From the CEO
My first few months at Habitat for Humanity of Dane County have been a whirlwind. What I’ve noticed in this short time is that Habitat has an incredible amount of volunteer involvement. I’m amazed at the dedication and consistency of our volunteers. Whether they are hammering nails, tearing out kitchens for the Deconstruction team or serving on our committees, I am so impressed with the quality of our volunteers. Thank you!
Second, I’m very proud of how our staff and our volunteers wisely manage the dollars we spend at Habitat. Only 5.85% of our expenses goes to administrative expenses and 94.15% goes directly to helping families, I was pleased at how seriously we respect every dollar and every donation we receive. According to Charity Navigator, 90% of charities spend only 65% of their budget on the programs and services they exist to provide. I’m honored to know that our Dane County numbers far exceed the norm in the United States. Habitat for Humanity practices good stewardship with all funds entrusted to its mission of eliminating substandard housing. Using funds wisely allows Habitat to serve more families and communities around the world.
Third, I’ve learned a great deal about the unique sustainability of our funding model. Our homeowner mortgage payments provide a stable base of income for Habitat, and donations provide an important part of why we are so successful here in Dane County. Your donations support the infrastructure of Habitat, which in turn helps us locate and select families that are most committed to the program. I want to continue to maintain and improve this excellent model of success, good governance and oversight. Thank you for making that possible!
Looking forward, I plan to spend a great deal of time working with our Board of Directors to develop a solid strategic plan and to acquire more land to build even more simple, decent and affordable homes with our partner families.
Thank you for your words of welcome and encouragement. I look forward to meeting more of our volunteers and donors.