Donate to Habitat for Humanity

Donate to Habitat for HumanitySoutheast NH Habitat for Humanity raises all of the money necessary to construct affordable housing and maintain our not-for-profit operation. We partner with volunteers and homeowners to keep construction costs low, but building materials in New England are expensive. Our work of building decent, affordable homes depends greatly on generous contributions from individuals, corporations and local businesses, faith-based organizations, and youth groups. Donate now to Habitat.

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How to Donate to Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity

There are many ways to make a difference in your community, and in the lives of a local family.

Donate Cash Online or by Mail
Land – Donate or Sell
House Sponsorship
Corporate Matching Gifts
Vehicle Donations
Gifts in Kind – Building Materials, Services and More
Gifts from the Heart – For Those Who Have Everything
Planned Giving
Alternative Ways to Give

Donate Cash to Habitat Online or by Mail

You can also send tax-deductible donations to:
Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity
P. O. Box 4428
Portsmouth, NH 03802-4428

Sell or Donate Land to Habitat for Humanity

A huge challenge in keeping our homes affordable is finding property on which we can build houses. There are so many deserving families who apply to be homeowners, but there is only so much land available to us. We need help to find the next property to build a house for a very deserving family. Private owners, government land – we are open to creative thinking! Whether you own property or know of someone who may be willing to help, talk to us. We investigate all possibilities.

What type of property are we seeking?
The most affordable property to build on is a lot on a public road with access to utilities. However, we are willing to explore any possibilities. Talk to us.

I own a small piece of land, but it may not be buildable.
Most municipalities are willing to work with Habitat in granting variances that would not be available for standard development. Talk to us.

What if the property already has a building on it?
We have rehabbed several homes or in some cases demolished and built new. Talk to us.

Why should I donate land to Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity?
The most fundamental reason is the feeling of contributing to less fortunate families in building a stable life within the community. There are also significant tax advantages for donating land. Talk to us.

I want to help, but I need to get some money for the property.
If you are willing to sell the property at a price below market value, you will be eligible for a tax deduction. Talk to us.

House Sponsorship with Southeast Habitat for Humanity

With generous help from our sponsors, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity can create positive changes for our partner families. A house sponsorship represents one of the most visible investments that you, your organization, or corporation can make. The initial investment of time and materials will pay lifetime dividends for the entire community.

In addition to time and materials support, there are many other opportunities for a house sponsor to have a positive impact for our partner families. The finishing touches such as landscaping, fencing, utilities, or garbage collection can provide an enormous boost for our partner families and make their transition to their new home feel complete.

A Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity house sponsor agrees to a few basic responsibilities including:
  • Providing financial support toward the construction of a house. Partial and full sponsorships are available. (The cost of a full-house sponsorship is $80,000.)
  • Encouraging members of you company/organization/church to volunteer at the sponsored house and see tangible results of their efforts. Working with Habitat has proven to be an excellent team-building exercise.
  • Staying involved with the project from beginning to end, including site preparation, construction, home dedication, and family move-in.
Contact us to learn more about habitat for humanity house sponsorship:

Corporate Matching Gifts

Ever wish you could make your gift dollars go further? You can - through your company's matching gift program. Thousands of companies, small and large, have matching gift programs which double or even triple individual, tax-deductible contributions made by their employees. Your employer may too!

The process is simple: ask if your company has a matching gift program. If so, obtain a matching gift form from your personnel office or matching gift coordinator, fill it out completely and send it along with your contribution to:

Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity
P. O. Box 4428 Portsmouth, NH 03802-4428

We will complete the form and submit it to your employer. It's as easy as that!

Your gift and your company's matching contribution will help Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity reach our goal of eliminating poverty housing. You can help make a difference – one house and one family at a time! Talk to us.

Cars for Homes™ Vehicle Donations

When you donate a car, truck, boat or RV to Habitat for Humanity's Cars for Homes™ program, you are helping Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity build homes in partnership with families within your community!

