Community Foundation


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About the Foundation

The Community Foundation Committee under the auspices of the Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors (OBAR). The Committee organizes small to large events and campaigns throughout the year to raise funds from our membership, affiliates and from the supporting community at-large to provide grants to non-profit organizations who are providing services in the surrounding communities we serve. OBAR strives to contribute in a meaningful way by enriching and helping to equalize opportunities for all social and economic situations. In pursuing their mission of raising grant monies for local organizations, the committee also works to increase public awareness of OBAR’s commitment to and involvement in our communities.

Community Foundation

  • Youth Arts & Education
  • Workforce Housing & Homeless
  • Senior Services & Community Activities
  • Oral Lee Brown Foundation

About The Foundation

2015 Grant Recipients

The Community Foundation was established to pro-actively make an impact to 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 Fund and serve as many people as possible.

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.

The 2015 Grant Recipients:

24 Hour Oakland Parent Teachers Children’s Center                Best Buddies Program

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project                                Brothers on the Rise

ARM of Care, Inc.                                                                                  Camp Phoenix, Inc.

Arts for Oakland Kids                                                                          Cantare Con Vivo

Ashby Village                                                                                         CoachArt

Bay Area Children’s Theatre                                                              Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)

Bay Area Girl’s Rock Camp (BAGRC)                                               Community Education Partnerships

Berkeley Food and Housing Project                                               Community Resources for Science

Berkeley High School Jazz Assoc                                                    Danse Lumiere

DreamCatcher Youth Services                                                         Read-Aloud Volunteer Program

East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation                       Richmond College Prep

El Cerrito High School Mountain Bike Team                                Scientific Adventures for Girls (SAFG)

Elders Learning Community                                                            Soccer Without Borders Oakland

Game Theory Academy                                                                      St. Martin de Porres School

Home of United String Ensembles (HOUSE)                                Super Stars Literacy

Living Jazz                                                                                             The Berkeley Baby Book Project

Loved Twice                                                                                          The West Oakland Youth Center

Luna Kids Dance Inc.                                                                         Upward Roots

Oakland Leaf                                                                                        We Bee Gardeners

Oakland Royals Baseball Team                                                      YEAH! Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing

Options Recovery Services                                                              YES Nature to Neighborhoods

Oral Lee Brown Foundation                                                           Youth ALIVE

Pegasus Voyages AKA Pegasus Project (PFLAG)                     Youth Spirit Artworks

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Community Foundation supports programs in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont and Richmond.
  • Requests for grants should be specific in their targeted use for funds rather than seeking a donation to a general fund. Grants will not be given to the general funds of any organization.

Application Procedure:

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

Oral Lee Brown Foundation Walk-a-thon

The Oakland|Berkeley Association of REALTORS® is proud to sponsor the 15th Annual Oral Lee Brown Foundation 5k around Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt on Saturday, October 7, 2017. All proceeds from the Walk registration, donations and sponsorships will go 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.  The mortgage broker or title officer may match the donation.

AFFILIATES can contribute by making a donation at the close of each transaction or an annual contribution. Our Affiliate Donors include: Melissa Milton with Commerce Home Mortgage, MPR Financial, Rhoda Paul with RPM Mortgage, and Ruth Stroup with Farmers Insurance. (any more to name?)

Other ways to contribute?

  1. REALTORS® and Affiliates can also make a donation in their client’s name. It’s a feel good contribution and a way to show client appreciation.
  2. Attend the Annual Installation of Officers and Directors, which is a major fundraising event for Community Foundation! This event is held in the Winter and your participation in the Installation’s festivities increases the Association’s ability to


make a difference in our communities. It is also a valuable networking opportunity.

Ask your broker/manager how you can participate in the OBAR Community Foundation Program or contact Jeffrey Neidleman, Chair, OBAR Community Funds Committee at 510.338-1385 for more information. Click here for the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS® Grants Program

Testimonials…Praise from Clients:

“Thank you so much for putting that donation in our name to the Homeless Fund.   Just a very nice touch”.

“Once again your generosity is shining in the form of the contribution in our name to the Community Foundation.  How could we have chosen a kinder person to sell our house?”