Our mission is simple:
TO LEAVE THE WORLD BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT.
Since we began sharing stories online in 2015, one of our guiding principles has been to use our platform to create good — both in our local communities and for the world at large. Critical Role Foundation is our way of continuing this mission in a meaningful way.
Critical Role Foundation selects and partners with outstanding non-profit organizations that carry the same values as we do and we work closely alongside each of our partners to ensure that every dollar raised is going toward programs and projects that are changing the world for the better. Critical Role Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donation is 100% tax deductible in the United States.
CURRENT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
The impact that COVID-19 has had on Native American communities is a true tragedy and Critical Role Foundation, in partnership with First Nations, is currently raising money to revive the Native Youth & Culture Fund. Right now 85% of requests for support have gone unfunded, and that’s precisely why we’re stepping in to help.
Cultural preservation and education is vital to vibrant communities and the money raised for First Nations’ Native Youth & Culture Fund strengthens and renews cultural and spiritual practices, beliefs and values by engaging youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional ecological knowledge systems and their related practices and beliefs, increases youth leadership through mentorship programs, and increase access to cultural customs and beliefs as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history or other culturally relevant topics.
Our fundraising goal is $50,000 which will fund the Native Youth & Culture Fund for programs located at Zuni Pueblo and Cochiti Pueblo in the American Southwest for an entire year.
Our initial $50k goal was completely smashed in just a few hours and we’ve been working closely with the phenomenal staff at First Nations to devise a plan to help further our positive impact. As of today, we have raised over $180k, which has allowed us to fund a total of SEVEN Native Youth & Culture programs for First Nations Development Institute.
Our final fundraising goal is $200,000, which will allow us to fund EIGHT programs for the entire year. These programs include:
Yuchi Language Project
Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project
One Positive Thing in Kiana
The Hanalei River Heritage Foundation
K’idadiilyehii Youth Leadership Program
Children of the Setting Sun
MORE ABOUT FIRST NATIONS
First Nations Development Institute believes that when armed with the appropriate resources, Native Peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual and cultural well-being of their communities.
First Nations works to improve economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance and training, advocacy and policy, and direct financial grants in these six key areas:
- Stewarding Native lands
- Nourishing Native foods and health
- Advancing household and community-asset building strategies
- Strengthening tribal and community institutions
- Investing in Native youth
- Advancing Native financial empowerment
First Nations is the highest-rated American Indian non-profit in the country. Their mission is to strengthen American Indian economies and to support healthy Native communities through a variety of different programs, including the Native Youth & Culture Fund that we’re working together to support. These economic and community development programs are crucial because of the vast disproportionate socio-economic disparities that Native Americans face.
How To Help
You can make a one-time only donation to CRF or you can donate on a monthly basis if you prefer to have an automatic withdrawal. Monthly donations are magic and donating just a bit every month can really add up and help us make an even bigger impact. And, of course, your donations are tax deductible in the United States.
If you don’t have extra cash to spare, you can still support our mission! Sharing our campaigns on social media and spreading the word about Critical Role Foundation with your loved ones is also incredibly impactful and an easy way to show your support
And, if you shop on Amazon, you can select CRF as your charity by visiting smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a portion of your sales to CRF with no additional cost to you! Please note that donations made this way are not immediate, are not tax deductible, and may not impact our current fundraising campaign. You can learn more about Amazon Smile here.
However you decide to support the Critical Role Foundation contributes greatly to our mission to do whatever we can to help improve the world around us. We cannot thank you enough for sharing our campaigns, donating, and being part of a movement to create positive change.
How It Works
Step 1: Your donation to the Critical Role Foundation is allocated into a special fund that is owned and operated by CRF.
Step 2: These funds are then distributed through grants to our partner non-profit organizations. Each of our partner non-profit organizations have been fully vetted and have gone through an extensive application process to ensure that they’re reputable, valid 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the United States, and have values that align with ours.
Step 3: This grant is then utilized by our partner non-profit organizations to fund the programs and projects that support our mission statement.
Step 4: After a grant has been made to our partner organization, we keep in close contact with them to help shape the projects that the CRF community has funded and also report back to you, our lovely donors, about the impact that your donation has had.
Check out our current campaign section above if you’re interested to learn more about what your donation will support if you donate right now. If we’re not currently running an active campaign, your donation will be used to create grants that will be split equally between the following non-profit organizations, which are longtime friends of Critical Role:
∙ 826LA, which helps unlock creativity for children in underserved communities through creative education
∙ OSD, which helps support active duty members, military veterans, and their families
∙ Red Nose Day, which helps eradicate childhood poverty
∙ The Pablove Foundation, which offers grants to scientists on the forefront of ending childhood cancer and provides photography classes for children with cancer
∙ OutRight Action International, which works to protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ people worldwide
Should unforeseen circumstances arise with a non-profit partner that disallows them to receive our grant, we will use the funds with another partner or our longtime friends above.
Where Your Donation Goes
We believe that keeping our operating and administrative costs down helps us maximize the reach of every single dollar donated to Critical Role Foundation. In fact, our goal is to allocate just 5% of all donations to administrative fees and operating expenses. The bulk of this money goes to super exciting things like credit and debit card transaction fees and software licenses. We’ll adjust this fancy pie chart at the end of each year to reflect our actual spending data.
It’s also important for us to be prepared for the very uncertain future and as we all know, anything can happen. So, along with supporting an amazing cause with each donation, we have also created an emergency fund within CRF. In fact, 10% of all donations received are allocated to an emergency fund, which we’ll use to provide financial help in the event of unforeseen emergencies, like natural disasters (hurricane, fire, and other unforeseen tragedies). This allows CRF and the Critical Role community to provide urgent aid quickly and when it’s needed the most.
Our Charity Partners
Board of Directors
Ashley Johnson is an actor and producer and has been working in the entertainment industry for over three decades. She is one of the founding members of Critical Role. She is incredibly excited to serve as the President of CRF and looks forward to growing the foundation and working towards creating positive change. Ashley is passionate about environmental issues, equity and equality in education and raising awareness around mental health issues.
Matthew Mercer is a prominent voice actor, as well as the Dungeon Master and Chief Creative Officer of Critical Role. Having a lifelong belief in the power of storytelling, he’s extremely excited to continue to help others tell and improve their own personal stories through communal support and charity. He’s a huge geek comprised of endless, if occasionally awkward, passion.
Mark Koro is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Qualcomm, Inc. Mark has a passion outside of work for helping veterans, promoting the best education possible for everyone and helping animals in need, whether domestic or wild. Mark was previously co-chair of the advisory board for ATLAS, an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention located at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Ed Lopez is the Chief Operating Officer for Critical Role, responsible for the strategic direction, vision, and growth of the business. Ed has spent the last 25 years focused on the online media and entertainment space incubating new business models and developing emerging business strategies. Ed is passionate about education and diversity and is most excited around social initiatives that leads to transformative results.
Rachel Romero is the SVP of Marketing for Critical Role and has had the great honor of working with the cast and crew since 2016. She has over 15 years of experience marketing in the digital media landscape and has planned and executed many of Critical Role’s previous fundraising campaigns. Rachel is the most passionate about museums and publicly accessible education, Chicano/a issues, and preserving the environment.