Ninety-one cents of every dollar the American Border Foundation spends will be invested in our charitable programs, especially the effort to fund the US border wall. The other nine cents supports our general operations and helps ensure we are able to carry the message far and wide that we can secure our border with no legislation required. To a large extent, our ability to carry the message for a low cost involves YOU – the more you are willing to share with a friend that we can help DHS secure the border, the less we have to spend on advertising to do it. For more information, please see our annual reports and other publications or our Where Your Money Goes page.
The donations received here are remitted to the Department of Homeland Security on a regular basis. We will make remittances via company check or EFT, depending on which DHS requires. We will make announcements as the first donation is delivered to DHS and the regular deliveries begin. We want to keep you informed every step of the way. For the most current status of our efforts, please see this link.
The better question is actually are WE allowed to do this. The answer is yes. We aren’t telling the Government what to do, in that sense; the laws to direct the executive branch to construct a wall have already been passed. What hasn’t been done is to provide them the resource with which to do it.
That’s where we come in. When we send a check each month, with luck we’ll have provided enough funding to keep construction going for another month, with or without Congressional appropriation of taxpayer funds. DHS already has a process to receive gifts, we’re just following it.
Securing our border should not wait, especially for Congress. We simply want to fund the construction ourselves with the help of others who are also tired of waiting. Plenty of people have suggested crowdfunding the border wall, and it’s obvious that it’s the mission of DHS to build a wall and secure the border. All we are doing is providing the funds that Congress won’t so DHS can do their jobs.
Our goal of funding the border wall will continue until it is built. When that is finished, we will turn our attention to supporting our Border Patrol Agents and their families. That will require some changes, so check back with us in about a year. We will also continue to take donations for maintaining the wall.
It will take as long as it takes. We are in it for the long haul, and will continue until it is built. We are optimistic that with our help the Department of Homeland Security will move faster once they receive funds.
Volunteers are a key part of the planning here at American Border Foundation. As we are called upon to complete this funding mission we will need a nationwide effort of evangelization and coordination to get the job done. This can range anywhere from posting a link to the site in a forum to running fundraising events on behalf of the wall. The options are endless (in fact, we’re interested to see what you come up with)! Our core team is comprised of 6 people (see our About Us page) and we already have a few dozen volunteers around the country working with us. We look forward to having you become a part of our team.
What better way to get the message out and generate funding simultaneously? Our message is simple: Fund The Wall. It fits on just about anything, so we expect that over time we’ll be able to have a marketplace that includes just about anything. Some people would like to have a keepsake for having supported the cause, and we hope you find the FundTheWall logo items to be of high quality and value.
However, not every item here has to have a logo on it, and we intend to quickly expand the marketplace to support local craftspeople, who are willing to share the proceeds, in listing items for sale here (so if you are one, please contact us). There no reason 100% of the funds have to be raised through straight cash donations, we think we can get a little creative along the way and we hope you agree.
As of August 2nd 2018, we’ve received our letter of determination from the IRS and they approved our 501(c)(3) status. As a result, that’s retroactive to our initial incorporation on Sept. 25, 2017. When we received that status it made the donations previously made all be tax deductible-retroactively. Thanks for your patience as we worked through that process!
Of course, within reason. Our site will always show how much has been raised so far and how close we are to our goal. Without showing individual compensation, we’ll provide evidence throughout that we have administered the funds responsibly and spent a good balance on marketing the concept to get the job done without overspending.
You shouldn’t. This is a website and it’s 2017. However, there are some steps we can take to start to earn your trust.
For one, this interface is clean, professional, and free of ads and spyware. There are real people here operating it who are in the real world evangelizing for the same case, who’d be glad to talk you there – or over electronic media, if that suits you better.
More importantly, net of a very small administrative overhead, proceeds of donations, merchandise sales, and any other income will go directly to the DHS each month when we disburse the money directly to the executive branch. When we give it to the DHS we are allowed by DHS regulation to stipulate what the money is spent on, so we know the funds will go to the right place.
Thanks to the power of social media, you’ll see all these things happening in real time and be able to offer your feedback to our team about how we’re doing and how we may be able to improve. We look forward to seeing the project through with all your help!
We all heard that said. It’s possible that it will come true, but in the meantime there’s no sense waiting for Mexico to just write a check. That money would likely come back to the US in the form of trade concessions, some sort of tariff, or a different financial vehicle than if the Government of Mexico wrote us a check for the explicit purpose of funding wall construction.
Instead, we propose to fund and start (maybe even complete) construction while those negotiations continue. If nothing else, we’ll be transitioning during that time from an expected cost to an actual cost, so the discussions can be far more concrete. If they find a means by which the Mexican Government is willing to send the funds to the US, the money can be used for some other project (or to pay down the national debt…hint hint).
We incorporated American Border Foundation on Sept. 25 2017 and applied for non-profit status on about December 28, 2017. For the better part of 2018, we had little to do but wait for the IRS to finalize our letter of determination and negotiate with DHS over whether they would take the money. These are the two keys, input and output. Since the IRS took until August 2 2018 to make the non-profit determination (we passed!) and negotiations with DHS took even longer, we didn’t really start asking for money until around Sept. 23rd 2018. Many donors have contributed to be a part of the initial round of funding to DHS, and we know even more are waiting to see the outcome of the funding deliberations in Congress and the first delivery from this site to DHS.
The mailing address and tax ID for the American Border Foundation is:
American Border Foundation
P.O. Box 204
Phoenix, MD 21131
Tax ID: 82-2806040
Refunds are available within 60 days of your original donation:
- Online by visiting the My Account section (up to $150)
- By calling donor services (1 (307) 274-8910)
If the requested refund is beyond 60 days of the original donation, please call 1 (307) 274-8910, and your request will be evaluated on an individual-case basis.
No, unfortunately due to DHS directives we cannot accept donations from DHS employees or contractors or agents that are then sent to DHS towards border wall construction. We will soon open other funds for a monument adjacent to the border and to provide relief to angel families and CBP agents and we welcome your donations to those funds at that time.
Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the American Border Foundation does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected items, used vehicles and the like must be sorted, cleaned, appraised and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.
The American Border Foundation does accept bulk quantities of product and services when these items help to raise funds for a primary project or program we are fundraising for. This could be in the form of a fundraiser event where donors provide food or items to be used during the fundraiser. If you have specific questions about a particular donation, please contact a representative who will be glad to help evaluate whether the donation is appropriate.
If Congress should happen to fully fund border wall construction, for example using the bill recently introduced by Kevin McCarthy in the House of Representatives, we will work with with Border Patrol Foundation to disburse any remaining funds from the Border Wall Fund to that organization. They are also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and share our mission so we felt this was the most appropriate fallback position to take.