Poker Gives was founded by poker industry professionals Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner as a way for poker players and the poker industry to give back to worthwhile charity organizations. The mission of Poker Gives is to raise funds through poker events and private donations and distribute them to mainstream charities on behalf of the poker world.
Money for these charities is raised in a variety of ways including private donations from poker players, auctions, poker tournaments, home game fundraisers, and other poker-related activities. Poker Gives will be adding more and more organized opportunities for fundraising and hopes to raise the bar and achieve a higher goal each year. From beginners to professional poker players, anyone may donate a lump sum or can pledge to give a percentage of their annual winnings to Poker Gives. They also can challenge their friends to see who can raise the most money during a designated time-frame. Another way to help us to raise money is by donating items for our auctions or prizes for our events. If you are not able to donate money, but you have a service or skill that you think may be helpful to Poker Gives, we'd love to hear from you. In the past, most of our expensed items have been donated.
Our goal along with the Advisory Board is to disperse the highest percentage of funds possible to the charities. While some fundraising operators are actually businesses for profit, Poker Gives is designed to give back and we do so in every way possible. Board members and founding members of Poker Gives receive no salary whatsoever. All expenses and administrative costs are minimized so that the maximum is directed to our charities.
Please spend some time perusing the Poker Gives website. We'd love to hear from you with suggestions and comments on ways to raise more money to benefit our charities. We hope you'll each do your part. Each of us can help make the world a better place one dollar at a time.
Lisa Tenner takes a Poker Gives Challenge!!
Poker Gives is a component fund of the Nevada Community Foundation, a 501c3 organization incorporated under the laws of Nevada.