History of NOVA Open Foundation
The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation, Inc.(NOCF), established in January 2013, was created to assist the tabletop wargaming community in raising funds for charitable causes. Miniature painters and artists have long been involved in producing miniature armies as a form of fundraising. Recognizing the immense generosity of the worldwide tabletop wargamers, the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation was formed to bring this “Compassionate Force” together under a single banner with a broad outreach to support charities which address the needs of humanitarian emergency relief, children’s causes, the military and medical research.
The founders of the NOCF, understanding the value of associating its name with an internationally known entity in the community, approached the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention‘s Executive Board for permission to incorporate its name in the Foundation’s title. They also sought permission for fundraising opportunities on site at the convention and to have the raffle drawings podcast internationally by the 11th Company during the NOVA Open’s final award ceremony. The NOVA Open Executive Board was more than happy to grant these permissions, noting that the roots of the NOVA Open began in a park as a fundraiser for breast cancer research.
In the year 2014, with the combined effort of the armies, silent auction, and the Charitable Foundation Lounge, over $38,000 was raised for charity. The effort supported the following:
- The Charitable Foundation Lounge largely supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
- Items from the Silent Auction benefited both the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
- Both the Battle of Macragge: Scythes of Behemoth and the Blood & Honor: The Defense of Macragge armies supported Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.
- Stiff Neck Studios’ Wes Cogdal brings us yet another beautifully painted Fantasy army called the Man Eaters of the Great Maw supported The Fisher House Foundation.
- The Deathwatch Army was created from a joint effort of hobbyists associated with Penny Arcade supported Child’s Play Charity.
- The WW2 Panzer Lehr Western Front Army was the first Flames of War army. It was brought to us by Steve McCuen who became involved through Eric Fontaine’s grass roots charity army campaign. The army supported the Wounded Warriors Project.
The international “Compassionate Force” was evident as, in just under four months, the three 2013 Inaugural armies went on to raise over $10,000 for their respective charities:
- Well-known artists from around the world came together to create a 40K Dark Angel army entitled Redemption of the Fallen to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.
- Stiff Neck Studios’ Wes Cogdal created and donated a 40K Necron army entitled House of the Silent King. Capt. Wesley Cogdal, US army helicopter pilot, chose The Fisher House Foundation as the recipient of funds raised by this charity army raffle.
- The third inaugural charity army was donated by a single artist, Brendon Caulkins, a Warmachine/Hordes Khador army known as the Lightish Red. This charity army raffle supported The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The NOCF extends its appreciation to the NOVA Open and its Executive Board for allowing it to associate its non-profit charitable efforts with their Tabletop Wargaming Convention.
The NOCF is a non-profit corporation operating under the strict by-laws and IRS tax regulations required for a 501(c) (3) corporation in the United States.