FAQ

Answers to common questions about the application process, our volunteer program, and donations are covered here.

    1. Is Black Women Build – Baltimore a 501(c)(3)?

    Yes

    2. Can I deduct my donation to Black Women Build – Baltimore on my income taxes?

    If you itemize your deductions, you may be able to deduct charitable contributions of money or property made to qualified organizations. Only donations actually made before the close of the tax year would be eligible.

    3. Do you send a donation tax receipt?

    We use Kindful Payments to securely process our one-time and monthly gifts. You will receive both a transaction receipt and a PDF tax receipt with every donation.

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    If you mail in a check we will send your donation receipt via USPS unless email address is provided.


    Visit our Donation and Fundraising Policy page for additional information.

    4. How does this program work?

    Please visit our Overview and How to Apply pages for program details!

    5. Do I need money to buy the house?

    Yes, you will need a minimum of $2,500 for your down payment. Please visit our Overview and How to Apply pages for program details!

    6. How much is the house?

    The cost of the house depends on the size. Our first set of houses sold to our Participants for 85k

    7. How big is the house?

    These first houses are two bedroom, one bath homes and are about 1000 square feet. There will be larger 3-story homes in future builds.

    8. A lot of people talk about ‘flipping houses’ is that what this is?

    No, we believe in building community with whom you work and where you live. Therefore, you must stay in the house at least five years before you can sell it. We think you will love living next to and around those of us who have worked together to rebuild this block, and will want to stay even after the five years is up.

    9. Do you currently take tool, materials, or furniture donations?

    We only accept new building materials. If you are a builder/contractor that can donate sheetrock, lumber, or (?) We can use it! Please email product description, volume, and location

    10. Can I volunteer to help?

    We are a small org and do not have the capacity to train volunteers. However, if your experience level is equivalent to a trades person or someone who could be paid for work, we could use your help! When given a task, you should be able to complete it independently and produce quality work. If this sounds like you, please clearly outline the following information:

    1. Experience/tools
    2. Projects completed
    3. Availability
    4. Professional Reference
    Send to hello@blackwomenbuild.org

    11. Can I hire you to make repairs or renovations to my house?

    At this time we are focused exclusively building Participant Homes.

    12. Do you have any Job Openings?

    We are always happy to hear from Skilled Building Professionals for future opportunities. If you have interest, and the relevant skills, please send a resume & cover letter to hello@blackwomenbuild.org

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    Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

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