Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving

2019 Applications

Placemaking Grants

Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live by transforming  unused sites and “eyesores” into welcoming destinations accessible to everyone in a community. Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community but what is often needed is someone to take the lead or initiative. Who better to do this than a REALTOR® Association, and its members, as REALTORS® are already engaged in their communities and know the neighborhoods and the properties, and are likely to know where to focus efforts to enhance a place.

Level 1 Projects:
The Level 1 Placemaking grant funds demonstration and temporary projects to provide an opportunity to test the viability of long-range plans and investments especially elements of downtown master or bike/pedestrian plans and transportation initiatives that increase community livability and widen public engagement.  The intent is that these types of projects will lead to permanent projects.

Level 1 Application

Level 2 Projects:
The Level 2 Placemaking grant funds the creation of new public spaces and destinations in a community accessible to everyone and open at all, or most, times.   The Grant focuses on “lighter, cheaper, quicker” placemaking projects, which can be built under a year and cost less than $200,000.

Level 2 Application

Past Applications

  • Homeless & Housing Assistance Grants: deadline to apply: 3/22/19
  • GBREB Foundation Scholarship: deadline to apply: 4/1/19

2018 Charitable Contributions

  • The Charitable Grants Task Force distributed a total of $25,000 in grants. The following organizations each received a grant of $2,000: A Place to Turn in Natick, Allston Brighton Community Development Corp. in Brighton, Boston Sock Exchange in Wayland, Caritas Communities Inc. of Braintree, Creative Living in Andover, Family Promise Metrowest in Natick, Housing Families in Malden, Mission of Deeds in Reading, Old Colony Habitat For Humanity in Attleboro, Project Just Because in Hopkinton, Respond, Inc. of Somerville, and Second Chances, Inc. in Somerville. Additionally, Council of Social Concern of Woburn and Newton at Home of Newton each received a grant of $500.
  • The recipient of the 2018 GBAR Good Neighbor Award was Tanisha Salmon of Keller Williams Realty in South Easton, who accepted a $2,500 grant for Begin to Dream Again in Stoughton
  • Donated $5,000 to each the Essex County Community Foundation and REALTORS® Relief Foundation
  • Distributed $9,500 in educational grants to Boys & girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year recipients from the GBAR jurisdiction.

 2017 Charitable Contributions

  • The Charitable Grants Task Force distributed a total of $25,000 in grants, to 10 organizations. The recipient organizations that received a $2,000 grant were: Begin To Dream Again in Boston, Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. in Boston, City Mission, Inc. in Boston, Creative Living in Andover, Family Reach Foundation in Boston, FamilyAid Boston in Boston, Housing Families in Malden, Newton At Home in Newton, Old Colony Habitat For Humanity in Attleboro and St. Patrick’s Shelter in Somerville. Additionally, the following organization will receive a $1,000 grant: Canton Food Pantry in Canton, Council of Social Concern in Woburn, Family Promise Metro West in Natick, Second Chances, Inc. in Somerville, and Women’s Lunch Place in Boston.
  • The recipient of the 2017 GBAR Good Neighbor Award was Lisa Drapkin of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Cambridge, who accepted a $2,500 grant for the Just-A-Start Corporation of Cambridge.
  • GBAR hosted its 10th annual “Furnish the Future” fundraiser, a fall furniture drive that benefits the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.This year’s event, held in conjunction with Gentle Giant Moving Co., was another success as 12 trucks of gently-used furniture and household items collected from the homes of GBAR members and their clients to furnish homes and apartments for families and others transitioning from shelters and hotels to permanent housing.

2016 Charitable Contributions

  • The Charitable Grants Task Force distributed a total of $25,000 in grants, with 10 organizations each receiving a $2,500 grant. The recipient organizations were Family Promise Metrowest in Natick, Food Link, Inc. in Arlington, Council of Social Concern in Woburn, Second Chances, Inc. in Somerville, Mission of Deeds, Inc.in Reading, Community Cooks, Inc. in Somerville, The Second Step, Inc. in Newtonville, New Life Home Refurnishing, Inc. in Medfield, My Brother’s Keeper in Easton, and Circle of Hope in Needham.
  • The recipient of the 2016 GBAR Good Neighbor Award was Kelly Catallo of Keller Williams Realty Eastern Middlesex in Reading, who accepted a $2,500 grant for the Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston.
  • GBAR hosted its ninth annual“Furnish the Future” fundraiser, a fall furniture drive that benefits the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.This year’s event, held in conjunction with Gentle Giant Moving Co., was another success as 10 trucks of gently-used furniture and household items collected from the homes of GBAR members and their clients to furnish homes and apartments for families and others transitioning from shelters and hotels to permanent housing.

