Friday, December 25, 2009
Joy to the World.

Hello everyone,

I've been letting things lull a bit over the holidays. I'm busy with family stuff, and I'm guessing most of you are too. Rest assured that in a couple of days Worldbuilders will be rolling along, strong as ever, and I'll be posting up more donations, auctions, interviews, and general coolness.

I might even be reading y'all a story, if I can figure out how to work my new video camera and post things on Youtube...

For now, I'll just pass along a few pieces of of good news:


Over the last few days, we've raised over 12,000 dollars. We've shot past our most recent $50,000 goal, and well beyond $53,000 that we raised last year. I don't know about you, but this sudden burst of donations is the best Christmas present I could get. (I know not everybody celebrates Christmas, but I do. So for me, this is a Christmas present.)

I'll raise the limit on the thermometer later. For now, let's just bask in the warm glow of our collective awesome.

And yes, I'm still matching 50% of all donations.

Update from Peru:

For those of you who are curious about the specifics of what Heifer does. Here's a link to a file they sent me a couple months ago. It gives details about a project in Peru that Heifer funded with some of the money we raised last year.

Heifer Peru Project.doc

While it's a fairly technical document, it's worth a quick read through. It shows how Heifer is really taking the long view with these projects. They focus on education, ecological sustainability, and giving communities the tools they need to improve - and eventually thrive.

We're doing a good thing here folks. We're changing the world.


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Anonymous David (tigerass) said...

wow. That's a lot of goats.... Congrats on the whole making the world a better place thing- and on the first christmas as a Daddy.

December 25, 2009 2:36 PM  
Blogger buzz said...

Thanks for the update, Pat. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 25, 2009 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Mariano M said...

Merry Christmas indeed!

December 25, 2009 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Leslie Moss said...

Merry Christmas, Pat. And, congrats again on your family. Thanks for leading us in such an exciting venture.

December 25, 2009 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Merry Christmas Pat!

December 25, 2009 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Stefanie said...

Hey pat, I am so excited about the fundraiser and am following the blog regularly. I am happy it is making such a progress. I donated and bought your college survival guide the first day, but I am a bit sad now, because the guide was supposed 2 be a Christmas present and it hasnt made it to Germany yet in 25 days...Is there any better way to contact you and to find out where it is? Would be great if you could write a short response!

Until then, enjoy Christmas and the time with your family!

December 25, 2009 3:34 PM  
Blogger Pat said...


Sorry it hasn't made it there yet. In my experience, international mail is really hard to predict, as is mail around the holidays. Unfortunately, this is both of those things at once.

Rest assured that it has been mailed off. If it doesn't show up in another week or so, drop me an e-mail.

December 25, 2009 5:57 PM  
Blogger MK said...

Yay! (And merry Christmas!)

I have one question about Heifer, and I'm wondering if you'll be able to look into it (or maybe you already have). If you look them up on Charity Navigator (, you can see that they have 3 (out of 4) stars, mainly because they spend so much money on fund-raising. My question: are they working toward a more efficient fund-raising model? I didn't get very far figuring out what their institutional strategy is on this issue, but as a far larger donor, maybe you've had more luck.

(We used to give our entire "big" holiday donation to Heifer, but we've moved to supporting other organizations that spend more of their budget on services. I still think they have a great approach overall, though, and we give them a sizable chunk annually, which this year I did through worldbuilders.)

December 25, 2009 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Arthur said...

Have a merry christmas Pat¡¡¡¡ =) you´re the best¡¡¡¡ My girlfriend (a.k.a Felurian)is a little sad because there´s no Wise man´s fear =( well...I am sad too but....I don´t care¡¡¡¡ you are the best¡¡¡¡¡ jaja Happy new year¡¡¡ =D

December 25, 2009 8:13 PM  
Blogger Pamala Knight said...

That's excellent news to share, Pat. Merry Christmas to you, Sarah and Oot. Thanks again for the reminder that there's always someone who could use some help. I'm glad that we're able to contribute even a little.

December 25, 2009 8:14 PM  
Anonymous .kom said...

hey pat,

First of all i would like to say Merry Christmas. I hope you had a good first one as a father. I stumbled across your book when i was browsing for a good read at the bookstore. The title caught my attention and within 5 minutes i was sitting in a chair reading. I just wanted to say that it is one of the best books ive ever read in my life. I have followed your blog for several months now and your freakin hilarious. I hope you finish your second book soon, but take all the time you need, especially if its going to be as good as the first. Peace.
< .kom >

December 25, 2009 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Kayleigh said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Pat!

December 25, 2009 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Jaybels said...

In case u didn't know, it's Christmas. Have a merry one!

December 26, 2009 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to be in Wisconsin in January and a lot of your public appearances seem to be in that state.......anything happening in that chilly month?

December 26, 2009 12:28 PM  
Anonymous SonomaLass said...

That's wonderful news, Patrick, and indeed the best possible Christmas present. Thanks for taking the time to update us. Enjoy your special first Christmas!

December 26, 2009 1:39 PM  
Blogger Dairuna said...

Merry christmas to you and your family!
It's amazing how much money people have donated already and mindboggling that you are still matching 50% of it all.
Since it's the new year in a few days - have a healthy and happy start into the new year!

December 27, 2009 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Keith B. said...

I used to not be able to spell 'alpaca', now I have given one to a Peruvian farmer!

December 27, 2009 9:58 PM  
Blogger Vae said...

congratulations Pat! everything seems to be running smoothly, and that's just great :) Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! how was the very first christmas with little Oot? Happy New Year to come, take care Pat.

December 28, 2009 1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a little late for Christmas but I'll make up for it by wishing all you fellow bloggers a happy new year a little early. I'm glad to see the rising total on that little meter. Makes me feel all good inside. =P I'm sad to say that i have yet to dontate but I have been out of work for some time now. We shall see what the new year brings. As to a story Pat.. that would be grand. Especially if it just happened to be the Prologue to WMF. ;)

December 28, 2009 3:44 AM  
Blogger Vulpes Fulva said...

Good morning, Pat!
I hope you and your family had a great Christmas.

I finally broke through and donated just now!! Hopefully someone will get some healthy chickens from me.


December 28, 2009 9:21 AM  

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