2015 in Review
A safe and healthy home for every person.
OUR 2015 JOURNEY
MISS MARY’S STORY
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WHO WE ARE
performed repairs on BY THE
OUR BOARD & STAFF
230 VOLUNTEER WITH77 US
$72,619,409 IN MARKET VALUE
Miss Mary’s Story HOMEOWNER
Like other homes in her Lafayette community, Miss Mary’s house was showing signs of age. The siding was rotten, the roof leaked, the walls were worn, the floors were unsafe and termites had invaded. As Miss Mary tells it, there were a lot of repairs she couldn’t afford. “I remember Jodee coming over here the first day, and she didn’t know a thing about me. She walked up into my house and she saw how messed up it was. We talked about what she wanted to have done in here. I almost couldn’t believe it was true.” Jodee Ware, executive director of Rebuilding Together Acadiana remembers Miss Mary’s home in a different light.
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“We’ve committed to making a difference in this area, and we keep chipping away at it. But there’s so much more to do.
“I saw her effort and pride. It was spotless. She’d artfully covered the problems. You didn’t know how bad the conditions were in her house until you moved a rug or a painting. Then you’d see it.” Miss Mary’s home is in Lafayette’s Monroe neighborhood, a working class community filled with small, wood-framed houses, many closing in on a century old. For years, neglected rental properties, blighted vacant buildings, slumlords and high crime levels had dragged the area down. But, more recently, homeowners have become determined to take back their neighborhood – and things in Monroe have started to improve. Rebuilding Together Acadiana is part of that effort. The staff, volunteers and partners there help homeowners by making critical repairs that improve the health and safety of their homes. These efforts peak during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK Day), a national call for people to take action to strengthen communities. In honor of MLK Day 2015, around 150 people came together in Lafayette, including community volunteers, and current and past AmeriCorps members from Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country. They provide a boost of energy, time and skills, allowing Rebuilding Together Acadiana to be more ambitious.
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This means the organization can take on “Block Builds,” projects that tackle repairs to multiple homes. In the Monroe neighborhood, the work focuses on four streets surrounding a community park. Miss Mary was one of 13 Monroe homeowners Rebuilding Together Acadiana helped on MLK Day in 2015 and 2016. During Block Builds, Rebuilding Together goes beyond home repairs to make changes that can transform the entire neighborhood. In Monroe, Rebuilding Together also repaired a community center’s garden, playground and chicken coop. Looking ahead, Jodee wants Rebuilding Together Acadiana to support more people like Miss Mary by working in the Monroe neighborhood year-round. Jodee has plans to help beautify the local park and rehab the community center. The Monroe neighborhood is filled with people who have known their neighbors for a lifetime. People living in their family homes. People who have no intention of leaving. People like Miss Mary. “I always be telling my children, I am not moving outta here until the last piece fall off of this house. And it almost happened. Thanks to Miss Jodee and them it didn’t. Yes indeed. Yes indeed.”
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â€œNow I can sit in front of my door outside without being ashamed, because it looks so much better.â€?
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Dear friends and supporters, Rebuilding Together finds itself at the forefront of enormous challenges facing American homeowners and community members.
Skyrocketing housing costs are driving
housing, being exposed to dangerous toxins that
homeowners and families away from
will adversely affect their health over the course
communities where they have lived for
of their lifetimes.
generations. Rapidly aging housing stock is illequipped to accommodate the needs of an aging population. Veterans are returning home from decade-long conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan – many with service-connected disabilities – to a severe lack of affordable housing that can accommodate their needs. Children growing up in low-income communities are living in antiquated
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Rebuilding Together remains the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to preserving affordable homeownership through health and safety-focused home rehabilitation. We deliver practical solutions – free to beneficiaries – that allow homeowners and their families to be safer, healthier and more independent in their homes.
By working with existing homes, we are able to
work impacted the lives of more than 500,000
We could not accomplish our mission without the
work side-by-side with homeowners and families
continued and stoic support of our partners. This
to address their needs, creating a greater sense of connection to those that we serve.
We recognize that solving the monumental challenges facing our communities requires a
cadre of corporate and community organizations, individual donors, skilled tradespeople, government agencies, advocates and volunteers
Our affiliates in 39 states and the District of
collaborative approach. By aligning with the
Columbia work directly with homeowners to help
existing efforts of local municipalities, mission-
preserve affordable homeownership and stabilize
driven nonprofits and corporate leaders – and
neighborhoods, empowering homeowners
partnering to create new and innovative solutions
We are stronger for your support, and I
and their families to remain in their homes and
– Rebuilding Together is now, more than ever,
optimistically look toward Rebuilding Together’s
uniquely positioned to generate transformational
future place as a transformative movement
change for the nation’s homeowners and
within American communities.
In 2015, Rebuilding Together remained strongly committed to our mission. Our network brought together more than 105,000 corporate and community volunteers to complete rehabilitation and repair work on 8,500 homes. Partnering with both national and local community groups, volunteers provided repairs and renovations to nearly 300 nonprofit and educational facilities that serve thousands of individuals and families. We contributed to the construction and revitalization of 80 community spaces, creating places that serve as cultural and civic epicenters to communities and neighborhoods.
epitomizes the spirit that has bolstered Rebuilding Together for more than four decades.
communities at large. At our core, we remain dedicated to safe and healthy housing. But our work extends beyond the four walls of a home. By ensuring that homeowners are safe, healthy and independent
National Board Chair
Interim President and CEO
(06/01/2009 – 12/31/2015)
(01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015)
in their homes, we provide greater stability in communities. Homes that may otherwise be sold to developers remain within families, creating inter-generational wealth. Children who remain in a stable household show greater academic development. Older homeowners who are able to safely age-in-place preserve the cultural essence that makes up America’s diverse and vibrant community landscape.
Working collaboratively with corporate, community and government partners, our
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Steve’s Story AFFILIATE LEADER
Community support is an essential part of coping with trauma and the long healing process. Trauma is something Steve Hellner-Burris, executive director of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, unfortunately knows too well. His father was murdered four years ago. “What made the trauma that my wife and I went through bearable was how our family, our church and the Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh community rallied around us,” Steve said. “It was everything we could want or need. The outpouring of love was so deep that I know I’ll pay that love forward for a long time.” It’s this idea of deeply restorative support that Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh uses to bring hope to communities.
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When Steve started as executive director eight
individual homeowners and the neighborhood in
and public spaces. We bring in partners to provide
years ago, he had to figure out how to grow the
which they live.
other services that people ask for. We change the
organization so it could help more people. “Our priorities had to change. To build up Pittsburgh’s communities, we had to do more than quick repair projects on individual houses.
Such a deep process takes investment—and time. “We promise to be in a community for three to five years, minimum,” Steve said.
We needed to stay in a community for a long time, transforming it home by home and block by block. We needed to become part of these communities.” Like other affiliates around the country, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh helps rebuild the homes of low-income homeowners – particularly seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh further focuses its efforts on what it calls Impact Neighborhoods. These are eight communities still struggling economically because of the steel industry collapse in the 1970s compounded with the
“It is a community stabilization and revitalization effort that supports both individual homeowners and the neighborhood in which they live.”
financial crash of 2008. In these Impact Neighborhoods, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh simultaneously works on multiple houses located on the same street or within a small area. It is a community stabilization and revitalization effort that supports both
In order to partner so deeply with communities, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh has had to challenge the status quo. “We hire neighbors who get to learn new job skills. We buy lunch from local businesses. We fix up community gardens
conversation with funders to put the focus on restorative support at the community level. We help people understand that our projects go far beyond making a few repairs to a house. We’ve completely transformed the way these projects work and how they’re perceived.” “It’s really important that we listen to the community and follow their direction,” Steve said. “They decide what they need from us and where we can have the most impact. We don’t dictate. The community also lets us know when we’re done.” It’s not just homeowners and neighbors who are changed by community revitalization. “We constantly hear from volunteers that taking part in our Impact Neighborhood projects has changed their lives too. They tell us how helping a community helped them deal with their problems or grief simply because of the people they connected with. Being a part of something that provides hope and healing to so many people is why I love what we do.”
