Our case for support

Help us build strength, stability and self-reliance.

Volunteer hammers sheathing onto a Habitat home in Wisconsin.

Unwavering support from donors and volunteers has made Habitat for Humanity a leader among nonprofit organizations.

Since our founding in 1976, Habitat has helped more than 29 million people obtain a safer place to sleep at night, along with the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives.

But it’s not enough. We need your support to build our impact. And with your help, we know we can do more.

Here’s how.

Habitat for Humanity is a global leader.

Shot from inside an unfinished Habitat home, a volunteer in a hard hat peers down through roof trusses with blue sky behind his head.

As a global organization delivering local impact, Habitat is uniquely positioned to address the world’s shelter crisis.

Our work in more than 70 countries and across all 50 states in the U.S. has helped transform the lives and communities of 29 million people through housing since 1976.

With the help of more than 1.4 million volunteers each year, Habitat serves a family somewhere around the world every 21 seconds.

Map of countries served by Habitat in FY2019

FY2019 individuals served

Habitat’s strategic plan looks at the number of individuals impacted by our work. We report our work as a mix of households and individuals. To present our figures as individuals, we multiply by five the number of households served by our international work, and by four (or by two for repairs) the number of households served by our work in the U.S. and Canada.
United States & Canada
New & rehab construction 16,320
Repairs 16,540
Market development 710
Total 33,570
Latin America & the Caribbean
New & rehab construction 35,345
Incremental construction 29,525
Repairs 64,825
Professional services 30,790
Market development 1,847,575
Total 2,008,060
Europe, Middle East & Africa
New & rehab construction 3,860
Incremental construction 114,435
Repairs 16,770
Professional services 34,440
Market development 1,676,655
Civil society facilitation 3,275
Total 1,849,435
Asia & the Pacific
New & rehab construction 38,055
Incremental construction 273,990
Repairs 15,050
Professional services 70,675
Market development 1,598,875
Civil society facilitation 1,180,010
Total 3,176,655

FY2019 consolidated financial information

All figures presented in thousands of dollars.
Source of funds
Contributions $197,354 66%
Government grants $15,753 5%
Donated product $42,191 14%
Other income $45,221 15%
Total revenue $300,519  
Use of funds
Program - U.S. affiliates $121,512 42%
Program - international affiliates $85,843 30%
Program - public awareness and advocacy $16,647 6%
Total programs $224,002 78%
Fundraising $49,265 17%
Management and general $14,986 5%
Total expenses $288,253  

FY2018 combined financial information

As autonomous nonprofit organizations, Habitat affiliates and national organizations keep their own records of revenues and expenditures. Habitat for Humanity International annually compiles combined (unaudited) financial amounts for Habitat in total. For FY2018, we estimated the total impact of the entire Habitat for Humanity mission was as follows:
Total revenue of $2.3 billion
Total net assets of $3.1 billion
FY2018 Source of funds
Contributions and grants $800 million 35%
Donated product $713 million 31%
Sales of homes $641 million 28%
Other income $128 million 6%
FY2018 Use of funds
Program $1.6 billion 84%
Fundraising $139 million 7%
Management and general $178 million 9%

We have tremendous friends.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter working on a Carter Work Project build site.

Habitat Humanitarians are high-profile volunteers recognized for their invaluable contributions.

This generous group serves as mission champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the U.S. and around the world.

Our Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and world-renowned construction and real estate experts Drew and Jonathan Scott.

Jonathan and Drew Scott explain how Habitat is like a toolbox.

Hear more from other supporters

Desmond Tutu
In the same way bricks form the foundation of a home for a family, the gift of a Habitat house provides the foundation for community growth and development. A home is instrumental in breaking the shackles of poverty from one generation to the next.

Sometimes, God looks down on the world, and he says, ‘Why do my children treat each other like this?’ God looks down on the world today and sees you. God smiles because he sees you doing fantastic work.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, patron of Habitat for Humanity South Africa

Jacqueline Fernandez
When I volunteered on Habitat builds, I saw how readily families contributed their own labor. They worked as hard as the volunteers because they were building their own house. At the house dedication, there was no mistaking the joy and pride on their faces. I’ve heard how parents build on the stability of a Habitat home to enable their children to achieve greater strength and self-reliance.

I know these stories are true as I’ve met some of the families myself.
Bollywood actress and Habitat volunteer Jacqueline Fernandez

Deshaun Watson
I remember that first day in the house. Just seeing my mom’s smile, just seeing my little brother and sister. You know, after we got the house, I started separating myself from negative things. I was able to come home and work on my craft as a student and as an athlete. The Habitat house really helped me focus and mature.
Houston Texans quarterback, College Football Playoff National Championship MVP and Habitat volunteer Deshaun Watson

The scope of the problem we address is vast.