MAR Charitable Foundation Awards Fall and Disaster Relief Grants


Recipients nominated for grants by local Realtor® Associations

WALTHAM, Mass. – November 18, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Charitable Foundation recently announced the 2016 recipients of its spring Housing and Homeless Assistance Grants.  The following four charities were nominated by local Realtor® Associations and selected to receive a share of $5,500 in grants based on their initiatives to provide affordable housing, shelter and other emergency care services within Massachusetts:

    • Habitat for Humanity North Shore
    • L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.
    • Steppingstone, Inc.
    • Wellspring House, Inc.

    The Foundation has also disbursed two Disaster Relief Grants to help the residents affected by flooding in Louisiana and West Virginia. One grant of $5,000 was awarded for each state, resulting in a total disbursement of $10,000 for disaster relief.

    “The tragic flooding disaster in the South really stuck a chord with Realtors® in Massachusetts this year,” said MAR Charitable Foundation Chairman Frank Bertolino, broker/owner of The North Shore Realty Group. “That’s why we provided grants to West Virginia and Louisiana to aid in disaster relief, along with our usual local charities. The MAR Charitable Foundation is committed to keeping a roof over peoples’ heads nationwide.”

    Housing and Homeless Assistance Grant Program Overview:
    The Charitable Foundation’s Board of Trustees created this program in 2000 to encourage REALTOR® support for local non-profit groups and their initiatives to provide affordable housing, shelter and other emergency care services within the Commonwealth.

    Each local Realtor® association in Massachusetts is able to nominate housing or homeless assistance charitable organizations (501(C)(3)s) from their jurisdictional area for a monetary grant from the Foundation.  Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each calendar year.

    Disaster Relief Grant Program Overview:
    The MAR Charitable Foundation created this program for the temporary relief of victims of disasters caused by weather, fires, or other similar large-scale events as determined by the Trustees. Disaster relief grants are considered on a need basis and are not regularly disbursed.

    About the MAR Charitable Foundation:
    The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Charitable Foundation performs a variety of community outreach initiatives that provide assistance to needy individuals and the community at-large. Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation has implemented several grant programs aimed at furthering the Realtor® tradition of giving back to the local community.   For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation go to:


    About the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®:

    Organized in 1924, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® is a professional trade organization with 24,000+ members.  The term Realtor® is registered as the exclusive designation of members of the National Association of Realtors® who subscribe to a strict code of ethics and enjoy continuing education programs.

    by Eric Berman – eberman (at) marealtor (dot) com – 781-839-5507


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