WeBuildTheWall, Inc. announced that the last day for those donors who contributed before January 11 to opt-in at the GoFundMe page is April 14. Per a January 11 update, donors to the precedent-setting GoFundMe were given the choice of opting in or out of supporting WeBuildTheWall, Inc., a non-profit organization that is funding the private construction of our desperately-needed U.S. Southern Border Wall. Over the past 90 days, nearly a quarter of a million of original GoFundMe supporters representing a rate of nearly 94 percent have opted in.
The opt-in to opt-out ratio has been incredible, triple-amputee war hero and WeBuildTheWall CEO Brian Kolfage said. 94% of the people we’ve been able to reach have chosen to back the new plan compared to 6% who have chosen to get an immediate refund. The frustrating thing is that we’ve had a hard time reaching about a quarter of the donors to get a response one way or the other. He added, We are doing everything we can to reach the remaining outstanding donors. We know if we could reach them that the data shows more than 90% would enthusiastically support the new plan. It’s unfortunate that due to issues with email deliverability and incomplete data that everyone who donated will not have the opportunity to make a choice.
Kolfage concluded, Our donors have been amazing; and I would like to thank all of them for their patience, as we have focused on making sure that their contributions will be applied toward the mission of building the wall on private land.
With more than $20 million in funds raised in the past four months the WeBuildTheWall team has already identified multiple interested property owners in three states. Some property has been ruled out for a variety of reasons, but other property has been selected because the need for a barrier there is extremely urgent, and the building can be done in a cost-effective manner.
We expect our barrier, which will conform to the publicly issued standards issued by the Department of Homeland Security, will be at least 50% less than the federal governments cost per mile, said WeBuildTheWall General Counsel and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
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