2015 Charitable Contributions

  • The Housing Grants Task Force distributed a total of $15,000 in grants, with $2,000 and $1,000 grants awarded to 10 organizations. The recipient organizations were receiving $2,000 grants were: Casa Myrna Vazquez in Boston; Community Cooks, Inc. in Somerville; the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless in Lynn; and Urban Edge in Roxbury. In addition, $1,000 grants were issued to: Andrew’s Helpful Hands in Hudson; Family and Community Resources, Inc. in Brockton; Fenway Community Development Corp. in Boston; My Brother’s Keeper in Easton; DOVE Inc., of Quincy; New Life Home Refurnishings in Medfield; and Rediscovery at JRI in Waltham
  • The recipients of the 2015 GBAR Good Neighbor Awards were Sara Rosenfeld, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (CBRB) in Cambridge, and colleague Ken Tutunjian, a broker and manager of the CBRB office on Newbury Street in Boston. They jointly accepted a $2,500 grant for Community Servings of Jamaica Plain.
  • GBAR hosted its eighth annual “Furnish the Future” fundraiser, a fall furniture drive that benefits the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. This year’s event, held in conjunction with Gentle Giant Moving Co., was the most successful to date, with 12 trucks of gently-used furniture and household items collected from the homes of GBAR members and their clients to furnish homes and apartments for families and others transitioning from shelters and hotels to permanent housing.

2014 Charitable Contributions

  • The Community Service Committee chose 10 organizations to receive grants of $1,500 each. The recipient organizations were: Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston; The Home for Little Wanderers, Boston; “Our Place” Daycare for Homeless Children in Cambridge; Community Cooks, Inc. in Somerville; The Second Step in Newtonville; the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless in Lynn; Mission of Deeds, Inc. in Reading; The Charles River Center in Needham; Heading Home in Charlestown; and Rediscovery in Waltham.
  • The recipient of the 2014 GBAR Good Neighbor Award, Thalia Tringo, received a $2,500 grant in her name for Community Cooks, Inc.
  • GBAR, with the assistance of representatives from MAR and NAR, organized "REALTORS® Running for a Cause" which was held on April 6 at Harpoon Brewery in Boston. The event was intended to help REALTORS® meet their fundraising goals in order to participate in the Boston Marathon on this significant year. Many of the REALTORS® were running in the 2013 Boston Marathon when tragedy struck the finish line, and vowed to finish in 2014. Over $12,500 was raised and donated to the runners.
  • The Community Service Committee helped to organize and promote the sixth “Furnish the Future” fund-raiser, a fall furniture drive that benefits the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. This year’s event, held in conjunction with Gentle Giant Moving Co., was the most successful to date, with 11 trucks of gently-used furniture and household items collected from the homes of GBAR members and their clients to furnish homes and apartments for families and others transitioning from shelters and hotels to permanent housing.

2013 Charitable Contributions

  • The Community Service Committee chose 10 local housing and homeless assistance organizations to receive grants of $2,500 each. The recipient organizations were: Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Inc. in Boston; “Our Place” Daycare for Homeless Children in Cambridge; Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless in Lynn; The Miller/Tracy Children’s Foundation in Waltham; Circle of Hope, Inc. in Needham; Interfaith Social Services in Quincy; Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) in Brighton; Community Cooks, Inc. in Somerville; Family and Community Resources in Brockton; and Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston.
  • The recipient of the 2013 GBAR Good Neighbor Award, Joel Pratt, received a $2,500 grant in his name for www.MatchingDonors.com
  • GBAR donated $10,000 to The One Fund to help the people who were most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. The donation directly comes from voluntary GBAR member contributions collected during the dues renewal process.

2012 Charitable Contributions

  • The Community Service Committee chose 10 local housing and homeless assistance organizations to receive grants of $2,500 each. The recipient organizations were: A Place to Turn in Natick; Community Action Agency of Somerville; Family Reach Foundation of Boston; Heading Home, Inc. in Cambridge; the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless based in Lynn; the Massachusetts Housing Shelter & Alliance in Boston; the Newton Partnership in Newton; “Our Place” Daycare Center for Homeless Children in Cambridge; Rebuilding Together Boston in Jamaica Plain; the Somerville Homeless Coalition; and Victory Programs, Inc. of Boston.
  • The recipient of the 2012 GBAR Good Neighbor Award, Janet Porcaro, received a $2,500 grant in her name for The Newton Partnership.
  • GBAR donated $10,000 to the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Foundation to support association members and other property owners who suffered damage or the loss of a home, business, or other personal property as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Funds for this donation come from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board Foundation, which is supported, in part, from voluntary contributions made by GBAR members during the annual dues billing process. The donation was disseminated via state REALTOR® associations in affected areas, and 100% of the monies donated to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation went to the victims of this disaster.
  • GBAR organized the 5th annual "Furnish the Future" furniture drive benefiting the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Olympia Moving and Storage donated their time and trucks to pick up several truckloads of furniture, small appliances and household items and deliver them to the Coalition’s furniture bank, which later will be disseminated to families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing.

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2019 GBAR Annual Awards Networking Breakfast
Wellesley Country Club
9:30am
 
8th Annual CRE Young Leaders Social
Central Wharf Co
5:30pm
 
Real Estate Investing
Greater Boston Real Estate Board
8:30am
 
CE Webinar- Disclosures...Disclosures...Disclosures
9:00am
 
CE Webinar- Real Estate Professional Ethics
2:00pm