How it works

It’s simple: quiz participants pay an entry fee, usually $5 or $10, that is determined in advance by the nonprofit. One entry fee per team goes into a cash purse for the winners; the rest goes to the cause at hand.

Some hypothetical math: say there’s 20 teams of six players, each paying $5 a head; that’s $600. Of that, $100 goes to the winning team and the rest to the cause. It’s not USA for Africa, but keep in mind that many of our venues hold considerably more than 20 teams and… it’s a lot of fun, and no Kenny Loggins solos are required! Some savvy nonprofits have gotten matching grants from institutional donors, raising even more.

Upcoming Quizzes for a Cause

CauseVenueDate & Time
Seneca Park Zoo AAZK Chapter

Proceeds from this event will go towards conservation and outreach efforts both at home and abroad, enrichment items for animals at the Seneca Park Zoo, and professional development and higher learning opportunities for keeper staff.
Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews11/28/22
7:00
Designed to Go Far

Proceeds from this event will go towards providing engaging lessons and experiences for kids in lower income communities around Denver.
The Patio at Sloans12/01/22
7:00
Ronald McDonald House Charities Friends of the House

Proceeds from this event will go towards keeping families together.
Barrel o’ Fun @ Alamo Drafthouse Mueller12/06/22
8:00
Team with a Vision – Boston Marathon

Proceeds from this event will go towards helping those who cannot see, live life to the fullest. You’re playing trivia with a purpose! Proceeds from this festive night of trivia, ugly sweaters and good company will directly impact those visually impaired.
Hugh O’Neill’s12/08/22
7:00
Parent Network of WNY

Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.
Community Beer Works12/08/22
7:00
Rotary Club of Diamond Head Kaimuki

Proceeds from this event will go towards funding scholarships for professional certification and licensure exam fees in the areas of massage therapy and phlebotomy; the final step to professional validation and employment. 100% of the funds will go to support scholarships for local students to pursue their education and professional goals.
Honolulu Beerworks12/13/22
7:00

A better way to host a fundraiser

In addition to raising funds, nonprofits will have the opportunity to distribute literature and educate people about their mission, both at the event itself and through Geeks Who Drink’s website, email list and social media network.

What People are Saying..

“Our Quiz for a Cause was amazing! It was so much fun for everyone and a great was to increase awareness of Stonewall Sports RVA and our beneficiaries. We raised over $1000 not even including the venue, Vasen Brewery, donating 10% of their sales during trivia. Kay is truly my most favorite host of all the trivias I have ever attended! They are amazing and make QFAC so much fun! Thank you so so much for the opportunity to use quiz to fundraise! It is an amazing program and so easy to do!”

Stonewall Sports RVA
Amy

“The event last night was an awesome success – Thank you so much for making this possible  Our host, Derek, was very helpful, professional and friendly – As were all the venue staff I interacted with. We absolutely loved this collaboration – And would very much like to make it a staple of our annual events program. Thank you so much for you support of Pike’s Peak Suicide Prevention!

Pike’s Peak Suicide Prevention
Simon

The 1010 Project has run several quiz nights with Geeks Who Drink because they have proven to be very successful in bringing people together in an entertaining environment to promote our mission and fundraising.”

The 1010 Project
Jackie Holder

Participating Nonprofits include:

Recent Quizzes for a Cause

CauseVenueDate & Time
Ukraine: IRC & Hope for Ukraine

We’re so proud to announce that we raised over $17,200 at 60+ venues!
multiple locations3/14-3/20
SAVA Center

The money raised will go directly towards services to survivors of sexual violence in our community and to our prevention education efforts for youth ages 6-12.
Trailhead Tavern4/20/22
Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention

The money raised will help ensure that we can continue to offer all of our services at NO COST to the participant. Their contributions will help save lives.
Public House at the Alexander4/28/22
West Brooklyn Waterfront Mutual Aid

