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BUILD Heroes

BUILD's 2020 Gala

During these uncertain times, BUILD will be highlighting those everyday heroes who are supporting our communities in this time of need.
You can make a difference by
supporting our #BUILDHeroes today.

While our partner schools are closed, the critical needs of our young people still remain. BUILD works with children and families who are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Our staff is reaching out to each of our young entrepreneurs, alumni, and their families to ensure they are receiving adequate food, income, and technology assistance and identify any gaps in resources. We’ve already begun virtual mentoring and college counseling, and are developing virtual lessons and activities to keep our students connected and engaged in learning during school closures.

Throughout the month of April, we are launching a new campaign to share stories of positivity and hope across the nation called #BUILDHeroes. We will be celebrating those inspirational hero moments and the people who are going above and beyond to support the communities we serve in this unprecedented time including our teachers, mentors, students, parents, donors, and staff members #BUILDHeroes. Please share your own email stories of community heroes to or Tag #BUILDHeroes.

Stories of #BUILDHeroes

You Can Make a Difference

From coast to coast, we are also asking our mentors and friends to strongly consider launching individual crowdfunding campaigns to support the efforts of our #BUILDHeroes who are working directly in communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak and urgently needs funds to continue their vital work. Help support the impactful work of #BUILDheroes today by multiplying your donation within your network.We have included a campaign toolkit which includes sample emails, social posts, and other graphic templates for you to easily start your own fundraiser in less than 5 minutes.


Thank You for Supporting #BUILDHeroes

Individual Supporters

Cathie & Pitch Johnson

Katherine Ambrose

Tom Axbey

Scott Fisher

Stan Karp

Pete Van Oot

Scott Plumridge

Bruce Sandys

JD Sherman

Lindsay Simonds

Brian Wei

Simone Coxe


Contact Info

Ed Wilson

We’re entrepreneurial. We’re resilient. And when times get tough, we must #KeepBUILDing.

You can learn more about BUILD’s response to COVID-19 here.

For more information about supporting BUILD Heroes, email