As we all know, winter celebrations are fast approaching. In the western world, there are Christmas decorations everywhere: malls, streets, stores, schools, and so many more. Television too is quite keen on reminding us that the time to buy gifts is now. The sooner we get them, the less pressure we’ll have on the gift sharing day.
While it may be true that it’s best to get the presents for our loved ones asap, it’s also true that it’s always good to remember about people we don’t know. Now, before you think this is one more of those “GIVE ME YOUR MONEY” or “YOU MUST DONATE TO CHARITY” posts, let me tell you, it is not. I’m just here to tell you about two book related fundraisers that I think deserve your attention: Worldbuilders and We Need Diverse Books. If you give them money or not, well, that’s completely up to you!
And yes! I did say book related!
Worldbuilders is a fundraiser organised by the writer with the most magnificent beard of all, Patrick Rothfuss (author of the Kingkiller Chronicles, which you should totally read if you haven’t yet. Best prose I have ever read, and I do mean ever).
It has been going on for a few years now. The money raised in the yearly campaign is fully sent to Heifer International. Heifer will use the money to help decrease poverty by promoting sustainable agriculture, education, and industry all over the world. And for your generosity, you too can get a present of your own!
A lot of people, including writers and publishers, donate books (some signed and in fancy editions – I still remember seeing a first signed edition of a Neil Gaiman book *daydream sigh*), geekish apparel, even the chance of appearing in a book. And how do you get this? By auctioning, buying directly from The Tinker’s Packs store, or by joining the lottery. In the last case, for every 10$ you donate, your name is entered in the lottery. So if you give 10$, your name will be there once. If you donate 120$ (enough for a goat), your name will be in the lottery 12 times. Pretty cool, huh?
And this year, if you don’t feel like doing any of those things, for every book you buy from Powell’s through their link, Powell will donate a percentage to Heifer.
What’s more, it has some awesome stretch goals. This year’s include: “Katie McGrath Reads Fanfiction”, “John Green Drinks a Heifer-Inspired Smoothie”, “Patrick Rothfuss Kisses the Heifer Animal of Your Choice”, and “Neil Gaiman does a dramatic reading”. Last year’s gave way to quite a lot of giggling, let me tell you.
The Worldbuilders fundraiser will last until December 8th. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the “prizes” are announced little by little as the month goes on, but they’re bound to be amazing. Their partners include ThinkGeek, Tor, and Del Rey just to name a few. You can check the others in their website.
The second fundraiser comes from We Need Diverse Books. This organisation aims at augmenting the number of books with diverse characters, particularly in children’s fiction, as well as helping these books become more widely read. After all, the more different voices are heard, the more empathetic we all become and the society we build becomes all the better.
Obviously, though, the money needed to effect these changes doesn’t pour from the sky (wouldn’t it be nice if it did?), so they’ve set up a fundraiser that’ll help them help kids and authors to read and write more colourfully.
While there is no lottery here, there are a bunch of perks you can pick from, including stickers, t-shirts, posters, agent critiques of queries and/or manuscripts, telephone calls from editors, etcetera. They’re constantly rotating perks as they can’t post them all on Indiegogo at once. So keep checking! Something you’re interested in might pop up when you least expect it. If you have Twitter, keep an eye on their account. It’s the quickest way to know when something new has popped up.
You can donate here.
The We Need Diverse Books fundraiser will end on December 10th. So there’s plenty of time for you to consider donating!
(Yes, I know, they’re very close to their goal, but don’t be put off by that. The more they raise, the more people they can help!)
So that’s it from me! If you have some money to spare, do consider donating to one (or both) of these causes. If you can’t, some “advertising” of these fundraisers can go a long way. Every little bit helps!