What is WeBuildTheWall, Inc.?
WeBuildTheWall, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Florida on December 28, 2018 as a non-profit corporation with the stated purpose of: to promote social welfare within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code regarding funding, construction, administering, and maintaining a United States Southern Border Wall and the processes associated therewith. WeBuildTheWall Inc. is presently applying to the IRS for recognition as a non-profit tax-exempt social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions or gifts to WeBuildTheWall, Inc. are not tax deductible for IRS purposes.
What is the Mission of WeBuildTheWall, Inc.?
Our mission is to unite private citizens that share a common belief in providing national security for our Southern Border through the construction, administration and maintenance of physical barriers inhibiting illegal entry into the United States. In interpreting the purpose of the Corporation, the Board of Directors and Members of the Advisory Board will consider the impact of a proposed structure on a selected site’s environment and construct effective barriers primarily designed to prevent illegal access to the United States. We will focus on building portions of a U.S. Southern Border wall and manage the support operations required for, and the processes associated with, the design, engineering, construction, and maintenance of the wall.
What is the history of We BuildTheWall Inc.?
WeBuildTheWall Inc. evolved after Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/thetrumpwall on December 17, 2018. By December 31, 2018, the campaign raised over $18Million. Following this instant success, Mr. Kolfage consulted with some of the country’s leading professionals in law, politics, national security, construction, and finance concerning the best and most direct method to succeed in his mission. This team spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing the many issues and hurdles to the realizing the construction of a Southern Border Wall. Unanimously, they concluded that:
· The federal government wouldn’t be able to timely accept the donations or directly apply the funds to the construction of a Wall.
· That We the People and the We Build the Wall Team can better utilize the donated funds to build sections of actual wall on the Southern Border.
· The Team could complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding regulatory, engineering, and environmental requirements.
WeBuildTheWall, Inc. was formed and Brian’s GoFundMe page was updated with new disclosures on January 11, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern time. Before announcing the new plans, the company worked closely with GoFundMe to make sure that we offered original donors a fair and ethical process to approve or opt out of the new plan after full disclosure.
As part of the update, 324,144 donors who had contributed on or before the page update were required to accept the new plan or they would automatically receive a refund after 90 days. In the first 72 hours, data provided by GoFundMe revealed a 93.4% opt-in rate backing the new plan to privately build a border wall. These respondents represented 40% of the donors that are subject to the opt in requirements. All donors who contribute after January 11th are not subject to the opt-in/opt-out process. WeBuildTheWall, Inc. in conjunction with GofundMe will continue to provide updates concerning the progress of the campaign. Please visit www.webuildthewall.us or follow us on social media.
***ALL DONORS WHO CONTRIBUTED AFTER JANUARY 11TH ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE OPT-IN/OPT-OUT PROCESS***
Who is Brian Kolfage?
Mr. Kolfage was born in Detroit and grew up in Waikiki, Hawaii. The Air Force sent him to Iraq in 2003. He was hand-picked to perform security for high profile missions in direct support of IRAQI FREEDOM where he performed high-risk combat convoy security operations ensuring all assets remained safe and secure, with zero loses. On September 11, 2004, during his second tour, his air-base in Balad, Iraq fell under rocket attack. He was thrown into the air, losing both of his legs and his right arm instantly. He remained conscious the entire time. The doctors at Walter Reed National Medical Center began to prepare Mr. Kolfage’s family for his death. He remained in a coma for three weeks but made a miraculous recovery. With incredible determination, he walked out of Walter Reed only 11 months after being injured. In 2005-2007 he worked as a United States Air Force civilian overseeing personnel security by administering the foreign travel program: briefed/outlined potential known security threats abroad–zero incidents. He masterfully oversaw a security/force protection training program for 105+ personnel. In 2017, Mr. Kolfage co-founded Military Grade Coffee Company which became a top 50 grocery product on Amazon in 1 year. He worked on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords Veterans Advisory Committee, from 2009- 2011. Mr. Kolfage is the most severely wounded Airman to survive any war. He is driven by his love for life, his country, and his family. In 2014, he earned his bachelor’s in architecture design at the University of Arizona.
How Much is Brian Kolfage getting paid?
In accordance with Mr. Kolfage’s personal pledge and the Bylaws of WeBuildTheWall Inc., Mr Kolfage will not profit even a single penny from We Build the Wall Inc.
