The Nerd Machine


The Nerd Machine

Goal:
$500,000.00
Achieved:
$448,727.00

90 percent of goal achieved.


Fundraising Goal $500,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 477
Total Value of Gifts: $448,727.00

Recent Donors

Pamela Delo

Nerd HQ

Signe Larsen

Haley Cox

C. Kahl

Lauren Nauheimer

Eugenia Kennedy

Anita Wolf-Eberl

Nicole LaBarre

DiDiMcG

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Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. These children encounter incredible obstacles. Ostracized from a life of everyday normalcy they are ridiculed, unable to properly eat or speak, attend school and are vulnerable to a higher rate of respiratory infection as well as other infectious diseases and malnutrition. In too many cases, they face uncertain futures because of limited access to healthcare and strained financial resources.

At Operation Smile we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. We believe that all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own.

That’s what drives each and every one of us: our global network of medical professionals, who donate hundreds of thousands of hours toward the care of children around the world each year, and our supporters who are moved every day to make a difference in the lives of children they’ve never met.

The Nerd Machine also believes that every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care and is thrilled to be bringing fan favorite NERD HQ back to the New Children's Museum July 21-24, 2016. This marks the sixth year for NERD HQ to set up camp in downtown San Diego for the annual SDCC weekend. NERD HQ brings the nerd community a four-day haven to connect, recharge and enhance their Con experience. This year's guests can look forward to a return of the preeminent "Conversations for a Cause" panel series, as well as over 160 hands-on gaming experiences on both PC and console brought to you by AMD and Xbox, and a VR experience brought to you by Oculus.
The fan favorite philanthropic panel series "Conversations for a Cause" will once again be positioned on the lower level in a dedicated enhanced auditorium. The annual panel series has given fans unique opportunities to have sometimes surprising, intimate experiences with their favorite celebrities. Previous panels have played host to some of the biggest names in pop-culture like Joss Whedon, William Shatner, Tom Hiddleston, Tatiana Maslany, Nathan Fillion, Sophie Turner, Andrew Lincoln, Jeff Bridges, Seth Green, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Guillermo Del Toro, Vin Diesel, Kellan Lutz, Dylan O'Brien and Norman Reedus, just to name a few. Tickets for panels are $22, and all proceeds raised through ticket sales go directly to non-profit Operation Smile whose mission is to help improve the health and lives of children across the world. For 2016, all of the panels will be streamed live on multiple platforms, including Facebook, IGN, AMD & the Nerd Machine YouTube Channel, NerdMachineTV.

NERD HQ also welcomes newest sponsor Johnson & Johnson in 2016. The merging of the company's popular "Donate a Photo" app and NERD HQ's popular "Smiles for Smiles" campaign will offer fans a new opportunity to raise funds for Operation Smile. Whether it's through the APP or onsite at NERD HQ for every photo uploaded, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to Operation Smile.

In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child's life forever. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow?

Together, We Can Change Lives

Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe. Operation Smile’s network of volunteers works worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates.

We hope you'll help us bring hope and new smiles to children suffering from facial deformities.


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Donate by Phone

1-888-249-3797



Donate by Mail

Print out a form, enclose your donation, and send to:

Operation Smile
3641 Faculty Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23453


A gift made through this appeal represents a gift to the entire Operation Smile mission. To help the most children, we use your gift where it can do the most good by pooling it with the gifts of others.