Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Receives Exemplary Rating from NeighborWorks of America

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Posted February 12, 2019

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan (Habitat Michigan) was recently awarded an Exemplary rating for Organizational Health from NeighborWorks of America, an upgrade from their previous “Strong” rating. Habitat Michigan is one of 250 Chartered NeighborWorks organizations that gets rated on a six-item scale, including: Vulnerable, Serious, Satisfactory, Good, Strong, and Exemplary. These ratings ensure that NeighborWorks is holding its Chartered Members accountable to Congress, funders, and taxpayers for the allocation of grant funds.

This exemplary ranking is the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval in our not-for-profit housing industry,” said Sandy Pearson, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.  “This was a goal of our team and board to demonstrate we are an organization worthy of investment and one that achieves the intended impacts of our mission. I want to personally thank our Board, staff team, affiliates, partner families, and those who believe in our work enough to financially back us and volunteer with us. I would also like to thank our primary underwriters, including Whirlpool Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, The Ford Motor Company Fund, Consumers Energy, DTE Foundation, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and NeighborWorks America, for their support of our programs and services.”

NeighborWorks America monitors the health of its network through an established organizational assessment process, which includes on-site visits and audit processes. To receive an Exemplary rating, Habitat Michigan showed that they exceeded performance standards in Production/Program Services, Resource and Financial Management, Organizational Management and Board Governance, Planning, and Compliance Systems, among others. 

“I would like to personally thank the Board for their participation with this process,” said Daniel Page-Wood, Chair of Habitat Michigan’s Board of Directors. “This rating exemplifies our collaborative efforts with affiliates to make an even greater impact in serving more individuals and families in our great state of Michigan.”

Habitat Michigan was also previously designated as a NeighborWorks Green Organization in 2015. To learn more about NeighborWorks America and its network of member organizations, please visit www.neighborworks.org.