A builder typically donates all or some of the cost of a lot and his/her profit and overhead. Trade partners—subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants—donate all or some of the cost of labor, materials, and consulting services. Others associated with building a home, such as banks, title and escrow companies, and other service firms, may also be involved by waiving fees or making financial donations in support of a Homes for HOPE project.
The benefits to builders, their trades, and the local building community are many.
Here are just a few:
Builders and trades can help address poverty—one of the world's greatest challenges—by doing what they do best.
The local building industry (and homebuilding association) increases its reputation for philanthropy by involving hundreds of members in a high-impact project.
Builders create stronger bonds with their trade partners through a team-building effort that helps thousands of people with just one project.
The goodwill created by a Homes for HOPE project forges stronger synergy and productivity for builders and trade partners in their every day "for profit" work.
This building industry program becomes another visible expression of the building industry's generosity and an example for others to follow in charitable giving.
Homes for Hope began as a program of HOPE International in early 1999, when HOPE’s founder, Jeff Rutt, was searching for ways to support HOPE International as it expanded to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest places on earth, now including countries such as Haiti, Rwanda, Central Asia, Ukraine, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Because he was a homebuilder by trade (founder of Keystone Custom Homes), Jeff approached his trade partners—the subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants who helped him build homes—and asked them if they would help him generate revenue for HOPE International’s mission by doing what they all did best…building a home. These Keystone trade partners, under Jeff’s leadership, established the Homes for HOPE program.
Since that time Homes for HOPE has developed into a separate 501(c)(3) organization and has raised over $10,000,000 in support of HOPE International’s microenterprise work around the world.
Homes for Hope currently operates in nine states across the country, typically in affiliation with a local homebuilding association in each area a Home for HOPE is built.