Home Builders Care Foundation

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Silver Spring, MD – The Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF) has been awarded the Maryland Nonprofits Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence® certification program.  HBCF voluntarily opened itself up to scrutiny by a “jury of its peers”.  The peer review team examined Home Builders Care for compliance with the Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector®.

The Standards for Excellence® are based on fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability.  Home Builders Care’s programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were examined in depth before the certification was awarded.  Home Builders Care is one of the first organizations to be certified under the Standards program that began in 1998.

Patti B. Kane, Director of Home Builders Care comments, “Submitting to the scrutiny required for certification under the Standards for Excellence wasn’t easy, but it was a worthwhile process for us.  This seal shows we have taken every step to ensure we’re serving the community and operating in an ethical and upright way and we’re proud to wear it.  HBCF’s work to build for the homeless and others at-risk exemplifies both our dedication to our cause and to meeting the highest standards of ethical practice.  We will continue to strive for excellence.”

According to Darryl A. Jones, Sr., Chief Executive Officer of Maryland Nonprofits, “Organizations that successfully complete the Standards for Excellence certification program exemplify openness, accountability and a commitment to excellence. Maryland Nonprofits encourages nonprofits to participate in the voluntary certification program because the standards can help build their capacity, which enables them to serve their communities more effectively." Jones added, "Nonprofit organizations must be accountable to the public. The Seal of Excellence helps our donors, policymakers, and communities be more confident that these are reputable organizations that are acting ethically in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising practices."     

The first effort of its kind in the nation, the Standards for Excellence® program was developed by a team of volunteers from the state’s nonprofit community.   For more information Maryland Nonprofits and for a free copy of the Standards for Excellence an Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, please call Maryland Nonprofits at 410-727-6367 or 800-273-6367.  The Standards for Excellence code is also available at www.StandardsForExcellence.org.

Home Builders Care is a tax exempt, charitable nonprofit. Founded in 1984, Home Builders Care provides cost effective construction solutions to other nonprofits with shelter-related project needs. The organization collaborates on its building projects with other community groups using a shared investment approach, all with a common goal to provide quality shelter and supportive services to help neighbors in need achieve stability in their lives.

Home Builders Care leverages the building industry's specialized skills and works collaboratively with a network of existing community groups, such as other nonprofit and governmental agencies, to build for the homeless and other at-risk families and individuals.  As the non-profit affiliate of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, Home Builders Care serves six Maryland counties and the District of Columbia.

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MNCBIA press release

April 14, 2011

Charitable Construction Program Passes Rigorous Ethics and Accountability Standards

Home Builders Care Foundation Earns the Acclaimed Seal of Excellence from Maryland Nonprofits