REALTORS® Relief Foundation Impact
Every dollar goes directly to victims of disaster. The National Association of REALTORS® covers 100% of administrative expenses.
Relief for Victims of Washington Wildfires
The 2015 wildfire season was the largest in Washington state history, with more than one million acres burning across the state from June to September. The fires destroyed hundreds of homes.
Michael Schoonover, President of Washington REALTORS® at the time, wrote: "The economic impact of these fires to the people living in these regions is astronomical. They have lost their homes and businesses. Thanks to the RRF, the members of the Association that most likely helped these individuals purchase their homes, will now be able to provide housing-related financial assistance to the victims of the fires. The RRF truly shows the power of the “R” and we appreciate all that our friends and colleagues around the country do to keep the RRF strong."
Steve Francks, also of Washington REALTORS®:
Relief for Victims of North Dakota Flooding
Greg Larson discusses what it was like living through a flood that lasted 93 days. He talks about how it happened, the evacuation process, the material and personal losses, and the aftermath. He also covers what the REALTORS® Relief Fund did to help them get back on their feet:
Relief for Victims of Hurricane Sandy
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine. A voluntary cooperative effort with the New Jersey and New York state associations provided mortgage and temporary rental assistance to victims of the storm. A total of $919,300 in financial assistance grants for this purpose was distributed to 666 families.
Christina Banasiak, 2013 President of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS®, recalls how the RRF helped residents of New Jersey:
- Donations Urged for Hurricane Sandy Victims — from former NAR President, Moe Veissi
Relief for Victims of Storms Irene and Lee
In late summer 2011, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee wreaked havoc on the East Coast. To provide housing assistance to storm victims, the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) partnered with four state associations—New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Vermont—to collect and distribute funds for assistance.
Relief for Tornado Victims
In April 2011, deadly tornadoes ripped through Missouri, Alabama, and other states resulting in widespread devastation. Hundreds lost their lives and thousands were left without homes. NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation and the Alabama REALTOR® Disaster Relief Fund provided aid to over 150 families during the rebuilding efforts.
- Hearts and Homes of Arkansas Receives Generous Donations for Tornado Relief — Arkansas REALTORS®
- REALTORS® Rally for Joplin Recovery — NAR Press Release, Aug. 2011
- Tornado Recovery Underscores How Much Home Ownership Matters — NAR Press Release, July 2011
Local Relief Efforts
Several state and local REALTOR® associations have set up their own relief funds. If you would like to make a donation to a specific community, visit one of these sites for information:
- Alabama REALTOR® Disaster Relief Fund
- Colorado Association of REALTORS® Disaster Relief Efforts
- Connecticut Association of REALTORS® Foundation
- Illinois REALTORS® Storm Relief
- Michigan REALTORS® Relief Fund
- Missouri Association of REALTORS®
- Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation
- Texas REALTORS® Relief Fund