REALTORS® Charitable Foundation

The Collective Heart of Rochester's Real Estate Professionals.

REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Night of Comedy

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Comedy @ Carlson
50 Carlson Road Rochester, NY 14610
$20 admission
Doors open at 5:30 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm.
3 comedians will be performing – all proceeds go to charity.
Register Now on the GRAR Member Portal

History of RCF

The REALTORS® Charitable Foundation (RCF), a 501(c) (3) charitable organization was established in January, 2001. RCF’s Mission  Statement:

Our mission is to give back to the community by providing opportunities for affordable homeownership and addressing critical housing needs.

Since its inception, RCF has made grants of over $750,000 and 35 not-for-profit organizations, including Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation (emergency home repair program); Dimitri House; Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County (house in Honeoye), Hillside Children’s Center, Wilson Commencement Park, The Rochester Fire Department (thousands of smoke detectors distributed), Family Service of Rochester, inc., Sojourner House, East House, Corn Hill Neighbors Association, Center for Youth, YWCA, RAIHN (Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network)/Family Promise, House of Mercy, and the new Ronald McDonald “House Within a Hospital” atop Golisano Children’s Hospital, only the third such facility in the world.

Owning a home gives people a compelling reason to care about the community in which they live. The Foundation seeks to create wider access to home-ownership and real estate, provide education about home-ownership, help preserve property and property values, and partner with other agencies and organizations to address housing-related issues.


The REALTORS® Charitable Foundation (RCF) entered into a partnership with NeighborWorks® Rochester in 2008, adopting a small target area, in support of the Healthy Blocks initiative in the North Winton Village neighborhood. This project involved a significant multi-year commitment of financial resources and GRAR REALTOR®-power! Call 585.341.2125 for more information (to donate time and or money).

For more information regarding the Foundation, please contact Evelyn Garcia, 2018 Chair

RCF Board of Directors

Evelyn Garcia, REALTOR®
RCF Chair
Howard Hanna
1081 Long Pond Road,  Ste. 100
Rochester, NY 14626

Rob Reimer, REALTOR®
RCF Vice-Chair

Howard Hanna
1081 Long Pond Road Ste. 100, Rochester, NY  14626

Diane Bacon, REALTOR®
RCF Fundraising Committee Chair
Howard Hanna
33 South Main Street, Pittsford, NY 14534

Marlon Blanco, CFO
Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS®
3445 Winton Place Suite 104, Rochester, NY 14623

Mercedes Brien, REALTOR®
Mission Commercial Realty
2481 Browncroft Blvd. Rochester, NY 14625

Andy Kachaylo, REALTOR®
GRAR Board of Directors
RE/MAX Hometown Choice
5989 Big Tree Road, Lakeville, NY 14480

Aaron Lazenby
CNB Mortgage Company
63 Monroe Ave. Suite A
Pittsford, NY 14534

Jim Yockel, CEO
Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS®
3445 Winton Place Suite 104, Rochester, NY 14623

Funding Recipients

Gifts Distributed in 2016:

RAIHN $10,000
Saint’s Place $5,000
Willow Center for Domestic Violence $5,000
Dimitri House $5,000
Golisano Children’s Hospital $500

History of Organizations Assisted :

AIDS Rochester -The Greenehouse Housing Program

Alternatives for Battered Women

Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation – Emergency Home Repair Program

Catholic Charities of Livingston County – Partnership for Success Program

Catholic Charities – La Casa Program

Corn Hill Neighbors Association – Ad-Hoc Playground Equipment

Dimitri House, Inc. -Hunter House, Inc.

East House – Crossroads Apartment Program

Family Service of Rochester, Inc. – Enriched Housing Program for low income Senior Citizens

Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office

Friends Helping Friends – Transitional Living Program

Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County -Honeoye House

Hillside Children’s Foundation – Promises to Keep Campaign (Emergency Shelter)

Housing Opportunities, Inc. – Family Empowerment Program

Mercy Residential Services

Regional Center for Independent Living – Section 8 Home Purchase Program

Rochester Fire Department – Smoke Detector Campaign

Rochester Interfaith Network (RAIHN)

Roland Williams Youth Lifeline Foundation – Financial Literacy Program

Ronald McDonald Charities of Rochester, Inc.– House Within a Hospital at Golisano’s Children’s Hospital

Sector 4 Community Development Corporation – Urban Brew Coffee Shop

Sojourner House – Supportive Housing and Outreach Program (Transitional Housing Program)

The Center for Youth – Transitional Living Program

The Housing Council – Rental Registry

The Salvation Army – Hope House Emergency Shelter

Wilson Commencement Park – Housing Choice Program

Grant Requests

If you feel your organization’s efforts match with the mission of RCF, we are happy to consider granting you funds to help your group.

Please fill out the Grant Request Form below and send it, along with the requested supporting documents to:

REALTORS® Charitable Foundation
c/o GRAR
3445 Winton Road, Suite 104
Rochester, NY 14623

Or e-mail a PDF of the entire application to

Once the grant request is received, it will be distributed to our Board of Directors and discussed at the next scheduled Board of Directors meeting.  After the discussion, one of the RCF volunteers will contact you to inform you of the acceptance or denial of the request, or in some cases request further information.

Download a REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Grant Request Form

Making Gifts to the Foundation

Donations can be made to:

REALTORS® Charitable Foundation
c/o GRAR
3445 Winton Place, Suite 104
Rochester, NY 14623

Or click the button below to make a contribution online via credit card.


You may make a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation and know that your gift will continue contributing to the community, improving access to housing, providing shelter and addressing the needs of the homeless.

Bequests and gifts, large or small, are accepted.  Furthermore, you may also place funds or securities in a trust and retain control of the income for you and/or your spouse’s lifetime. The remainder could be used for specific charitable, benevolent or educational purposes afterward.

Many of these donations can take advantage of income tax savings.

For additional information and details, you should contact an attorney, an accountant, financial planner or The REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. Discussions with the Foundation are held in confidence and are free of any obligation.