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Keller Williams Gives Back
Homelessness is a real problem in the Greater Indianapolis area. Fortunately, there are many groups of people out there wanting to make a big difference. One organization, The Realtor Foundation, a group founded by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, or MIBOR, is already helping the homeless in Indianapolis.
About the REALTOR® Foundation
The REALTOR® Foundation was founded in 1984 by the Indianapolis Board of Realtors, also known as MIBOR. Since its founding, the organization has focused on raising homelessness awareness and support. The organization helps many of Indianapolis’ homeless population transition into safe and stable housing. The organization has provided over $1 million to various not-for-profits across the Midwest that focus on serving the homeless. For 2014-2016, the organization developed a strategic plan. It focuses in board leadership, financial sustainability, awareness and impact of the foundation’s mission, donor cultivation and fundraising.
Contribute to the REALTOR® Foundation
The REALTOR® Foundation raises money in two different ways. Annually, the foundation receives $100,000 through gifts and pledges. Part of the money generated through gifts and pledges goes towards the organization’s grants. The other portion is partitioned for its endowment. Ultimately, the foundation hopes to increase the endowment and generate $100,000 in interest each year, which will then be transferred to its grants program. The foundation raises about $60,000 a year from various fundraising events, particularly its golf outing and its ball. Donations can be made online at http://www.realtorfoundation.org/how-you-can-help/donate/. Contributors can also send a check to 1912 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, 46202. All donations to The REALTOR® Foundation are tax deductible. Donations more than $10.00 can be made in honor or in memory of someone. Donators should contact Gabie Benson at 317-956-5255 to make a contribution in memory or in honor of another. They can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Transactional Giving Program
The transactional giving program allows agents at participating companies to make a contribution to the REALTOR® Foundation or another designated charity directly from the closing form. the REALTOR® Foundation received $20,636 in transactional donations made at closings between January 1st and July 31st with not all offices reporting for the second quarter of the year just yet. So far this year, 50% of the donors have made a donation at closing - that is 140 agents. That is a very small fraction of the MIBOR membership; so imagine how much more money could be raised if more people got involved.
Transactional giving is really simple to do. For most offices, you complete a form just once and your commitment for $10 or $20 per transaction is automatically processed and mailed to the REALTOR® Foundation. Keller Williams Indy Metro North has won both Don “Pooch” Hunter Transactional Giving Awards for the past two years. Awards are giving to the office with the highest participation rate and for the highest combined donation total. This shows how much philanthropy is part of the culture at Keller Williams. The Transactional Giving program has been such a great step forward for the REALTOR® Foundation and for the participating REALTORS®. Everyone at the closing table can feel good knowing they are helping another family find housing.
Volunteer to the REALTOR® Foundation
The foundation is always looking for volunteers. There are six different committees that regularly need volunteers. The finance committee tracks and adjusts the budget of the foundation. It meets a few times each year. The corporate giving committee, which meets every other month, develops a list of prospective donors and contacts these prospective contributors for donations. The endowment committee also needs volunteers, and, like the corporate giving committee, it meets every other month. This committee ensures the future financial security of the foundation. The marketing committee, the fourth group needing volunteers, spreads The Realtor Foundation awareness and meets every other month. The ball committee plans and develops The Realtor Foundation ball. They meet the first Friday of every month at 9:00am. The final committee, the golf committee, plans the foundation’s golf outing. They meet at 9am on the first Friday of every month between January and August.
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