I dunno how many times I’ve mentioned this on A Dribble of Ink, but Patrick Rothfuss more or less rocks my world.

I’m a little late on this, but I wanted to make sure to spread the word. Rothfuss, making generous use of all that cash rolling in from the success of The Name of the Wind, is raising money for his favourite charity, Heifer International. Not only is he urging fans to donate, but he’s matching (!!!) any donations made by them, dollar for dollar. Talk about a generous soul.

Rothfuss explains why he chose Heifer:

My favorite charity is called Heifer International. They are a great force for good in the world, and I’d like to help them raise some money.

There are a lot of worthwhile charities out there. Important causes. Things I feel strongly about. But Heifer is my favorite. Here’s why.

Let’s say by some miracle I raised ten thousand dollars to help fight cancer, or Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s. While it would help the cause, it would just be a tiny drop in the bucket. Enough to help fund some lab’s research for a couple weeks.

But we don’t need to research a cure for hunger or poverty. We know how that works. Heifer doesn’t just hand out bags of rice, Heifer gives a family a goat and teaches them how to take care of it. Then that family has a continual source of milk for their children. They can sell the extra milk to make money. When the goat has babies, they give those babies to other members of their community, sharing the gift.

Heifer helps people become self-reliant. As someone who has just recently become self-reliant, I know what a nice feeling that is.

My Mom loved Heifer. Every Christmas I would donate enough money for a goat, then give it to her as a present. I remember the first year I did it. She opened the envelope where I had drawn a crude picture of a goat and a happy stick-figure child.

She knew what it meant right off the bat. “Oh! I love it!” she said. And she got a little weepy, because she loved nothing better than helping people who needed it. She had a heart as big as the sky.

This is why I love Heifer. If we raise a couple thousand dollars for them, it will make peoples’ lives better. A couple thousand dollars means little kids get milk to drink. It means families get sheep, which means wool for warm blankets and clothes. It means better wells, so moms with babies can have clean water to drink.

I think this is something we can all get behind, can’t we?

So here’s my plan, the bare bones version.

1. You will help by spreading the word, and making donations.

2. I will match all of the donations, dollar for dollar.

3. We both have a big warm fuzzy feeling in our chests that lets us know we’ve helped make the world a better place.

4. Finally, as a gesture of my appreciation, I will supply gifts for the people who participated: Signed books, maps, sneak peaks of book two, stuff like that.

This blog is to explain *why* I’m doing this. The details about *how* are over here on THIS BLOG. There are links to my Heifer Team page and details about the prizes. So hop on over there and check it out.

You can find out more about the fundraiser (along with some of the incredible pieces of swag being given away, including a signed manuscript of The Name of the Wind and signed ARCs of The Wise Man’s Fear) and how to take part HERE.

To date he’s already raised nearly $20,000, which is just another sign at how awesome Pat’s legion of fans really is.

It only lasts until December 11th, so head on over to the Team Heifer donation page or Pat’s blog for more information on all the various ways you can help Pat reach his goal.

Good on ye, Rothfuss.