Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

ESA's Foundation

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.esafoundation.org/

Mission Statement

The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America's youth. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. We support geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions. To date, the Foundation has raised over $11 million for a wide variety of worthy causes.

Main Programs

  1. Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
  2. Grant Program
  3. Education Challenge Grant
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

International

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2000

Self-reported

Jenny Lai

Keywords

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ESA Foundation, interactive entertainment industry, grants, scholarships

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Also Known As

ESAF

EIN

06-1582325

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies, Associations (T03)

Computer Science (U41)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program

In 2007 the ESA Foundation established the to
assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to
careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 the ESAF
extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors, doubling the
amount of awards granted from 15 to 30.

The
scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at accredited
four-year colleges and universities. Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000
each will be awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and
15 to current college students. The number of awards given in each
category will be determined by the number of qualified applicants.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

Grant Program

is awarded on an annual basis. To receive funding, an organization making a grant request must meet the following criteria:

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 3

Education Challenge Grant

Building on the 2005 research by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and the more recent work of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, the competition encourages teachers to innovate in the classroom through the use of interactive software and fosters a more unified movement around the value of computer and video games in keeping students engaged in the learning process.
 
The ESA Foundation and its partners, the Cooney Center, FAS, California Endowment and the Association for Middle Level Education, will issue a call for lesson plans, submissions and other proposals incorporating existing computer and video games into school curricula. The goal is to harness the excitement and energy of playing video games into positive, measurable outcomes that advance children’s education and learning experiences.
 
The Challenge Grant partner organizations will serve as the blue ribbon panel of judges who will review the submissions and choose winners. The judges represent key sectors – including education, computer and video game publishing/development, and media and arts – that know first-hand how innovative games have and will continue to play a critical role in our education system.
 
Three prizes will be awarded to the most innovative entries, in the amounts of $40,000, $20,000 and $15,000, to use toward implementing the proposed lesson. The awards will be based on the originality and creativity of lesson plans that reflect the contributions that games make to a child’s learning.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

International

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ESA'S FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
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ESA's Foundation

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Principal Officer

Jenny Lai

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jenny Lai

ESA Foundation

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