Play It For Good (PIFG) is a registered New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation. Contributions are tax deductible due to our 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter. PIFG (and the Joan Chin Scholarship Fund) is a volunteer organization; all proceeds from our events go to good causes, often topped-off from our main fund.
Conceptualized in 2008, the idea for Play It For Good is to promote volunteerism by "marrying" the supply of artists and young performers who want to "do good" - with the demand for funds raised by non-profits - to create an all around win-win proposition. The founders believe that we all can make the world a better place by truly focusing on virtues such as kindness, goodness, consideration for others -- as well as "doing good."
The key to success is the combination of two ingredients:
Play It For Good strongly believes that the ability to perform in front of a safe audience is paramount to the development of confidence in young artists. Separately, fundraising is a key activity for non-profits. While people want to help and support a deserving cause, there is always risk to hosting a fundraiser that fails to attract benefactors. The cost of hiring entertainers hurts the bottom line and depletes funds that could otherwise go towards the cause.
The concept behind Play It For Good is to combine the importance of volunteerism experience for students - and the needs of a non-profit for low cost, high quality entertainment. The combination of two goals results in additional benefits such as bringing together the community, as families come to support their young performers, and in turn supporting good causes. Play It For Good currently serves non-profits within New York, New Jersey and New England, with particular focus in Long Island, New York City, South Jersey and Philadelphia - we look forward to expanding our reach to areas beyond.
Play It For Good is affiliated with the Joan Chin Scholarship Fund.
How we Began
PIFG and the Joan Chin Scholarship Fund has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars over the past few decades -- based on funds raised from charitable giving by friends, family, and supporters, the original seeding, investment performance -- and benefit concerts in the NYC, Philadelphia, Long Island, and New England regions.
The main fund was originally created by George Chin, in honor of his wife, Joan Chin, when she passed away. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that a non-profit fund be established. The several thousand dollars has now grown to tens of thousands of dollars while donating tens of thousands of dollars. The initial act of kindness has done a lot of good in the world.