America Online CEO Steve Case Announces $1 Million Grant to Habitat for Humanity for Rebuilding Oklahoma Communities in Aftermath of Tornadoes
Oklahoma City - May 15, 1999 - America Online Chairman and CEO Steve Case and his wife, Jean, announced today a $1 million Stephen Case Foundation grant to Habitat for Humanity International for building new homes in the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that struck Oklahoma on May 3.
“AOL and the Stephen Case Foundation care deeply about the ongoing reconstruction of the communities in and around Oklahoma City. With this donation, Habitat for Humanity will be able to help economically disadvantaged families rebuild and move forward with their lives,” Steve Case said.
The donation came in the form of a “challenge” grant that will match every dollar donated to Central Oklahoma and Norman, Okla., Habitat for Humanity affiliates by individuals, businesses and institutions around the nation for reconstruction in the Oklahoma City area.
“This is a critical piece of the puzzle that Central Oklahoma Habitat has been putting together since May 3, when we realized we needed to rebuild hope and homes for the affected families,” said affiliate President Ann Felton. “We expect the generosity of the Case Foundation will inspire many others to join in this rebuilding campaign,” Felton said.
Habitat for Humanity International has launched a nationwide appeal for financial assistance to the tornado victims of Oklahoma and Kansas.
“When disaster strikes and people are left homeless, people from all over the world call Habitat for Humanity,” said Habitat Founder and President Millard Fuller. “We want to put this support to work in the long process of planning and rebuilding homes in partnership with people in need.”
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 62 other coutnries around the world.