30 nonprofit organizations around the world nominated by players will each receive $10,000 grants to continue their work
Riot Games today announced that Prairie State Legal Services received a $10,000 community grant to support its programs and services. Prairie State is among the list of 30 grant recipients which are a part of Progress Days inspired by Riot’s new TV series, Arcane League of Legends.
Throughout the month of November, Riot is uniting its games and products for a global event called RiotX Arcane to bring together players and fans for the launch of the company’s first television series. As a part of the celebration, Riot is honoring the incredible work of Prairie State Legal Services and the other nonprofit grant award recipients from around the world in hopes of inspiring progress.
“This grant from Riot Games was a delightful surprise,” said Jennifer Luczkowiak, Director of Development of Prairie State Legal Services. “It is wonderful to receive additional support in a year when we anticipate a significant increase in client need due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. This money will help our staff keep people in their homes, leave abusive situations, and secure the benefits they need to secure their basic human needs. We are so grateful to the player who nominated us and to Riot Games for choosing us. Thank you!”
Over the summer, Riot invited players from around the world to become a ‘force for good’ and nominate a nonprofit and/or a cause area that was important to them. Along with the nomination, players were asked to share a testimonial to explain why this cause was meaningful to them and how it was impacting their local community. Over 19,000 submissions came in from players around the globe and Riot’s social impact team, with the help of their partners ImpactAssets and GlobalGiving, vetted and chose 30 nonprofits to receive $10,000 donations. These high-impact nonprofits support a wide range of countries and cause areas, including an organization from New Zealand that supports community wellbeing and a nonprofit from Brazil that advocates for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
“Throughout Riot’s history we’ve seen time and again players come together as one collective community to support the smaller communities they are a part of,” said Jeffrey Burrell, Director of Social Impact. “I want to give the credit where it’s truly due and that’s to the players. It’s really special when we put out a call like this to players and get such an overwhelming response. We couldn’t do this work without them.”
The Riot Games Social Impact Fund is Riot’s nonprofit engine for our collective efforts for global social impact. Through the Social Impact Fund, in partnership with ImpactAssets and managed by GlobalGiving, Riot was able to distribute these grants to over 18 countries around the world. By being able to involve hyper-local NGOs serving local community needs, Riot is able to directly support the causes and interests of their community of players on what matters most to them.