Happy New Year from the Bungie Foundation! At Bungie, we are so fortunate to be able to do what we love. Sharing that joy with others through our foundation is our way of giving back. As we begin 2017, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on everything that our incredible community has helped us to accomplish throughout 2016.
These are just a few highlights:
We continued to provide comprehensive support to Seattle Children’s Hospital, including the iPads for Kids Program, Summer Camp, and Autism Programs. This year, we are excited to expand our support to the Strong Against Cancer campaign.
- Our iPads for Kids initiative is entering its fourth year. Early in 2012, we approached Seattle Children’s Hospital with a proof-of-concept for our program. We discovered that the hospital had received a large number of generous technology donations, but they lacked the staffing and knowledge to properly utilize them. We vowed that our program would be different. Our proposal included a unique idea that would alleviate the workload on hospital staff, provide onsite tech support, and work flexibly with patients to customize the devices for their specific needs. Starting in just two departments in the hospital, we have systematically grown our program to thirteen departments – including all appropriate inpatient units – and that number is growing. The program has proven to be an extremely positive addition to the hospital’s efforts.
- In late 2016, we began a partnership with Child’s Play Charity to make our iPads for Kids Program more efficient and scalable. This included replacing all of our older devices for new models and adding automation controls through a mobile device management program. We plan to expand into additional hospitals beyond Seattle Children’s Hospital this year. We are excited about the future of the program and can’t wait to provide updates on our progress.
We’ve supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2001 by hosting full-day studio visits to their kids from around the world. Since 2014, we have also supported all wishes requesting electronic items for the Alaska & Washington chapter, granting over 75 wishes to date. Last year, we supported 35 wishes and each was as unique as the kids themselves. Here are a few examples of the types of wishes you helped us support this year:
- An eight-year-old girl wished to transform her basement into a pottery studio. Your support helped us purchase a kiln and accessories to get her started on her passion for the art.
- We spent the day with a VR and 3D enthusiast, setting him up with a Razer gaming laptop, HTC Vive VR Headset, and 3D printer. By the time we left that evening, we had multiple 3D Destiny symbols printed to help him remember the experience.
- Your dollars helped purchase an Action Track Chair, enabling a wish kid in a wheelchair to live his life to the fullest. He can now cover rugged terrain to go camping, fishing, play ball with friends, or whatever his heart desires.
- We helped a quadriplegic student succeed in school by mounting a laptop to his wheelchair. The laptop uses adaptive software, switches, and voice commands to assist with his schoolwork.
- We hosted several wish kids at Bungie, providing them with unique behind-the-scenes access, specified to what they wanted to experience. Kids were able to suit up and record motion capture footage, lay down dialogue in our recording studio, meet one-on-one with developers to learn the ins and outs of the areas they cared most about, and play unreleased Destiny content before the rest of the world.
We donated a fully customized pontoon boat to the Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Stanley Stamm Summer Camp, to enable kids of all medical backgrounds to enjoy fishing and relaxing on the lake.
We’ve supported Ronald McDonald House’s Seattle Chapter since 2010, playing a role in their annual fundraising efforts including their Men in Kilts competition, Hockey Challenge, and Annual Gala & Auction.
You helped us raise $27,000 for Youthcare during the annual Gauntlet tabletop tournament.
Our community supported Stack-Up.org in raising funds to bring veterans to PAX Prime.
You helped us sponsor a two-year teacher training program at Manos Unidas, the first and only private and not-for-profit school for special education in Cuzco, Peru. In a community where little is understood about autism, this training is actively improving the quality of education for children with developmental delays by using therapeutic play strategies as an integral part of their development. In addition, it is the only opportunity for teachers to train in best education practices for children with special needs, raise awareness in their community, and advocate and provide services for their families.
We couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank you for standing with us in 2016. We look forward to all we will accomplish together in 2017!