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
Ever since the early days of our very first livestreams, Critical Role and 826LA have gone together like peanut butter and jelly and we deeply appreciate the work that they have done over the years to spark creativity in young minds in under-resourced communities across the Los Angeles area.
And, our next big collaboration is… drum roll, please…
Building out an entire Writers’ Room for Venice High School students here in Los Angeles! These are unique and critically important spaces that allow students, teachers, and volunteers to learn, write, share, and grow — all in an effort to sharpen new and old skills before high school graduation.
Our fundraising goal is $150,000, which will allow 826LA to complete any needed designs, staff training, and materials to launch a fully furnished Writers’ Room and you can join or share our campaign right HERE.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to join forces for good once again and create a meaningful and long-lasting impact in the lives of many young people for many years to come.
WHAT IS THE 826LA WRITERS’ ROOM PROGRAM?
826LA Writers’ Rooms are on-campus spaces dedicated to celebrating and honing students’ writing and literacy skills. Brightly decorated, with comfortable seating and framed student work on the walls, they’re classroom-sized versions of 826LA’s signature writing centers. Students get help with personal statements for college, work on writing assignments, or just hang out in a place where they know their voices are valued. 826LA staff collaborates with teachers to develop engaging projects, while trained volunteers work with students one-on-one, reducing student-to-teacher ratios.
826LA’s very first Writers’ Room opened at Manual Arts High School in 2013, turning an unused classroom into a vibrant creative space for students to receive academic and writing support to help with college access. Since then, over 6,000 students have passed through the 826LA Writers’ Room at Manuel High School.
Due to its massive success, Roosevelt High School, located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, asked 826LA to open a Writers’ Room on their campus, which officially opened in early 2019.
And by Spring 2022, with your help, 826LA will open another Writers’ Room at Venice High School.
This major expansion will allow 826LA to support even more students and cultivate a culture of writing and creativity on the campus of a Title I school, where 62% of students are Latinx, 14% are Black, and 64% are low-income.
Your donation will help directly fund 826LA’s efforts to:
-> Design, staff, and launch a Writers’ Room at Venice High School in Los Angeles, which currently has over 2,000 enrolled students
-> Collaborate with teachers and counselors to strategically support college-bound students with their personal statements for college admissions
-> Partner with teachers on a variety of standards-based writing projects throughout the year, tailored to each teacher’s curriculum and needs
And, as a result:
-> Every four-year-college-bound student will receive at least 50 minutes of one-on-one tutoring with a trained volunteer
-> Students will be invited to The Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend event, where they can receive an additional four intensive hours of one-on-one support
-> The school’s college center, plus all 11th and 12th grade teachers, will receive curriculum and materials that have been created and tested by 826LA to help students develop their personal statements
-> Venice High School students will become published authors in one or more beautifully designed print and/or digital publications
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.
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.
PREVIOUS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS
The impact that COVID-19 has had on Native American communities is a true tragedy and Critical Role Foundation, in partnership with First Nations, began raising money in late September 2020 to revive the Native Youth & Culture Fund. Right now 85% of requests for support have gone unfunded, and that’s precisely why we wanted to step 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 final fundraising goal was $200,000 which we achieved in early November 2020, which has allowed 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
While our fundraising campaign with first nations has concluded, please stay tuned for more updates around the positive impact these programs have had in the coming months.
PREVIOUS EMERGENCY FUND GRANTS
Our emergency fund allows CRF to issue grants to other nonprofits when they need assistance the most — in times of emergency, disaster, and crisis. Each of these organizations is fully vetted by Critical Role Foundation and we strongly suggest supporting these organizations on your own (or, looking for organizations that are doing incredible work within your own communities to address emergencies as they happen).
March 18, 2021
Asian Pacific Foundation // COVID-19 Fund ($10,000)
March 5, 2021
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation // COVID-19 Fund ($15,000)
No Us Without You LA ($15,000)