What encourages you to support the non-profit RPG Research?

by RPG Research Admin published 2018/08/27 18:05:30 GMT-6, last modified 2018-08-27T18:05:30-06:00
Since we don't create physical products, other than our research materials, audio, & video, we're trying to figure out how we could improve the motivation for support so we can meet our donation goals to make RPG Research donor self-sufficient for monthly operating costs...
We would really appreciate your suggestions for:
  • If you are not a donor, what is preventing you from supporting RPG Research?
  • If you are already a donor, what brought you, and has kept you as a supporter of RPG Research?
  • What incentives do you think would help bring you or others on as supporters?
For those new to us, RPG Research is a non-profit 501(c)3 research & human services charitable organization studying the effects of all RPG formats (computer, live-action, solo, & tabletop), accessibility considerations, and RPG potential uses to help various populations achieve their educational, recreational, and therapeutic goals. Our founder began gaming in the 1970s, researching RPGs since 1983, educational settings since 1985, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.
We are looking at revamping our donor rewards through whatever platform people prefer, including Patreon rewards & goals in the hopes of increasing support to help RPG Research achieve donor self-sufficiency.
 
We do now also offer Paypal one-time or subscription donor support for those upset by Patreon's shenanigans last year. http://www.rpgresearch.com/donate
We haven't been able to find a better platform (yet) than Patreon, but remain open to any options.
We really appreciate your comments!
  • We are currently working on multiple research projects. Including through Washington State University and Eastern Washington University IRBs.
  • We have regular community programs introducing regular and special needs populations to RPGs every month.
  • We have overhauled our website.
  • We are prolifically available for contact and social networking: http://www.rpgresearch.com/about/contact-us
  • You can contact us directly via rpgresearcher at gmail dot com, or this web contact form: http://www.rpgresearch.com/about/contact-us
  • We are on-boarding many new volunteers to increase our research and community services programs. 3 years ago there was only Hawke Robinson (founder) since 2004, A year ago only 6 volunteers, as of today we are at 17, and on schedule for at least 30 volunteers by the end of this year, and 50 by next summer.
  • We are now streaming live 1-5 times per week on Twitch. Including the Heroes of the Mist, RPG Talk Show, RPG Training Days, RPG Theory training days, and various special subjects broadcasts.
  • We offer recordings to Patreon supporters from our training and show broadcasts weeks before the general public.
  • We give Patreon supporters the inside scoop on our research and community programs weeks/months (sometimes exclusively) before the general public.
  • We are getting ready to launch The Great Western USA RPG Tour to raise awareness and hopefully funding for RPG Research. Hawke is self-funding the tour, and all donations will go to RPG Research. http://www.rpgtour.com
Since we don't create physical products, other than our research materials, audio, & video, we're trying to figure out how we could improve the motivation for support so we can meet our donation goals to make RPG Research donor self-sufficient for monthly operating costs (90+% of capital and operating costs are still being carried currently by Hawke Robinson (but that is an improvement from 99% a year ago), and we aren't even talking about the RPG Trailer of RPG Bus costs which Hawke fully funds).
We need to get to about $1,000 /month to have self-sufficiency for our current programs. More per month if we want to increase the game books and materials we have available to use, and increase our research and community programs.
 
Each publishable research project, if not through a university (so we can have independent research) costs a minimum of $3,000 just for IRB waiver (oversight can be easily 3+ times as much).
As we finish training our new research assistants this year, we are hoping to start self-publishing at least one new research paper every 1-2 months, and one moderate original research project per year that has IRB paperwork to allow publication by an open journal.
 
Please be candid with us. Your frank information is the best way for us to evaluate how to improve things.
 
Thank you so very much for your wonderful support!

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