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Schwab Foundation Honors HFH Founders for Work to End Poverty Housing



AMERICUS, Ga., Oct. 10, 2002- Millard and Linda Fuller have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as top Social Entrepreneurs for their work with Habitat for Humanity International and its mission to end poverty housing around the world.

“Linda and I are grateful to the Schwab Foundation for being recognized as top Social Entrepreneurs who have improved people’s lives,” said Fuller. “Linda and I see life as both a gift and a responsibility. Our responsibility is to use what God has given us to help people in need.”

The Schwab Foundation recognizes social entrepreneurs who identify and enact practical solutions to social problems by combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity. Out of this year’s 136 nominations, 20 candidates were selected based on ethics, sustainability, innovation, reach and scope of their organization, as well as how easily their work can be replicated in various regions around the world.

The Fullers’ leadership helped forge Habitat for Humanity International into a worldwide Christian housing ministry. Since founding Habitat for Humanity International in 1976, the Fullers have overseen the organization’s growth to house 625,000 people in decent, affordable shelter in 83 countries.

In 1996, Millard Fuller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

“(Habitat for Humanity) is the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States. It has revolutionized the lives of thousands,” said former U.S. President Bill Clinton. “Millard Fuller has done as much to make the dream of homeownership a reality in our country and throughout the world as any living person.”

“Deeply committed to generating social value, these Social Entrepreneurs identify new processes, services, products or unique ways of combining proven practice with innovation, driving through pattern-breaking approaches to seemingly intractable social issues,” said a statement released by the Schwab Foundation. “Most importantly, they act as social alchemists, converting underutilized resources into productive assets by working with and motivating groups of people and communities.”

Schwab entrepreneurs selected for this recognition are invited to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the annual Social Entrepreneurs Summit in Geneva. These venues put them in contact with leading business entrepreneurs, heads of corporations and governments, academic and other policy leaders, as well as with social entrepreneurs. The Schwab Foundation gives financial support and management planning consultation services to Social Entrepreneurs as they strengthen and expand their organizations.

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The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship ( seeks to identify, recognize and disseminate initiatives in social entrepreneurship that have significantly improved people’s lives and have the potential to be adapted to other settings. Founded by Klaus and Hilde Schwab in 1998, the foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.