Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Giveback Homes.

General
  • Where does Giveback Homes Build?

    We manage home building projects across the U.S. and internationally working with reputable charities as building partners. Currently, we are building homes with Habitat for Humanity, in Nicaragua, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County (CA), San Diego, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Houston, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Temecula, Austin, and New York. We are also building with New Story Charity in Haiti and El Salvador. We hope to continue to expand our building partners and projects to serve more families, both domestically and internationally. Learn more about our building projects here. 

  • Who is your building partner?

    We are currently partnered with Habitat for Humanity, New Story Charity and Union Rescue Mission. We only partner with non-profits who share our vison to provide tangible, and can ensure that 100% of all donations that our members make will go directly to building homes for deserving families.

  • Who can join Giveback Homes?

    Giveback Homes is an organization built for real estate professionals and is open to commercial and residential real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home-builders, interior designers, and anyone else in the business of building, buying or selling homes. We also encourage all of our members to get involved in our program, by making a financial contributions or volunteering their time to one of our current building projects.

  • Is Giveback Homes a non-profit organization?

    Giveback Homes is a professional organization and privately owned LLC. We work with building partners who are reputable charity organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and New Story Charity, both of which maintain a 501C 3 status. This way we can ensure that any contributions made by our members are 100% tax-deductible, and the funds are used solely for the building of homes.

  • How much does it cost to build a home? 

    The cost to build a home varies by project and location. Currently, our projects in Nicaragua costs approximately $5,000 (USD) to build a home from start to finish. The cost includes essential training for housing law and home maintenance for the future homeowner. The cost to build a home in Haiti and El Salvador averages around $6,000 (USD). And the cost to build a home in the United States can vary from $100,000 to $250,000. In the U.S, we drive fundraising events to secure increments of $5,000 to move these projects to fruition.  Each time we meet our incremental fundraising goals for a U.S. home build project, we invite our members to join us for a local Build Day, allowing our members to actually participate in the building of a home.

  • How long does it take to build a home? 

    The average length of time it takes to build a complete home for a family in Nicaragua is approximately 2- 4 weeks. In the U.S., the average time it takes to complete a home can take 6 – 12 months.

Members
  • How often do I have to contribute?

    You can make a contribution in any amount, at any time, to any of our home build projects. There is no minimum as every donation makes a significant difference in the life of someone in need. Some members donate a portion of their commission after each transaction, while others opt to make a lump sum donation at the end of every year. Please keep in mind that whether you contribute $10 or $10,000 to our home projects, all donations are 100% tax deductible.

  • I’m ready to get started with my marketing, how do I do that?

    It’s easy! Once a Member of Giveback Homes, we can help you create new marketing materials and brand yourself as a social good professional. We'll send you some examples in a digital toolkit and then you simply email your request to info@givebackhomes.com

  • How do I make my membership with Giveback Homes part of my marketing efforts?

    It’s easy and we are here to support you. We provide a variety of marketing tools and resources to help you create new marketing materials and brand yourself as a Giveback real estate professional. Once you become a member you will receive a digital toolkit which includes marketing materials that you can use immediately. We also provide you with examples of how other members are using the Giveback Homes brand in their marketing materials. Please take a look at the tools and examples available with your digital toolkit and let us know how we can help. Members who have signed up with our Pro Membership plan have access to our in-house marketing and design team to help them build custom marketing material. If you’re a member and would like to learn more about our marketing services please email us at info@givebackhomes.com

  • How much does it cost to be a member of Giveback Homes?

    We offer two different Member plans. Our Basic plan is $16 per month (if paid annually) and our Pro plan is $32 per month (if billed annually). You can see details of each plan here: givebackhomes.com/member-plans 

  • What does my monthly fee cover? 

    The membership fee provides you with the tools and resources to brand yourself as a member of Giveback Homes. This includes access to our in-house design, marketing and PR team. It also ensures that 100% of your contributions go directly to our Building Projects, none is kept for operating costs for us or our Building Partners.

  • What is the difference between my monthly fee and contributions?

    The fees we obtain from our members help us to grow our organization. The funds are used to maintain operations, develop and manage our home build programs and projects, and provide our members with the marketing support services and tools they to help them build their brands. Contributions, or financial donations, made through our giving platform go directly to our Building Projects (100%), none of which is kept for operating costs for Giveback Homes or our building partners.

  • Is my membership fee tax-deductible?  

    We are a professional organization that relies on membership fees to keep us operating. While your membership fee is not tax deductible, any financial contribution you make to a home build project is tax deductible. Your membership fee may be considered as a marketing expense and used as a tax write-off at the end of the year. Please check with your accountant or financial advisor for clarification. 

  • Are my contributions tax-deductible?

    Yes, the contributions that you make to our home projects are tax deductible. We partner with trusted charity organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, which is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, making every donation eligible for a tax deduction.

  • Will I receive a tax-receipt for my contribution?

    After making a donation through our platform, you will immediately receive a confirmation email from our charity partner for your records. If you do not receive a receipt for your contribution, please email our support team for assistance at support@givebackhomes.com.

  • Will I be able to participate in the actual building of homes?

    Yes, as a member of Giveback Homes, you will have the opportunity to participate in that building of a home at any of our U.S.-based Build Days. You will also have the opportunity to join our team on international Build Trips and help us build homes in communities outside the U.S. For information about our active home build projects, please check out our full listing here

  • How Do I See Photos of the Homes?

    We are always working with our build partners and have direct access to the families behind the home project we manage. Please follow us on social media for updates, photos, and videos, and to learn more about their families that our members have supported: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. You can also see photos on our gallery and check out our blog posts.

  • I forgot my password, how do I reset?

    No worries. To reset your password just click here. If you continue to have difficulties accessing your account, please email our support to team at support@givebackhomes.com.

  • How do I cancel my membership?

    Although we would be very sad to see you go, you can easily cancel your Giveback Homes membership at any time. All you have to do is email us at info@givebackhomes.com with at least 14 days advanced notice.