Contact Us

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: 510-848-4288

Fax: 510-848-2439

Email: staff@bridgeaor.org

Main Office:

2855 Telegraph Ave. Suite 600

Berkeley, CA 94705

Location

2019 Top Tier Sponsors

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Mission Statement
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.

Vision Statement
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.

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History
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.

Your Impact
Zero Administration Fees! Your gift makes a difference! Every dollar donated to the Community Foundation goes to changing the lives of youth, seniors and the homeless in our communities. Make a difference TODAY with your support and donation.

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.​

Contribution methods:

  • 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:

  • Sponsoring events

  • Making contributions in a client’s name

  • Matching Gifts

  • 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 cf@bridgeaor.org.

GRANTS PROGRAM

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, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, and Piedmont.

Application Procedure
Each year, the grant submission period opens on May 1 and remains open until June 31 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.

Eligibility Guidelines
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:

  1. Funds must be used for a specific project/event

  2. The project/event must occur between June 1 of the application year to May 31 of the following year

  3. Your organization’s annual budget must be less than $1,000,000

  4. Your organization must provide services in Alameda or Contra Costa County in the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, and Piedmont.

  5. Your request can be to start a new program

  6. Your request cannot be to fund regular full or part-time salaries

  7. Your request cannot be to fund general program funds

  8. Your request can be to fund special project-specific salaries and stipends 

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.

Have Questions?
Contact the Bridge Association of REALTORS® office located at 2855 Telegraph Avenue #600 in Berkeley or call 510-848-4288 for more information.

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

Living Jazz

Lutheran Church of the Cross

Manna From Heaven Breakfast Program/Telegraph Ministry Center

Mercy Retirement & Care Center

More Foundation

Mycelium Youth Network

Oakland Housing Authority Foundation

Pegasus Voyages

Pierre's Birthday Fund, Inc

Prescott Circus Theatre

Read-Aloud Volunteer Program

Running for a Better Oakland

Scientific Adventures for Girls

United Roots

Waterside Workshops