At the Builders Show, we have decided to let multiple non-profits into the show. We realize, as a non-profit ourselves, since 2020, it has been very hard for non-profit associations. Stay tuned for more details!

2023 Non-Profits - Coming Soon

Past Charities


MDHHS Weatherization Assistance Program

MDS Community Action Agency


MISS Dig 811

Knights of Columbus Council #6447

The Home Builders Association of the U.P.

Project Jade 


Knights of Columbus Council #6447

Miss Dig 811

Professional Women in Building Council

Trillium House

Start the Cycle

South Shore Fishing Association

HBA of the UP

Project Jade


Courage Incorporated -

South Shore Fishing Association -


Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice
Trillium House


Area 36 Special Olympics – MBE
Professional Women in Building– HBA


Bay Cliff Health Camp – HBA
Foster Closet of Michigan, Marquette County Branch- MBE


Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)  – MBE
Professional Women in Building – HBA


Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund – Both HBA & MBE


Women’s Center – MBE
Upper Peninsula Honor Flight – HBA

Contact Information

If your charity/non-profit organization would like to be considered, please contact:

Sarah Foster
Executive Officer
Home Builders Association of the U.P.
[email protected]

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NMU Superior Dome
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice - 2019 Marquette Builders Exchange Charity/Non-profit organization
“I remember the excitement when we were called and asked if we would accept a nomination to be the Marquette Builders Exchange’s 2019 non-profit! And then, when we were called with the good news that we had been chosen! It was a great event. It gave us the opportunity for exposure in the community that we might not otherwise have had – it allowed us to share our story and all the work we do in the community--from our core hospice service, to adult day services, to our caregiver support group, to our community bereavement program. It was especially warming when some of the past families we served would introduce themselves and share a memory or two. Or, the woman who introduced herself and said the family was familiar with us and again seeking services. Our thanks go to the Marquette Builders Exchange for giving us this opportunity to be in the spotlight for a day or two, and to graciously supporting us with a $500 donation.”

- Sue (Kitti) Rutkowski, Executive Director

Special Olympics, Area 36 - 2018 Marquette Builders Exchange Charity/Non-profit organization
"Area 36 of Special Olympics Michigan was blessed to be chosen as one of the charities for the 2018 UP Builder's Show. This opportunity was a stepping stone to many new relationships from businesses that are part of the MBE family and also from the general public. Being an organization that is 100 percent volunteer based and dependent upon donations for the athlete programming, this showcase opportunity to share our mission was priceless along with the opportunity to fund raise during the show. Thank you again MBE for your support!"
-Pam Bahrman, Area 36 Director

Michigan Foster Closet, Marquette County Branch - 2017 Marquette Builders Exchange Charity/Non-profit organization
"Being a part of any community event helps us get our word and information in the hands of people that may not otherwise hear of the great things we do. We are a nonprofit and any help with resources is an extremely exciting thing for us! We were so happy to be a part of the UP Builders Show and hope to be invited to attend again in the future."
-Jackie Van Oss Judd, Manager

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) - 2016 Marquette Builders Exchange Charity/Non-profit organization
"UPAWS was fortunate to be included in the Builders Show in 2016 and it was a great experience for all of us that were involved. At that time we were fundraising for the new shelter we were planning to build and it was a wonderful opportunity to speak to our UPAWS supporters about what we hoped to accomplish. We answered lots of questions, got people excited about helping us, and sold lots of UPAWS t-shirts!"
--Karen Rhodes, UPAWS Fundraising Committee