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About the Funds
The Community Funds 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.
- Youth Arts & Education
- Workforce Housing & Homeless
- Senior Services & Community Activities
- Oral Lee Brown Foundation
About The Funds
The Community Fund 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
- Community Funds 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- Attend the Annual Installation of Officers and Directors, which is a major fundraising event for Community Funds! 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 Funds 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 Fund. How could we have chosen a kinder person to sell our house?”