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Rockefeller Foundation gives $150,000 grant to Habitat

Habitat for Humanity receives Rockefeller Foundation grant for strategic planning

AMERICUS, Ga. (May 17, 2005) – Habitat for Humanity has received a $150,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation toward the cost of developing its five-year organizational strategic plan with a focus on scaling up services to serve families in need of a simple, decent home.

The grant has enabled Habitat officials to enlist the services of international consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, to aid in developing the housing ministry’s next five-year strategic plan. A cross-functional group of Habitat staff from Americus and from its area offices and affiliates around the world are leading the effort and expect to present a plan to the international board of directors at one of its meetings later this year.

“This is a very exciting award for us,” said Todd Garth, director, Foundations, Organizations and Institutions for Habitat for Humanity. “This grant attests to not only the Rockefeller Foundation’s support for our work, but its confidence that we will continue to move capably forward, scaling the Habitat program and partnering with other agencies toward that ultimate goal of eliminating poverty housing.”

Habitat’s existing five year plan, which features the aggressive More Than Houses campaign – an historic effort to push Habitat into 100 countries, to build an additional 100,000 homes in five years and to raise $500 million to build those homes, targets that will all be met – will close at the end of the 2005 calendar year. The new strategic plan will guide Habitat’s work between 2006-2011.

“Our future already looks strong,” said Paul Leonard, chief executive officer of Habitat,” but the strategic plan will help us focus our work even more. In addition to items such as the Jimmy Carter Work Projects in Michigan and India in 2005 and 2006, building our 200,000th house in Knoxville in August and celebrating our 30th anniversary next year, this will help us identify more and better ways to serve families in need throughout the world.”

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.