Giving Back


The Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award recognizes home builders who demonstrate a lifetime commitment to public service. Since 1999, the award has contributed more than $6 million to various charities, making it the single largest charitable award program in the homebuilding industry. Nominees must be for-profit, single-family builders or lot developers. They may be individuals or companies, employees or owners. Builders may nominate themselves or be nominated by other builders, charities, non-profit organizations, or government organizations they have helped. Special recognition will be given to employees of building firms, in addition to owners. A cash award will be donated to the winning builder’s non-profit charity or community service organization, and both will receive national coverage in BUILDER magazine, website and newsletters. The winner is honored at a special awards ceremony at the Housing Leadership Summit each spring.

Lori and Dave Sanson

2017: Dave and Lori Sanson – CEO and EVP, DeNova Homes

The Sansons have active roles with HomeAid – Dave serves as Chairman of the Board and Lori has chaired the PR committee and the “Hope for the Homeless” annual fundraiser for the last seven years. Their local impact translates to housing for more than 500 homeless individuals with five large HomeAid projects. Their passion for the organization has been ingrained in their 60 employees at DeNova and with their two sons.

Chris Gaffney

2016: Chris Gaffney – Group President, Toll Brothers

Chris Gaffney has been working with Covenant House for six years, transforming the lives of hundreds of young people from the despair of the street. His passion not only is embraced by the children he’s helping, but also by his colleagues. Recently, he organized a record-setting fundraising event that in one night raised $286,000 and that also put the mission of the organization into the hands of many new and passionate ambassadors.

Dan Ryan

2015: Dan Ryan – Founder and CEO, Dan Ryan Builders

Since 1990 Dan Ryan Builders has made it a priority to give back to the communities in which it operates through service and in-kind donations to grade schools, youth community groups, affordable housing organizations, non-profit hospitals, local builder associations, and charities. Dan serves on the board of directors of Frederick Rescue Mission providing over 165,000 meals to those in need. He also sponsors the Dan Ryan Builder’s Mission 10 Miler, a race that raises over $10,000 each year to benefit the Frederick Rescue Mission.

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2014: Bert Selva – CEO, Shea Homes

Bert has served for 11 years on HomeAid’s board of directors and works to provide housing for homeless families, victims of natural disasters, and veterans. Shea Homes has built eight HomeAid shelter projects valued at more than $5.2 million and has contributed nearly $850,000 to HomeAid and its chapters, making it one of the group’s largest benefactors. He also organized a 2013 fundraising event and benefit concert featuring his friend, singer John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, which raised almost $100,000.