February 20, 2023
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is making a $13.5 million donation to Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region in order to make affordable homeownership a reality for scores of Charlotte Region families. The investment will kickstart the affiliate’s recently minted strategic plan that aims to accelerate transformation and intensify the impact of its affordable homeownership and home repair mission.
“We’re so incredibly grateful to MacKenzie Scott. This donation comes at a very opportunistic time as Habitat Charlotte Region recently defined key strategic initiatives that will guide us over the next several years,” shared Laura Belcher, President & CEO. “We’re excited to use a portion of these funds to complement those strategies, while also considering more long-range investments and resources to advance our work.”
The key focus areas for the organization’s strategic plan include expanding programmatic success, investing in organizational strength, and executing with equity. The MacKenzie Scott donation will enable Habitat Charlotte Region to continue removing barriers to homeownership through creative solutions, advocacy, partner collaboration and community engagement.
The largest donation in the non-profit’s history has been given as unrestricted funds, underscoring high donor trust and confidence in Habitat’s expertise and long-time commitment to serving the Charlotte Region. The affiliate’s Board and staff will envision the greatest opportunities to leverage the investment to create affordable homeownership solutions that deliver lasting results.
Ali Summerville, Board Chair for Habitat Charlotte Region adds, “We are immeasurably blessed to live and work in a highly philanthropic community of donors who understand that access to safe, decent, affordable housing is a basic human right. This generous gift by MacKenzie Scott will continue to raise the profile of Habitat Charlotte Region and give further credibility to its life changing mission.”