Donor FAQs

The Housing Development Alliance, Inc. (HDA) is a 501 (c) (3) organization. As a nonprofit operating in Appalachian Kentucky – one of the poorest regions in the country, we rely on our funders, grants. and gifts from our donors to help us reach our annual goals and help us serve as many low-income East Kentucky families in need of affordable housing as possible.

HDA accepts gifts in accordance with state and federal laws. Unrestricted gifts are encouraged; gifts with the fewest possible restrictions allow us to address our most pressing needs. Gifts are accepted only for purposes consistent with our mission and planning.

You can learn more about the tax benefits you may be eligible for when you make a donation to the Housing Development Alliance by reading our answers to the questions below.

If you have a question about a specific donation you’ve made, please contact HDA’s Director of Development & Communications via email or by calling 606-436-0497, ext. 2028.

The Housing Development Alliance is a nonprofit affordable housing developer dedicated to serving low-income families in Appalachian Kentucky. The counties we serve are some of the poorest in the entire nation. We believe that every East Kentucky family deserves a home they can afford, and our mission is to use the power of housing to transform lives and build a brighter future for our communities.

Your donation helps give low-income and middle-income families – the workforce of eastern Kentucky – a chance to become homeowners and a chance to greatly improve the homes they have. Currently, in our region, over 40% of low-income families remain inadequately housed. That means the families we serve are living in homes that are not suitable for them, are in need of significant repairs that they can’t afford, are overcrowded (sometimes two and three generations live in one home), and in many cases, families cannot afford their rent or house payment and are in danger of losing their homes.

Your gift helps us build new homes for these families that they can afford. These are homes that are built to last and are homes that the families should remain in for a lifetime. By giving to HDA, you are helping us lay a new foundation for the future of Appalachia. Affordable housing changes lives, empowers families, and makes our mountain communities stronger, more adaptable, and poised to flourish in a new economy.

As a result of our lean operations and program-focused spending, the Housing Development Alliance has grown to become one of the largest nonprofit affordable housing developers in the state of Kentucky. 

HDA works hard to make sure your gift goes directly to efforts to help the families of East Kentucky in need of affordable housing. You may like to know that 92% of our annual budget goes directly toward providing affordable housing programs and services to low-income Appalachian families. Less than 6% is used for administration costs, and only around 2% is used for fundraising purposes.

Our financials are available for your review here on our website, on our GuideStar (Platinum Transparency) and Charity Navigator profiles (HDA has a 4-star rating) and in our Annual Report. If you’d like a print copy of our Annual Report to be mailed to you, you can request that here.

There are many ways to give to HDA – from a one-time gift to a monthly, recurring gift! Visit our Giving page for much more information.

Yes! HDA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, and all monetary donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our EIN number for tax purposes is 61-1253346.

Yes, of course! HDA uses a secured server for online donations to protect your personal information.

We highly value our donors’ privacy and always treat what is known about them confidentially. We never sell, share, trade, or rent our contact list/mailing list with anyone. If you ask to remain anonymous, that request is closely honored. You can access our Donor Privacy Policy here.

HDA does accept matching gifts from employers as well as through workplace giving campaigns, such as the United Way. Check with your employer to learn more about workplace giving. The easiest step is to go online to your company’s website and search for employee benefits and/or matching gift programs. Most likely, all of your questions will be answered there. If you can’t find the information online, just call your human resources department and ask if they have the program and if they can provide a form for you to submit with your donation.

Yes! Our donors who give monthly are part of a special giving club called The Carpenter’s Helpers. You can find out much more about Monthly Giving here

Stocks, bonds, and other appreciated securities can be donated and are certainly welcome at HDA! In order to facilitate proper crediting of the donor’s gift, it will be helpful to notify the Director of Development & Communications of the donor’s name and address, stock symbol, date of transfer, and number of shares being transferred. Contact either Mindy Miller at or Executive Director Scott McReynolds at, or call 606-436-0497.

Yes! You may make an online gift or mail in your gift by printing and completing our donation form. Find out more about these types of gifts here

Restricted funds are monies set aside for a particular purpose as a result of designated giving. They are permanently restricted to that purpose and cannot be used for other expenses. By contrast, unrestricted funds may be used for any legal purpose appropriate to HDA. Unrestricted gifts are used to fund our greatest needs.

Of course! Just print out our donation form, if you can, and mail that along with your donation. Otherwise, just send your check or money order to Housing Development Alliance, Inc., P.O. Box 7284, Hazard, KY 41702.

We  know donors want to stay up-to-date on our work, but we also don’t want to flood your inbox! Here’s what you can expect to receive from us:

  • A thank you letter/card and tax receipt for each donation you send,
  • Monthly email updates on our work,
  • Newsletter (sent twice yearly – in spring and fall) by postal mail,
  • A mid-year update from our Executive Director, and
  • A holiday/Christmas greeting.

    You can opt out of mailed or digital communications at anytime!

Receipts for donations are usually sent promptly. If you have not received one, please contact us ASAP by calling 606-436-0497 (ask for Mindy) or email our Director of Development & Communications.

If the check had a date of last year and you itemize your deductions, you may be able to deduct your donation. We suggest you contact your tax adviser or accountant or visit the IRS website for more information.

If you have any questions about giving, please email our Director of Development & Communications or call 606-436-0497 and someone will assist you!

The way to a better future in East Kentucky is right through the front door of a high quality, long-lasting, affordable home.

Thanks to people like you, families in Appalachian Kentucky in need of affordable housing are becoming new homeowners, getting the home repairs they desperately need, and are creating financial stability for generations. But while much has been accomplished, there is still so much to do. Please give to HDA today and help us provide affordable housing to a thousand more East Kentucky families this decade alone!

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