As announced on March 22nd, Habitat for Humanity International received a transformative, unrestricted donation from MacKenzie Scott in the amount of $436 million to be dispersed among Habitat for Humanity International and 84 specific affiliates within the U.S. network. HFHI received $25M, and the 84 Habitat affiliates received gifts of varying amounts directly from the donor. None of the 53 Habitat affiliates serving communities across the state of Indiana are among the 84 selected.
Dawn Michaels, Executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, said, “Due to several inquiries we’ve received, we felt it important to inform our constituents that we were not one of the recipients to eliminate any confusion.” Ms. Michaels proceeded to say, “U.S. Habitat affiliates were informed of Ms. Scott’s gift on March 21st by Habitat for Humanity International. There was no application process made available for affiliates to request a portion of this gift. I commend Ms. Scott on her generosity and vision in committing such a wonderful gift to our counterparts. Ms. Scott’s gift will help stabilize many families through homeownership in many communities across the U.S. Nonetheless, we continue to be blessed by our local donors and community partners. We will continue to work hard on our mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope here in Lake County, Indiana. To support this mission, we will continue to work to raise the funding needed to serve as many struggling, working families through homeownership as possible.”