When Habitat builds a home, we build with sustainability and durability at the forefront – because we know these homes create sturdy foundations for more than just the walls they support. When we repair a home, we ensure that homeowners can depend on it for years to come. We build to last.

This National Homeownership Month, you can help build something that can last as well: a legacy that can keep Habitat building more, long into the future. You can help build an organization with the support we need to serve more neighbors, today and tomorrow.

Planned Giving Blog


How? By making a bequest to Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley in your will or trust. It’s a simple but powerful way that you can contribute to Habitat’s mission, and it can be a lot easier than you think.

Just ask one homeowner we’ve served through our Home Preservation Program. She and her husband watched as our team set to work on their home, making critical repairs that impacted their daily health and safety. They knew, she says, that they needed to do something to return the kindness. That “something” they chose was to designate Habitat as a beneficiary in their will. Even though their income could not accommodate a gift to Habitat today, they reasoned that “this is a way that everybody can make a contribution.”

She felt moved to include Habitat in their will, because it was about more than having a working air conditioner through the summer, or leaving the house without worry that she'd trip on sunken floorboards or fall down loose stairs. It was the peace of mind she can feel, secure in the home she shared with her beloved husband – whom she tragically lost in 2019 – even on her single, limited income. It was knowing the comfort he was able to feel in their home in his final months, and how important it was to him that she remain in their home after his passing. It was being raised in the 1940s with an emphasis on “kindness,” and a belief in the idea that, “This should be a part of life: If we can help someone in any way, we should.”

She knows that with her bequest, Habitat can “keep plugging away,” serving more homeowners like her. Her wish is that “Habitat, in one way or another, will forever be out there.”

This homeowner’s legacy is the epitome of “paying it forward.” She can remain in the home she owns and loves, made secure by Habitat – and her gift makes homeownership a reality for people and families she will never meet.


With just a few minutes of your time, you can join her. In honor of this National Homeownership Month, we’ve made it easier and quicker than ever to get started. Through a partnership with FreeWill, we’re able to guide you through the process of creating a legally valid will, free of charge. That’s just a few minutes to ensure your loved ones and your assets are taken care of according to your wishes.

And, there’s no better time to include Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley in your will or trust, whether you’re creating one from scratch, amending your current estate plans, or simply letting us know that we’re already in your plans (thank you, by the way!). That’s because for every planned gift to Habitat that is documented – new or existing – we’ll receive something today. A Legacy Match Fund – provided by a generous group of supporters – will match 10% of your bequest’s value and donate it to Habitat when you document a planned gift. That means your gift starts building today, while your planned gift will keep us building tomorrow.
Build something that will last. 


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Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.


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