The Waygate Foundation is a non-profit organization which strives to unite fans and authors in the science-fiction and fantasy field to work together for philanthropic purposes. The goal of their first campaign is to raise $10,000 to benefit Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders charity.
If they are successful in raising their goal, then they've been given permission to share a sneak peak of the forthcoming Wheel of Time Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia will be the definitive reference book for all things related to the WoT saga. It will most likely be published in 2014.
Please consider donating to this charity. It goes to a great cause, which you can learn about on author Patrick Rothfuss' website. To read more, and make a contribution, visit WaygateFoundation.org.
Here's the full press release:
Waygate Foundation is excited to announce our “A Story Begins” campaign benefiting Worldbuilders.
Every epic journey begins with a humble first step – this is ours!
"A Story Begins" is the official launch of the Waygate Foundation and the first chance for you to support the authors and charities that make the Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature community such an incredible group. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to kick off the launch of Waygate while supporting Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders charity. This campaign recognizes the breakthrough organizations founded to foster philanthropic giving while creating a new model to encourage partnership and generosity.
We are especially excited to announce that when this campaign reaches our goal, Waygate has received permission to share a sneak peek of the Wheel of Time Encyclopedia! The Encyclopedia is a new reference work which will be produced by Team Jordan, including editor Harriet McDougal and continuity editors Maria Simons and Alan Romanczuk. Though it is not expected to be released until at least 2014, it will include detailed entries on history, geography, weaponry, natural life such as plants, birds and animals, and character descriptions and backgrounds. Waygate is thrilled to have an opportunity to provide the first look at this addition to the Wheel of Time universe and plans to publish it on-line for all fans to enjoy when we reach the $10,000 goal. We can’t wait to hear what you think about it!
As a final piece to our kick-off campaign, we are introducing our charter sponsorship program. For a limited time, individuals and organizations can earn recognition as a charter sponsor of Waygate and be perpetually listed on our website. These sponsorships are available at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels, for donations of $200, $500, $1000 and $2500. This program recognizes our early contributors who significantly advance our foundation toward its goals. Together our charter sponsors and individual donors will help Waygate take those first humble steps on our epic journey.