The HFHGA 2014 Conference
April 3-4, 2014 • Macon, GA
Habitat for Humanity affiliates build homes, communities and hope.
But every so often, they need building assistance of their own.
Join us and your fellow Georgia Habitat affiliates on the auspicious occasion of HFHGA’s first independently presented statewide conference, to be held in Macon on April 3-4, 2014.
Our theme is “Building Habitat in Georgia,” and our program covers the breadth of affiliate operations: leadership, finance, construction, family services, volunteer management and ReStore.
This is a singular opportunity to gain the knowledge and insight you need to advance our ministry of shelter, to expand the impact of God’s work through our hands. Learn from HFHI staff, from affiliate leaders, from each other.
Building Habitat in Georgia. It’s close. It’s affordable. It’s for you.
Thursday, April 3
•1:00 pm Registration opens. Vendor displays open.
• 1:30 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Workshops
- Preparing For Sustained Growth. A panel of affiliate executive directors discuss growth issues and best practices. Featured EDs: Virginia Brown, Coastal Empire; Bruce Day, Rome & Floyd County; Leslie Merriman, Newnan-Coweta; Minka Parish, Southern Crescent; Howard Tessendorf, Macon Area. The moderator is Joe Gatlin, Director U.S. Field Operations, HFHI.
- Successful Fundraising. Jim Mercer, Development Director of the Macon Area HFH, will share his experience in raising funds for the Macon Area Habitat affiliates.
- Residential Fall Protection Options. About 50% of Habitat’s legal claims and insurance payouts over the past 10 years is a result of falls. Discover your options in setting trusses, installing sheathing and completing shingling. And given that residential falls is now one of OSHA’s four focused hazardous areas, learning about the agency’s requirements is a must! Don Hartle, CSSMI/CEP, U.S. Safety Specialist, HFHI
- Finding Eligible Families. How does your family selection process stack up? Carol Gregory, ODC/NRI, HFHI, has studied the processes of affiliates across the country and can help you improve yours.
• 3:15 - 5:00 pm
- NRI Tour of Macon Area’s focus neighborhood. Limited capacity. Trolley charge.
- Networking opportunity for those not going on the NRI Tour.
• 6:30 pm Banquet
- A Reflection On Habitat: Building On Our Mission. A special after-dinner interactive session. The values, sentiments and directives that appear in mission statements often feel remote, even disconnected from reality. Habitat is not immune from this. We will be guided on a reflection upon mission, and in the process, deepen our understanding of its impact on what we do every minute of every day. Ashley Williamson, Resource Development Director, Houston County HFH.
Friday, April 4
• 8:00 am Registration opens. Vendor displays open.
• 8:30 - 10:00 am Concurrent Workshops
- Understanding Affiliate Financial Health. Designed especially for board members, those super volunteers charged with financial oversight. Todd Fox, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Risk Prevention and Response Unit, HFHI.
- Mortgage Procedures and Regulations (MPAR): Keeping Up With Federal Changes. Your mortgage portfolio is your affiliate’s most valuable asset. Protecting it starts with compliance performance, originating and servicing mortgages in accordance with the myriad of complex federal and state requirements. Natosha Reid Rice, Associate General Counsel, Real Estate and Finance, HFHI.
- Building & Upgrading Homes for Energy Efficiency: HERS Ratings and the EarthCents Home. Presented by Tony Donald of Georgia Power, an honored sponsor of this conference.
- What All Board and Staff Should Know About ReStore. Tina Shaw Cox, ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI.
• 10:15 - 12:15 pm Plenary
- Serving More Families. What are the advantages of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) to affiliates? Jeff Pope, Senior Director NRI, HFHI, will explain and review NRI’s first three years.
SSO Report. Harold Tessendorf, Board President, HFHGA.
Tithe Presentation. Patrick Ettampola, International Volunteer Projects Manager, HFHI
• 12:15 pm Lunch
• 1:00 - 2:30 pm Concurrent Workshops
- Social Networking for Fundraising. And More. $20,000. That’s what one Georgia affiliate raised on November 13, 2013, Georgia Gives Day. Learn how Habitat for Humanity Milledgeville-Baldwin County accomplished this, and how social media can lift your affiliate. Murali Thirumal, Executive Director, and Dr. Kristen English, Board Member, both of Habitat for Humanity Milledgeville-Baldwin County.
- Best Practices in the Volunteer Experience. Simple things you can do to create a winning volunteer experience. Keep them safe and keep them coming back! Allyson Drinnon, Associate Director, Volunteer and Institutional Engagement, HFHI.
- Monitoring and Measuring Performance: Ratios and Benchmarks. What are the essential, ongoing analyses board and staff must engage in to continually raise the bar? Todd Fox, Senior Fiscal Analyst, HFHI, will tell you!
- Repair Payment and Documentation. Repair payments, whether for ABWK or CHR, helps sustain affiliates. This workshop will discuss payment options and documentation needs. Natosha Reid Rice, Associate General Counsel, Real Estate and Finance, HFHI.
Three Reasons to attend Building Habitat in Georgia: