The GoFundMe campaign page, originally initiated by Brian Kolfage in the attempt to raise $1 billion for the border wall from everyday American citizens, failed to meet its goal and has been shut down. The page fell massively short of the monetary goal it had originally set, only receiving an estimated $20 million in donations since its inception.
Because the set goal was not met, as per GoFundMe policies, refunds will be issued to any and all of those who did indeed donate. Bobby Whithorne, spokesman for GoFundMe spoke with INSIDER, stating that when the campaign was initially launched, campaign creator Brian Kolfage assured any donators that if the goal was met, the entire $1 billion dollars would go solely for the building of the wall on the border of the United States and Mexico. As it ended up, the $1 billion goal was not met, which means that GoFundMe will be refunding all donations made.
On Friday, Kolfage a stout Trump supporter and United States military veteran, posted an update on the original GoFundMe page, letting those who donated know that their monies would indeed be refunded. He went on to urge that those who donated to his page, when refunded, donate the money to a non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build The Wall, Inc.”. By redirecting their donations to the 501c4 corporation, their money will still be used in one way or another to help in building a border wall.
Kolfage stated that after reaching out to experts in “politics, national security, construction and finance and creating a team that has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall,” he settled on the Florida Corporation.
Kolfage went on to say that unfortunately, it looks like the government will not be able to accept their donations anytime soon. As with most dealings in areas of the government, there is the distinct possibility that their initiative would get bogged down in red tape and ongoing bureaucracy.
This is why he worked to find a non-profit with the same core beliefs and working towards the same goal as the originally launched GoFundMe campaign. Kolfage confidently feels that the non-profit chosen would be more efficient and less time consuming when it comes to actually identifying the locations most urgently needed for the border wall, as well as getting construction started sooner rather than later.
Was the GoFundMe campaign pretty much doomed from the start?