Habitat for Humanity - MidOhio
The Columbus Foundation Award Recipient
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3140 Westerville Road
Columbus, OH 43224
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CEO/Executive Director
Mr. E.J. Thomas
Board Chair
Mr. Mike Fitzpatrick
Elford Development

To put God’s love into action by bringing people together to inspire hope, build homes, empower families, and develop communities.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • Our 250 volunteers impacted 41 families through six Rock the Block neighborhood project. More than 4,200 volunteers filled 11,500 volunteer opportunities and provided over 58,000 hours of service to our housing programs.

  • E.J. Thomas was named 2014 CEO of the Year by Columbus CEO Magazine. Our new builds achieved energy star certifications and were recognized by Efficiency Crafted for making our homes 46% more efficient than the standard home.

  • Our ReStore donors helped parlay more than 1,000 tons of donated goods into gross sales totaling $1.75 million, and diverting over 2,625 tons of reusable materials from area landfills.

  • Habitat MidOhio received The Columbus Foundation Award. We were also proud to welcome both Licking and Madison counties to our service area, allowing us to serve more families in need throughout central Ohio.

  • We served 280 families through the housing, support services, mortgage services, and neighborhood revitalization programs, which included 15 new homes and six home repairs. To date, 59 partner families have paid off their mortgage.

2015 GOALS

  • We will serve 25 families through home construction, home rehabilitation, and home repair in current and new service areas.

  • We will address the housing needs of more low-income families by enhancing and building our neighborhood assessment and community development work through our neighborhood revitalization program.

  • We will continue to enhance our ReStores. We will help more businesses and homeowners go green through reuse and recycling, and provide affordable options for home maintenance.

  • We will continue to engage a diverse corps of volunteers to serve their community while learning new skills, developing relationships, and gaining the sense of accomplishment that comes with a day spent building a Habitat home.

  • We will implement new strategies to grow our partnerships with local corporations, campus groups, and diverse churches across central Ohio.

Background Statement

Habitat for Humanity International was started in 1976 as an ecumenical Christian housing ministry, and today has more than 1,500 independent affiliates working throughout the United States and more than 80 national organizations working around the world. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnership with low-income families in need of decent shelter.

In 1987, in response to the growing number of working families without access to affordable housing, members of the local faith community established our local Habitat affiliate, now known as Habitat for Humanity - MidOhio. Habitat - MidOhio builds and rehabilitates single-family homes in low-income neighborhoods throughout Franklin, Licking, and Madison counties. Since 1987, we have empowered more than 325 local families to move out of substandard rental housing and into a simple, affordable home of their own. Our partner families are first-time homebuyers who earn 30-60% of area median income and currently live in rental housing that is dilapidated, overcrowded, or unaffordable. Every partner family invests 200-250 hours of 'sweat equity,' which includes helping to build their own home and other Habitat houses, and every family repays a 0%-interest, no-profit mortgage, held by the local affiliate for the life of the loan. We offer ongoing support services to help ensure that our partner families succeed as homeowners.  

Habitat homes are built with the financial support of individuals, the business community, private and family foundations, churches and faith groups, community organizations, and programs funded by state and local government agencies; the cost of construction is reduced through in-kind donations of materials and services and the labor provided by Habitat partner families and community volunteers. More than 4,200 individuals volunteered with us last year.

Statement from Mr. E.J. Thomas, CEO

Imagine coming home after a hard day’s work only to face the choice between paying rent and buying groceries. Imagine sending your children to bed at night in a house where the roof leaks, cold air streams through broken windows, and rodents are regular visitors. Imagine being torn between taking your child to the doctor and paying for a place to stay.  There are thousands of families living in substandard housing in our community, and many face choices like these each day. These heads –of-household work hard, often more than 40 hours each week, yet they are pushed to the financial edge due to the lack of affordable housing. Instead of offering a handout, Habitat provides the hand up these families need. We bring together donor dollars and thousands of dedicated volunteers, and then match these resources with a qualified partner family. Since 1987, we have empowered more than 325 families to realize a brighter future as proud owners of houses that are safe, decent and affordable.