How do I communicate with We Build the Wall Inc.?
Media inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal inquiries should be directed to email@example.com
Volunteer inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All other inquiries should be directed to email@example.com
Why do gofundme donors before 1/11/2019 have to opt back in?
“We Fund The Wall” GoFundMe was launched on December 17th and raised almost $18 million dollars in less than 11 days. As the numbers grew, Mr. Kolfage consulted with leading legal, construction, political, finance, national security, and border experts concerning the construction of the Border Wall and the application of donations to fund it. After review and research of the original plan, and the almost insurmountable hurdles it presented, the process of building the wall needed to be changed. WeBuildTheWall Inc. in conjunction with GoFundMe determined that in the best interests of disclosure, transparency and overall business ethics that all previous donors should be provided the opportunity to opt in to approve the new plan and business direction or obtain a full refund if they so desired. The opt in process required for all previous donors commenced immediately following the updated GoFundMe page detailing the new direction to private Build a Wall through a nonprofit corporation, instead of tendering the funds to the US Government. As part of the update, 324,144 donors who had contributed on or before the new plan was unveiled were required to accept or “opt in” to the new plan or they would automatically receive a refund of their donations after 90 days. In the first 72 hours following the GoFundMe update, official data revealed a 93.4% opt-in rate, supporting the private solution to building a Southern Board Wall. These initial respondents represented 40% of the donors that are subject to the opt in requirements. All donors who contribute after January 11th are not subject to the opt-in/opt-out process. The company in conjunction with GoFundMe will continue to provide updated progress reports. Please visit www.webuildthewall.us or follow us on social media.
What experience does We Build the Wall Inc. and Brian Kolfage have with construction?
Since the commencement of the GoFundMe, we have been in contact with industry experts including contractors and engineers who have already been awarded government contracts to complete other segments of the Wall. Some of these experts have agreed to be members of the WeBuildtheWall Inc.’s Construction Committee under the leadership of Industrialist John Moran and former Navy Seal Erik Prince. Drawing on the depth of the Members’ experience, we are confident that we can build mile segments of the Wall at less than half the cost of current government estimates.
When will construction on the wall begin?
Our team has already begun the process of identifying zones along the Southern Border that are known to be high-traffic areas for illegal crossings and smuggling operations. We are presently working with US Customs and Border Patrol experts and other US Border Security Service professionals who are highly experienced in these matters. We are beginning extensive due diligence and the commencement of feasibility studies and will be engaging leading experts in a variety of fields necessary to construct our Border Wall. These professionals will continue to provide us with critical guidance on the legal, engineering, contracting, environmental, accounting, maintenance, and real estate issues required to build a Wall along the Southern Border.
Can I put my name on the Wall if I contribute?
Yes. Due to the large numbers of requests, the Corporation is presently evaluating and working with design engineers and architects to enable our donors to “memorialize” their participation in this historic American project. Once the design details and related costs of this program are ready, we will provide all donors instructions on how to participate.
How long will the Wall be? What will it cost?
The Company believes it can build segments of the US Southern Border wall for approximately half of what the Federal Government’s currently estimates. The Company will build the Wall mile-by-mile in strategic locations based on a variety of factors. We will build as much wall as we can based on feasibility, land use, and funding.
What will the Wall be made out of?
To be determined. The material we use to build the wall will be determined by taking into account a variety of factors including terrain, maintenance costs, and site location that meet or exceed all Federal, state, local, engineering and environmental requirements.
How do I donate?
We are taking online contributions at www.gofundme.com/thetrumpwall
Please make your check mail-in donations payable to:
PO Box 131567
Houston, TX, 77219-1567
How much does GoFundMe charge?
GoFundMe charges $0.30 per transaction and 2.9% for credit card processing
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Can I make a contribution by mail?
Yes. Please make your checks payable to:
PO Box 131567
Houston, TX, 77219-1567
How can I get involved and help support the wall?
We have been overwhelmed with the number of people who want to help. We are doing our best to get back to everyone and are finalizing a streamlined volunteer program to better manage the unique skills of people who support this historic project. We will update you when the program comes online. You can let us know your interested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I help volunteer to build the Wall?
Yes. One of the factors our leadership team is taking under consideration is partially using volunteer labor during construction of the border wall. If you’re interested in volunteering please send an email to email@example.com