Millard Fuller, 2000 Annunzio Award

Written by on July 15, 2000 in 2000, Researcher, The Annunzio STEM Leadership Award

Millard Fuller

Millard Fuller

Founder and President
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)
Americus, GA

This worldwide Christian housing organization was awarded the $100,000 Frank Annunzio Award in the Humanitarian field. HFHI built its 100,000 home in September 2000. It is one of the top 20 house builders in the United States, and the largest among non-profits. More than 500,000 people now have safe, decent, affordable shelter due to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity International volunteers around the world.

Mr. Fuller received the Medal of Freedom from President Clinton in September 1996, and was named the 1995 Builder of the Year by Professional Builder Magazine. He and his wife, Linda, were awarded the 1994 Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, and he also has received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from both the State of Georgia and the King Center.

Mr. Fuller has written six books about Habitat for Humanity. A Simple, Decent Place to Live (1995) chronicles the entire story of Habitat for Humanity. The Theology of the Hammer (1994) explains the concept that true religion mandates that we put our faith and love into action. It is about bringing diverse people together to build houses, and finding common ground in using a hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. His other books are The Excitement Is Building, coauthored with his wife, No More Shacks!, Love in the Mortar Joints and Bokotola.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the 2000 Frank Annunzio Awards Evaluation Committee:

Joan Acocella – Staff Writer, The New Yorker, New York, NY
Rita Dove, Ph.D. – Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Cynthia Mayeda – Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY


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