Everything You Need to Know About Patrick Rothfuss’ Annual Fundraiser

Things are a bit different from previous years.

patrick rothfuss annual worldbuilders fundraiserThe Tinker's Packs

If you are a fan of Patrick Rothfuss and have taken time to look him up online, it’s likely that you’ve stumbled upon Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization that raises money for charities including Heifer International, Mercy Corps, GlobalGiving and First Book.

In fact, if you have taken the time to read his blog, or scroll through his social media accounts, you may have realized that charity is very important to Rothfuss – he is constantly giving to others, and he wants the world to be a better place. It will be no surprise then, when I say that the annual end-of-year Worldbuilders fundraiser is pretty important to him. Not only does he look forward to it every year, but his fans do too, as it offers them the chance to really do good for others, while interacting with Rothfuss online.

While I am not directly involved in Worldbuilders, the annual fundraiser is important to me, too. Not only do I have memories associated with the event, but last year’s write up was my first article on Paperback Paris.

Due to the slight shift in fundraiser dates, I will not be writing an article on Worldbuilders on my Paperback Paris anniversary, but I will be providing a guide to this year’s event. While you can find all of the information about this year’s fundraiser on Patrick Rothfuss’ blog, as well as on the Worldbuilders website, here is a brief guide to the 2017 end-of-year Worldbuilders fundraiser.

The annual end-of-year fundraiser supports Heifer International, an organization that provides the training and tools to help individuals raise themselves out of poverty and starvation. By working closely with families and providing them with the means to improve agriculture and education, Heifer truly makes a difference in the world. Common donation options include funding to purchase specific items such as a flock of ducks, honeybees, and goats.

In addition to donating specific amounts, there are a number of other ways to get involved and support the cause.

The Prize Lottery

One of the highlights of the annual fundraiser is the lottery, a collection of donated prizes to be raffled off at the end of the event. There are currently over 4,000 prizes in the donation lottery which range from signed, rare, and limited edition books, to games and artwork.

While Rothfuss has showcased a lot of the items that are in the prize lottery over on his blog, Worldbuilders has been offering a daily look at some of the items up for grabs as well.

To be entered into the lottery, you must donate $10 or more. For every $10 you donate, you will receive one random drawing entry.

If you are looking for a more specific lotteries, they are available this year and work the same way. Referred to as team pages, these donation options work in the same way that the lottery does, but go toward more specific prizes, such as fan made Kingkiller Chronicle inspired artwork and items, professional manuscript critiques, and incentives for Rothfuss to stream on Twitch.


While many of this year’s auctions have ended already, you can still support Worldbuilders by participating in auctions for limited edition books and games.

The Tinker’s Packs

All year round, proceeds from The Tinker’s Packs, an online store originally created to sell merchandise based off of Patrick Rothfuss’ works, go toward Worldbuilders.

When you make a purchase from The Tinker’s Packs, you are donating to a great cause while ensuring that you receive something. Items available to purchase range from rare, signed, and foreign editions of books, to fantasy inspired accessories, clothing and artwork.

It is important to note, however, that you will not be entered into the prize lottery if you purchase an item from The Tinker’s Packs.

Patrick Rothfuss’ annual, end-of-year fundraiser runs from November 13 to December 8, and has already raised over $300,000.

To stay up to date on this year’s Worldbuilders fundraiser, you can check out twitter or follow the daily blog. Be sure to keep an eye on Twitch as well, as Patrick Rothfuss streams on weeknights, where he provides regular updates on the fundraiser, answers questions, and takes time to talk to his fans.

As an added bonus, you learn about what Worldbuilders does by reading stories of the families impacted by Heifer International here.

Melissa Ratcliff
the authorMelissa Ratcliff
Senior Staff Writer
Reader, Writer & Translator. Cats, books and video games are my life.