The philanthropic arm of Baird & Warner, Good Will Works, has announced a record-breaking donation to Habitat for Humanity Chicago. The firm will donate $500,000 over the course of three years, marking the largest corporate donation in the not-for-profit’s history.
The funds will go to support Habitat for Humanity programs across Chicagoland. This includes affordable home construction initiatives, neighborhood grants and the Public Homebuyer University, which provides first-time homebuyer education. The charity is also planning to launch an online series about race and housing, localized for Chicagoans.
“Habitat for Humanity Chicago … aligns with our goal to eliminate housing barriers and extend homeownership opportunities to all,” said Steve Baird, president and CEO of Baird & Warner, in a press release. “With Habitat, we decided to take our dedication to the cause further and continue our 167-year legacy of doing the right thing and make an even greater impact across Chicagoland.”
Jennifer Parks, executive director of Habitat Chicago, also expressed her gratitude in a statement. “This investment in our work will have a multiplier effect on Habitat Chicago’s efforts to build equitable and healthy neighborhoods alongside residents,” she said. “It will also make affordable homeownership a reality for more families working hard to create generational prosperity.”