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Rockefeller Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to Habitat for Humanity University

Habitat for Humanity University Receives $100,000 Grant From the Rockefeller Foundation

AMERICUS, Ga., July 15, 2003–Habitat for Humanity University (HFHU) today announced a $100,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for assistance during its start-up phase.

HFHU, an emerging global learning initiative of Habitat for Humanity International, seeks to enhance leadership throughout the Habitat for Humanity organization, including everyone from its grassroots affiliate volunteers to its senior leadership. HFHU will offer seminars, conferences, online learning and a scholarly research journal in order to share knowledge and best business practices throughout the global organization, whose goal is to eliminate substandard housing worldwide.

“We are very grateful for the commitment made by the Rockefeller Foundation, and are delighted to know that the Foundation supports HFHU’s goals of global leadership development, knowledge sharing and research,” said Dr. Shari Campbell, project director for HFHU.

David Williams, executive vice president and COO of Habitat for Humanity International said, “A grant from such a prestigious institution as the Rockefeller Foundation is a very important step forward for Habitat for Humanity University.”

According to Darren Walker, director of the Working Communities theme at the Rockefeller Foundation, “Habitat plays a tremendous role in the production of housing for low-income families in the United States and developing nations. We’re pleased to invest in their efforts to build the leadership and technical capacity to do even more.”

About Habitat for Humanity University

Habitat for Humanity University is a learning resource dedicated to leadership development through innovative and practical academic research; computer-based teaching and information sharing; in-person seminars and lectures; networking and mentoring. HFHU will offer a dynamic knowledge network to address Habitat’s greatest need: to identify and nurture the next generation of leadership necessary to fulfill the mission of eliminating poverty housing worldwide.

About Habitat for Humanity International

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 89 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.

About the Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based, global foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world. Within its Working Communities theme, the Foundation invests in policies and practices to help ensure that the poor have access to decent jobs, affordable housing, quality public schools and the opportunity to participate in civic and other decision-making processes that affect their lives.