Habitat for Humanity International as a disaster relief organization: Haiti Earthquake, 2010 (2011 Report)

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Where we looked

All of the below was examined in January 2011. Full references for the below pages are in the sources section of this page.

  • Habitat for Humanity International's website (http://www.habitat.org/):
    • Progress In Haiti: Six-Month Report
    • Haiti Earthquake: One Year Later
    • One Year After Haiti Earthquake, Habitat's Recovery Program Has Benefited Nearly 24,000 Families Through Emergency, Transitional and Permanent Housing Solutions
    • Haiti Policy Report.
    • Building Hope in Haiti: One Year Later
    • Habitat for Humanity International's Annual Reports and 990 Forms
    • Annual Report (2010)
    • About Habitat for Humanity
    • Where Habitat for Humanity Builds — World Wide
    • Habitat for Humanity's Disaster Response
    • About Disaster Response
    • Disaster Response programs
  • InterAction. 2010. Haiti Accountability Report 2010
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Google search, 'Haiti' and 'Haiti evaluation' on www.habitat.org.
  • Google searches for 'Habitat for Humanity Haiti evaluation,' 'Habitat for Humanity Haiti expenses,' 'Habitat for Humanity Haiti spent.'

How much did the organization raise and how much did it spend?

Date Amount donated Amount Spent
January 25, 2010 $1.4 million1 N/A
January 29, 2010 $1.7 million2 N/A
February 03, 2010 $1.7 million3 N/A
February 02, 2010 $2.1 million4 N/A
February 16, 2010 $2.3 million5 N/A
May 10, 2010 $11.5 million6 N/A
July, 2010 $11.9 million7 $5.8 million
October 31, 2010 $16.8 million ($20.5 million by worldwide network)8 $13 million

How specific is the organization about how it spent its funds?

We have not found a breakdown of Habitat for Humanity International's expenses in Haiti.

Habitat for Humanity reports:

  • How many have benefited from its Haiti rebuilding activities.9
  • Examples of programs, general locations in which Habitat has worked, and the value of emergency shelter kits and transitional shelters provided.10
  • A list of its outputs in Haiti; it is unclear if all outputs of Habitat's programs are included.11

Non-disaster relief activities

In its 2010 annual report, Habitat for Humanity breaks down its program expenses into three categories: U.S. affiliates, international affiliates, and public awareness and education.12 It also lists the countries in which it works.13

We have not found a comprehensive breakdown of activities, or attribution of funds to activities, at a more detailed level.


  • 1Chronicle of Philanthropy, "A Roundup of Haiti Fund Raising."
  • 2Chronicle of Philanthropy, "A Roundup of Haiti Fund Raising as of January 29."
  • 3Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Donations Exceed $644-Million, as of February 3."
  • 4Chronicle of Philanthropy, "American Charities Raise $709-Million for Haiti Relief, Chronicle Tally Finds."
  • 5Chronicle of Philanthropy, "American Charities Raise $774-Million for Haiti Relief, Chronicle Tally Finds."
  • 6Chronicle of Philanthropy, "$1.1-Billion Donated for Haiti Relief: Updated Tally (May 11)."
  • 7

    Raised $11.9 million (in private donations), and spent $5.8 million (of private donations).
    InterAction, "Haiti accountability report 2010," Pg 41.

  • 8

    Chronicle of Philanthropy reports the following, it is not clear to us whether the government grants and in-kind donations are in addition to the $16.8 million or parts of the $16.8 million:
    "Amount raised: $16,800,000; $20,500,000 by worldwide network
    Amount spent: $13,000,000 of the worldwide total as of 10/31/2010
    In-kind donations: $3,800,000
    Government grants: $2,900,000" Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund Raising, One Year Later."

  • 9

    "Despite such obstacles, Habitat's rebuilding activities have benefited nearly 24,000 families or approximately 119,000 individuals." Habitat for Humanity, "One Year After Haiti Earthquake, Habitat's Recovery Program Has Benefited Nearly 24,000 Families Through Emergency, Transitional and Permanent Housing Solutions."

  • 10

    Habitat for Humanity has assembled and is distributing, through its partners, 21,000 emergency shelter kits. Habitat transitional shelters are also under construction in Cabaret. In addition, Habitat has trained local engineers in the internationally recognized ATC- 20 method of post-earthquake building safety evaluation. To date, more than 2,000 assessments have been conducted.
    Habitat for Humanity is working in Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Cabaret, Leogane, Jacmel and Croix des Bouquets on issues related to emergency shelter, temporary and permanent housing, and education and training. Habitat for Humanity has distributed 21,893 emergency shelter kits for an estimated 109,465 individual beneficiaries with a value of $5,480,584. It has built 912 transitional shelters for 4,560 individual beneficiaries with a value of $1,814,811." InterAction 2010, Pgs 41-42.

  • 11

    "Milestones in Habitat's recovery work in Haiti
    Soon after the earthquake in Haiti, Habitat for Humanity set a goal of serving 50,000 families over five years, helping them move toward safe, secure and permanent places to call home. In one year, Habitat has already reached milestones:

    • More than 21,000 emergency shelter kits are in the hands of people who needed them most. The kits included tools—hammers, pliers, chisels, work gloves, rope and tarps—that have allowed Haitians to clean up debris, complete basic repairs and create emergency shelter. In addition, more than 3,300 emergency shelter kits have been stockpiled, ready to distribute quickly whenever a disaster occurs.
    • More than 1,000 families had received transitional or upgradable shelters by December 2010, with a total of 2,000 scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2011. The newest model of upgradable shelter features a timber-frame skeleton with pressure-treated plywood walls, a tin roof and concrete perimeter foundation. The structure is built so that concrete blocks can be added later, as the family's finances improve.
    • More than 2,000 housing damage assessments have been conducted; the goal is to conduct an additional 6,000 assessments through June 2011. Assessments help determine which structures can be made safe and which need to be torn down, making way for new, permanent shelters.
    • More than 500 Haitians have been trained in earthquake-resistant construction techniques.
    • More than 200 Haitians have been hired by Habitat Resource Centers to build shelters. In a nation with an unemployment rate of 60 percent, job opportunities are a crucial part of rebuilding."

    Habitat for Humanity, "Haiti Earthquake: One Year Later."

    On another page of the same report, Habitat for Humanity describes additional programs, such as building latrines and hygiene promotion classes:

      "Habitat and its partners have built more than 200 latrines, distributed 750 household hygiene kits and held hygiene promotion classes to stop the deadly spread of cholera." Habitat for Humanity, "One Year After Haiti Earthquake, Habitat's Recovery Program Has Benefited Nearly 24,000 Families Through Emergency, Transitional and Permanent Housing Solutions."

  • 12

    Program services expenses (2010 total):

    • U.S. affiliates $130,114,334
    • International affiliates $72,975,040
    • Public awareness and education $34,083,447

    Habitat for Humanity International, "Annual Report (2010)," Pg 45.

  • 13

    Habitat for Humanity International, "Where Habitat for Humanity Builds — World Wide."