Frequently Asked Questions

1.)  How can I help support Make It Right?
2.)  What percentage of donations go to administration expenses? 
3.)  I am interested in owning a MIR home. How do I know if I qualify for the program?
4.)  I have already submitted my preliminary application to own a MIR home. What is the next step?
5.)  Why is MIR only building within the Lower 9th Ward?
6.)  How can I donate to Make It Right?
7.) How do I know my donation has been received?  Will I receive an acknowledgement receipt?
8.)  I would like to visit the Make It Right home building site; what are the directions to the physical address?
9.)  I would like your founder, Brad Pitt, to attend a conference or meeting I am holding.
10.)  I am experiencing technical problems using the website or donating online; how can I resolve this?
11.)  I would like to write an article about MIR; do you have high resolution images I could download?
12.)   What is the timeline for construction?
13.)  I have submitted a request to donate products to the MIR home; when should I expect the review phase to begin?
14.)  I would like to volunteer or work professionally for Make It Right; what is the application process?
15.)  I would like to get involved with the fundraising aspect of Make It Right; who should I contact?

1.)  How can I help support Make It Right?

A great way to support our ambitious project to build 150 homes in the Lower 9th Ward is to make a direct contribution.  Your donation to Make It Right is guaranteed to get to the people that need it most- the victims of Katrina.  Know that we genuinely appreciate all contributions.  There is no minimum. Give what you can, even as a gift. With your help, we can help Make It Right.  Please click here to donate.

Another great way to support our cause is to help raise awareness for the project.  For more information about Make It Right, we invite you to view the following document and to share it with your friends, family and colleagues to help spread the word about our exciting goal to build 150 green, affordable homes! There is no minimum. Give what you can, even as a give on behalf of someone.

Please click here for an informational brochure detailing Make It Right’s mission.

2.) What percentage of donations go to administration expenses? 

The major partners of the Make It Right Foundation sponsored the overhead necessary to run the project so that 100 percent of all donations go directly towards building homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.
 
3.)  I am interested in owning a Make It Right home. How do I know if I qualify for the program?

Thank you for your interest in learning more about owning a Make It Right home.  If you owned a home in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans prior to Katrina and are interested in applying to the Make It Right program, please fill out a preliminary application and return it to Make It Right at the address below. Know that we are working block by block and will reach out to applicants when we approach their specific area.  We thank you in advance for your kind patience.

Make It Right
PO Box 58009
New Orleans, LA 70158

Our current program focus is to rebuild homes in the Lower 9th Ward for the families that lost homes there during hurricane Katrina. If you did not live in the Lower 9th Ward prior to Katrina, unfortunately you are not eligible for our program at this time.

4.)  I have already submitted my preliminary application to own a MIR home. What is the next step?

Please click here to learn about the next phase of the Make It Right program. 

5.)  Why is MIR only building within the Lower 9th Ward?

We acknowledge that Katrina's devastation is widespread and reaches far beyond the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.  The impact ripples into large and intense circles of need and recovery.

Make It Right has a mission to rebuild homes using an eco-friendly, sustainable, and affordable design.  The scope is currently on the Lower 9th Ward, with an ambitious intent to build 150 homes.  It is hopefully a starting point.  Once the fulfillment of this project has been made, it is a possibility that this plan can be replicated in other areas.

In this massive recovery effort it is impossible to be everywhere at once. It is understood that other parts of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast were damaged and have huge needs.  With the generous donations and enormous tasks at hand, it is necessary to define a focused scope of work to be achieved.

Our wishes for a continued recovery reach far beyond these 150 homes we are building.  If you are a Katrina victim, please accept our sympathies for your hardship and loss.

6.)  How can I donate to Make It Right?

Thank you so much for making the initiative to help Make It Right.  Please utilize our fast and very secure website to make your kind donation.  Click here to donate.  Please input the donation amount and click “Make Donation.” You will then be prompted for your billing and credit card information.  While we highly recommend submitting your donation online, if you prefer to send us a check, you may mail in your donation to the address below.  Please make checks payable to “The Make It Right Foundation.”

Make It Right
PO Box 58009
New Orleans, LA 70158

7.) How do I know my donation has been received?  Will I receive an acknowledgement receipt?

An acknowledgement receipt will be sent to you through the mail if you choose to mail in your donation.  If you made your donation via our website, an acknowledgement receipt will be emailed to you the day of the submission.

8.)  I would like to visit the Make It Right home building site; what are the directions to the physical address?

Please follow the link below to view directions from downtown New Orleans to the Make It Right Site. 

Click here for Directions to the Make It Right site.

9.)  I would like your founder, Brad Pitt, to attend a conference or meeting I am holding.

Unfortunately, Brad Pitt’s schedule is extremely tight and is booked up months in advance. Please understand we appreciate your desire to have him personally share the project with you and your colleagues; however, this request simply cannot be granted at this time.

Please respect the fact that we cannot work as Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie’s agents. Our sole focus is to rebuild 150 homes.

10.)  I am experiencing technical problems using the website or donating online, how can I resolve this?

Please contact Make It Right directly by calling toll free at 888 MIR NOLA (888 647-6652) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday. You may also contact us by selecting the “technical problems” category on our Contact Us page.

11.) I would like to write an article about MIR; do you have high resolution images I could download?

Please Click here to visit our Media page where you can download high resolution images to be used in your article.  Thanks for your desire to help spread the word about our exciting project!

12.) What is the timeline for construction?

Our immediate goal is to have the pilot families in their MIR homes by the 3rd anniversary of Katrina, August 29th, 2008.  We will be updating the website periodically to announce our progress as we continue with our goal of rebuilding 150 green, affordable homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.

13.)  I have submitted a request to donate products to the MIR home; when should I expect the review phase to begin?

Please know that we have all your information on record and will be in contact with you as soon as we are most prepared to consider including your product.  We will continually be assessing material needs for homebuilding as our project develops.  We thank you greatly for your patience and understanding and look forward to coordinating with you at the first opportunity.

14.)  I would like to volunteer or work professionally for Make It Right, what is the application process?

Please know that we admire and invite your wish to contribute.  By submitting your information through the “Contact Us” page, you will have secured your records in our database.  As soon as volunteer or professional work becomes available, we will be sure to contact you.  Make It Right cannot be a success without your generous concern and participation, and we are grateful for every measure of your support.

15.)  I would like to get involved with the fundraising aspect of Make It Right; whom should I contact?

We are eager to hear more about your plans to help raise funds for Make It Right.  By selecting the “Fundraising” category from our “Contact Us” page and submitting your information, your records will be secured in our database.  Our fundraising consultant reviews all opportunities and will contact you as appropriate to discuss your very generous offer.

Please note that all media outreach must be coordinated through our public relations consultant for approval.  We have a basic press release available if you’d like to announce your contribution to the project, but beyond that recognition, the Make it Right Foundation will not be able to help facilitate any promotional or marketing efforts.