The money raised is going towards groceries for our vulnerable neighbors and neighbors in need so that everyone has enough to eat.
House of Wax @ Alamo Draft House5/9/22
BLRR for Mental Health & Food Support

The money raised is going to link people to and pay for ongoing mental health services. We will also be partnering with Colored Girls Bike Too and other community members and orgs to ensure folks in the community have access to fresh foods.
Thin Man Brewery
Resurgence Brewing Company
Tappo Pizza
5/17-5/18/22
He She Ze and We – Benefiting Stonewall Sports Richmond

The money raised is going Towards multiple local LGBTQIA+ non-profits to help serve the needs of our community.
Vasen Brewing Company5/19/22
Children’s Grief Center of NM

The money raised allows us to provide our support groups, workshops and other programs at no cost to grieving children, young people and adults.
Lizard Tail Brewing (Industrial)5/19/22
Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Most of the money raised stays local. About 80% of the funds raised goes towards Alzheimer’s disease care, support, research, awareness, and advocacy.
Tavern at St. Michael’s Square5/22/22
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The money is going towards supporting the University of Utah Aerospace Club, an AIAA student chapter. We are looking for donations to fund their project for the Spaceport America Cup, the world’s largest intercollegiate rocket competition.
Level Crossing Brewing5/23/22
Band of Angels

2022 Rockstar Fundraising Campaign – The goal is to fundraise $2,500 by July. The event itself hopes to fundraise close to $100,000 to provide children with access to music education.
Bar K Dog Bar5/24/22
Austin DSA benefiting Texas Abortion Fund Drive

Donations will go towards getting Texans access to safe abortions, with all the different costs and logistics that entails. In Texas alone, we have 10 abortion funds working together with the 60+ other funds in the country, all assisting folks in navigating barriers to care, largely on a volunteer basis.
The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX5/24/22
Uvalde

Funds collected will be donated to a memorial fund sponsored by First State Bank and a medical expense fund being lead by University Health.

We’re so proud to announce that we raised $6000
multiple locations6/1-6/7
Care Partners Hospice & Palliative Care

Donations will go towards the continual development of our caregiver support groups, making sure our community has access to educational materials regarding palliative care and end-of-life decisions, and the charitable cases we are able to take on each year.
Gigantic Brewing Co6/15/22
NALC Sunshine Branch 504 benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Donations will go towards: Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) – Everyday children are born with muscular dystrophy; adults are diagnosed with ALS and other life-threatening diseases that take away their most basic freedoms. Our team is raising money to help MDA fight back!
Lizard Tail Brewing6/16/22
Travis Manion Foundation

The money is going towards helping develop programs, training opportunities, and events designed to empower veterans and families of the fallen, and then inspire them to pass on their values to the next generation and the community at large. Some of the programs we have in our local area are Veterans Rowing Group, Kayaking Camp for children of the fallen, Operation Legacy Projects for back to school and our 9/11 Heroes Run in September. 
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery6/19/22
Energy Outreach Colorado

The money raised is going towards ensuring that Coloradans can afford their energy needs
Oasis Brewing Company6/23/22
Ronald McDonald House Charities Friends of the House

Friends of the House is a young professional group that comes together to support the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Together, members fundraise, volunteer and participate in events that bring comfort to our families.
The money is going towards keeping families together.
Lustre Pearl6/28/22
Big Brothers Big Sisters KC

BBBSKC Bowl For Kid’s Sake Fundraising Event – The event this year hopes to fundraise $825,000 for kids in our community. BBBS is a 100% free program for our Bigs, Littles, and their families and on average it costs the organization $1,505 to support a match for a year and $228 to recruit each new Big. When you give, your generosity helps empower the potential of the next generation of college graduates, community leaders, and entrepreneurs.
Brick House KC6/28/22
National QFAC: Pride Month

This June, in honor of Pride and our continued efforts to be good allies, friends and supporters, we will be raising funds for two organizations that focus their efforts on the needs of the transgender community.
multiple locations6/25-6/30
The Jet Foundation