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Who Are We? Rebuilding Together remains the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to preserving affordable homeownership through safety and health-focused home rehabilitation. We deliver practical solutions â€“ free to beneficiaries â€“ that allow homeowners and their families to be safer, healthier and more independent in their homes. Our affiliates in 39 states and the District of Columbia work directly with homeowners to help preserve affordable homeownership and stabilize neighborhoods, empowering homeowners and their families to remain in their homes and communities.
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The Need THE NEED FOR OUR SERVICES ARE GROWING RAPIDLY.
associations, faith-based organizations and community
More than 2.6 million homeowners live in deteriorating,
advocacy groups, we can become a stronger community
physically inadequate homes that threaten their health
revitalization partner and increase the impact of our work.
and safety. An aging population, veterans with disabilities
By investing in communities, we transform the lives of low-
returning home and a lack of equity in low-income
income homeowners by improving the safety and health of
communities are creating a housing atmosphere where our
their homes and revitalizing their communities.
services are greatly needed.
Rebuilding Together relies upon the generosity of donors
Our work preserves critical affordable housing
to carry out our work, and we canâ€™t do it without you. By
opportunities, and stabilizes and revitalizes neighborhoods.
joining our cause, you can become an investment partner in
By collaborating with other mission-driven nonprofits,
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Partner With Us CONSUMER OUTREACH Increase your social impact and build your corporate social responsibility by working with Rebuilding Together to transform the lives of low-income homeowners and revitalizing their communities. Engage with new consumer audiences through social media, attract consumers with in-store and online case marketing campaigns and educate your customers on how they can get involved in their local communities and help their neighbors.
EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT From hands on rebuilding projects, to employee-driven fundraising campaigns, partnering with Rebuilding Together offers dynamic ways to engage your employees while assisting low-income homeowners and communities.
Become a partner and join us in our mission to create a safe and healthy home for every person.
With affiliates across the country, we give your employees the opportunity to become more involved and build stronger relationships within their local communities.
COMMUNITY IMPACT Work with Rebuilding Together to build collaborative partnerships that will help improve the lives of the 2.6 million homeowners across the country who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their health and safety. Build meaningful and lasting relationships with our network of corporate, government and community partners that are working to provide educational resources and trainings to low-income homeowners and communities. Rebuilding Together | 2015 in Review 15
performed repairs on
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NONPROFIT/ EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
HOMEOWNERS AND RESIDENTS
USERS OF COMMUNITY SPACES
USERS OF NONPROFIT FACILITIES
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2015 HIGHLIGHTS JAN. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEK/DAY OF SERVICE Members and alumni of Rebuilding Together’s AmeriCorps program dedicated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to rebuilding homes and revitalizing communities in Lafayette, LA. The event, hosted by Rebuilding Together Acadiana, brought together 65 AmeriCorps members serving with Rebuilding Together, along with program alumni, and affiliate leaders from 19 different states. These members and alumni provided a collective 3,000 hours of service over the course of the week, improving the homes and lives of seven homeowners in the Lafayette community.
APRIL LOWE’S REBUILD-A-BLOCK IN D.C.
FEB. 20TH ANNUAL KICKOFF TO REBUILD Rebuilding Together hosted our annual Super Bowl-sanctioned Kickoff to Rebuild event in Phoenix, the host city of Super Bowl XLIX. Hundreds of volunteers worked during the fall of 2014 to provide critical home repairs in three Phoenix neighborhoods. The project series culminated with more than 100 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers, and other partner volunteers, providing free critical repairs to three homes and installing a new Carter’s Kids playground for Crisis Nursery.
