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It's amazing.

Each night I sit down to write meaningful Tweets to get released around dinner time, eastern time and each night have been pulled into a bunch of different conversations that don't end until after midnight.

#FundTheWall is here to stay.
Some of these are just operational conversations with team members to plan for MOAR for example, or work on other initiatives but even more are getting introduced to people and meeting people who want to support our initiative.

There are a lot of you!
We've met over 4k new Twitter followers in the past week and a half or so and another 400 on Facebook.

Many have contacted us through the site. The number of hecklers has been far less than we expected, to be honest.
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A lot of people ask how we can justify being a nonprofit. How is building a border wall a charity case? We had to answer that for ourselves before we could even begin the process. We knew if donations weren't tax deductible there was no point in even starting to #FundTheWall.
A simple reading of the definition of a charity according to the IRS shows we have a solid basis: "erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works;", The wall is a public work. It doesn't say WE have to build it, just that the money has goes to it GETTING built.
We could go on a tangent here, about whether a "border SYSTEM" including ground sensing radar, microphone arrays, drones, etc. is a public work. We think it probably is. For right now, we'll focus on the wall and come back to the rest once the flow of money is moving.
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American Border Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, operates fundthewall dot com as a crowdfunding service to provide money to DHS to build a border wall.

We've been slowly working through gov't red tape since about July 2017.

There are three key elements, at the most basic level:
- How do we get money?
- How do we give it to the Gov't?
- How do we make sure they only spend it on the wall?

The first is simple, technically; but we knew it needed to be tax-deductible so that was key item #1.
We inc'ed in September 2017 and applied for non-profit status in December 2017.

It took us until early August 2018 to get a determination back that we were approved.

So, the input side is done: donations are tax deductible on Federal returns and tech stack to donate is built.
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