Dear Friends, Parents and Chess Lovers,
In light of recent events, Ingrid Guo and IM Arthur Guo are organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Eagle Chess School*.
MISSION: USChessStrong’s mission is to channel our community’s gratitude into action, by providing meals and encouragement to frontline healthcare heroes at this critical time of reopening of our nation, as well as our love of chess to support school chess programs in low-income communities.
100% of the money raised will be used for COVID-19 relief efforts, with half the fund going to purchase meals from local restaurants for frontline healthcare workers nationwide who face reopening challenges to fight COVID-19 including potentially new spikes from mass gatherings and the other half to the Free Chess Sets Program for Low-Income Schools™ **.
The fund for Free Chess Sets Program™ will provide five free chess sets for each eligible Title I school, in which promoting chess among low-income students has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. In addition to all the usual benefits of playing chess, chess has been used as a tool in these communities to help fight social inequality and prejudice.
Please make a donation here on our GoFundMe page or at the Donate page on Eagle Chess website.
If you'd prefer to only donate to one particular cause, either to support healthcare workers or to use chess to empower at-risk youth, please indicate your preference in the comment section of your GoFundMe donation.
We are so grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support and love during this uncertain and unprecedented time. Anyone donating $100 (we call it “Five Plus Five”, which equals to five meals for healthcare heroes and five chess sets for a low-income school chess program) or more can request a chess lesson or training game from IM Arthur Guo, who will share his training tips as the three time National Champion and three time International Youth Chess Gold Medalist/Co-Champion***.
We welcome titled players (GM/IM/WGM) who are willing to donate their teaching for USChessStrong****.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to match donations of a certain amount level as one of our Super Donors.
Please consider a corporate sponsorship to our GoFundMe campaign and contact us if you have such leads!
Every dollar counts! Every meal and every chess set count! No amount is too small!
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
Stay safe, enjoy studying and playing chess!
IM Arthur Guo
Eagle Chess School
*Eagle Chess School is a 501 (C)(3) organization founded by Ingrid Guo and International Master Arthur Guo, who are both Georgia and the nation's top scholastic players for many years.
**Free Chess Sets Program for Low-Income Schools™ allows eligible Title I schools in the nation to request chess sets to start new school-based chess programs or to supplement the equipment needs for their existing chess programs. Eligible Programs include after school chess programs and those teaching chess as part of their school day. Accepted schools will receive five complete chess sets which include:
5 sets of pieces
5 vinyl chess boards
The application for free chess sets will be open on Eagle Chess School website as soon as funding is in place, schools make the decision to reopen and safety guidelines have been established for similar extracurricular activities to resume. The free chess sets are available on a first come first serve basis until the funds run out.
***Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your contact info if you’ve donated more than $100 and wish to have a lesson or training game.
****Please contact email@example.com if you’re a titled player (GM/IM/WGM) who is willing to donate one hour of your teaching or training game to our “Five Plus Five” donors.
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