REALTORS® Charitable Foundation

The Collective Heart of Rochester's Real Estate Professionals.

Since 2001, the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation has raised over $750,000 to support 30+ local community organizations!

This year our goal is to raise $40,000 for the homeless in Rochester.

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.

For more information regarding the Foundation, please contact Jeremy Havens, 2017 Chair.

 

Funding Recipients     RCF Board of Directors

5th Annual REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Fall Luncheon

Wednesday, November 1st at the Riverside Convention Center.

Registration: 11:00 AM; Program: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Featuring: Roland Williams, former NFL player, East High graduate, and motivational speaker; and Anna Valeria-Iseman, Executive Director of the Open Door Mission.

The REALTORS® Charitable Foundation is YOUR Foundation and we need to collectively fight to erase homelessness! PLEASE help by sharing this invitation and selling tickets, tables and sponsorships to your personal and business sphere of influence.  Thank you!

TICKET PRICES: $40 or $400 for a table of 10

Register online through the GRAR Member Portal, Download the registration form or call Member Services at 585.292.5000.  Become an event sponsor. Find the information here.

Roland Williams

NFL Super Bowl Champion | Team Building & Performance Expert | Celebrity Speaker | Trainer | Author | Proud Dad x 3

Passionate. Proven. Professional. Known as one of the most positive and energetic players in NFL history, Roland Williams has dedicated his life after football to working with individuals and organizations committed to personal and business excellence.  As an eight-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl Champion, Roland knows first hand the extreme mental strength that is required to consistently perform at an elite level.

Anna Valeria-Iseman

“Anna is the recently appointed Executive Director for the Open-Door Mission. She has worked at the Mission for three and a half years, previously as the Development Director. Anna spent her first year at the Mission researching and developing the new residential program for women and children that is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2018. Before coming to the Mission, Anna spent several years as a case worker in the community working directly with the homeless population. She also served on the D&C’s Editorial Board, and continues to write as a contributing blogger.   Anna has a degree in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College. She lives in Chili with her husband and children, ages 15, 13, and 2, with whom she enjoys year-round baseball, fishing, and lots of family time!”

Our Mission

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

How Do We Do This?

We Fund…

1. Programs that keep homeless families together.

2. Critical housing repairs that allow low-income seniors to remain in their homes.

3. Housing for women who are victims of domestic violence.

4. Education for low-income, first-time homebuyers.

And we volunteer in many of the programs we support.


2016 “Golden Heart” Award

Congratulations to Paul Knipper, the 2016 recipient of the Foundation’s “Golden Heart” Award.

Golden Heart Recipients:

  • Diane Russi – 2013
  • Cindy B- Rosato – 2014
  • Margret Roberts – 2015
  • Paul Knipper – 2016

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.

 

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 complete the Grant Request Form and send it, along with the requested supporting documents to the address above, or e-mail the application to RCF@grar.net


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.

REALTORS® GIVING BACK ~ BE A PART OF IT!

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 Jeremy Havens, 2017 Chair.

RCF Board of Directors

Jeremy Havens, REALTOR®
RCF Chair
Howard Hanna
1797 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY 14526
585.381.0502
E-mail

Jennifer Isaac, REALTOR®
RCF Vice Chair
Howard Hanna
1797 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY 14526
585.749.4426
E-mail

Mike Davis, Loan Officer
RCF Treasurer
Genesee Regional Bank
190 Linden Oaks, Rochester,  NY  14625
585.329.1183
E-mail

Rob Reimer, REALTOR®
RCF Secretary

Howard Hanna
1081 Long Pond Road Ste. 100, Rochester, NY  14626
585.227.4770
E-mail

Marc Album, Esq.
Olver Korts LLP Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Tobey Village Office Park 100 Office Park Way
Pittsford, New York 14534
585-387-0500 x27
E-mail

Diane Bacon, REALTOR®
RCF Fundraising Committee Chair
Howard Hanna
33 South Main Street, Pittsford, NY 14534
585.381.4770
E-mail

Mercedes Brien, REALTOR®
Mission Commercial Realty
2481 Browncroft Blvd. Rochester, NY 14625
585.348.9170
E-mail

Andy Kachaylo, REALTOR®
GRAR Board of Directors
RE/MAX Hometown Choice
5989 Big Tree Road, Lakeville, NY 14480
585-279-8150
E-mail

Evelyn Garcia, REALTOR®
Howard Hanna
1081 Long Pond Road,  Ste. 100
Rochester, NY 14626
585.227.4770
E-mail

Aaron Lazenby
CNB Mortgage Company
63 Monroe Ave. Suite A
Pittsford, NY 14534
585.953.0335
E-mail

Anne Peterson, REALTOR® (Ret.)
E-mail

Danielle Riley, REALTOR®
Better Homes & Gardens Prosperity
2494 Browncroft Blvd., Rochester, NY  14625
585.673.2450
E-mail

Jim Yockel, CEO
Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS®
3445 Winton Place Suite 104, Rochester, NY 14623
585.341.2128
E-mail

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 RCF@grar.net

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.