Community Foundation


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Mission Statement
The Mission of the Community Foundation Committee is to support essential community programs to address the beliefs that our children represent our future and that housing is a fundamental need.

Vision Statement
The Vision of the Community Foundation Committee is to create and hold events throughout the year to solicit financial donations and support from the Community at-large and to solicit grant applications in the early part of each year providing grant awards to community programs addressing Youth Art & Education, Workforce Housing & Homeless and Senior Services & Community Activities. The Committee’s objective is to appeal to a broad range of Community programs that are not funded by major corporations and foundations to apply for grant awards.

The Community Foundation was established to pro-actively make an impact based on two primary core beliefs and community experiences 1) that our children represent our future and 2) that housing is a fundamental need.

We endeavor to support children’s needs and enhance their growth by supplementing well deserving educational and enrichment programs.  We make grants to under-funded and developing programs that support youth aged 18 and under in the communities served by our local area REALTORS® and related real estate professionals. In our area, the cost of housing puts it beyond the reach of a growing segment of our population. To us, affordable housing is of fundamental importance; it’s imperative that professionals like teachers, city employees, emergency technicians and other vital service providers can live where they work.

Our members support organizations that provide direct assistance to the homeless and their advocates and to organizations that provide or build affordable housing in our communities or address hunger and nutrition issues. We also seek to support organizations that provide housing and support services to seniors. We seek to raise public awareness of the ways in which OBAR members give back to the community.  In this way, we hope to grow our Foundation and serve as many people as possible.

Application Procedure
Grant submission period is January 31 to March 31 each year. Grant awards typically range from $500 to $3,500.

Funding Priorities for Youth Arts & Education
We seek to provide support where our contributions can help equalize opportunities for children of all social and economic backgrounds to programs providing services such as arts and cultural classes and events, public and private education including Special Education programs and those involving food & nutrition programs addressing hunger.

Funding Priorities for Workforce Housing & Homeless
We seek to provide support to organizations directly benefiting the homeless population and advocacy groups seeking long-term solutions to the housing crisis such as programs involved in affordable housing and those addressing hunger and nutrition issues.

Funding Priorities for Senior Services & Community Activities
We seek to provide support to organizations providing services to seniors for socialization, health-care advice, transportation services and support services impacting housing.

Eligibility Guidelines
The Community Foundation supports programs servicing Youth Art & Education, Workforce Housing & Homeless and Senior Services & Community Activities. Requests for grants should be specific in their targeted use for funds and can’t be for general funds. You non-profit organization must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal sponsor that is a tax exempt entity. Basic criteria includes the following:

  1. Funds must be towards a specific project/event
  2. The project/event must occur during June 1, 2018 -> May 31, 2019 cycle
  3. Your organization’s annual budget must be less than $1,000,000
  4. Your organization must provide services in Alameda or Contra Costa County in the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont and Richmond
  5. Your request can be to start a new program
  6. Your request can not be to fund regular full or part-time salaries
  7. Your request can not be to fund general program funds
  8. Your request can be to fund special project-specific salaries

Oral Lee Brown Foundation 5k Walk
The Oakland|Berkeley Association of REALTORS® has annually sponsored this event usually held in October since 2002. The Walk proceeds around Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt with registration, donation and sponsorship donations going directly to the Oral Lee Brown Foundation.

How can REALTOR® and Affiliates Members Contribute?
The funds are a meaningful way for our local Realtors and related service professionals to give back to the communities in which we work. Earn client and community respect, recognition & rewards! All donations are tax deductible.

REALTORS® can contribute by giving $25.00 or more at each close of escrow through the title company.  Mortgage brokers and other Affiliates often make additional donations. Ask your broker/manager how your entire office can participate in the OBAR Community Foundation Program by giving generously throughout the year.

REALTORS® and Affiliates can also make a donation in their client’s name. It’s a feel good contribution and is a way to show client appreciation.

Annual Installation of Officers and Directors
Our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors is a major fundraising event for Community Foundation. Your participation at this gala event increases the Association’s ability to make a difference in our communities. It is also a valuable networking opportunity. Don’t miss it!

Have Questions?
Contact the Oakland|Berkeley Association of REALTORS® office located at 2855 Telegraph Avenue #600 in Berkeley or call 510-848-4288 for more information.