Foundation Giving Tops Half a Million

Over the last seven years, contributions from MIBOR members to the REALTOR® Foundation have combined to grant more than $500,000 to the homeless of central Indiana. Last Wednesday, the REALTOR® Foundation announced the latest round of funding that will be dispersed to non-profit service providers that supply critical, emergency and transitional housing for central Indiana’s homeless for the 2010 funding cycle.

The Annual Grants Announcement Reception featured next year’s grant recipients in a vendor fair format and featured comments from Emily Able, director of community and youth services at Holy Family Shelter and Rochelle McDaniels of A New Beginning Financial Solutions, a MIBOR member and former social service professional.

Each year, the Foundation looks to support the vital work of organizations that serve people displaced because of domestic violence, natural disaster, or those affected by economic hardships that have made them temporarily homeless. This year’s grants totaled $85,000 and will benefit organizations in Marion, Hancock, Johnson, Morgan and Hendricks counties.

“We really wanted to emphasize the effect that the economy is having on families this year, and we feel that we have done that through this year’s grant decision,” said Kaye Hirt, 2009 president of the REALTOR® Foundation. “We’re happy to be able to continue our support of these deserving service providers, and help sustain the good work they’re doing in our community.”

Many of this year’s beneficiaries are repeat award winners. Their geographic and demographic areas of service, missions and specializations vary as greatly as the organizations’ plans for the Foundation funds.

For a complete list of grant recipients, click here.

To see pictures from the Grants Announcement Reception, click here.

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