Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
330 N Hubbards Lane #3
Louisville KY 40207-2396
Contact Information
Nonprofit Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Address 330 N Hubbards Lane #3
Louisville, KY 40207 2396
Phone (502) 608-7041
Fax 775 213-7867
Contact Name Mary Shearer
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Founded in 1993, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a capacity-building resource for the 51 affiliates throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Our purpose is to work on a statewide level to create partnerships, financial resources and educational programs to support the mission of building simple, decent and affordable homes and communities for low-income Kentucky families.  KyHFH is a non-profit 501 c 3 organization who accepts donations and support from individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations, state, local and Federal government.  KyHFH also manages a statewide warehouse and accepts donations that can be used by our affiliates in constructing Habitat homes. For more information on how you can become involved with Habitat for Humanity in Kentucky, please contact our office at 502-608-7041 or
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Background Statement

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller.  Today, Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.  The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia.  Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. At Koinonia Farm, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of partnership housing. The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on the loans.  Building costs would be financed by a revolving fund called the 'Fund for Humanity."  The fund's money would come from the new homeowners house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities.   The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.
In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat's ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work across the nation.   
Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem – decent housing for all.
Today, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 800,000 houses, sheltering more than 4 million people around the world.
Kentucky Habitat for Humanity was incorporated as a State Support Organization in 1993.  Since its inception, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity has helped affiliates achieve the following:

  • Build over 2700 houses
  • Invest over $162 million dollars into affordable housing in Kentucky
  • Provide a safe, decent, and affordable home for over 12,000 Kentuckians

Kentucky Habitat has organized and assisted in the funding of a number of regional and statewide projects including:

  • Jimmy Carter Work Project ‘Hammerin' in the Hills' 1997 - Based in Pikeville, Kentucky, 2,000 volunteers, alongside President and Mrs. Carter, built 50 homes
  • Mayoral Build 2001 - In conjunction with the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Habitat initiated a program to involve local government leaders in the work of Habitat affiliates.
  • Homes and Hope Celebration 2003 - Kentucky Habitat for Humanity affiliates and volunteers came together to build and celebrate the 1,000th home, built in Franklin County.
  • Freedom Blitz – Habitat for Humanity sent ambassadors to Northern Ireland and hosted the Irish representatives in Simpson County.
  • Currently, Kentucky Habitat is heavily involved in the long term recovery of small rural communities in E. Ky, specifically Menifee and Morgan Co.'s ( W. Liberty KY) from the March 2, 2012 tornados.
Impact Statement

Founded in 1993, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity is a capacity- building resource for 51 Habitat affiliates in 59 counties throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  

