Geeks Doing Good.

annual fundraiser


Want to know all the nitty-gritty of the annual fundraiser? Then this is the place for you! We've got plenty of answers below, but ifyou're still wondering about something we haven't answered, you can email us at

When does the Fundraiser end?
Can I donate using PayPal?
I don’t have a credit card. If I mail you a check will you enter me in the lottery?
Can I send you cash?
How does the lottery work?
If your name goes into the lottery hat multiple times, can you win multiple prizes? How will that work?
What are my odds of winning something if I donate?

Here, have a widget!

Keep in mind these are very rough estimates, so use this widget more for entertainment purposes than information. The odds always shimmy around a bit as new stuff is added to the lottery and donation totals rise. So as hard as we try, we can never give you a really good answer until it’s too late.

I live outside the US. Can I still win something from the lottery?
When will winners be announced, and if I win, how will I be notified?
I'm trying to track your donations, but how exactly do I read the Donation Board thermometer?

We love our thermometer, but there's a lot to absorb from it. Here's the low-down.

The blue bar tracks everything donated via our Fundraiser Page. It updates in real time.

The gold bar tracks what we've earned from our online auctions. It updates as we receive payment for our auctions, so just a few times a week.

The green bar tracks donations from Twitch team pages.

The red bar tracks something that's a secret right now...

The smaller thermometer only tracks matching funds. We keep it separate so you know how much you guys have actually donated for real. But we’re so thrilled to have matching funds that we have to share with you how much has been matched!

We started doing a complex thermometer after receiving a few requests for a more holistic calculation of our supporters' donations. A lot of people kick in for auctions and would like to see their contributions count toward the goal...and the stretch goals, which we will reach a bit quicker now...

I love that you’re doing this. Can I post about this on my blog?
How come you didn’t invite me to donate a book to your fundraiser? Isn’t my book good enough for you?
Can I do some fundraising of my own, then donate it?
I usually donate to Heifer and give their Honor Card to my mom/boyfriend/second cousin for their holiday gift. Can I still get one if I donate through you?
Do you match donations?
Are you a 501(c)(3) organization?
My company matches donations. Is Worldbuilders eligible for matching donations?
My company matched my donation! Does that mean my lottery entries are doubled?
I’m a vegan, and I don’t feel comfortable donating animals. What options do you have for me?
How much of my donation to Heifer goes to actually helping people?
I love that you’re willing to donate to charity. Would you match my donation to [insert name of charity here] instead?