Fantasy author Pat Rothfuss may be taking his time to put out the third book in his popular Kingkiller Chronicles. But that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been busy. In 2008, Rothfuss launched a charity called Worldbuilders in an effort to put his large fanbase to good use. He encouraged fans to donate to his favorite charity and matched donations to raise over $50,000 in that first year. Fans who donate typically receive rewards in the form of signed books or merchandise from their favorite authors. Since then the Worldbuilders organization has grown to include other popular fantasy authors like Holly Black and Jim Butcher. In the past decade, they have raised over $10 million for charities worldwide.
“Worldbuilders works within the community to bridge the gap between our fellow nerds and some charities doing the best work towards making the world a better place for everyone.”
Worldbuilders Encourages Geeks To Do Some Good
Image via the Author’s Twitter
This week kicked off the annual ‘Geeks Doing Good‘ fundraiser for the Worldbuilders organization. Rothfuss and friends are seeking to raise $30,000 this year to donate to charities like Heifer International; Mercy Corps, GlobalGiving, and First Book. This year’s rewards include a Kingkiller Needlepoint Kit, as well as t-shirts representing various books and fandoms at the lower tier ($20-$30 donations). There are even Worldbuilders branded masks for all of your PPE needs.
At the higher tier of donations ($300) you can snag yourself a fancy edition of the official Tak board game that Rothfuss invented in his bestselling Name of the Wind. Signed books from Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, Brian McClellan, and Mary Robinette Kowal are also available for a donation of $40-$55. You can choose how much to donate based on the reward you’d like to recieve.
This is our Schedule during #gdg2020 ! Check out awesome new and exclusive merch at https://t.co/5E47pGfFnM
Come hang out with some of our fav creators on https://t.co/Pww82mnX3s, or catch Pat streaming daily at noon on https://t.co/Wf0PMfQI5i
Thanks Everybody! pic.twitter.com/Gf1mejzBZj
— Worldbuilders (@worldbuilders) July 13, 2020
As part of the fundraiser, Rothfuss and friends are also hosting a schedule of virtual events including live-streams with the authors, and a gaming session. There are only a few days left to catch these virtual events, and to donate to the current fundraiser. Worldbuilders also accepts donations year-round, with rewards available in their online store.
With so much chaos going on in the world right now, there is no better time to donate to a good cause and gain some geeky merchandise while you’re at it. Check out the ongoing fundraiser online at Indiegogo, or donate any time of year by making a purchase through the Worldbuilders Market.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.