Our four areas of focus are:
*Resource Development
* Advocacy
*Disaster Preparedness and Response
*Educational Learning and Technical Assistance
Our affiliates have, to date, built over 2,800 affordable homes, making Kentucky the 15th largest producer of Habitat homes in the U.S.
Accomplishments for FY 2015-
* Exhibitor and sponsor of the 2015 KY State Fair
* Development of 3 shipping container homes for extremely low-income Kentuckians- one of which was displayed at the KY State Fair, Aug. 21-30th, 2015
* Successful second time funding from the Dept. of HUD, Capacity Building grant, 3-year grant totaling $100,000 
*Creation and first time funding awarded for KyHFH's Hammers for Heroes program, serving KY veterans in critical home repairs
* Successful submission of the Federal Home Loan Bank AHP grants on behalf of KY Habitat affiliates. Funding for 40 homes amounted to over $800,000 
*Over $2.8M raised for long term recovery in the Eastern Kentucky counties of Menifee and Morgan after the March 2012 tornado
* Successful first time funding from KY Dept. of VA, USDA RD RCDI grant, E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund 
*Successful CDFI re-certification
*Educational learning opportunities provided for all 51 affiliates through statewide conferences, regional and one-on-one meetings
*ED appointed to the HFHI US Council
* ED appointed to the HFHI US Council Advocacy Committee
* ED appointed to  the board of directors of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of KY 
Vision for FY 2015- A world where everyone has a decent place to live
* Working towards successful collaborations with other like-minded organizations in ending chronic homelessness and providing additional programs to assist very low income Kentuckians who might also be special needs, elderly, homeless, Veterans and living on a fixed income
* Continue to work on 2 innovative housing units- KyHFH's 288 sq. ft cabin and an affordable container home.
* Continue to reach out and partner with continuing donors but also attracting new donors to support evolving programs  
Needs Statement
  1. Diversified Funding: $10,000 for IT equipment & software, e.g. Go To Meeting, to faciliate online webinar's, workshops, and meetings.
  2. Organizational Development: $15,000 for critical funding for the professional development of staff, board, and affiliate staff/volunteers. 
  3. Funding to construct our innovative 288 sq. ft., energy efficient cabin- $10,000
  4.  Funding to retrofit a container for a pilot project, to educate and provide onsite construction skill training for affiliates, developers (both for profit and non-profit) and other affordable housing providers. 1 container for $25,000
CEO/Executive Director Statement As I begin my 11th year with Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Inc., I can see visible signs of changes our Kentucky affiliates have brought to low-income Kentucky families who have long dreamed of a simple, decent and affordable home in which to call their own.  The investment for families and their futures as well as the communities and neighborhoods of our small towns and urban centers are improving, but so many of our citizens are still 'falling  through the cracks' because their incomes are too low or their just isn't any housing they can afford.  KyHFH is taking a stand that this is not  acceptable to us!  That is why we have worked so very hard to develop housing options for these men, women and children, through our version of a tiny house and by adapting shipping containers into simple, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing. Please join our organization in making every Kentuckians dream of a decent place to live a reality! If we work together, we can make this happen.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Geographic Areas Served
Kentucky Habitat for Humanity currently works with 51 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in 59 Kentucky counties.
To find your local affiliate, please contact
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Habitat for Humanity's vision- a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  This demands bold action.  While we celebrate the 3 million people already in better housing because of Habitat, there are 1.6 billion people without adequate shelter today and the need is growing.  The pace of our past is far from sufficient to address the world's urgent housing problems.  Because of our past, we can do more.  Because of our vision, we must do more. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
Our goals, objectives and strategies for 2016-
*Build Community Impact- improve housing conditions 
*Build Social Impact- Partner to increase shelter access
*Build Societal Impact- Inspire action to end poverty housing 
Board Chair
Board Chair Jim Watkins
Company Affiliation PBI
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Members
Ben CookLouisville, KY (Retired-Former CEO at KHC)Voting
Bill DruryTaylorsvilleVoting
Heath DuncanMadisonville, KY (ED Hopkins County HFH)Voting
Lyle HannaHanna ResourcesVoting
Marilyn HarrisWODA GroupVoting
Darrell MaynardPikevilleVoting
Molly RoseMorgan & PottingerVoting
Jim WatkinsLouisvilleVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Rick Vance
CEO Comments
Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Inc. , in partnership with other non-profit, social service and housing organizations are working on creating 2018 as the year of Housing in Kentucky.  This will be a statewide event focusing on housing issues, low income Kentuckians, and bringing a focus on the need for simple decent and affordable housing.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms Mary Shearer
Term Start May 2004
A native of Louisville, KY, Mary Shearer accepted the position of executive director of Kentucky Habitat for Humanity in May 2004. Since joining the organization, she has been able to implement capacity building programs such as the Apostles Build and Kentucky Prison Parternship Programs.
Mary was also involved in the success of the Rebuilding Killai project, an international program engaging Kentucky volunteers in the rebuilding of Killai, India, a village of 170 homes that was devastated by the Tsunami in December 2004. Six teams of volunteers from Kentucky traveled to India and rebuilt a total of 111 homes, plus a community center, school and health clinic.
In 2006, Mary traveled to Washington, D.C., to build homes with Habitat for Humanity International on the National Mall. The homes that were built were shipped to the Gulf Coast region for Hurricane victims.
Also in 2006, Mary was also a member of a KY committee that went to Harrison County, Mississippi to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Today, 14 families are currently living in safe, decent and affordable homes.
A graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Vocal Performance, Mary was a freelance concert and opera singer, living and working throughout the USA and Europe before her involvement with Habitat for Humanity.
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description In 2012 KyHFH will continue our Green Initiatives in affordable housing for our affiliates. One example, is our Durbin Estates project by working with Western Kentucky University to create an integrated green infrastructure at a 16-acre site called Durbin Estates. The project will demonstrate low-impact development techniques that absorb, filter, and reuse storm and rainwater and can be broadly replicated.
Budget 1000000
Program Long term Success Conducted the first annual Habitat for Humanity Day at our state Capitol. March 17, 2008 was declared, by our General Assembly, KY Habitat for Humanity Day
Develop diversified sources of funds, in-kind donations, services and other resources, and distribute these equitably to affiliates while increasing capacity and maintaining organizational sustainability.
With the help of a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Habitat for Humanity International, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity hired their first Director of Development in August 2010. 
Description Develop, promote and coordinate statewide activities to increase public awareness of the work of Habitat for Humanity in Kentucky and to monitor legislation, programs and regulations related to housing and community development which impact affordable housing.
Kentucky Habitat for Humanity hosts training conferences, leadership summits, and cluster meetings on special topics for affiliate chapters, as well as scholarships for affiliate staff to attend state and national training conferences.
Description Develop statewide collaborations and partnerships that create opportunities for Habitat for Humanity affiliates at a local level. Current partners include the following: 
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • 51 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in 59 Kentucky counties
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Kentucky Housing Corporation
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
  • People’s Self Help Housing, Inc.
  • Center for Sustainable Cities
  • E.ON U.S. and subsidiaries Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities Company
  • Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)
  • Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED)
  • Home Depot Foundation
  • University of Kentucky
  • Western Kentucky University
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Sullivan University
  • Program Comments
    CEO Comments
    We believe that everyone deserves a simple, decent, and affordable home in which to live, work, play, and raise their families. This mission is what drives all of our programs, initiatives, and projects.
    Plans & Policies
    Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
    Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
    Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
    Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2012
    Management Succession Plan? No
    Organization Policy and Procedures No
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistleblower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy Yes

