Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving

2018 Applications 

  • 2018 Placemaking Grant Application
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  • Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by current GBAR member and member firms only, and no more than one application may be submitted by a member or member firm during each calendar year.Projects must be located in one of the 64 communities that comprise the GBAR/GBREBjurisdiction, and should be intended to transform an underutilized or unused space into a vibrant community place where all residents of a community are encouraged to gather and return repeatedly.Projects should include involvement by local REALTORS® and the GBAR, and ideally will have other community partners and funding sources.Examples of qualifying projects could include bus stop enhancements, community gardens, dog parks, farmers’ markets, outdoor seating or parklets, playgrounds, public art, and park or trailhead improvements.Public facilities or infrastructure, such as athletic fields, parking lots, and street or bridge improvements are not appropriate to seek funding for a Placemaking Project Micro-grant.
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  • Funding: The size of Placemaking micro-grants are limited in size up to $3,000 and will be awarded based on several factors, including accessibility to the entire community; the social outcomes and number of opportunities the place provides for multiple activities to occur; likelihood that the project will lead to planning and implementation of other community revitalization or placemaking projects; and level of involvement in the project by REALTORS® and the REALTOR® association.
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  • Application Period & Deadline: Applications may be submitted annually from January 15 – April 15, and should be mailed to: Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®, Attn: Kevin Butler, One Center Plaza, Mezzanine Suite, Boston, MA. 02108.Up to two applicants will be approved by the GBAR Board of Directors to have their project forwarded to the National Association of REALTORS® for approval of a placemaking grant in 2018.

GBREB Foundation Scholarship Application
The Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) is the oldest real estate organization in America, founded in 1889. Its 5 Divisions, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Real Estate Finance Association, the Commercial Brokers Association, the Rental Housing Association, and the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®, represent over 11,000 members in the residential and commercial disciplines of the industry. GBREB’s core mission is to provide education, advocacy and philanthropy to the Greater Boston Community. In order to facilitate philanthropy GBREB established the Greater Boston Real Estate Board Foundation (the Foundation) which is a charitable tax exempt organization. This newly established scholarship program will be awarded out of the Foundation and is intended to further GBREB’s philanthropy goal by creating an opportunity for high school students with financial need and exceptional academic ability to realize their educational dreams, by providing the financial means to do so.

The first $120,000 in scholarships will be awarded this spring to students attending college in the fall of 2017 and will be based on financial need, academic achievement, leadership, extra-curricular involvement, and short written essays. The Massachusetts non-profit company uaspire has been retained to manage the scholarship program. uaspire is Massachusetts’ leading provider of financial aid advising and scholarships and has provided financial aid advising and scholarships to more than 50,000 students since 1985, helping them realize their higher education goals and giving them a better foundation for a successful and productive future.

Students have until April 1, 2018 to apply and applications are available on line at uaspire.org. Awards will range from $1,000 up to $5,000 per student and be guaranteed for two years. If you know of any deserving students that may qualify, please encourage them to view the application, and contact uaspire with any question they may have about the application process. 

GBREB Scholarship Support Sheet for REALTORS®

 2017 Charitable Contributions

  • The Charitable Grants Task Force distributed a total of $25,000 in grants, with 10 organizations. The recipients organizationsthat recieved 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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Rentals The Right Way!
Crowne Plaza
8:30am
 
Green Designation
GBAR Member Service & Training Center
9:00am
 
GBAR New Member Orientation (Dedham, MA)
Holiday Inn
 
REALTOUR - Eastern Middlesex Region ( North Reading)
Teresa's Hillview Country Club Function Facilities
9:30am
 
REALTOUR - Central Middlesex Region (Bedford, MA)
Double Tree
9:30am