On the hunt to help local non-profits

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 11/09/2020, 12:37 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(TULSA, Okla.) A Tulsa-based company is working to help people have fun during the pandemic, and giving gamers a chance to help others, too. “2020 was slated to be THE YEAR for Let’s Go Urban until COVID happened,” Let’s Go Urban founder Stephanee Kockelman said. “We had businesses and regular customers cancel their scavenger hunts because, well, COVID. Instead of freaking out, we went back to the drawing board and researched how our business can pivot to stay afloat during the pandemic.” Kockelman said during their research, they found out non-profits were also having trouble, making it harder for them to help their communities. According to the company’s website, Let’s Go Urban players work with their team to strategically answer trivia, solve clues for GPS check-ins, find objects, and complete fun video challenges, all in the name of competition. “We’ve created thousands of hours of exploring fun all over the US since 2017 for date nights, group outings, parties, fundraisers, and corporate team building events,” Kockelman said. Now Kockelman and her team have devised a way to help non-profits have scavenger hunt fundraisers, and donors are even able to walkaway with scavenger hunt rewards for themselves. Here’s how it works: Let’s Go Urban creates the scavenger hunt. The non-profit reaches out to their sponsors for funding to be featured in the hunt. Players see the sponsor’s logo when they arrive at the non-profit’s website. “The non-profit can make additional money by asking their supporters and volunteers to play the scavenger hunt,” Kockelman said. “The fundraiser can be run virtually or can also be played in person, depending on the non-profit’s specific needs.” Let’s Go Urban launched an IFundWomen campaign to raise $8,000 for the initiative: https://ifundwomen.com/projects/scavenger-hunt-fundraisers Kockelman said they re-developed their scavenger hunts to aid with social distancing. We’re told the money will go toward covering 100% of scavenger hunt expenses for at least 10 non-profits, in addition to educating non-profits about fundraising opportunities. Visit https://www.letsgoandhunt.com/ for more information.


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