Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, donors and corporate partners, Habitat for Humanity has provided simple, decent shelter for hundreds of thousands of families in need. Our corporate partners’ donations of funds or services help us to continue providing families with homes and the hope of a better life. We are grateful for their kind support.
Reaching out to new audiences
Our mission is to ensure that all people have access to a safe, decent place in which to live. In order to reach that goal we must engage many more people in our work.
Volunteering on a Habitat construction site has proven to be a mighty motivator, but not everyone is capable of supporting our mission through construction. We must also take every opportunity to reach others through presentations and events.
Key Corporate Partners:
The Home Depot Foundation*
The Home Depot Foundation is committed to repair and renovate homes of U.S. veterans through the Habitat for Humanity Repair Corps program. The foundation also supports construction of energy-efficient and sustainable homes and communities. Since 2008, The Home Depot Foundation partnership has pledged $30 million in financial and in-kind support, technical resources and training.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans*
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has pledged $6.8 million to Habitat for Humanity to build 113 homes in partnership with low-income families through the Thrivent Builds Homes program in calendar year 2013. The program is part of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent’s unique eight-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. Since 2005, Thrivent Financial has donated more than $180 million, and nearly 170,000 Thrivent members have volunteered more than 3.5 million hours building homes, communities and hope.
The founding partner of Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program, Valspar is Habitat’s National Paint Partner. Valspar has been helping build and maintain more beautiful communities for nearly 30 years. In September of 2010, Valspar and Habitat celebrated the donation of Valspar’s one millionth gallon of paint.
A national partner since 2010, Wells Fargo has provided more than $18.6 million to support affordable-housing work with low-income families, including more than $9 million to support Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. NRI constructs, repairs and rehabilitates affordable housing with low-income families in markets hit hard by foreclosures.
Whirlpool* has donated more than 140,000 ranges and ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators to new Habitat homes built in North America, serving 71,000 families. The company has sponsored more than 100 homes around the world and served more than 24,504 families in Europe alone.
Yale Locks & Hardware*
Yale Locks & Hardware, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand, has committed to more than $15 million in locksets and keys for Habitat houses since the beginning of the partnership. In December 2010, Yale’s donation reached 500,000 locksets. Yale provides complimentary technical advice regarding use and installation and supports Habitat house construction through employee volunteerism.
Telling Habitat’s story to:
Audiences of 100 or less No one knows our story better than those who serve our mission. Our local affiliates are wonderful resources when seeking information or a speaker for a special event. Affiliates will often be happy to provide a staff person or volunteer who can effectively tell the story of our work in the local area. Find your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Audiences greater than 100 When the expected audience for an event is larger than 100 people, it may be appropriate to request a speaker from our Speakers Bureau. For help in assessing whether or not you should contact the Speakers Bureau, read the Speakers Bureau FAQs and direct any follow-up questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requesting a speaker from the Habitat for Humanity International Speakers Bureau
If you decide that requesting a speaker from the Speakers Bureau is the appropriate course of action:
Read the Speakers Bureau member bios carefully.
Once your request is received, the Speakers Bureau coordinator will work with you to meet your needs as fully as possible.
About our speakers
Speakers Bureau members have been selected from our professional staff, Board of Directors, State Support
Organizations and volunteers. However, there are many experts on staff at Habitat for Humanity International. Those whose bios are available on our website are only a portion of the number of staff people who can motivate and inspire your audience.
Speakers Bureau members can address many topics including:
- History of Habitat for Humanity
- Habitat’s work around the world
- Finance and microfinance
- Disaster response
- Habitat in the 21st century
- Economic impact of Habitat housing
- Servant leadership
Habitat for Humanity International participates in a number of federal government programs.
About these government programs:
These programs were established by Congress to support housing organizations that work to revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods and provide simple, decent, affordable housing for lower-income individuals and families in the United States.
Why we participate:
Participating in these programs allows Habitat for Humanity to help U.S. affiliates grow, expand and, ultimately, serve more families. Equally important is the awareness Habitat places on using taxpayer money wisely and efficiently and complying with all government regulations.
About the application process:
Habitat for Humanity must compete for any recurring funds every year by submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
How we manage these funds:
If awarded funding, Habitat for Humanity International serves as the grant administrator and conducts its own application process with U.S. affiliates. Funding is then distributed to selected affiliates for use at the local level.
For more information about government grants:
Contact Donna Golden, director of government grants and lending resources, at 229-410-7514.
Learn more about Habitat’s government grant programs: