2019 Charity Partners

Gen Con isn't just about gaming; it's also about giving! Gamers giving back to the community is a key part of The Best Four Days in Gaming!

This year Gen Con is partnering with two incredible organizations in our charity efforts. One, as always, is local and supports our Indianapolis community, the other, supports our gaming community.

Please welcome Special Olympics Indiana and Game to Grow as Gen Con's 2019 Charity Partners. Funds raised during this year's convention will be split evenly between both partners.


About Special Olympics Indiana:

Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is a part of the global Special Olympics movement, using sport, health, education, and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1969, Special Olympics Indiana has grown to more than 16,000 athletes and unified partners in virtually every county throughout the state. With the support of nearly 10,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the participants.

Learn more by visiting www.soindiana.org.


About Game to Grow:

Game to Grow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2017 on the belief that games of all kinds have the power to improve people’s lives. Game to Grow’s weekly therapeutic social skills groups help young people become more confident, creative, and socially capable using tabletop games, most notably Dungeons and Dragons. The founders and lead facilitators Adam Davis and Adam Johns use their years of experience in couple and family therapy, drama therapy, and education to promote social growth among youth in a fun, safe environment. Game to Grow also works to spread the intentional application of games by traveling to speak at public conventions and academic conferences. The founders provide training and consultation services so that other therapists, educators, and community organizers can use the beneficial power of intentional gaming in their own communities, around the country and around the world.


Learn more by visiting https://gametogrow.org/


Gen Con, along with Event Organizers, host events during the show to raise funds for our charity partners. Some of those events include:

  • Ace of Aces Auction
  • Balloon Sculpture "Slay the Creature"
  • Cardhalla
  • Charity Auction
  • Nerd Night for Charity
  • Silent Auction

The list will continue to grow as we get closer to the show.


Past Charities

Since moving to Indianapolis, Gen Con, along with its sponsors, exhibitors, artists, attendees, and vendors, has raised over $300,000 for charity.

  • 2018 — Jack Vasel Memorial Fund and Second Helpings
  • 2017 — Child Advocates
  • 2016 — The PourHouse
  • 2015 — The Julian Center
  • 2014 — Gleaners' BackSacks Program
  • 2013 — Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 2012 — STARS Youth Foundation
  • 2011 — School on Wheels
  • 2010 — Pajama Program
  • 2009 — Indiana Math and Science Academy
  • 2008 — Fisher House
  • 2007 — Christel House
  • 2006 — Rupert’s Kids

The entire Gen Con team sincerely appreciates your support for these charity efforts. Together, we have made an important difference in the lives of those in both our Indiana and wider gaming communities. Thank you!

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