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RRF Exceeds 20th Anniversary Goal

NAR’s relief fund raised $8.5M, thanks to 2,500 donations from Realtors, state and local Realtor associations, MLS organizations and other companies.

CHICAGO – The Realtors® Relief Foundation’s (RRF) Hope Rising campaign surpassed its fundraising goal of $8.5 million. RRF provides housing relief to victims of hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other disasters.

“I am so proud to see our members and industry come together and support such an important cause,” says National Association of Realtors® (NAR) President Leslie Rouda Smith. “Surpassing this fundraising goal means that RRF is prepared to provide relief to victims of natural disasters.”

The campaign received more than 2,500 donations from Realtors®, state and local Realtor associations, MLS organizations and other companies. Florida Realtors® donated $600,000 toward the goal.

Other major RRF supporters include Texas Realtors (Lead Large State), Arkansas Realtors (Lead Small State), Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (Lead Local) and realtor.com (Lead Corporate Donor). NAR also received major donations from its subsidiary organizations ($1,250,000). Other donations came from various groups both large and small, such as the Eastern Arkansas Realtors Association that pledged $30 per member, Stellar MLS ($250,000), Midwest Real Estate Data ($100,000), Homes.com ($100,000) and Bright MLS ($100,000).

“We challenged ourselves with the goal of $8.5 million, which surpassed the amount the Foundation raised in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” Smith says. “The success of this campaign demonstrates the Realtor spirit of service and dedication to caring for our communities.”

“The Hope Rising campaign was RRF’s first step in establishing sustainable reserves to ensure we are always prepared to help those in need during times of crisis,” says RRF President Michael Ford. “The Realtor community has always generously supported RRF and they showed up in a big way in 2021. This 20th anniversary campaign is the perfect way to honor our past while also preparing for the future.”

Since 2001, RRF has awarded over $33 million in aid, which funded over 100 disaster recoveries and helped 17,000 families in 40 states and territories. With NAR covering all administrative costs, RRF distributes 100% of all funds collected.

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