Charitable Organizations

A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Existence Game will be donated to the following organizations:

The Nature Conservancy

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Since its founding in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy has been to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Friendly Water for the World

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Mission:

The Mission of Friendly Water for the World is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation to people in need of them. We provide opportunities for Quakers and those of other faiths and traditions to partner with individuals and communities working to improve living conditions around the world, and to learn from each other.

Vision:

  • Finding practical methods of addressing water as an emerging issue of global importance
  • Building relationships with individuals and communities in other parts of the world in need of environmentally sensitive clean water technologies and sound economic development
  • Empowering people to take charge of their water quality
  • Providing useful skills to Friends and those of other faiths and traditions as they go out into the world, and encouraging multi-generational opportunities
  • Setting up mentoring relationships among concerned Friends both in the U.S. and abroad, and finding ways for individuals from different parts of the Quaker tradition to work together
  • Building local and transnational community

The Urban Tree Connection

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What The Urban Tree Connection does:

The mission of the Urban Tree Connection is to assist urban, low-income communities to revitalize their neighborhoods by transforming abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.

Urban vacant land is typically concentrated in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and is often linked to drug-related crime and violence. The City of Philadelphia is currently estimated to have over 30,000 vacant lots, many of which are overgrown, filled with trash and contribute to an appearance of decay and blight.

We believe that community-based urban greening is a great way for residents of all ages to bring about positive change in their neighborhood. In addition to beautifying the neighborhood, urban greening projects also provide a variety of economic, environmental, health-related and social benefits.

We involve neighborhood children in all our projects as we believe it is crucial to educate the next generation of urban residents about the immense value of urban green space.

Since the spring of 2006 growing vegetables has become a major programmatic theme as part of our Growing Healthy initiative - a multi-year community gardening and health education project designed to promote the benefits of healthful eating and physical activity.

Heifer International

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Heifer International works with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By empowering lives of self-reliance and hope with gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.

The National Coalition for the Homeless

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The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of doing so. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work. Toward this end, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) engages in public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing. We focus our work in the following four areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

Natural Resources Defense Council

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NRDC combines the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Its purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Southern Poverty Law Center

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools.

Mental Health America

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MHA, addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans. With nearly a century of experience, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots actions that promote mental health, and address mental and substance use issues with compassionate and concrete solutions. MHA’s actions inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness. Our over 300 affiliates in 41 states and the District of Columbia represent a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.

Violence Intervention Program

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VIP envisions a community where no child, woman, or elder is hurt by someone they should have been able to trust. We seek to significantly better the lives of those who have been abused and assaulted by providing comprehensive forensic, medical and mental health services that promote not only healing but also personal growth and success. VIP works to increase services for those without financial resources or health coverage especially those under the care of the state, and establish community based advocacy and prevention programs for the early identification of abuse. We continually strive to answer the needs and advance the welfare of children and families to end the cycle of violence.

Emmitsburg Osteopathic Primary Care Center

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EOPCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical education and patient-centered osteopathic healthcare.

Core Values
  1. To empower the community to improve health and wellness through education and shared knowledge.
  2. To provide compassionate service with integrity and dignity regardless of patients' financial situation.
  3. To educate future health care providers.
Vision
  • To provide a dynamic educational program that encourages individuals to become future healthcare providers or supporters committed to benefiting their communities.
  • To complete a comprehensive medical care facility with added space for specialists (with emphasis on mental health) student residence, and meeting areas.
  • To maintain our commitment to respect for and value of individuals, including patients, staff and providers.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

Our vision is to be the world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. This vision will be pursued by providing outstanding patient care; by conducting basic, translational and clinical research designed to elucidate biological mechanisms, understand disease pathogenesis, improve diagnosis, enhance treatment outcome, prevent diseases and minimize adverse consequences of treatment; and by educating health care and scientific research professionals. Through these efforts we seek to cure and enhance the quality of life for an increasing proportion of children who come to us for treatment, and by expanding and sharing knowledge, to advance treatment of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide, while developing strategies to prevent catastrophic diseases in children.

