Charity livestreaming has completely revolutionized the charitable contributions procedure. Once the bailiwick of telethons hosted by Jerry Lewis and others, livestreaming is now conducted by hosts of all ages and all income brackets, as is evidenced by Matthew Moffitt. Moffitt, a high school student who began hosting an online game with a friend and inviting the entire internet to watch, has segued his first event into a biannual event and a full-time job. His first event raised $300, his second raised $3,300, and his biannual event has, to date, raised more than $2 million for various charities.
What Is Livestreaming?
Also called a charity stream, a livestreaming for charity event has a streamer who hosts a real-time program that’s dedicated to a specific non-profit or charitable organization and discusses the impact the issue has on individuals as well as its societal impact. Viewers are encouraged to contribute monetary donations for the furtherance of the cause.
Benefits Of Livestreaming
Not only does livestreaming enable a broader base of potential donors for well-known events, but it also enables individuals to host their own charitable events that can, like Matthew Moffitt, eventually collect a substantial amount of funds for their charitable causes. Livestreaming has substantially less overhead than traditional telethons and similar events, and it can reach a much younger set of donors.
The Future Of Livestreaming For Charity
Just as telethons revolutionized the charitable donation process decades ago, so has livestreaming for charities. With the proliferation of all things electronic and the increasingly sophisticated technology that shows no signs of a slowdown, livestreaming can only become more popular. It also teaches philanthropy at an earlier age, and since livestreaming can have little or no overhead, events can be staged by anyone at any age. Additionally, all of the contributions can be donated to the cause rather than being spent on overhead.
Some of the larger non-profit organizations, such as St. Jude’s, are developing livestreaming programs in order to increase their donor base as well as decrease the overhead necessary to collect donations. DirectReliefGaming, the organization that’s run by Matthew Moffit, has collected almost as much in donations as has DirectRelief, its parent organization, whose mission is to collect philanthropic donations.