Habitat for Humanity’s work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates—independent, locally-run nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate was created and is governed by members of the community it serves. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its area: fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.

All Habitat affiliates are asked to“tithe”—give 10 percent of their contributions—to fund Habitat’s home building work in other nations. Tithing provides much-need funds for international building, and it also demonstrates Habitat’s foundational belief that we are to share our resources so that everyone everywhere has a decent place to live.