During the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando NAR collected donations to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) for Hurricane Sandy disaster assistance. At a member forum at the conference, NAR President Moe Veissi announced that NAR would match members’ donations up to $500,000. Moe later wrote on Realtor.org:
“As REALTORS®, we help build and maintain communities. We aren’t just there when the time comes to buy or sell a home. We are there during periods of need as well. Now—in the wake of Hurricane Sandy—is one of those occasions.
It will take more time to know the full impact of Hurricane Sandy, but the devastation in the mid-Atlantic is widespread. I personally have contacted the state associations in New York, New Jersey, and all the affected areas. At this point, we know that more than 8.2 million homes and businesses lost power in the United States because of Sandy, and there is a significant loss of life attributed to this deadly storm.
For more than 11 years, the REALTORS® Relief Foundation has been dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters. Without a doubt, there are many, many families out there who need our help now. If you can spare even a small amount, now is the time to make that commitment. A little bit can go a long way when we all give.
So please, follow your heart and reach out a helping hand to those in need.”
The REALTORS® Relief Foundation distributes one hundred percent of all funds collected to disaster relief causes. The funds are distributed on an “as-needed” basis by the Foundation’s Directors. The Foundation cannot guarantee donors that donations made in response to a particular disaster will be used for that specific disaster, but the Foundation does guarantee all donors that one hundred percent of their donation will be used for an appropriate disaster relief effort.
For the RRF, REALTORS® have raised and successfully distributed over $23 million in its 11 year history with the grants going directly to victims of disasters to provide immediate & temporary housing related assistance – that’s the mission and focus. In many disaster situations, RRF checks have been the first forms of aid victims have received. Because the RRF guarantees that 100% of each donation will go directly to the victims, we do not give our funds to other charities to further distribute. The majority of charities take administrative fees out of each donation and the final net amount that ultimately reaches the victim is usually less than the original amount donated. For Sandy, we’ve raised $1.9 million since the beginning of November and have already sent help to 200 members who have been impacted by this superstorm. There are many more RRF will be assisting in the coming weeks.