Habitat for Humanity gets $100 million gift

ATLANTA --- Even as the national housing market sputters, Habitat for Humanity International is getting a $100 million gift from an Atlanta businessman who built his fortune developing real estate and is now giving it away piece by piece to support affordable housing.

The nonprofit group announced Thursday that it received the largest individual contribution in its history, an offering that will help build 60,000 homes around the globe.

It's one of the largest gifts in recent years to a group devoted to social services, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The donation comes from J. Ronald Terwilliger of Atlanta, a former chief executive of housing developer Trammell Crow Residential Co. and a longtime member of Habitat's board of directors.