Ann and Ted Dosch donate $1 million to Habitat for Humanity
Partnership Will Support Habitat for Humanity International and Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity
ATLANTA and CHICAGO (February 6, 2017) — Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce a generous $1 million commitment by Ann and Ted Dosch to support Habitat’s mission to build a world where everyone lives in a decent, safe and affordable home. This is one of the largest gifts made by a couple to Habitat for Humanity in the Chicago region.
Ann and Ted have worked on Habitat homes on five different continents over two decades, serving as passionate advocates for affordable housing. Ted has held leadership roles on two Habitat boards – Habitat for Humanity International and Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. He has been instrumental in establishing corporate partnerships with Whirlpool and Anixter International, helping raise millions of dollars, on top of their personal giving. “To build side by side with future Habitat homeowners – to see how hard they work to have a better life for their children – it’s had a tremendous impact on me, my wife, and our family,” he said. “That’s why Habitat has become such a passion of ours.”
Ann and Ted’s commitment will be split evenly between Habitat for Humanity International's Global Impact Fund and Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. In the Chicago region, these funds will support affiliate growth, leadership development efforts, and raising awareness of Habitat and the importance of affordable housing in the region.
“Support of the Global Impact Fund will help Habitat for Humanity empower more individuals in need of decent homes worldwide to build strength, stability and self-reliance through improved shelter,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We greatly appreciate the time, leadership and financial contributions Ann and Ted have dedicated to Habitat's work over the years.”
“Ted and Ann have been instrumental leaders in Habitat’s impact in the Chicago region, and this gift will help build homes, as well as develop future leaders to strengthen Habitat’s presence here. We are extremely grateful for this transformative gift,” said Matthew Moy Johnson, CEO of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. “Their generosity is an example of the impact philanthropy can have on nonprofits that we hope others will follow.”
“Habitat's power is not just about four walls and a roof,” said Ted. “It's more than a house; it's even more than a home. What we are doing is partnering with hardworking individuals and families to help transform their lives – improve their health, the education of their children, and build the foundation for generations to come.”
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
About Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity
Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity is a support organization for eight Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicagoland area, with a goal of significantly increasing the number of families served in the Chicagoland region. Habitat is committed to creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive; to revitalizing neighborhoods and building communities; and to helping transform generations through home ownership. We do this by making housing affordable to hardworking people without access to conventional financing and offer individuals a hand up, fueled by our belief in dignity, self-sufficiency, collaboration, and hope. To learn more, visit chicagolandhabitat.org.