Rebuilding Together, Inc.

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

aka Rebuilding Together   |   Washington, DC   |
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Rebuilding Together, Inc.

EIN: 52-1585880


In 1973, a small group of people in Midland, Texas, realized a growing need in their community. Homes in their community had fallen into disrepair and their neighbors could not afford to fix them on their own. The group volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. News of the group’s good work spread slowly, but eventually achieved national recognition. The mission spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help our neighbors year-round. We became Rebuilding Together and opened the national office in 1988.

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President and CEO

Ms. Caroline Blakely

Main address

999 North Capitol Street, NE Suite 330

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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Formerly known as

Christmas in April



Subject area info

Housing development

Housing rehabilitation

Shelter and residential care

Home repairs

Population served info

Older adults



Low-income people

People with disabilities

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NTEE code info

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are 20.7 million low-income homeowners living in the U.S. today. Many struggle with the health and economic implications of living in unsafe, unstable homes. In response to this critical issue facing families and communities, Rebuilding Together is committed to improving the safety, health and quality of life of individuals, families and communities through critical home repairs and community revitalization services. Housing quality and location are widely recognized as a major factor in both individual and community health. Yet, low-income individuals and families often struggle to find and maintain safe and affordable housing in both gentrifying and higher poverty neighborhoods. As a leader in safe and healthy housing, Rebuilding Together is committed to finding solutions to common health hazards and providing home repairs and modifications to low income families and individuals. Rebuilding Together is also deeply committed to its Community Revitalization framework.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

General Support

Today, Rebuilding Together has grown into premier nonprofit community revitalization organization.

Together, with our corporate and community partners, we repair homes, revitalize communities and rebuild lives. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 20,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
People with disabilities
Low-income people

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Our volunteers work help provide home repairs and relief in the wake of natural disasters in our 120 locations across the country.

Number of clients served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These numbers reflect both the number of individuals we served through home repairs, as well as through repairs to community facilities and spaces.

Number of homes that receive repairs

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This total includes all home and community rehabilitation projects (nonprofit facilities, community spaces).

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Collectively, Rebuilding Together aims to achieve the following outcomes: improved access to safe and affordable housing in underserved communities by increasing the number of low-income homeowners around the United States with a safe and healthy home, including veterans and military families; improved health and housing outcomes for homeowners and families who receive direct home repair services from Rebuilding Together; improved quality of life for our neighbors in need in the communities where we work; improve resiliency and preparedness in communities prone to natural disasters; and increase capacity of communities impacted by natural disasters to rapidly rebuild and recover.

Rebuilding Together is repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives through Community Revitalization and a deep commitment to Safe and Healthy Housing.
Through Community Revitalization, Rebuilding Together is activating cross-sector partnerships to improve the health and safety of homes and strengthen community infrastructure through the revitalization of parks, schools, community centers and nonprofit facilities.
Our Safe and Healthy Housing framework is a science-based, systematic approach to rebuilding homes encompasses hundreds of repairs that remedy critical home hazards. In addition to our core work- Community Revitalization and Safe and Healthy Housing- we have several national programs including:
Safe at Home: Preventive home modification program to promote safe and healthy aging-in-place with a focus on reducing falls and promoting independence, safety and mobility at home for older adults.
Building a Healthy Neighborhood: Our long-term commitment to develop thriving neighborhoods with safe, affordable, and accessible homes and public spaces. Affiliates make a minimum one year commitment to a particular neighborhood or community and collaborate with public and private partners to repair homes and revitalize communities
She Builds: Through She Builds, Rebuilding Together provides home and community improvements to women in need while giving community members and volunteers training to improve their own lives and communities.
Disaster Recovery: When natural disasters strike, Rebuilding Together provides strategic long-term support to help families and communities rebuild and return to safe and healthy homes and vibrant communities.

Rebuilding Together affiliates operate across 38 states as well as the District of Columbia. The national organization supports key initiatives and programs which allow the network to accomplish its goals. The Rebuilding Together Organizational Development Institute (ODI) is critical to our ability to effectively scale solutions across our network. Through ODI, we develop, pilot, refine, and launch national programs and initiatives while also providing direct capacity building support to affiliates of all sizes with the goal of improving their local operations and increasing their impact in local communities. Through Safe and Healthy Housing, Rebuilding Together seeks to advance health equity by improving health and housing outcomes for our neighbors in need in economically distressed communities. . Through Safe at Home, Rebuilding Together provides free preventive home modifications to promote aging-in-place while preserving housing affordability. As an active member of the National Association of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), we work in partnership with local and national disaster response and recovery organizations and members of the affected community to rebuild and restore homes. The Rebuilding Together Success Pack (RTSP) is a collaborative endeavor between the Rebuilding Together National Office and its affiliates to design and create a database platform on the world’s leading CRM, Salesforce. RTSP brings together the disparate, proprietary technologies that Rebuilding Together uses separately into one platform built specifically to meet the organizational needs of the Rebuilding Together affiliate network. Since 2007, Rebuilding Together has hosted an AmeriCorps program that provides AmeriCorps member. Not only does this program strengthen the organizational capacity of our affiliates across the country but also helps grow a workforce committed to safe and healthy housing and communities.

