Amid the US federal government shutdown due to Executive and Legislative misunderstandings on President Trump’s request on budget of Mexican border wall, GoFundMe will make a refund to all donors of $20 million after it fell short to its initial target of $1 billion.
A Trump-inspired GoFundMe campaign that raised $20 million ostensibly to build a wall on the southern U.S. border will refund every cent.
Run by Brian Kolfage, a veteran with a track record of questionable projects, the project defied all logistical considerations with its proposal for a “simple and straightforward” plan to build the wall.
However, that premise didn’t stop the fund from attracting the attention of 337,559 donors at the time of writing.
Surprising perhaps no one beyond its donors, the campaign collided with reality, with Kolfage coming to the realization that “the federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon” given that there is no actual mechanism through which it could do so.
On the campaign page, Kolfage newly disclosed his plans to form a nonprofit, “We Build The Wall, Inc.” that would hold onto the donations until the federal government is able to accept them or until all of the donors eventually forget the project altogether.
Initially, donors were told that their money would be refunded if the goal for the project was not met. On December 22, the project’s language changed, removing any mention of refunds if the goal was not met. With that, the project appears to have run afoul of GoFundMe’s policies.
According to GoFundMe official, the donors will receive a guidelines on how to refund their donations, the latter can realign his or her donation to another organizations he or she wish to help. However, if the donors failed to notify the organization he/she will receive the full amount of his/her donations.