GMAR Presents the
Greater Realtors® Foundation

The Greater Realtors Foundation improves lives by offering financial assistance and other 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. The GRF has issued 17 checks in the amount of $6,631.60 to date

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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

Biggest 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.

Carol Boji

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.

Christopher Ayers
Nathan Boji
Kathleen Coon
Kevin & James Cristbrook
John Meesseman
Johnna & Bob Struck
Linnell & Associates

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.

Dave Klaft
John McArdle
Julie Diaz
Teri Spiro

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.

Al Block
Andrea Esse
Brenda & Brendan Brosnan
Dmitry K/ Maureen Francis
Doug Whitehouse
Gary Reggish
Jason Heilig
Jeff Glover
Jimmy Stevens
John North
Mark Webberly
Mathew Baffo
Rebecca Williamson
Ron Jasgur
T Scott Galloway

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

T. Scott Galloway
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
Vice President

"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!"

Shana Maitland
Treasurer

"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."

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."

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."

Karen Greenwood
Board of Directors

"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."

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.”

Lisa Blake
Board of Directors

"I'm involved with GRF Board because being a member of the GMAR organization has profoundly impacted my life and I want to be a partner in making a difference for others."

Kevin Paton
Board of Directors

"I am proud to be a part of the Greater Realtors Foundation because every day we are out working as a group to make our communities a better place. We live, breathe and raise our families here. I am very happy to show that I care to make our neighborhood a better place for generations to come. Being a Realtor just allows me to be a bigger part of it and I wouldn't change it for the world."

Dean Johnson
Board of Directors

"Its a honor and privilege to serve on GMAR Foundation, improving lives by offering financial assistance to those in need. In giving we receive in so many ways. Its important to support GMAR Foundation by sharing time and our services helping others in despair. We should, we can and we will, make a difference."

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.

Community Housing Network

OUR CURRENT CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN

As part of its commitment to philanthropy, GMAR partners with a local organization to support fundraising and events. This year, the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors ® has partnered with Community Housing Network (CHN), southeast Michigan’s largest housing resource non-profit organization.

“Each year, the Member Engagement Committee at GMAR calls on their members to submit non-profit organizations that could use their assistance, whether financially or by volunteer resources. This year, the Committee interviewed the Community Housing Network and made this selection, which was then approved unanimously by the GMAR Board of Directors because of their support within the tri-county area to help provide affordable housing and education to consumers,” said Katie Weaver, GMAR 2021 President.

Community Housing Network has helped thousands of individuals stay safely in their homes, providing affordable housing options and support through its Housing Resource Center, real estate developments, and community partnerships. In 2020 alone, Community Housing Network saw a more than 40% increase in requests from those needing assistance to remain housed. In addition, more than 2,600 people were helped to stay in their homes during COVID-19 in Oakland County.

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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.