About Us

Founded in 1987 by NAHB and a visionary group of leaders and icons in the housing industry, the National Housing Endowment works to 'build a foundation' to help make the American dream of homeownership a reality for present and future generations.

Our Mission 

The National Housing Endowment is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the housing industry develop more effective approaches to home building, enhancing education and training for future generations of leaders in residential construction and increasing the body of knowledge on housing issues.  It does so by supporting innovative and effective programs that further Education, Training and Research in the residential construction industry.

The National Housing Endowment:

  • Signature Grant initiative is the Home Builders Education Leadership Program (HELP)
  • Supports programs which address ongoing needs in the housing community and invests in housing by focusing on forces that can shape a better future - education, job training, research, and projects that perpetuate the contributions home builders make to the American way of life.
  • Channels much of its support to expand on the demonstrated success of NAHB affiliate programs - Home Builders Institute and Home Innovation Research Labs - and to fortify the relationship between the housing industry and institutions of higher learning.
  • Looks ahead to identifying future housing needs and responding to changing priorities. The Endowment enables steady progress in projects that can reduce the cost and improve the quality of housing, provide skilled laborers and talented managers, and elevate housing to an enduring national priority.
  • Is guided by a prestigious Board of Trustees representing various areas of the industry who provide a broad perspective on the diverse needs of the housing community.
  • Is an important national vehicle for addressing industry concerns and has awarded more than 1,900 grants totaling more than $10 million in support of housing related projects nationwide.
  • Attracts the financial support and leadership of prominent members of the building community and has passed the $20 million mark in contributions and pledges.

Has more than 50 "Founding Advocates", an elite group of individuals and organizations who have pledged six-figure gifts in support of the Endowment's mission. In addition, 16 individuals and corporations have pledged gifts of over $1 million.