The Stroke Comeback Center

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The Stroke Comeback Center is a community based non-profit organization that provides programs for stroke families in a supportive, caring environment. We are the only Center of its kind in the Washington, DC area.

Our center:
Provides communication services that are tailored to meet each member’s personal needs
Picks up where traditional health care coverage leaves off
Helps survivors achieve their personal best regardless of their ability to pay or recovery timeline
Builds communication for life using a group, social approach
Uses technology to assist in recovery
Believes in involving the entire family
Provides educational training for students
Has received national recognition for our accomplishments and innovation
Provides a comfortable home away from home atmosphere

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

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Founded in 1976, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving all people with dystonia and their families. Since its inception, the DMRF has grown from a small family-based foundation into a dynamic membership-driven organization led by a Board of Directors and network of volunteers with personal connections to dystonia. Because dystonia hits so close to home for our directors and volunteers, the DMRF leadership is motivated by an unrelenting drive to find a cure and an unwavering commitment to serving people affected by dystonia.

Alzheimer's Association

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Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.

Summer Search

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We envision a world where every young person has the opportunity to develop the confidence, character, and skills to complete college and become leaders who transform communities.

The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year- round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.

Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc.

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Therapeutic Riding Association, is a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding to people with disabilities. The facility is located near Grantville, PA.

The Land Conservancy of Adams County, Pennsylvania

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The Land Conservancy of Adams County is a member-supported nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving the rural character of Adams County.

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

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The Housing Alliance is a statewide coalition working to provide leadership and a common voice for policies, practices and resources to ensure that all Pennsylvanians, especially those with low incomes, have access to safe, decent and affordable homes.

We promote common-sense solutions to balance Pennsylvania's housing market and increase the supply of safe, decent homes for low-income people.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society International

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Established back in 1987, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales and dolphins (also known as cetaceans).

In short, we are the world voice for the protection of these animals, creating pressure to bring about change.

What does that mean? Simple, we defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats that they face:

  • Hunting
  • Captivity
  • Chemical and noise pollution
  • Ship collisions (ship strikes)
  • Entanglement in fishing nets (bycatch)
  • Climate change

We do this by taking money raised and pumping it back into campaigns and projects across the globe that really do have an impact…

The Omega Institute

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Through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit, Omega provides hope and healing for individuals and society.

Groundspark

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What we do: We make films that create change.

Since 1978, GroundSpark (formerly Women's Educational Media) has produced and distributed films, educational resources and campaigns on issues ranging from environmental concerns to affordable housing to preventing prejudice.

Capital Area School for the Arts

The Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) was founded in 2001 through a partnership between the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and Open Stage of Harrisburg. CASA offers intensive instruction in visual art, dance, music, theatre, and film and video to qualified high school students in the CAIU (over 150 students from 24 different high schools). Located on the first floor of Strawberry Square, the school uses the city of Harrisburg as its "classroom", affording its students access to the numerous resources located downtown, and utilizing a yearly theme based on the urban environment.

Every school day, over 150 artistically talented high school students in the central Pennsylvania area travel to Harrisburg to pursue an extraordinary opportunity offered through the Capital Area Intermediate Unit—The Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA)! Passionate about their artistic expression, students attending CASA are willing to step out of the mainstream to “create themselves” and great art. CASA continues to be the significant and innovative provider of multi-disciplinary arts education to school entities throughout the area.

CASA offers accelerated opportunities in five major art areas: visual art, dance, film and video, music, and theatre. The Capital Area Intermediate Unit administers CASA, which has been located in the first floor of Harrisburg’s Strawberry Square since 2009. This location places the school in the heart of downtown Harrisburg’s arts district and provides students a living classroom with architectural, governmental, and urban inspiration.

The student enrollment of CASA has increased dramatically in recent years, and currently includes young artists from more than 20 school districts. At CASA, the comprehensive integration of the arts provides for a unique and creative outlet for high school students whose exceptional talents might otherwise go undeveloped. The results: 91% of graduates are accepted into top conservatories and arts schools throughout the county.

Amnesty International USA

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Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.