Statement from Mr. Mike Fitzpatrick , Elford Development

We take great pride in our mission to work in partnership with God and people to build affordable homes, empower families, and develop communities, and in everything we do to carry out our mission. Our work builds brighter futures, instills confidence, and supports families as they achieve home-ownership for the first time. We select partner families through a careful review process, and we support our families as they work to fulfill the program’s requirements and build their homes alongside our volunteers. We have more than 20 homes under construction each year and coordinate the activities of thousands of volunteers. We finance the 0% interest, no-profit mortgages that make our homes affordable for low-income families, and we operate two retail stores to help sustain our program. With your support, we can continue our work to eliminate poverty housing and help those in need. Habitat homes provide tangible evidence that your donations are making a difference in our community.



Mr. E.J. Thomas, 
Term Start 12/2004 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

E.J. Thomas has a long history of public service, having served under governor James A. Rhodes as a deputy assistant for legislation, as a state representative for eight terms, as Colonel in the USAF/Ohio Air National Guard and HQ director of operations, and as chair of the state’s Unemployment Compensation Review Commission. He is a former two-term chair of Habitat for Humanity of Ohio. As a former member of Habitat’s U.S. Council he served as chair of both the advocacy committee and the veterans initiative. He is currently a trustee of Capital University, vice chair of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County, and board member with both Dave Fox Remodeling and the Ford Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation in Port Clinton. He was the co-founder and former chair of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s “Picnic with the Pops” series. Mr. Thomas is committed to the creation and maintenance of a corporate culture that ensures the highest level of professionalism and stewardship.

Mr. Michael J. Cosgrove, 
Biographical Statement

Michael Cosgrove has been a certified public accountant since 1988, and prior to joining Habitat, held the position of chief financial officer (CFO) and controller at a large, privately-held for-profit company. After serving with Habitat MidOhio in a support role for just under a year, Mr. Cosgrove moved into the CFO position in early 2008. His appointment as a CFO coincided with the growing needs of the organization as Habitat MidOhio expanded program services and service areas, in an effort to serve more families. Mr. Cosgrove’s demonstrated financial management skills, commitment to transparency, and responsible stewardship of financial resources continues to serve the organization well, as it continues to increase capacity and number of families served.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff: 33 
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 4200 
Staff Retention Rate: 73% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 3
Current Plan Adopted 5/2012
Additional Organization Information

City of Columbus Department of Development, Community Development for All People, Community Shares of Mid Ohio, Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department, Franklinton Development Association, Greater Linden Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity at The Ohio State University, Homes on the Hill, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, United Way of Central Ohio, Weinland Park Collaborative, and Weinland Park Community Civic Association.

National Accreditations Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
National Affiliations Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Mike Fitzpatrick,
Board Chair Term 1/2014 -  12/2016  
Board Members
Mr. Brady Burt,  
Ms. Rae Ann Dankovic,  
Mr. Travis Eifert,  
Mr. Rich Harrison,  
Ms. Donna Hunter,  
Mr. Scott Moore,  
Mr. James Petrie,  
Mr. Tom Robertson,  
Mr. Kyle Sharp,  
Mr. Greg Smith,  
Mr. Keith Tomlinson,  
Mr. Kevin Zeppernick,  
Mr. E.J. Thomas , Non-Voting
Mr. Dylan Wert , Non-Voting
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 62% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 93%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 7%
Gender Female 13%
  Male 87%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 100%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Habitat's Tithe Program

Habitat MidOhio’s tithe to Habitat for Humanity International was $47,952 last year, bringing our total to $726,802 since our first contribution in 1988. Together we have funded 291 homes to lift families and children out of poverty housing in areas such as Cote D’Ivoire in Western Africa and Zambia in South Central Africa, our current tithe recipients. It is also important to note that our tithe helps rehabilitate water pumps improving the health of many families and giving them access to safe and clean drinking water.

