COVID-19 Update: The Bridge Association of REALTORS® Community Foundation, on behalf of our members, has donated to the following local organizations in their efforts to provide food to our community during the Shelter in Place: SOS Meals on Wheels, Telegraph Community Ministry Manna From Heaven program, Project Open Hand Oakland and the Berkeley Food Pantry.
The mission of the Community Foundation Committee is to support essential community programs to address the beliefs that children represent our future and that housing is a fundamental need.
The vision of the Community Foundation Committee is to create and hold events throughout the year to solicit financial donations and support from the community-at-large and to solicit grant applications providing grant awards to community programs addressing Youth Art & Education, Workforce Housing & Homeless, and Senior Services & Community Activities. The committee’s objective is to appeal to a broad range of community programs that are not funded by major corporations and foundations to apply for grant awards.
The Community Foundation can trace its roots from a time when many local real estate brokers and now-combined associations had their own separate giving programs and funds. Today, the Community Foundation pledges to make a positive impact in the communities served by our local area REALTORS® and affiliates by providing grants to non-profit organizations which provide services that support youth, seniors, workforce housing, and the homeless.
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REALTOR® & Affiliate Giving Opportunities
REALTORS® and affiliates are pleased to be able to give back to the communities we serve. All donations are tax-deductible. The Bridge Association of REALTORS® Community Foundation is a 501(c)3.
REALTORS® can contribute by giving $25.00 or more at each close of escrow through the title company
Bridge Association of REALTORS® members can contribute when paying their annual association dues
Purchasing raffle tickets & attending events
Other donations are always appreciated & accepted
Community Giving Opportunities
Affiliates, brokerages, and businesses can also contribute in multiple ways including:
Making contributions in a client’s name
In-kind & Raffle Donations
Join the Committee
We are always looking for passionate and energetic members to join the Community Foundation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bridge Association of REALTORS® Community Foundation awards grants annually to support essential community programs in the categories of Youth Arts and Education, Senior Services Community Activities, and Workforce Housing and Homeless within Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, and Piedmont.
Each year, the grant submission period opens on May 1 and remains open until June 30 at 11:59 pm. Maximum grant award is 3,500.
Apply at grants.bridgeaor.org during this period.
Funding Priorities for Youth Arts & Education
We seek to provide support where our contributions can help equalize opportunities for children of all social and economic backgrounds to programs providing services such as arts and cultural classes and events, public and private education including Special Education programs and those involving food & nutrition programs addressing hunger.
Funding Priorities for Workforce Housing & Homeless
We seek to provide support to organizations directly benefiting the homeless population and advocacy groups seeking long-term solutions to the housing crisis such as programs involved in affordable housing and those addressing hunger and nutrition issues.
Funding Priorities for Senior Services & Community Activities
We seek to provide support to organizations providing services to seniors for socialization, health-care advice, transportation services, nutritional issues, and support services impacting housing.
Requests for grants should be specific in their targeted use for funds and can’t be for general funds. Your non-profit organization must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal sponsor that is a tax-exempt entity. Basic criteria include the following:
Funds must be used for a specific project/event
The project/event must occur between June 1 of the application year to May 31 of the following year
Your organization’s annual budget must be less than $1,000,000
Your organization must provide services in Alameda or Contra Costa County in the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, and Piedmont.
Your request can be to start a new program
Your request cannot be to fund regular full or part-time salaries
Your request cannot be to fund general program funds
Your request can be to fund special project-specific salaries and stipends
2019 Grant Recipients
Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project
Arts for Oakland Kids
Brothers on the Rise
Chapter 510 Ink
Community Resources for Science
Dorothy Day House
Friends of Albany Seniors
Home of United String Ensembles
Kingdom Builder Christian Fellowship
Lend A Hand Foundation of Northern California
Lutheran Church of the Cross
Manna From Heaven Breakfast Program/Telegraph Ministry Center
Mercy Retirement & Care Center
Mycelium Youth Network
Oakland Housing Authority Foundation
Pierre's Birthday Fund, Inc
Prescott Circus Theatre
Read-Aloud Volunteer Program
Running for a Better Oakland
Scientific Adventures for Girls
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Each year, the committee organizes a variety of events to raise money, engage the community-at-large, build awareness of our mission, and encourage a broad range of community programs within our scope. We also collaborate with other committees within our association family to obtain a broader reach.
5k Walk for Education, a benefit for the Oral Lee Brown Foundation
The annual 5k Walk for Education around Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt directly benefits the Oral Lee Brown Foundation, which provides educational assistance and scholarships to underprivileged children in the Oakland area.
Annual Installation of Officers and Directors
Our annual Installation of officers and directors is a major event for the association. Join us at this gala event to make a difference in our communities, while enjoying a valuable networking opportunity. Proceeds from this event go to the Community Foundation.
Contact the Bridge Association of REALTORS® office located at 2855 Telegraph Avenue #600 in Berkeley or call 510-848-4288 for more information.