TPFH Announces: Annual Fundraising Campaign
September 2nd, 2008

September-October 2008

Tile Partners for Humanity, the partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and the ceramic tile industry, will begin its first annual fundraising campaign on August 1st . In its first five years, the organization coordinated donations of tile, installation materials, labor and installation training totaling more than $7 million. The donations benefited Habitat affiliates and other nonprofit partners in more than 20 states. TPFH Industry Director Bob Daniels will chair the campaign to raise $125,000. “I truly believe in TPFH and want to do whatever I can to raise money for the organization,” Daniels said. “Our industry is generous with materials and labor, but we can’t survive without financial support. More partners than ever are requesting materials and we can only help them if we have operational funding.” Daniels also said that TPFH has directed a minimum of 85% of all donations to projects since its formation. In 2006 and 2007, 94% went to projects and TPFH used only 6% for operational expenses. TPFH pledged a total of $1,250,000 worth of materials and labor to Habitat affiliates and projects over a five-year period. TPFH partners donated enough to surpass that goal – and TPFH signed another five-year pledge in the same amount beginning in early 2008. The organization is guided by representatives of the seven leading industry organizations: Rick Church of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, Scott Carothers of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, Gray LaFortune of the Ceramic Tile Institute of America, Bart Bettiga of the National Tile Contractors Association, Eric Astrachan of the Tile Council of North America, Curt Rapp of, and Sheila Menzies of Tile Heritage Foundation.

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