your story and engage with donors. Download this guide here!
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!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and read about my cause. Your time is appreciated and it does not go unnoticed.
What is Extra Life and where does my donation go??
Extra life is a non-profit charitable organization made up of 50,000 gamers of all types that team up to raise money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Since 2008, they have raised more than $50 million for Children's Hospitals across North America; $13.48 million in 2018 alone. 100 percent... let me say that again... 100 PERCENT of YOUR donation will go to Children's National Hospital in Washington D.C. for patient services, equipment, deferment of treatment cost, and research. Extra Life does not skim off the top of donation dollars.
How did I find out about Extra Life?
I found Extra Life this year from an ad on Facebook. After some hurried research, I found out that the National Game Day is on November 2nd this year which is my birthday. I was sold. (Extra Lifers fundraise year-round, but the National Game Day is one day when everyone gets together to play games for 24 hours to raise money together).
What is "My Why"?
When Emma was about 3 days old, we brought her in for a weight check at the pediatrician. She was found to be hypothermic which is a sign of infection. She was transferred to the Emergency Department and subsequently airlifted by the Children's National flight team to the NICU at Children's. The flight team met us in the ER before they lifted off and we were able to talk to the Flight Nurse who was amazing and comforting. When we arrived at the hospital, the Doctor on-call met with us personally and briefed us in on the plan of care and how they would proceed. She stayed in the NICU for almost 11 days receiving IV antibiotics and blood testing. Everyone from the neonatologists, the nursing staff, and the administrative staff were so great, comforting, and supportive. This is why I Extra Life and why I have decided to donate to Children's National.