    Habitat for Humanity International

    51 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in 59 Kentucky counties

    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    Kentucky Housing Corporation

    Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

    People’s Self Help Housing, Inc.

    Center for Sustainable Cities

    E.ON U.S. and subsidiaries Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities Company

    Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)

    Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED)

    Home Depot Foundation

    University of Kentucky

    Western Kentucky University

    ITT Technical Institute

    Sullivan University

    Western KY University
    Opportunity Finance Network
    USA Cares, Starbucks 
    U.K. Nonprofit Leadership Initiative2006
    UK Nonprofit Forum2006
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
    Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
    Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
    Fiscal Year
    Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
    Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
    Projected Revenue $468,830.00
    Projected Expenses $399,422.00
    Endowment Value $0.00
    Spending Policy N/A
    Percentage 0%
    Detailed Financials
    Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Revenue$269,652$367,606$1,130,659
    Total Expenses$397,862$413,611$611,852
    Revenue Less Expenses($128,210)($46,005)$518,807
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$139,714$271,006$386,764
    Individual Contributions$20,000$63,941$715,771
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,313$5,409$5,475
    Membership Dues$0$0$0
    Special Events$0$0$0
    Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$299,761$317,261$480,853
    Administration Expense$98,101$39,145$46,376
    Fundraising Expense$0$57,205$84,623
    Payments to Affiliates------
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.680.891.85
    Program Expense/Total Expenses75%77%79%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$930,812$1,071,156$1,177,851
    Current Assets$929,776$1,069,399$1,174,636
    Long-Term Liabilities$358,569$374,196$438,679
    Current Liabilities$19,053$15,560$11,767
    Total Net Assets$553,190$681,400$727,405
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    State Registration Yes
    CEO Comments Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is excited to be growing and facing our challenges 'head on' with a new vision, strategic plan, board members, supporters, programs and staff.  As a certified CDFI, KyHFH is exploring ways to grow and expand the impact we have in providing low interest financial products to affordable housing entities, to serve more low-income Kentuckians, bring economic stability to at-risk and underserved areas and to provide more simple, decent, energy efficient and affordable housing throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are excited to begin some of our new programs, e.g. container homes, Veterans repair program, 'Hammers for Heroes' and to serve even in those Kentucky counties where there is no Habitat affiliate.  We currently serve 51 affiliates in 59 of the 120 counties in the Commonwealth  but have the vision and mission to do even more. Our board of directors and staff feel that our work is not complete until everyone has a decent place in which to live. That is everyone's right.
    Address 330 N Hubbards Lane #3
    Louisville, KY 402072396
    Primary Phone 502 608-7041
    Contact Email
    CEO/Executive Director Ms Mary Shearer
    Board Chair Jim Watkins
    Board Chair Company Affiliation PBI