GMAR Presents the
Greater Realtors® Foundation

An organization on a mission to help improve lives by offering financial support to those in need.

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The Greater Realtors® Foundation
Benevolent Fund

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic  the GRF Board of Directors voted to approve the Realtors® Helping Realtors Benevolent Fund.

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When Realtors® Get involved in their Communities,

#Greater things happen!

The Greater Realtors® Foundation relies entirely on donations to exist and help members. The Greater Realtors® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so contributions from all sources are tax-deductible.
The Greater Realtors® Foundation, established in 2018, provides financial assistance through various grant programs for property disaster relief and disability-adaption projects to individuals, families, and non-profit agencies. Benevolent funding assistance is also available to help with various costs associated with extreme financial hardships, due to prolonged illness, a catastrophic event or accident, or similar occurrence beyond the control of the party receiving the assistance.

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Donation Levels

Community Partner

Requires a donation of: $10,000.00

COMMUNITY PARTNER: $10,000.00Biggest name and logo with link through on website to your company website. Inclusion on Rack Cards both large and small, donation envelopes, and in any online marketing for the foundation. Press release highlighting your involvement with the Foundation. Speaking opportunities at Foundation events. 6 complimentary tickets to GMAR Gives Back event. 2 tickets to any GMAR networking event. Plaque and office presentation as well as a video for marketing purposes. Table donor signage at Foundation events.

Patron

Requires a donation of: $5,000.00

Medium name and logo with link through on website to your company website. Press release highlighting your involvement with the Foundation. Plaque and office presentation. 4 complimentary tickets to GMAR Gives Back Event. Table donor signage at Foundation events.

Champion

Requires a donation of: $2,500.00

Medium name and logo with link through on website to your company website. Press release highlighting your involvement with the foundation. Plaque. 2 complimentary tickets to GMAR Gives Back event. Table donor signage at Foundation events.

Greater Neighbor

Requires a donation of: $1,000.00

Small name with link through on website to your company website. Press release highlighting your involvement with the Foundation. Plaque and photo option.

Friends of the GRF

Requires a donation of: $500.00 - $999.00

Your Name on the website

The Faces Behind the Foundation

Meet the people who made this dream a reality

Karen Greenwood
President

"I'm always amazed by the work Realtors® do in the communities they serve. The Greater Realtors® Foundation allows us to do more work collectively, I could not be more honored to serve on this board. I'm excited to see the great things this foundation will do in the future for the communities we serve."

T. Scott Galloway
Vice President

“I am involved in the Foundation because I believe we are called to give back to the communities we serve and to be each other’s keeper. Volunteering for the Greater Realtors® Foundation is a small way for me to express gratitude for the opportunities I have been blessed with in life and through my affiliation with GMAR.”

Ron Jasgur
Treasurer

"Being an inaugural Director of the Greater Realtors® Foundation allows me a meaningful way to give back to our local industry while making a significant impact in the lives of those in the communities we serve. I’m proud that future generations of local Realtors® will be able to take significant pride in the role the Foundation will play in local charitable causes for years to come."  

Vickey Livernois
CEO & Secretary

"I'm excited to be involved in the Greater Realtors® Foundation because it gives us an opportunity to continue to give back and to build stronger and more vibrant communities. We are fortunate to have amazing volunteers who give of their time and talents to help create and fulfill the mission of the Foundation in years to come!"

James Cristbrook
Board of Directors

"For decades Realtors® have supported, enhanced and improved the communities in which we conduct our business. Now, through the Greater Realtors® Foundation, we have created a conduit that will help us directly enrich the lives of our clients and all those in need of financial assistance in Southeast Michigan and beyond. I’m so very proud of the foundation’s commitment to the greater good and look forward to helping to create positive change."

Shana Maitland
Board of Directors

"As a REALTOR® I not only believe in serving my clients but my community as well. Thus the reason why I am honored to sit on the board for the Greater Realtors® Foundation, and look forward to enriching the lives of my peers and the communities in which we live."

Melissa Botsford
Board of Directors

"It’s often said, “Realtors® sell communities, not just homes or properties,” and at GMAR we believe that to be true. Being on the board for the Greater Realtors® Foundation provides me with a meaningful way to give back, making a significant impact in the lives of those in the communities we serve. I’m excited about the role the Foundation will play in local charitable initiatives for years to come."

Kathy Coon
Board of Directors

“Being a member of the Greater Realtors® Foundation is an honor. I have watched this foundation grow from an idea to a strongly supported community foundation which I have supported since its formation.Now, I look forward to being a board member to have an active role in its continued success.”

Eligibility Requirements

Any present member who has maintained membership in good standing for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the application.
Please read the GRF - Grant and Benevolent Fund Guidelines.

Guidelines

Disbursement of Funds

The applicant will be notified by staff of decision.  If approved, checks will be sent to the vendors to whom the applicant owes money. No money is ever given directly to the applicant. If you have any questions, please contact Caryn MacDonald at (248) 478-1700 or email Caryn@gmaronline.com

The History and Establishment of the Greater Realtors® Foundation

Hundreds of amazing feats start with an idea. The Greater Realtors® Foundation is one of them. The Foundation has a history...a seed planted that grew into a wonderful, functioning charity with the intent of helping Realtors® and their families that may be in need.

5 Years, 5 Dogs, 5 Lives Saved

OUR CURRENT CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN

GMAR is partnered with Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs to provide a service dog to a veteran in need for 5 years in a row.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is a 501(C)3 is based in Williston, Florida. Chief Executive Officer Carol Borden founded the organization in 2010. Guardian Angels utilizes a positive-reinforcement training method and has a team of staff and volunteers that work incredibly hard to ensure that each applicant is carefully considered, each recipient has the tools they need to be successful with their service dog, and each dog is matched to the right recipient. No matter the disability, Guardian Angels strives to assist as many people as they can through the healing power of service dogs.

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DONATION METHODS

The Greater Realtors® Foundation offers a variety of methods to contribute and donate to our charities. Every penny counts! For direct donations, PayPal is the preferred method.