Donating a car, truck, boat, RV or other vehicle is quick and easy, and your car donation may be eligible for tax deduction purposes if you itemize (consult the IRS or your tax advisor for details). Cars for Homes™ accepts a majority of cars, trucks, boats, RVs and other vehicles with proper title and ownership information, and makes the arrangements to have your vehicle, keys and title picked up for processing.

Net proceeds generated by donated vehicle sales are used by Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity to build homes in partnership with families in our community. It's quick and easy to donate. With your help, more low income families can have a decent place to call home, and the hope of a better life.

Cars for Homes

Donate Gifts in Kind Such as Building Materials,
Services or More

Habitat for Humanity RestoreDonate building materials or products that can be used in the construction of a Habitat home or our Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Dover.

Donate Gifts from the Heart. For Those Who Have Everything

Tired of getting and giving material goods as presents? For a memorable and lasting gift, consider making a contribution to Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity in someone's name instead. Habitat will also accept donations in memory of loved ones. Your gift will keep giving as it helps us build houses and hope in our community. You'll also be ecologically responsible, by not contributing to the “buy, use, dispose” cycle!! Contact us to learn more!

Donate Stock to Habitat for Humanity

Make a gift of stock to support Habitat's work. For more information, or to make a gift, please contact Cheryl Van Allen at

Establish Planned Giving for Habitat for Humanity

"I’ve done well, and I want to leave something for my community when I’m gone."  

That is what Joseph Halley told his children. In 2004, when Mr. Halley passed, he bequeathed a truly life-changing sum of money to Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity. His donation enabled the affiliate to buy land in Farmington and build three affordable homes. Those homes now house three local families who would otherwise be in substandard or poverty housing situations. Those homes are now safety, security and a future for twelve children and their parents. And there is a sign at the entrance to that neighborhood that reads "Welcome to Joseph Halley’s Dream." His dream will stand strong for 100 years.

Since 1990, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in partnership with deserving families and transforming New Hampshire communities. We are committed to providing families with safe, decent homes and neighborhoods which contribute to the social and economic fabric of the community.

Habitat homes provide children and families the stability they need to thrive and the means to create multigenerational wealth. They provide the community with homeowner-occupied neighborhoods with lower crime, better schools, and tax income for improved city services. Your support is needed to continue this important work.

You can make a lasting difference in your community by making a planned gift to Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity. Planned gifts enable our affiliate to develop bold strategies for the future and take advantage of opportunities to make the greatest impact. As you plan for your future and reflect on the legacy you will leave behind, consider the following ways you can strengthen Southeast New Hampshire families and communities through a partnership with Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity.

  • Cash Gift Donations
  • Gifts of Stock
  • Gifts of Real Estate
  • Beneficiary in Will
  • Life Insurance Beneficiary
  • Donations through Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Donations through Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Gifts through Charitable Lead Trusts, which ultimately return the trust principal to you
  • Gifts through Charitable Lead Trusts, which ultimately pass the trust principal to loved ones
  • Making Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity the beneficiary of your home while continuing to live there

Our staff and Board will be glad to assist you and answer your questions about giving opportunities and needs of Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity. Please consult your attorney or financial professional for the benefits of each gift type.

Giving Made Easier: New Law Encourages Increased Donations
Under a new law, commonly referred to as H.R. 4, each person over the age of 70½ with an IRA (Traditional or Roth) can make contributions to charities directly from his or her IRA up to a total of $100,000 per year without incurring income tax.

This contribution will also count against your minimum required distribution amount for the year. A qualified charitable distribution does not result in income to the donor and does not count against your adjusted gross income limitation. Therefore, you deduct the contribution regardless of whether you have maximized your charitable giving for the year.

As a 501 (c)(3) organization, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity is an eligible recipient of these gifts. Won’t you consider making a life-changing difference for a family in need with a gift from your IRA? For more information on making a donation, please call Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity at (603) 433-9555.

Alternative Ways to Give to Habitat for Humanity

Donate when you shop at Shaw's or Star Market

Shaws Community Rewards

Receipt Rewards has a new name and is even easier to use online and electronically! No more register receipts. Just use your Shaw's Rewards card on specific days and your purchases are automatically tracked. It is easier than ever to save money for your non-profit organization!

