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Creating a stronger homebuilding industry

CHF’s mission is to advance the homebuilding industry in California by providing scholarships, publishing innovative research findings, and promoting workforce education programs.

CHF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax I.D. 94-2581819.

Every dollar donated in support of the Foundation represents a donor’s legacy and a dream for lasting change.


The California Building Industry Foundation (CBIF) was founded in 1978 by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and renamed as the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) in 2007.

The Foundation was created to house a widespread college scholarship program for students majoring in homebuilding and construction-related fields, dedicated to pursuing long-term careers in the industry.

CHF launched the homebuilding Hall of Fame in 1985 to pay tribute to the success and philanthropic contributions of industry leaders and distribute annual scholarship dollars.

The Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) high school construction trades curriculum, created by the Building Industry Association of Orange County (BIAOC) in 2002, was acquired by CHF in 2012. This same year, CHF acquired the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB) building permit tracking service, known as the CIRB Report, from researcher, Ben Bartolottto, and the BIA of Southern California.


Through the generosity of industry supporters, benefactors, and donors, the California Homebuilding Foundation continues to offer annual scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in colleges and universities throughout California and other western regions, the BITA Program is now active in almost 40 high schools statewide and has served nearly 7,000 students in California, and the homebuilder Hall of Fame is now in its 36th year and has recognized over 235 men and women for their contributions to the industry we call home. Read more about CHF's impact here.


Our benefactors have paved the way for the Foundation to become the multifaceted and successful organization it is today by forming endowments to fund our programs and research studies.

Endowments are the foundation’s largest financial asset and a perpetual source of support for our mission. Endowments allow the foundation to make commitments far into the future, knowing that resources to meet those commitments will continue to be available. Meet the CHF benefactors.


The California Homebuilding Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of industry leaders and supporters who are distinguished in their fields. Their commitment ensures the continued success of the foundation’s programs and services. Meet the CHF board of trustees.


The California Homebuilding Foundation operations would not be possible without the dedication of our hardworking team members. We are a small but mighty staff, driven by the pursuit of creating opportunity and value within the homebuilding industry. Click here to meet Team CHF.


We maintain strong partnerships with over 15 affiliate organizations at the local, statewide, and national levels. Our combined efforts to serve the California homebuilding industry yield outcomes of advancement and improvement in the places we call home. Read about our affiliates.