Rebuilding Together of Washington, D.C., partnered with Lowe’s and Carter’s Kids for a two-day community revitalization effort in the Lamond-Riggs neighborhood in Northeast Washington. Approximately 100 Lowe’s employee volunteers from stores around the region volunteered to provide critical home repairs and upgrades for four longtime Northeast Washington residents. Volunteers also built a brand new playground at Imagine Hope Community Charter School in Northeast Washington.
APRIL NATIONAL REBUILDING MONTH Culminating with National Rebuilding Day on the last Saturday of the month, National Rebuilding Month is a call to service during the entire month of April each year. Nearly 50,000 volunteers serve on close to 3,000 affiliate-led rebuild projects during the month.
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JULY HGTVâ€™S BROTHER VS. BROTHER HGTVâ€™s Property Brothers donated the proceeds from the competition show Brother vs. Brother to Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada. J.D. Scott and Jonathan Silver Scott were present for the ribbon cutting at the renovated Transition Services, Inc. facility that serves adults with developmental disabilities living in the greater Las Vegas area.
OCT. BUILDING A HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD 2016 Nearly 500 community and corporate partner volunteers joined Rebuilding Together for the 5th annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood project in St. Louis. Volunteers repaired 14 homes and revitalized a neighborhood community space in the St. John neighborhood.
AMERICORPS WEEK New Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members underwent a week-long training in Garner, North Carolina, to help prepare for their year of service. In addition to an AmeriCorps orientation, the members participated in a full-day healthy housing training with a hands-on project day in Garner.
AUG. CHARTER HOMETOWN PROJECT Thirty Charter Communications employees and volunteers from Rebuilding Together Hartford and Rebuilding Together Fairfield County helped to rebuild the Snell home in June. Projects included carpentry, painting, yardwork, as well as installing a new roof and chimney, and interior doors.
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Our Board and Staff as of October 2016
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OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
Executive Director Rebuilding Together Baltimore
Texas Regional President Iberiabank
Vice Chairman Meredith Corporation
President and CEO Rebuilding Together
Partner Steptoe & Johnson LLP
President and CEO Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate LLC
MELL MEREDITH FRAZIER
Senior Vice President of Strategy, Marketing & Administration Corporate Banking Northern Trust TREASURER
Vice President, Government Affairs The Williams Companies SECRETARY
Principal Reese Fayde and Associates
Vice President of Programs Aetna Foundation
Consulting CMO Upward 365
WAYNE CAUTHEN Principal The Insight Group Ltd.
CEO and Publisher Inside Mortgage Finance
Executive Director Rebuilding Together Hartford
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Crocs, Inc.
GEN. JOHN TILELLI, JR. Chairman and CEO Cypress International
Board Member Rebuilding Together Central Ohio
President and CEO Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development
IMMEDIATE PAST BOARD CHAIR
Partner Asphalt Shingle Recycling, Systems, LLC
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STAFF CAROLINE BLAKELY President and CEO
SANDRA HENRIQUEZ Chief Operations Officer
Manager Communications and Marketing
PERRY BIRD Director Eastern Region
YVONNE BROOKS Senior Manager Administration
EMMA BYRNES Program Manager Affiliate Services
BECKY CARTER Director Central Region
Relationship Manager Development
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Senior External Communications Manager Communications and Marketing
Vice President Affiliate Services
Manager National Service Programs
Manager Corporate Engagement
DANIELLE MATTHEWS Program Associate Development
CHELSI MCDONALD Director Individual Giving
Senior Director Affiliate Services and Business Strategy
Program Manager Development
Director Marquee Events
Director Western Region
Senior Manager Knowledge Management and Research
(Acting) Director National Service Programs
Director Corporate Engagement
Director Corporate Engagement
Program Associate Development
EMILY SOLOMON Office Specialist
Program Associate National Service Programs
Senior Vice President Business Strategy
Manager Knowledge Management and Research
Note: Staff listing reflects current staff as of October 2016.
