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NonProfit Times names Millard Fuller ‘Executive of the Year’

‘Executive of Year’ honor given to Habitat for Humanity founder and president

AMERICUS, Ga., Dec. 1, 2003 — Millard Fuller left his prosperous business, gave away a million-dollar fortune to seek a life of service and founded Habitat for Humanity International along with his wife, Linda. For his leadership as president of the organization that has built more than 150,000 homes with families in need, The NonProfit Times today named Millard Fuller as its 2003 “Executive of the Year.”

The semi-monthly publication acknowledged Fuller’s entrepreneurial savvy, marketing abilities and innovation in selecting him for the annual honor.

“I am extremely grateful and honored by this recognition from The NonProfit Times,” said Fuller. “Habitat for Humanity and the many dedicated people involved in this movement are leading the way to make homeownership a reality for more and more families in need of a simple, decent place to call home.”

Millard Fuller’s business expertise and entrepreneurial drive made him a millionaire by age 29. After a rededication of his life to family and to following God’s path, Millard and Linda decided to sell their possessions and give the money to the poor. Following missionary work in Africa, the Fullers founded Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Ga.

Millard Fuller has written several books about his work with Habitat for Humanity, including the recently released, “Building Materials for Life, Volume II.” He also has received numerous achievement awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees for his outstanding leadership toward meeting the goal of eliminating poverty housing worldwide.

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Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.