What is Shaw’s Community Rewards?
Shaw’s Community Rewards allows your non-profit organization to earn funds through your supporters’ Shaw’s Rewards card purchases. Register your Shaw's Community Rewards card today!

How to Earn Rewards
Shop at any Shaw’s or Star Market on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and use your card on purchases. Shaw’s will contribute 1% of total to Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity.


Donate while you search or shop the Web!!

Good Search Next time you search the Web, go to Enter “Habitat for Humanity – Southeast New Hampshire” in the “Who do you search for” box and each search you initiate will generate a donation to our affiliate. You’re going to search the Web anyway – why not let GoodSearch raise money for your favorite charity? You can even add GoodSearch to your Internet Explorer bar with an easy and quick download, so you don’t forget – it’s there every time you search.

Good Search Next time you shop online, why not let your purchases raise money for Habitat? Go to and type “Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity” into the “who do you shop for” box and you’re on your way! Many of your favorite retailers are there such as Staples, Best Buy, Gap, Barnes and Noble and more! You shop the regular way you do, spending no additional money, and these companies will donate a percentage of your sale to our affiliate.

Why support Habitat financially?

Habitat homes are so much more than just walls and a roof. They represent hope to hard-working, local families in need. They represent stability, security, and peace of mind. But did you know that homeownership doesn’t just affect parents? It greatly affects their children and the community in general in real, tangible ways proven statistically in many national studies.
  • The children of homeowners do better in school and are more successful later in life.
  • Homeownership acts as a powerful economic stimulus, benefiting the individual homeowner and the national economy.
  • Homeownership benefits neighborhoods, providing economic and social capital. Homeowners are more likely to participate in local organizations, and homeownership in distressed communities raises neighborhood property values by a significant amount.
  • Homeowners state that they are more satisfied with their living situation than renters.
Homeownership Benefits Children
  • Children of homeowners (vs. families who rent), score better on academic achievement tests. (Haurin, Parcel, 2000).
  • Children of homeowners have a 25% higher high school graduation rate. (Homeownership Alliance of Nonprofit down payment Providers).
  • Children of homeowners are 116% more likely to graduate from college. (Homeownership Alliance of Nonprofit Down Payment Providers).
  • Children of homeowners have a 13-23% higher quality of home environment (Haurin, Parcel, Haurin 2000).
  • Children of homeowners are 50% more likely to have jobs, and less likely to rely on welfare. (Harkens and Newman 2003).

Benefits for the Community

  • Homeowners have higher rates of participation in community organizations, such as clubs, neighborhood associations, and religious institutions, than renters. Homeowners also have higher rates of direct political participation and have a greater awareness of local political officials.
  • Homeowners tend to move less often and stay longer in their neighborhood, promoting stability.

What Does Your Donation Mean to
Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity?

Your donations have a direct impact on the quality of life for the families with whom we partner. See how your generous gift directly affects them:

$12,000 Excavations and Footings
This gift ensures a firm foundation for this home.

$5,000 Insulated Roof And Walls
A family will literally have a roof over their heads.

$2,500 Wall Studs
Sturdy walls for a house built through the efforts of many.

$2,500 Sheetrock
A place where family photos and children's artwork will soon hang.

$1,500 Exterior Siding
The finishing touch to a well-built structure.

$1,500 Appliances
This gift provides hot meals and clean clothes.

$1,200 Floor Covering
For racing toy cars and keeping bare feet warm.

$1,100 Cabinets
For after-school snacks and dinner dishes.

$1,000 Energy Efficient Water Heater
So children can play in a warm bubble bath, and the bill doesn’t break Mom and Dad’s piggy bank.

$500 Interior Paint
Warm colors to brighten rooms and lives.

$600 Landscape
Green grass to cushion cartwheels and somersaults.

$200 Mini-Blinds
For a family's privacy.

$150 Window
To open and let the fresh air in.

$50 Interior Door
So a child can do homework in the quiet of his or her own room.

$25 Roll of Wall Insulation
To keep out the summer heat and the winter cold.

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