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Our Supporters Our partners and supporters are invested in the lives of the low-income homeowners that our network serves every day. We work together to build collaborative partnerships that help improve the lives of homeowners across the country who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their health and safety. We build meaningful and lasting relationships with our network of corporate, government and community partners. Thanks to the generosity of our patterns and supporters, our network moves the needle on addressing the 2.6 million low-income homeowners living in unsafe and unhealthy homes across the country. Our efforts to transform lives and communities would not be possible without their continued support.
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2015 FINANCIALS STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
Assets, Liabilities and Net Assets (as of December 31, 2015)
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS
Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,128,759 Accounts receivable 419,870 Pledges receivable, current portion 675,623 Prepaid expenses 298,266 Land held for sale 185,800 TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 3,708,318 Investments 3,115,793 Property and equipment, net 153,644
Current Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ Capital lease obligations, current portion Grants payable Due to chapters Deferred rent Deferred insurance liability
518,001 8,807 236,520 999,567 39,040 305,514
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 2,107,449 Long-term capital lease obligations, net of current portion Deferred rent Deferred compensation payable
3,593 110,919 392,051
Net Assets Unrestricted (1,379,320) Temporarily restricted 4,156,240 Permanently restricted 861,485
TOTAL NET ASSETS TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS
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4,363,743 $ 6,977,755
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
Revenue, Support and Expenses (year ended December 31, 2015)
REVENUE AND SUPPORT Donated goods and services Corporate contributions Foundation contributions Membership dues Government contracts Investment income Chapter fees Individual contributions Chapter insurance National conference Other income
3,618,413 4,914,116 875,773 896,672 708,965 (63,790) 403,162 172,854 324,360 29,829
Expenses Spent On Program Activities Total Expenses
TOTAL REVENUE AND SUPPORT 11,880,354
Expenses Spent On Fundraising
EXPENSES Program services 11,661,725 Supporting services General and administrative 803,205 Fundraising 1,236,186
Total Related Contributions
TOTAL EXPENSES 13,701,116 CHANGE IN NET ASSETS
NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR 6,184,505 NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $ 4,363,743 Rebuilding Together | 2015 in Review 27
Volunteer With Us Rebuilding Together is really about hard-working, compassionate people helping other people. Our volunteers are the backbone of our everyday work. The investment of your time and resources will make a difference! We want to empower you.
Volunteer with your local Rebuilding Together affiliate and become a partner in your community.
We want to provide you with opportunities to have a long-lasting impact on the lives of low-income homeowners by repairing their homes and revitalizing their communities. Our network also relies on skilled-trade, professional volunteers to serve as leaders in our rebuilding efforts, providing materials and technical know-how with everything from roofing and plumbing, to assessment and planning.
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FIND YOUR LOCAL AFFILIATE
As rated by Charity Navigator, Rebuilding Together is in the top one percent of charities, having received 11 consecutive four-star charity ratings. As we rebuild homes, community spaces and nonprofit facilities, our lasting impact helps to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the country. There are many ways that you can help!
Donate Online Make a donation through our secure donation page.
Donate through Workplace Giving
By asking your employer to match your donation to Rebuilding Together, you can double the value of your gift.
Support Rebuilding Together via AmazonSmile WAYS TO GIVE
Customers can now elect to donate 0.5 percent of any Amazon purchase to Rebuilding Together.
Make a Stock Gift
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Donate Your Vehicle
Rebuilding Together recently launched its vehicle donation program. Instead of trading in or selling your unwanted vehicle, consider making it a tax-deductible donation to Rebuilding Together.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about major gifts, planned giving and other giving options such as the Combined Federal Campaign, matching gifts and gifts of stock. Rebuilding Together | 2015 in Review 29
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