As I put the final polish on this blog, Worldbuilders has just passed 1.3 million dollars.
Donations were delightfully brisk over the weekend, despite the fact that we didn’t get any big news coverage or make any announcements. This warms my heart, as it lets me know y’all are out there helping to spread the word about the fundraiser.
You may not know it, but that’s a really big deal to us. Our biggest challenge is getting the word out to new people.
The thing is… our charity game is really solid: We’re matching donations this year to the tune of a million dollars. That’s huge. We’ve got a bunch of cool sponsors offering up over $160,000 of books, games, and other geeky swag that we’re straight-up giving away to donors. Nobody else does that. And the folks we’re giving money to? Well, Heifer International is a charity so powerful and effective that I’ve heard a rumor that when the next Matrix patch comes through, they’re going to nerf it.
But the sad truth is this: none of that matters if people don’t hear about the fundraiser.
So I just wanted y’all to know how much I appreciate everyone coming together to make this a success. Thank you for donating and helping us make use of our matching money. Thank you for helping boost our signal. And of course a special thanks to all our sponsors for donating to make our donation lottery so amazing this year.
Together, we are a force to be reckoned with, and we’re making the world a better place.
And now, today’s big news:
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I’m sure most of you have heard of Cards Against Humanity. Not only do they make one of the best party games out there, but they do a crazy amount of charity work, too. What’s more, Max Temkin and I have been known to hang out on occasion. And when we can’t do so physically, we do so auditorially, (by which I mean we do a podcast together.)
Anyway, if you hadn’t already guessed, here’s what we’re launching today:
Those of you who follow my blog and/or the fundraiser know that this is actually the second collaboration of this sort we’ve done.
Last year we did a Fantasy Pack. This year, we’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at CAH to put together a new expansion pack poking fun at the Sci-Fi genre.
We gathered some of our favorite authors to help throw out suggestions for these cards, including but not limited to the brilliant minds of:
- Delilah S. Dawson
- Elizabeth Bear
- Jim C. Hines
- Myke Cole
- Martha Wells
- Catherynne M. Valente
- and me
There are 30 cards total in the pack, and it’s available in the Cards Against Humanity store.
And, if you haven’t already guessed, ALL the proceeds from the first two weeks of sales will go to Worldbuilders in support of Heifer International.
Now this alone would be enough reason for rejoicing. But what makes this year’s collaboration extra cool is that when you buy this pack from cards, we’re going to double that donation before passing it along to Heifer International.
That’s right. You buy those cards, and DOUBLE the money will be going to charity.
What does Heifer International do with that money? Well… this:
I’m going to put up the link to Cards Against Humanity again, just in case you need it for something.
Or, if you’d prefer, here’s the donation page for Worldbuilders.
Did I mention that all donations are currently being doubled?
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Here’s the second piece of news.
Since Cards Against Humanity is giving us the sales from the *entire* first two weeks of the Sci-fi pack, and since we’ve had a handful of other sponsors come in with last minute donations of books and games for us to give away in the lottery, and since we still have plenty of matching money left…. we’ve decided to extended the fundraiser one more week.
I thought this might be the year we might finish the fundraiser on initially scheduled date. But there’s just too much stuff coming in, and we need time to show it all off to you.
So. There you go. The fundraiser will now be ending on the 19th of December.
Let’s make the most of it.