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Habitat's Women Build Program

As part of Habitat’s overall volunteer program, Women Build is a national initiative designed to recruit, train, and empower women to build Habitat construction site. Habitat MidOhio launched the local Women Build program in 1998, and there are now ten Habitat homes in Franklin County that were built entirely by women! Our Women Build program is made possible by a dedicated team of female volunteers who provide leadership and ongoing support, and by hundreds of female construction volunteers from across our region. Women Build volunteers are encouraged and supported as they learn construction skills and develop their leadership potential. They leave at the end of each work shift with a powerful sense of accomplishments that they carry into their everyday lives.

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Habitat's ReStores

Habitat MidOhio owns and operates two home improvement resale stores, called ReStores. We collect donations of quality used, new, and surplus building materials and home products, and then sell these items to the general public at discount prices. ReStore profits help to offset our management and general expenses, allowing a larger portion of every donation to go directly to the Habitat home program. Our ReStores also serve to divert thousands of tons of reusable goods from local landfills each year, and our discount prices make remodeling and home improvement projects affordable for more local residents.

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Habitat's Housing Program

Habitat empowers families by providing economic opportunity, home-ownership education, hands-on learning, and the dignity of a hand up, not a handout. Our staff and volunteers carefully review the qualifications of each applicant to our home-ownership program. Guidance and support provided by trained family advocates, one-on-one budget counseling, and a series of home maintenance workshops prepare our families for success as homeowners. After the family closes on their new home, we continue to offer support that includes opportunities to increase financial literacy and money management skills.

Our Habitat homes are simple and affordable, yet are designed and built to add value to the community. We launched our neighborhood revitalization home repair program in 2013 and served six families last year with roofing, siding, windows, plumbing, insulation, and weatherization.

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Habitat's Volunteer Program

Habitat's volunteer services department connects with over 4,200 volunteers each year who offer their time and talents to help us fulfill our mission. Each house is built by several hundred community volunteers working side by side with Habitat partner families. The construction labor donated by Habitat volunteers lowers the cost of construction and helps make our homes affordable for more low-income families. Our volunteer work goes beyond construction--volunteers work in Habitat's ReStore, serve on committees, provide administrative support, take photos at Habitat events, and much more. In return, Habitat volunteers receive the satisfaction of making a tangible and lasting contribution to improve the lives of parents and children in our community.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014
Projected Revenue $7,787,120
Projected Expense $7,006,020
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

Revenues by Source

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Direct Support $2,573,267  $924,987  $1,558,453 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $2,573,267  $924,987  $1,558,453 
Government $1,419,746  $854,693  $1,435,333 
Indirect Public Support $64,062  $29,709  $54,400 
Earned Revenue $1,252,883  $775,567  $1,339,612 
Interest and Dividends $682  $548  $2,242 
Membership Dues
Special Events -$31,094  $1,680 
Other $2,061,400  $972,938  $1,565,407 
TOTAL REVENUE $7,340,946  $3,558,442  $5,957,127 

Expense by Type

  2013   2012   2011  
Programs $4,779,434  $2,670,735  $4,581,320 
Administration $634,232  $256,356  $517,171 
Fundraising $291,417  $191,425  $320,898 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $5,705,083  $3,118,516  $5,419,389 

Assets and Liabilities

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Assets $10,690,472  $9,777,403  $9,328,312 
Current Assets $9,714,355  $8,726,603  $8,278,502 
Total Liabilities $1,227,208  $1,991,416  $2,012,866 
Current Liabilities $668,914  $762,978  $634,823 
NET ASSETS $9,463,264  $7,785,987  $7,315,446 


TCF Staff:

Financial information for FY12 represents the six month period from 1/1/12-6/30/12 due to a fiscal year transition.

Mr. Michael J. Cosgrove

Public support includes contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, churches and faith groups, foundations, and government agencies. Earned revenue includes revenue from Habitat’s ReStores, and revenue related to the sale of completed homes to our Habitat partner families. Earned revenue provides sustainable funding that helps offset our administrative and management expenses and provides additional funding to support Habitat’s overall mission.

Documents Form 990 2013 Form 990 2012 Form 990 2011

All portrait information is provided voluntarily by nonprofit organizations. An organization may decline to participate. At a minimum, information is updated annually--sometimes more frequently. Documents indicated as available by an organization are verified by Foundation staff. The financial section is completed by Foundation staff based on available documents for a three-year period.