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Habitat for Humanity Reorganizes Finance, Administration & Communications Units

Americus, Ga. - June, 21 2000 - In a time of rapidly accelerating construction worldwide, the founder and president of America’s largest nonprofit housing organization announced Friday that key leadership functions are being restructured and expanded at Habitat for Humanity International headquarters here.

“Habitat for Humanity will build more houses in the next five years than we have built in the past 24 years: 100,000 new houses by 2005,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). “Our organization’s structure and leadership must stay ahead of that growth, to guide our progress and maintain our passionate commitment to integrity and stewardship in all that we do.”

In the new organizational structure, David Williams, currently senior vice president, administration, is being appointed HFHI’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He will oversee all areas of HFHI’s day-to-day operations worldwide.

In the financial stewardship area, Mike Carscaddon, currently vice president, finance, is being appointed senior vice president, administration.

Dennis Bender, currently vice president, communications, becomes senior vice president, communications, in a restructured unit that formerly was combined with HFHI’s development, or fund raising, division. Sandi Byrd will continue to serve as senior vice president, development, with a special mandate of expanding Habitat’s fund raising into Europe in addition to overseeing the growing fund raising efforts in the U.S. through the “More Than Houses” campaign. That campaign is expected to raise an additional $500 million by 2005.

“When I brought this plan for expanded and strengthened leadership to Habitat’s International Board of Directors, they wholeheartedly endorsed every detail,” Fuller said. “As national and international leaders of businesses and organizations, they agreed that the time is right for progressive restructuring.”

Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 1,916 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 90,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.