The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation promotes safe and affordable housing, advances homeownership for all Coloradans and provides housing-related disaster assistance to our neighbors in need.
Coloradans to achieve the American dream of homeownership.
The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation serves Colorado REALTORS® as the philanthropic and community engagement arm of the Colorado Association of REALTORS®.
Be a part of promoting safe and affordable housing, advancing homeownership and housing related disaster assistance! Apply for the Foundation Board of Directors! (Application due by August 31)
The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation (The Foundation) began in 1960 as the CAR Education Foundation. It was created to further real estate education and research. In 1991, the CAR Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) was established. Grant funding began in 1993 to assist with safe and affordable housing throughout Colorado. The initial grant monies came from Colorado REALTOR® brokers and title companies who invested their client’s earnest money into interest bearing escrow accounts.
The interest earnings were then donated to CARHOF. Today, hundreds of Colorado brokers and title companies support the Foundation with interest earning contributions from escrow accounts. In 2018, the Foundation was established to combine the Educational Foundation and the Housing Opportunity Foundation under one philanthropic umbrella. At that time, the Foundation established the Disaster Relief Fund in response to the devastating fires and floods that plagued Colorado in 2013 and 2014.
Today, the Foundation is the philanthropic and community engagement arm of the Colorado REALTORS®, real estate agencies, title companies, builders and other affiliate partners who work collaboratively to advance safe and affordable housing programs, education for consumers on homeownership, and provide disaster relief to our neighbors in need.
The CAR Foundation has invested over $7.8 million over 25 years to support Colorado nonprofits that encourage safe and affordable housing, promote homeownership and provide disaster relief to our fellow Coloradans.
Colorado Homeless Families – Arvada
Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition – Colorado Springs
Family Promise of Greater Denver – Denver
Mile High United Way/Foothills United Way – Lafayette
Tri-Lakes Cares – Monument
Greeley Family House – Greeley
Habitat for Humanity of Vail Valley – Avon
HomesFund – Durango
Neighbor to Neighbor – Fort Collins
How to Apply:
The Foundation’s 2020 grant application cycle opens on March 30, 2020 and closes on June 1, 2020.
Please use the CAR Foundation Grant Application Guidelines to apply for a grant. Your Letter of Intent must be submitted to Stacey Brown, Executive Director, by June 1, 2020. If you have questions please contact Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-785-7126.
Submit via email at: email@example.com
c/o Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation
309 Inverness Way South
Englewood, CO 80112
Given the Foundation’s small staff size, please understand the Foundation’s Executive Director and Board Members will not be in a position to accept meeting requests with nonprofits interested in applying for a grant.
Some of our past grant recipients include:
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver, Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Colorado Affordable Housing Partnership, The Real Estate School, Warren Village, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, TESSA, The Salvation Army, Grant Junction Housing Authority, Greeley Transitional House, HomeAid Colorado, Family Tree, Partners in Hope and Housing, Chaffee Housing Trust, Mercy Housing.
Since 1991, thousands of real estate brokers, owners and title companies across Colorado have supported the Foundation (and formerly CARHOF) in a substantial way by investing client’s earnest money in interest bearing escrow accounts and directing their financial institutions and/or title companies to transfer all interest earnings to the Foundation. This collaborative effort of thousands of partners has resulted in millions of dollars of investment in the Foundation’s programs to support safe and affordable housing over the last 25 years. The Foundation is grateful for the continued support of our partners! Thank you!
Supporting the Foundation’s Housing Program is easy! As the broker you have the opportunity to direct how your client’s earnest money is invested. You do not need the company’s or the banks permission to request that your client’s earnest money is invested in an interest-bearing escrow account.
Your company will be recognized as a Housing Program Partner on the Foundation’s website. You will also be invited to check presentations and will be recognized as a participating Partner whose support makes the Foundation’s grant-making possible.
Join the many title companies who support the Foundation by participating in the Housing Program funded by interest-bearing escrow accounts. Please complete and submit the Title Company Enrollment Form.
Some title company partners prefer to contribute a flat rate monthly, quarterly or annually rather than trac the interest earned on interest-bearing accounts. If your company prefers this method, please complete the Title Company Enrollment Form – Flat Rate.
Your company will be recognized as a Housing Program Partner on the Foundation’s website. You will also be invited to check presentations and will be recognized as a participating Partner whose support makes the Foundation’s grantmaking possible.
Advantage Bank | Alpine Bank | Bank of Colorado | Bank of Estes Park | Bank of the West | Bank of the San Juans | Champion Bank | City Wide Bank | Collegiate Peaks Bank | Community Banks of Colorado | Evergreen National Bank | First Bank | First Citizens Bank | TBK Bank | First State Bank of Colorado | Guaranty Bank and Trust Company | Gunnison Bank and Trust | High Country Bank | Key Bank | Kirkpatrick Bank | Mountain View Bank of Commerce | Mutual of Omaha Bank | Pikes Peak National Bank | San Luis Valley Federal Bank | Yampa Valley Bank
Metro Brokers Real Estate
Land Title Guarantee Co.
The Wells Group Real Estate Brokerage
Durango Association of REALTORS®
Real Estate of Winter Park
The Group, Inc.
Vail Board of REALTORS®
Colorado Peak Real Estate
President & CEO
Colorado Assoc. of REALTORS®
LIV Sothebys Referral Network
RE/MAX Masters Millennium
Please click on the donation button below and choose which program you want your $100 donation to support and the Foundation will send your HEART PIN! (The program options are Housing, Education, and Disaster Relief.)
Join the CAR Foundation for a fun-filled evening where you can be the hero at the Wings Over The Rockies on August 20, 2020. This event will feature Keynote Speaker Jill Farquhar and will be emceed by local sports broadcaster Jerry Schemmel. Make plans to join us for fun, food and drinks, a silent auction and more! Registration will be coming soon.