About the Foundation
With over four decades of philanthropic experience, the California Homebuilding Foundation is the industry's premiere and most highly regarded non-profit guiding the students on the limitless potential of future careers in homebuilding as well as providing industry leaders with critically important tools essential to ensure their legacy is fully realized within construction-related fields.
Through the distribution of scholarships, the publishing of key industry research findings and innovative educational programs, the California Homebuilding Foundation offers opportunity for all to professionally flourish while building a stronger foundation for California's future together.
The California Homebuilding Foundation’s culture is driven by trust and constructive debate and leadership that empowers excellence. The Foundation Board of Trustees and staff strive to listen, learn, and model openness and transparency. We are accountable to the individuals and organizations we serve as well as to the laws that govern our 501 (c)3 nonprofit status.
The California Homebuilding Foundation is helping educate and train qualified competent candidates to fill an ever-increasing number of high-skill industry jobs. We work together with learning institutions to assist the next generation of young professionals in acquiring careers in building. College is a significant pathway to a well-paying job today, and it is essential that every young person is given equal access to a college degree.
The Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB) serves as a division of the California Homebuilding Foundation. For over six decades, this statistical-based research program has been tracking residential and non-residential permit data for the cities and counties within California. CIRB works with clients across a broad range of categories and industries including various state agencies and multiple universities. As an authorized Federal Work Study location and an approved community partner with the California State University, Sacramento, CIRB is committed to the success of students through academia and hands-on experience internships.
California Homebuilding Foundation has funded hundreds of research projects, large and small. Research funded through the Foundation assists in educating lawmakers and the public about the economic benefits of new home construction – a crucial step in meeting the state’s need for housing.
The Donald Chaiken– Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) is a high school hands-on, project-based, construction training curriculum operating in over 45 California high schools. BITA addresses the skilled labor shortage by teaching work-ready skills and knowledge in the building industry and preparing high school students for employment in construction.