The only gift too small is the one not made
There are eight rungs in charity. The highest is when you help people to help themselves."Maimonides
The Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our tax-exempt status can be confirmed by clicking on these links. Group Exemption and IRS letter.Thanks to the generosity of area individuals, businesses, service organizations and congregations, we now provide housing for over 65 people and are able to serve two or more families each year with new construction or ABWK, a program of minor repairs making homes safer and more affordable. Our fiscal year ends June 30.
Building homes and changing lives....A brighter future begins at home. We consider your gift to be an investment in our community by helping us to build more, safe, sufficient and affordable homes in southwestern, Vermont. Your gift will make a difference today - especially in the lives of the children who will live in the home!
Your gift could help buy:
|$25 = A Box of Nails||$500 = Kitchen Counter-tops|
|$50 = Paint for one bedroom||$1,000 = Interior Doors|
|$100 = Bathroom Vanity||$2,500 = Kitchen Cabinets|
|$250 = Exterior Door||$5,000 = Family Room & Kitchen|
Some frequently asked questions
If I give to Habitat for Humanity, will my contribution be used to build homes in Vermont? There are two ways to ensure that your gifts will be used to build homes locally. If you contribute to Habitat for Humanity and want your gift to be used in our part of Vermont, you need to designate this when you make your contribution. The simplest way is to make a contribution directly to our affiliate by mailing a check to Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1159, Manchester, Vermont 05254.
How does building locally help build more homes in other countries? Your gift is used as you specify. If you donate directly to our affiliate or through Habitat for Humanity International and specify that you wish your donation to be allocated to our affiliate, your gift will fund construction projects in Bennington County. Un-designated gifts are used where most needed including administrative purposes. Visit Habitat for Humanity International for more information on how your donations are used. Unless specifically requested by the donor, 10% of all cash contributions are tithed to Habitat International for use in another country. In the past we have split our tithe between Uganda and India and most recently Haiti. We have personal contacts with Habitat affiliates in Uganda and India. Both countries have a tremendous need for housing. Progress is slowly being made in Haiti. Since our founding, we have contributed a total of $64,629 to the tithe program building 17.4 homes in other countries.
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What is the Cars for Homes Program?
Your vehicle donation can help a family build a home, and the hope of a better life! Car, truck, boat and RV donations help Habitat for Humanity build houses in partnership with families in need of decent, affordable shelter. Donate a car, truck, boat, RV or other vehicle to Cars for Homes, Habitat for Humanity’s official car donation program, by calling 1-877-277-4344 (toll free) or online at www.carsforhomes.org. In 2008, five cars were donated to Habitat with the proceeds helping us build homes in Bennington County.
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One of the easiest ways to make a gift to the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate is by designating BAHfH as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, a savings account, or an IRA.
You can also leave our affiliate a bequest in your Will. There are several ways you can do this. You can (1) give a specific amount of money to BAHfH; (2) give a specific item of property to BAHfH; or (3) give a specified percentage of the residue of your estate to BAHfH (the residue of your estate is that which is left over after all specific gifts have been made, whether charitable or non-charitable).
We recommend that your bequest be for unrestricted purposes or be directed generally to home building. A bequest may be included in the body of a will or as an amendment (codicil). Gifts made through a bequest typically provide an estate tax deduction.
Below we have listed some information that may help you in your estate planning. We always recommend that you work with an attorney, estate, or financial professional when making any estate plans. The language below is intended to only be a guide for estate planning purposes.
“I give and devise to the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity Affiliate or its successor, the sum of _________ Dollars ($_________) to be used for such charitable purposes as the Board of Directors of the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity deems appropriate; provided, however, that at the time of such gift, Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity or its successor, must be a charity as described in Sections 170(c) and 2055(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.”
I give and devise ________ percent (________%) of my residuary estate to Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity or its successor, to be used for such charitable purposes as the Board of Directors of the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity deems appropriate; provided, however, that at the time of such gift, Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity or its successor, must be a charity as described in Sections 170(c) and 2055(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.”
Many people find they can save taxes and make a larger contribution to Habitat by transferring highly appreciated securities to us. This is easy to do. Stock transfer instructions
We are grateful to the many individuals and organizations that support us, through generous contributions of time, materials, and financial contributions, and we are proud of our stewardship record. In their recent e-newsletter, Richard Male Associates published a checklist provided by the Charity Navigator and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. It is a rigorous checklist for review by donors to all non-profit organizations. We agree that it is of critical importance for all non-profit organizations to be transparent about how they manage their resources, and we strive for a perfect score! Read checklist.