Since 1988, Rebuilding Together has leveraged 4 million volunteers and $1.86 billion in cash and in-kind resources to repair and rehabilitate over 200,000 homes, nonprofit facilities, and community spaces, improving the lives of an estimated 6 million low- and moderate-income neighbors in need. Rebuilding Together is changing lives: one home, one community at a time.
According to a 2017 evaluation of Rebuilding Together’s critical home repair services for older adults: around two-thirds of homeowners who received repairs report that they now always feel safe at home and can move around without difficulty. Homeowners waiting for our repairs were nearly twice as likely to fall 3+ times in the course of a year, compared to the older homeowners who received repairs. . Additionally, across a sample of 210 Rebuilding Together home rebuild projects completed in 2016 and 2017, a $10,000-$15,000 investment per home yielded a reduction of in-home hazards by 84%. Post repair, 9 in 10 homeowners anticipate they can continue to afford their homes over the next decade and beyond. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Rebuilding Together rebuilt over 1,000 homes along the Gulf Coast between 2005-2015. Between 2012-2015, Rebuilding Together rebuilt more than 400 homes in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. To date, Rebuilding Together has rebuilt more than 200 homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey and has a goal to rebuild 1,500 homes by 2023. Since 2007, Rebuilding Together has trained more than 450 CapacityCorps members, who have served over 1 million hours with Rebuilding Together affiliates via AmeriCorps. A vital source of capacity and talent for the Rebuilding Together network, around 1 in 10 Rebuilding Together paid staff are AmeriCorps alumni.
2019 marks the kickoff of our Building a Healthy Neighborhood Innovation grants, in which we provide affiliates with capacity building funding to be used toward the development of their own wholistic program, targeted at supporting local communities. It also marks the roll out of our impact measurements pilot, in which we lay the framework for each affiliate to be able to subjectively evaluate their outcomes and therefore assess the effectiveness of their programs. We also intend on expanding our workforce development program, so that more affiliates may launch programs like the one that trained more than 200 skilled laborers throughout New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.39 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 32% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Rebuilding Together, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Rebuilding Together, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $686,924 $1,188,246 $1,300,356 -$553,040 -$1,031,398
As % of expenses 4.7% 7.5% 11.7% -4.4% -6.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $418,249 $1,053,213 $1,123,976 -$663,130 -$1,167,065
As % of expenses 2.8% 6.6% 10.0% -5.3% -7.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $15,733,994 $13,242,258 $10,605,053 $12,350,549 $14,392,042
Total revenue, % change over prior year 12.4% -15.8% -19.9% 16.5% 16.5%
Program services revenue 14.1% 16.8% 15.1% 17.2% 14.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.9% 0.9% 0.6% 0.4% 0.4%
Government grants 3.8% 6.9% 14.6% 15.5% 15.0%
All other grants and contributions 80.9% 74.9% 70.1% 66.5% 70.2%
Other revenue 0.3% 0.4% -0.4% 0.4% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,484,497 $15,837,942 $11,105,928 $12,446,761 $14,859,909
Total expenses, % change over prior year 22.2% 9.3% -29.9% 12.1% 19.4%
Personnel 22.3% 19.6% 28.1% 28.2% 24.7%
Professional fees 4.5% 5.8% 9.4% 11.0% 9.9%
Occupancy 4.6% 1.9% 2.4% 1.1% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 45.9% 52.6% 34.6% 35.6% 44.3%
All other expenses 22.6% 20.2% 25.7% 24.1% 20.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,753,172 $15,972,975 $11,282,308 $12,556,851 $14,995,576
One month of savings $1,207,041 $1,319,829 $925,494 $1,037,230 $1,238,326
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $650,991
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $15,960,213 $17,292,804 $12,207,802 $13,594,081 $16,884,893

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 1.8 3.4 3.9 1.4
Months of cash and investments 5.1 3.7 6.0 6.2 3.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 0.9 2.5 2.1 0.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $3,538,812 $2,427,257 $3,123,125 $4,021,320 $1,773,038
Investments $2,561,506 $2,400,733 $2,398,510 $2,452,351 $2,197,170
Receivables $3,728,788 $2,561,530 $862,201 $822,624 $1,525,446
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,104,112 $1,849,942 $1,854,789 $1,164,250 $1,164,250
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 56.4% 54.8% 57.3% 78.9% 84.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 21.0% 25.1% 25.2% 30.5% 40.4%
Unrestricted net assets $919,429 $1,972,642 $3,096,618 $2,433,488 $1,266,423
Temporarily restricted net assets $7,747,442 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $7,747,442 $4,265,666 $2,464,435 $2,940,467 $3,195,610
Total net assets $8,666,871 $6,238,308 $5,561,053 $5,373,955 $4,462,033

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Ms. Caroline Blakely

Caroline Blakely is President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. Previously, Ms. Blakely was a partner in charge of Cassin & Cassin LLP's Washington D.C. office and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee with a record of excellence in corporate finance and commercial real estate. Ms. Blakely also served as Vice President in Fannie Mae's Multifamily business. In this capacity, defined the strategic direction for the company's growing asse t management and counterparty responsibilities. In addition, was responsible for mitigating the financial and operational risk of 24 DUS Lenders, including assessing capital adequacy to share risk with Fannie Mae's balance sheet by conducing performing note sales. Ms. Blakely received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Rebuilding Together, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kevin Rafferty

Hancock Whitney

Term: 2018 - 2022

Caroline Blakely

Rebuilding Together

Wayne Cauthen

The Insight Group Ltd.

Guy Cecala

Inside Mortgage Finance

Kevin Rafferty

Hancock Whitney

Brad Segal

Corks on Columbus

Mike Uttam

Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

Joy Cianci

Fannie Mae

Jim Kelly

Blank Rome LLP

Ed Peavy

Mission Control

Kathleen Wu

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Karen Nemsick

Rebuilding Together San Francisco

Akinjide Falaki


Merrill Friedman


John Scott Johnson

Urban Standard Capital

Rick Nelson

Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/14/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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