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About the Brigade
Is the Cookie Brigade a 501(c)(3) entity?
The Cookie Brigade is a Washington State non-profit corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status. Our EIN is 81-2059580.
If you have made an online donation using the Child’s Play widget on our website or made a donations at an event your donation was made to the Child’s Play charity which is a registered 501(c)3 organization. The Child’s Play EIN is 20-3584556 and additional information can be found on their website.
How do I know you’re not trying to poison me?
Wait, you mean you don’t want the cookie that gives +2 charisma but causes a measly 3 rads? Darn. But seriously, no we’re not trying to poison you and we provide guidelines to our volunteer bakers for properly wrapping their food. With that said the donated items we give out are not from a commercial bakery, so if you have serious allergies or concerns you can forgo the treat. We’re like a large mobile bake sale, only its free.
Are you sponsored or managed by Child’s Play or Penny Arcade?
No, the Cookie Brigade is a separate non-profit organization. We partner with Child’s Play for fundraising and support their efforts as a sponsor to their cause.
How did the brigade get its start?
Back in 2007 two PAX attendees decided to bring tasty cookies with them to give out to other attendees. As they were handing out cookies people insisted on giving them money for the delicious cookie. Those two first brigadiers decided to give that money to Child’s Play and the cookie brigade was born.
I received this awesome cookie at PAX! I really want to know who made it or the recipe! Can you give me that information?
We might be able to but we suggest checking out our forum and the recipe section and posting to ask. Our volunteer bakers are almost always happy to share their recipes and they certainly appreciate the praise.
Does the brigade attend or participate in other events?
We are always interested in expanding to partner with other events looking to add a charitable fundraiser or who are looking for donated items for auction. For more information please contact Shane Osborne, Cookie Brigade Head of Partnerships, [email protected], @cookie_brigade.
So the cookies are free?
Absolutely. Donations are always appreciated but never required.
What exactly does the Cookie Brigade do?
We have volunteers that make delicious treats, cookies, candy, you name it, and we then give those items out for free. While we’re handing out tasty treats we also take donations for Child’s Play. 100% of the money we collect goes directly to the Child’s Play charity to buy gaming equipment, games, movies and other items for children in hospitals.
What exactly does volunteering entail? Will I need to agree to a shift? Do I need tickets to attend the event? Is any of this tax deductible?
Volunteers can either bake and provide tasty items for us to give out, distribute tasty items at an event, or both. We also have organizer roles for people who are able to volunteer more time to keeping the brigade running. In general if you are just baking you won’t need to purchase a ticket and you won’t be required to attend the event, you will need to ship the items to the event or arrange to drop them off. If you plan to distribute or help with organizing its likely you will require a ticket to the event. If you have purchased a ticket and meet event participation requirements we do offer reimbursement for out-of-pocket ticket costs. As far as schedules go distributors are not scheduled and you are free to donate as many hours of your time at the event as you please. For organizers, time will be scheduled and you can let us know how much time you can donate.
For taxes and advice on what may be deductible please speak to your tax adviser for guidance.
Okay I joined the forum, now what?
First off, yay! Joining the forums will give you access to join groups related to the events with a cookie brigade presence. Request access to the groups that you have an interest in even if you can’t currently attending that event. This will mean that you will keep up to date on information related to that event.
Joining seems easy, why exactly do I need to apply? Why can’t I just show up and participate?
Applications allow us to know who is volunteering for us. Volunteering with the Cookie Brigade means you will likely be dealing with food or donations and as such we like to know who you are. This is also done for security reasons as we keep our planning and organizing secret, this is primarily for the safety of our organizers and others attending the events we are fundraising at.
It helps if you are already active on our forums or with other charity groups before you apply but its not necessary. Any and all information provided to us will be kept in confidence.
Alright I’m sold! How do I volunteer and get involved?
The first step is to register on our forums, registration is free and open to everyone over 13 years old. Once you’ve registered and your account has been activated you’ll have access to more detailed information about events and how to support the Cookie Brigade.