The money is going towards our current Cancer patients and their families who need support throughout this difficult season of their life. The Jet Foundation, gives 100% of donations directly to our family and patients in need of helping with medical bills and other health resources.
Illegal Pete’s6/29/22
Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue

Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer group in Colorado. Our small group consists of people who care for the homeless, abused, and unwanted Boxers. Ho-Bo Care tries to find permanent and caring homes for these animals. The money is going towards the Homeless Boxers and other dogs we save!
Denver Beer Co Olde Town Arvada6/30/22
Friends – The National Association of Young People Who Stutter

The money is going towards supporting our programs that help to empower young people who stutter and their families.
Eleventh Hour Brewing6/30/22
Engineers Without Borders Alamo Professional Chapter

The Money is Going Towards a bridge construction project in the farming community of San Vicente del Coyolito in Nicaragua. All of our engineers are volunteers so 100% of the funds will go towards construction.
Roadmap Brewing7/14/22
Street Forum

All proceeds are used to purchase food, camping supplies, hygiene supplies, and medical supplies for unhoused people in Austin. This not only directly supports those receiving the supplies but allows Street Forum to maintain a space where people can build relationships and work together towards new ways to empower those most affected by the housing crisis.
Cherrywood Coffeehouse7/16/22
CHEER Colorado

This money will go to the CHEER Colorado directly to support our Season 5 fundraising efforts supporting our primary beneficiary YouthSeen.
Darcy’s Bistro & Pub7/30/22
PawsCo

The money is going towards providing individualized care for each animal in our dedicated foster homes and supporting our community-based programs dedicated to helping animals in need.
Cerveceria Colorado8/3/22
Team BBS (Pan-Mass Challenge Team)

100% of every dollar raised goes towards life saving cancer treatment and research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Pizza J8/3/22
Santuario de Karuna

Our primary focus is educating the public about the truths of animal agriculture through living compassionately and humane education as a means to end the suffering of these amazing, sentient beings.
Bow & Arrow Brewing8/8/22
SafeHouse Denver

The money goes towards adults and children who experience domestic violence who need support through our crisis and information line, emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy, extended stay program, and community education, which are offered at NO cost to survivors because of folks like you!
Oasis Brewing Co8/19/22
DecisiveEdge benefitting Light the Night

Proceeds from the event fund treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere.
Trolley Tap House8/24/22
spcaLA

Proceeds from the event support shelter pets.
Tennessee Jacks9/7/22
Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention

Proceeds from the event will help ensure that we can continue to offer all of our services at NO COST to the participant. Their contributions will help save lives.
Cogstone Brewing Company9/7/22
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Proceeds from the event go to our local fundraising team’s efforts for the LLS’ Light the Night Walk. Money raised from the Walk is directly invested in blood cancer research, patient support, and policy and advocacy.
Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews9/19/22
Pop Culture Classroom

Proceeds from the event will go towards paying our teachers for outreach workshops, producing our free downloadable resources for kids and teachers, and reprinting promotional materials.
BarFly @ Alamo Draft House9/19/22
Alzheimer’s Association of NM

Proceeds from the event will go towards providing care and support, as well as advance critical research that can end Alzheimer’s.
Tractor Brewing Co.9/28/22
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia

Proceeds from the event go to funding programs that bring financial literacy, critical thinking, and budgeting skills into the classrooms of our Region’s students.
Vasen Brewing 9/29/22
Theatre Bay Area

Proceeds from the event will benefit TBA’s Lemonade Fund which supports theatre workers facing a serious illness. The Mary Mason Lemonade Fund is a confidential resource for theatre practitioners with critical illnesses, conditions, or injuries who are in need of supplemental financial assistance. Since 2000, Theatre Bay Area has distributed over $100,000 to theatre workers in need through the Lemonade Fund.
Federation Brewing9/29/22
Gigi’s Playhouse Houston

