About your program donation

Global Village invests both considerable time and financial resources to ensure the safe coordination of teams across the world. Habitat requires each volunteer to contribute a program donation to aid in covering the program’s expenses which can range from $1625-$2500.

The program donation serves two purposes:

Direct contribution: It is a contribution to the country program and to support ongoing program-related efforts.

Volunteer expense coverage: The funds cover volunteer expenses including:

  • Construction-related technical oversight and interpretation support at the build site.
  • Travel accident and sickness insurance.
  • Trip cancellation insurance (for international builds only).
  • All meals and accommodations during the build.
  • Ground transportation.
  • Social learning exchange activities.
  • A portion of your team leader’s airfare and program donation.

Please note that airfare and visa fees, if applicable, are not included in the program donation. Learn more about how you can submit your donations and fundraise.

Donations may be tax deductible

Habitat for Humanity International is recognized in the United States as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. For many U.S. citizens, the program donation is tax-deductible. Citizens of other nations, e.g., Canada, Germany, Australia, etc., will have different rules concerning tax deductibility, based on Habitat’s tax status in that nation. In addition to donations, volunteer airfare may also be a tax-deductible expense. 

Consult a tax adviser for any other specific questions on the deductibility of your program-related expenses and read more about the program donation and tax benefits

Donation acknowledgments

All donors, whether paying via check, money order or credit card, are sent acknowledgment letters. However, please note that Habitat cannot acknowledge cash donations. We also discourage donation checks made payable directly to you as we can only acknowledge donations submitted directly to Habitat for Humanity.