Edmonton realtors give back to the communities in which they serve by supporting local charities which provide shelter, address homelessness and hunger or support crime prevention through the Realtors Community Foundation.
The RCF was founded in 1986 by a group of Edmonton real estate agents with this mission: to address social deficiencies connected to housing in the community. The foundation has made a profound difference in nearly 30 years of funding Edmonton agencies with help from associates and clients.
In March 2015, the foundation gave cheques to 52 grassroots organizations in Edmonton and area in the Realtors Give Big event. Other fundraising initiatives undertaken by industry professionals in Edmonton include the Celebrity Poker Tournament, Shopping for a Cause and the annual Realtors Christmas Party. These events are generously supported by friends, families, clients and corporate sponsorships from Edmonton companies affiliated with the real estate industry.
Edmonton real estate agents also volunteer their time in local activites, such as making sandwiches at school lunch programs. The foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which are voted to the board from among foundation members. There are 14 directors and two paid administrative staff.
Deserving charities in Edmonton can apply for funding every November as long as their mission and mandate meets the following criteria:
The most recent statistic show that there are about 1,300 homeless people in Edmonton. There are likely more that do not use the services of shelter so this is a rough estimate.
Every month, about 13,000 folks visit the Edmonton Food Bank or from one of the other 210 agencies in our city that distribute food. Those include churches and foot depots. In addition, the Edmonton Food Bank gives away more than 350,000 hot meals and operates a snack program. Sadly, 40% of people who use these services are children aged 17 and under.
Often when people are driven to desperation they turn to crime. When social services and other agencies are not available, especially to our youth who need food and shelter, they can turn to crime and often become embroiled in a high-risk lifestyle that includes addictions because they believe there is no way out.
Edmonton Realtors support other local charitable organizations that support other significant issues such as:
- Mental Health
- Service Dogs
- End of Life Care
Charities Supported by the Realtors Community Foundation
- Beverly Towne Community Development Society
- Camp He Ho Ha
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Changing Together: A Centre for Immigrant Women
- Cornerstone Counselling Centre
- Crystal Kids
- Dickinson Amity House
- Dogs with Wings
- E4C School Lunch Program
- Edmonton Dream Centre
- Edmonton Food Bank
- Edmonton Meals on Wheels
- Edmonton Women’s Shelter
- Habitat for Humanity
… and many more.
Those endeavours which are not supported by the Realtors Community Foundation include:
- Political parties and partisan political purposes
- Religious groups requiring funding for direct religious purposes (groups providing shelter etc related to religious activities qualify)
- Funding to address a deficit within the non-profit organization
- Funding for travel and conferences for personnel within an organization
- Endowment grants