ATLANTA (Oct. 25, 2007) – Elizabeth Crossman, the recently retired president of Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, has been elected to serve as secretary of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors. Crossman was chosen to be an officer of the 28-member board that oversees the organization’s mission of building simple, decent housing in partnership with people in need throughout the world.
“It’s an honor to serve on the board of Habitat for Humanity International, an organization offering a practical solution to affordable housing so that low-income people may know the security, safety and comfort that homeownership allows,” said Crossman.
Crossman joined Weyerhaeuser in 1986 and retired this past March as president of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, which seeks to increase understanding of the importance and sustainability of forests to meet people’s needs. Her responsibilities included directing foundation and corporate donations totaling $12 million annually; focusing on community support in locations where the company’s 500-plus facilities operate; and overseeing programs and projects of unique relevance to the forest products industry.
As president, Crossman also directed the company’s scholarship, matching gifts and employee volunteer programs, as well as in-kind contributions and Weyerhaeuser’s participation in the United Way campaign.
Currently, Crossman serves on the Rogue Community College Foundation board and is a past president of Philanthropy Northwest, the regional association of grant makers. She also served full terms on the boards of both the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County and Scholarship America.
Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service. Board terms are two years and each member may serve four consecutive terms.
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
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 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .