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Habitat for Humanity’s CEO joins global leaders at Clinton Global Initiative 2007

Reckford accepts his second invitation to exclusive yearly global conference in New York

ATLANTA (Sept. 24, 2007) –Habitat for Humanity CEO, Jonathan Reckford, will stand alongside more than 1,000 leaders from business, non-government organizations, foundations, academia and government for the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual conference on Sept. 26-28, 2007.

“Membership at CGI is important to Habitat for Humanity International because it allows us opportunities to partner with our peers from the private, public and non-profit sectors as never before. Given the enormous need in our world, we are tirelessly seeking to create alliances that help eliminate poverty housing. CGI is one of the best forums we know for making those valuable connections,” said Reckford.

The annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting is held in New York each September to coincide with the U.N. General Assembly. The gathering is a working session designed to provide insights into global problems for the purpose of enabling productive action. CGI’s four areas of focus include education, energy and climate change, global health and poverty alleviation. Reckford will lend his expertise and experience for the poverty-alleviation portion of the summit.

Having a professional background ranging from Wall Street to corporate America, Reckford will share his experience running an effective and efficient international nonprofit organization.

“We were delighted to have participated in last year’s conference, and it was certainly inspiring to see so many hearts and minds come together in one place to address the plight of poverty in our world. The commitments raised during this time will go a long way again this year toward improving lives across the globe—as we continue making families in need part of the solution by enabling them to help improve their own lives,” added Reckford.

Last year at the CGI, Habitat pledged $5 million to advance learning and develop pilot programs for poverty alleviation and improved housing conditions. Today, Habitat continues to drive these pilots forward into scaleable and replicable solutions to poverty housing. Habitat’s housing Finance Innovation Program further positions Habitat as a partner and catalyst for worldwide access to simple, safe, affordable homes through the following four goals:
• Exponentially increase the number of families served annually
• Mobilize new capital to the global-affordable-housing market
• Help lead the transformation of systems that impact affordable housing
• Be diverse, motivated and high-performing as a housing organization

President Clinton launched the CGI in 2005 to help the world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities and values. Each year, CGI gathers global leaders from a variety of backgrounds and creates a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to work together to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI has approximately 1,000 members, diverse and influential leaders from all over the world, who make tangible commitments to create or support projects within CGI’s areas of focus.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit http://www.habitat.org.