Financial Donations

Your donation will help families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families have more to spend on food, medicine, child care, education, and other essentials.

We offer many different options for you to support our work by making a financial contribution. Please see below for more information and/or feel free to reach out directly to our Director of Charitable Giving, Heather Johnston at, development@essexcountyhabitat.org or 978-681-8858 ext. 2.

Building Hope - Monthly Giving

Join our community of monthly donors who are “Building Hope” that one day everyone will have an affordable and decent place to live.  When you join, your automatic monthly recurring gift will provide hope for local families in search of a place to call home.

More information coming soon.

Gifts of Stock

A gift of stock is a great way to make a meaningful gift to help low-income families achieve their dream of homeownership.

Please see the stock transfer instructions link below that will provide you with all the information needed, including the DTC and account number as well as Essex County Habitat’s tax ID number.

Value of Your Gift of Stock

The value of a gift of stock (for the donor’s income tax purposes) is based on the average value on the day the securities are received in the organization’s gifted securities brokerage account. This is calculated by averaging the high and low stock prices on the date of the gift.

Note: We ask that you notify Essex County Habitat when you have completed the request to your broker by sending us an email copy of your delivery instructions so that we can ensure the gift will be properly credited. Email – development@essesxcountyhabitat.org

Instructions for Donating Gifts of Stock

Memorial / Honor Gifts

Helping a local family afford a decent place to live, is a wonderful way to remember or honor a loved one.

How to make a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one:

1) Donate online here:

Be sure to indicate the tribute type as either memorial or honor

Include the name and address of the person you would like notified of this gift in the comments section.

2) Mail a contribution to our office.  Please use the donation form found here

A notification letter will be sent with the name and address of the donor (no amount shown) to the recipient of your choice.  

If you have recently lost a loved one and would like to let others know how to make a gift in his/her name, please contact our Director of Charitable Giving, Heather Johnston, at development@essexcountyhabitat.org or by calling 978-681-8858 to let us know of your intentions and if you would like to receive a list of all donations made in your loved one’s memory. 

Suggested Obituary Language

We suggest the following language – In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made in the name of (name of deceased) to support Essex County Habitat for Humanity. Contributions can be mailed to Essex County Habitat for Humanity, 14 Park Street, Danvers, MA 01923, or made online at essexcountyhabitat.org.

Donor-Advised Funds

Donor-Advised Funds (DAF) are centralized vehicles for charitable giving that make it easier for donors to dedicate funds to support non-profits.

DAFs allow donors to give cash, stock, and other assets where the donor receives an immediate tax deduction when the contribution is made but can grant specified amounts to the charities of their choice at a later time.

If you have a Donor Advised Fund, you can recommend a gift to Essex County Habitat by contacting your fund administrator.

If your DAF is managed by Fidelity, Charles Schwab, or BNY Mellon you use the DAF Direct link below to recommend a grant.

DAF Direct Link

Planned Giving

If you have ever wondered how you can continue supporting affordable housing and Essex County Habitat well into the future, a legacy gift is an answer. 

By making a planned or legacy gift to Essex County Habitat, you will become a member of the Building Dreams Society and have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a lasting contribution to our mission of bringing people together to build affordable homes, strengthen families, and communities, and foster hope.

Planned gifts can be done in several ways, but the most common is a bequest where you name Essex County Habitat for Humanity as a beneficiary in a will. Other forms include donations of real estate, retirement plans, and life insurance policies.

Because financial situations vary from person to person, no single approach to planned giving is applicable across the board. Estate planning requires careful discussions with your financial planner, accountant, attorney, or other qualified professional. We strongly encourage our donors to never try to create a planned giving strategy without professional advice.

To learn more, please contact our Director of Charitable Giving, Heather Johnston at development@essexcountyhabitat.org or by phone at 978.681.8858

Matching Gifts

Double or even triple your gift!

Your donation to Essex County Habitat for Humanity could be matched dollar for dollar by your employer! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees, retirees, and/or employees’ spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please consult with your or your spouse’s employer. This is a great way to have an even larger impact on providing affordable housing to those in need.

Please note that matching gifts can take up to several months for some companies to process. Once we receive a match for your gift we will send you a letter notifying you that the match has been completed.

Building Supplies or Services

Did you know that Essex County Habitat for Humanity relies on donations of construction materials and services to help lower the cost of building and selling a home?

Do you have access to or know someone that could donate lumber, drywall, roofing, kitchen cabinets, windows and doors, insulation, or any other construction-related materials?

What about architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, or any other services needed to build a home?

And don’t forget about our closings, attorneys and appraisers are always needed to help us with all the final paperwork to make our families’ dreams of homeownership come true.

If you can help or know someone who may, please contact our Director of Charitable Giving, Heather Johnston at development@essexcountyhabitat.org or 978-681-8858.

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Homeownership:

  • is associated with improved health, education, and employment.
  • improves the community’s appearance and safety.
  • increases property values.
  • enhances a family’s sense of dignity and pride.

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