Governance and Financial



Since 1994, Sierra Vista Area Habitat has helped countless families meet their affordable housing needs across Cochise County. In fiscal year 2016, Habitat improved the housing conditions of our neighbors through new home construction, rehabilitation, incremental improvements, repairs or increased access to improved shelter through partnerships with the private sector.

In addition, nearly 2.1 million people now have the potential to improve their housing conditions as a result of Habitat’s international advocacy efforts, which changed policies and systems to allow more access to shelter solutions, and because of our provision of information and training in construction, financial management and other housing-related topics.

Governance

Nonprofit Status

Habitat for Humanity – Sierra Vista Area, Inc. is classified as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Our Federal Identification Number (otherwise known as our Employer Identification Number), is: 86-0759770. Since we are an affiliate (franchise) of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), we are granted a group exemption. The group exemption number assigned to HFHI by the IRS is 8545. This number may be provided to prospective donors, foundations and other grant organizations as they request it and is required on certain IRS forms.

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.

The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and no part of a section 501(c)(3) organization’s net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. If the organization engages in an excess benefit transaction with a person having substantial influence over the organization, an excise tax may be imposed on the person and any organization managers agreeing to the transaction.

Section 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct. For a detailed discussion, see Political and Lobbying Activities. For more information about lobbying activities by charities, see the article Lobbying Issues; for more information about political activities of charities, see the FY-2002 CPE topic Election Year Issues.

Arizona Nonprofit Corporation

Habitat for Humanity – Sierra Vista Area, Inc. is an Arizona domestic corporation. The corporation was originally formed in October, 2000. Our file number with the Arizona Corporation Commission is 09622021. To check our current status with the ACC, click here. From 1994 until the approval of our corporation’s Articles, we operated as a Habitat Affiliate in Cochise County – building and repairing many homes across southeastern Arizona.

The Arizona Revised Statutes govern the activities and governance of domestic nonprofit corporations. To see a list of the many statutes that we must follow as an Arizona nonprofit, visit the comprehensive list provided by Keyt Law here.

Organizational Bylaws

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors follows a set of policies, directives, and guidelines that help them with their duties of governance and oversight of the organization. To view our Bylaws, please click here.

Financial Information

As a nonprofit organization, we are required to file an IRS Form 990 every year. Similar to the Form 1040 tax returns filed by individuals and families, the Form 990 is filed by tax-exempt organizations, nonexempt charitable trusts, and Section 527 political organizations to provide the IRS with the information required by Section 6033.

To view our most recent Form 990, please click here.