Military Gaming Charity Stack Up Sets New Annual $1 Million Fundraising Record in 2021
LOS ANGELES – 19 Jan 2022 — Stack Up, the 501(c)3 military charity dedicated to supporting US and Allied Veterans’ mental health through gaming and working to end the epidemic of veteran suicide, announces a new fundraising record of $1,204,343 in 2021, the charity’s first time breaking the $1 million mark in cash donations and crossing the seven-figure milestone.
Stack Up set a new record for the second consecutive year, setting a previous high of $942,038 in 2020. The real heroes came from the Twitch and Facebook Gaming streaming community, with veteran-allied livestreamers raising over $810,000 over the course of 2021. The streamer community also helped set this goal by generously exceeding Stack Up’s $50,000 goal during the remote Call to Arms Live event over Veterans Day weekend in 2021.
Cash and in-kind contributions support active duty and recuperating service members in the United States and allied nation militaries, through the proven therapeutic benefits of gaming. Stack Up’s first initiative, still going strong to this day, provides Supply Crates, video game care packages containing games, systems, and accessories, to provide much-needed respite and interaction with friends and family.
With more events returning to in-person experiences, Stack Up will continue its Air Assaults thanks to these contributions, providing all-inclusive trips enabling veterans to attend pop culture and video game events. These opportunities create long-lasting memories and friendships, connect people with similar interests, and let those who attend know that they are not alone.
Funds also go toward supporting the Stack Up Overwatch Program (StOP), which provides round-the-clock mental health support from trained crisis management volunteers for those who deal with PTSD, depression, and emotional distress. StOP earned a 2019 Newman’s Own award for its efforts in supporting the military community and a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.
“It’s easy to keep track of fundraising, and we’re proud of our numbers, but we can’t forget that this is about the people we’re helping. Our Overwatch program alone had over 430 interactions with veterans in need, almost three times as many as we had in 2020,” said Stephen Machuga, Executive Director, Stack Up. “We couldn’t have gotten there without our amazing team, as well as all the incredible fans believing in what we’re doing for veterans who donate to Stack Up year over year! But if you think this is great news, wait until you see what we’ve got in store for 2022 with our new effort, codenamed the ‘PHALANX Project’!”
About Stack Up
Founded in 2015, Stack Up brings both veterans and civilians together through a shared love of video gaming. Through programs such as The Stacks, Supply Crates, Air Assaults and the Stack Up Overwatch Program (StOP), Stack Up has helped more than 36,000 U.S. and Allied military service members get through deployments to combat zones and recover from traumatic physical and emotional injuries through the power of video gaming.