Habitat Collier Ranked First Nationally Among Non Profits

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has rated Habitat for Humanity of Collier County the highest ranked charity in the nation for Community and Housing Development. This tremendous honor represents the hard work and efforts of Habitat Collier’s faithful volunteers, compassionate donors, passionate staff, dedicated board and committed Habitat partner families.

full-charity-navCharity Navigator published this information with their annual holiday giving guide, which the organization describes as “a quick reference guide to the highest and lowest-rated charity in each cause that we evaluate.”

“Charity Navigator is one of the premier organizations for rating what non profits are doing and taking vital signs to provide good information to donors so that they can make the best decisions on where their resources are committed,” says Lisa Lefkow, Executive Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. “We’ve paid very careful attention to Charity Navigator’s metrics so that we can ensure donors can invest with great confidence in this great work.”

“We congratulate Habitat for Humanity of Collier County on being the highest rated charity among the more than 220 Community and Housing Development charities, located across the country, which we evaluate,” says Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This achievement should give its donors comfort in knowing that it excels in financial health, accountability and transparency and therefore is a charity worthy of their investment.”

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is both the oldest and largest producing Habitat affiliate, building more than 1,700 homes throughout 36 years in Collier County. Despite the organization’s efforts, there remains a tremendous need as 10 area families apply for each Habitat home constructed.

“More than 1,000 families inquire about housing each year yet we are only able to fund and build 100 homes. We hope this recognition will inspire donor confidence and that this generous community will respond to the critical need by making a gift to support the work of Habitat for Humanity in Collier County.  Through our unique business model, donor dollars are reinvested through homeowner mortgage payments,” says Lefkow. “This is truly a hand-up organization that makes families part of their own housing solution.”