The GiGi’s Playhouse mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and send a global message of acceptance for all. Proceeds from this event will go towards expanding programs to reach our teens and adults in the Houston community.
Maple Leaf9/29/22
Justice for Our Neighbors

Proceeds from this event will go towards providing free legal services to migrants fleeing persecution.
Glass Half Full @ Alamo Draft House10/18/22
Journey’s End Refugee Services

Proceeds from this event will go towards providing recently resettled refugees with the resources and support they need to become successful, active and contributing members of the Western New York Community.
Tappo Pizza10/19/22
Progressive Employment Concepts

Proceeds from this event will go towards purchasing much needed laptop computers for our staff to support individuals in finding employment out in their community rather than being tied to our offices.
Golden Road Road Brewing – Sacramento10/19/22
Make-a-Wish Trailblaze Backpacking Adventure

Every dollar raised is going to help the MAW Trailblaze Backpacking Adventure: a 3-day, 2-night fundraising trek through the Laguna Mountains along the famed Pacific Crest Trail.
Kairoa Brewing Company10/19/22
Team Macho Macho (benefitting Movember Foundation)

Proceeds from this event will go towards funding research into mental health and suicide prevention, testicular cancer, and prostate cance
The Hugh10/20/22
Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity benefitting Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership

Proceeds from this event will go towards sponsoring high school sophomores to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminars in NY Metro and NJ. HOBY’s State Leadership Seminars goal is to hone the students leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community. 
Taproom #30711/01/22
Little Lion Foundation

Proceeds from this event benefit LLF’s efforts to save kitten lives through rescue and advocacy work.
Rance’s Chicago Pizza (Long Beach)11/08/22
Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue

Proceeds from this event will go towards the medical fund to help care for dogs in rescue covering; food and medical expenses. We make sure all Danes are spayed/neutered, heart worm tested, current on vaccinations, and treated for any pre-existing medical conditions they may come in with.
Oasis Brewing11/10/22
Friends of the Santa Fe Trail

Proceeds from this event will go towards the continued maintenance and improvement of the Santa Fe Trail. All proceeds assist our organization in trail advocacy, culminating in path enhancements and community events.
Four Corners Brewing11/13/22

Simple Terms for Participation

  • Quiz For a Cause must be held at a regularly scheduled GWD quiz venue. GWD will accommodate venue requests when possible, but the ultimate decision is ours. Please see our schedule for where and when we quiz.
  • The content of the quiz itself is the regular material for that evening. We cannot provide special content. Should you wish to have an event with custom content, please look at our Private Events.
  • The participating nonprofit must commit to bringing at least 25 people to the event, in addition to our regular attendees. A good mix of “quizzers” and “supporters” will make everyone excited to pull out their wallets and make a donation.
  • The participating nonprofit must provide a staff member to collect entry fees, distribute the winnings and, if necessary, assist our quizmaster in scoring and team picture taking.
  • The nonprofit should also provide some literature about the nature of the Quiz For a Cause, explaining to players why they should pay for a quiz they normally play for free.
  • Players who do not wish to pay an entry fee must be allowed to play the quiz, though they will not be eligible to win the cash purse.
  • GWD is NOT responsible for promoting the event, though we will certainly assist to a reasonable extent.
  • Our Quiz For a Cause program is designed for non-profits who are raising money for medical programs, social changes, or organizations benefiting those in need- so while we do work with just about any non-profit, it is not meant for sports teams, PTAs, political organizations, or any group affiliated with a religion like a church, school or club (including atheists). We are happy to work with religious groups who raise money for non-denominational and non-political causes.

Ready to Take Part?

Please email qfac@geekswhodrink.com with further questions or fill out the form below to submit your request for an event.

You may also reach out to Quiz For A Cause Coordinator Stefani Thomas, at stefani@geekswhodrink.com with any questions.