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Local Habitat for Humanity receives statewide recognition

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) was awarded "Best Practices in Fund Development - Creating and Implementing a Fund Development Plan" at the sixth annual Outstanding Leadership and Excellence (OLE) Conference, a Minnesota Habitat for Humanity statewide conference that was held in March in Rochester.

Each year, Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, the statewide support organization for the 33 Habitat affiliates in Minnesota, highlights selected affiliates for their best practices on a variety of topics.

This year, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County was awarded and recognized for their achievement in creating and implementing a fund development plan to enhance the roles and responsibilities of the affiliate. Not only was HFHDC recognized, this affiliate will now also serve as a "Best Practices Ambassador" to share their knowledge and expertise with other Habitat affiliates.

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County Board members, staff and committee members were all involved in the creation of their 2011-2012 fund development plan, which included specific goals and strategies for individuals, foundations, corporations and churches.

HFHDC set a goal to increase revenue from each category by 15 percent each year; the affiliate achieved those financial goals in year one and is on track to achieve these goals for the second year as well.

"As our affiliate marks its 15th anniversary this year, we are honored to be recognized for our planning efforts, which play an important role in our growth and our commitment to serve more families in need of affordable housing," said Lori Anderson, HFHDC executive director.

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County was recognized at this year's statewide OLE Conference and awarded for their excellent work in fund development and increasing of financial goals. The implementation of this fund development plan will greatly aid this affiliate in its determination to provide safe, decent and affordable homes to more families in the Douglas County area. This is the third time the affiliate has received a Best Practice Award at the state level.

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1997 and has built 30 homes for sale to partner families throughout Douglas County, providing housing for 122 people.

Homeowner families are selected according to established criteria: need for housing, ability to partner with Habitat and ability to pay. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build or renovate decent, affordable housing. Partner families purchase the homes from Habitat with no-profit mortgages. Volunteers provide most of the labor. Tax deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations, churches, foundations and businesses.

For more information on how to support Habitat or get involved, contact the affiliate at (320) 762.4255, e-mail at or the website at