Summer Fundraiser FAQ

We’ve been receiving quite a few emails about some of the procedures and products in our summer Geeks Doing Good campaign on Indiegogo, so hopefully this page will clear up any lingering questions. If it doesn’t, feel free to email us at fundraiser@worldbuilders.org and we’ll help.

We run this fundraiser on Indiegogo, where you can pick exactly which items you want. This takes the chance factor out – you know you’re going to get something you’ll love! All the available items (called “perks”) are listed down the right side of the page, and the body of the page contains some juicy pictures of those products. The fundraiser only lasts a week, and we add some new products almost every day, so you’ll want to pay close attention!

Once the fundraiser ends, there’s a lull while we get things manufactured and shipped out. We’ll keep you updated on the fulfillment timetable on our blog.

You can get as many perks as you want, but each perk is has to be purchased separately, since Indiegogo doesn’t have a shopping cart feature. Each purchase of a perk is a new transaction, so you click on the perk you want, fill in your info, and buy it. Then, go back and select the other perk you wanted, and complete the checkout process again. Rinse and repeat as needed!

Indiegogo has a nice new feature that allows us to charge actual shipping costs by country, so shipping is added on during the checkout process after you select your country.

They do! Because of the handy new shipping feature, we can figure out how much it will cost to send those heavy bundles anywhere. As long as you’re willing to pay shipping, we’re willing to send you bundles!

Don’t worry! After the fundraiser ends, we’ll be sending out surveys to ask for your t-shirt size. This is also how we’ll find out which shirt design(s) you want if you ordered the One Shirt or T-Shirt 3-Pack. If you ordered more than one t-shirt, or multiple 3-packs, you’ll have to fill out a separate survey for each one (sorry).

This survey will come to the email you used for Indiegogo (it might show up in your spam filter). Email us at fundraiser@worldbuilders.org if you don’t get it once we announce that surveys have gone out.

The digital perk was a fun thing we tried in 2016. It was a little bundle of some cool stuff like fun printables, digital wallpapers, exclusive or early access YouTube videos, and more. Throughout the year, we released videos featuring Pat and the Worldbuilders Team doing fun, interesting, or terrible things.

While we enjoyed doing all the cool stuff, we found we were stretched a little too thin against our normal work load. We don’t want to do videos just to get them done, so we decided to stick with what we know best: geeky merchandise!

Every $5 JoCoCruise donation of this perk gets you a snazzy digital post card and an entry into a contest for a cabin on the JoCo Cruise 2017. Multiple donations get you multiple entries – you get one entry for every $5 you pledge at this level, whether it’s one $20 pledge or four $5 pledges (both examples get you four entries). After the fundraiser you’ll be sent a short entry form based on our Contest Rules.

Unfortunately, no. Since you will be receiving a product or service, most places won’t allow for this to be tax-deductible.

Exceptions are for any perks that are simple money donations (“Life, the Universe, & Everything” or “Buy a Goat!” for example) – since you will not be receiving anything in exchange for your donation, these are tax-deductible. If you need a special donation receipt/tax letter, email us at fundraiser@worldbuilders.org and we’ll get you one!

That’s easy! Just drop us a line at questions@worldbuilders.org and let us know who you are and what your new address is. We’ll update our ongoing spreadsheet of new addresses to make sure you get your stuff.

The short answer: you should have most of your perks arriving in one box before Christmas…. barring any complications. We’ll let you know if there are any delays.

The more complex answer: we’ll be trying to ship everyone’s perks in consolidated packages. Since many of the perks are preorders, we place orders with our manufacturers right away at the end of the fundraiser. There are different production times for different products, so some things arrive right away, while others can take a few months to make.

While we’re waiting for (and coordinating) production of the perks, we’re updating addresses and doing a lot of pre-shipment organization to make sure we can ship thousands of items in the most efficient way possible.

As soon as we have everything in the building, we start packing boxes, and send out big waves of orders. Once we start shipping, the entire process takes us about a month – there are only six of us, so each box is hand-packed with care, love, and geekiness.

After the packages leave our doors, everything is in the hands of our shipping service. We use a bulk shipper to save on shipping costs, but this means shipping can take a little longer – the average is 2-4 weeks in the US, and 4-8 weeks for all other countries.

What a good follow up question! We’ve been trying to send out updates via Indiegogo as things are completed, so make sure you check your inbox or hit our Indiegogo campaign page. We’ll also post updates every few weeks on the Worldbuilders blog.

We’ve worked with most of our manufacturers in the past, so we know their production times. Because of that, we’re usually right on schedule!