Intero Foundation Continues to Grow the Business of Giving

The Intero Foundation Grants $64,740 to Silicon Valley Organizations

On September 19th, the Intero Foundation issued another round of grants directed towards the California communities of Los Gatos, San Jose, and Saratoga. In 2002, the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. founded the Intero Foundation to be a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in the communities local to where Intero conducts business.

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Fall Grantee Logos

Over a decade later, the Foundation empowers a diversity of organizations that positively impact the education and personal development of children. Through Intero’s agents, employees and fundraising events, the Foundation has generated over $2.7 million with an endowment of approximately $535,000.

In order to sustain its commitment to giving back to the community, each quarter, the Intero Foundation presents grants to non-profits that have been approved by the Foundation Committee. This last quarter of the year focused on giving to the Silicon Valley.

For the fall quarter, the Intero Foundation gave a total of $64,740 split amongst the following organizations:

  1. Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga – Dedicated to addressing specific needs within the community by providing services, education, and financial assistance to at-risk populations including children, families, and seniors.The Intero Los Gatos office presented $6,000 for Operation School Bell which provides books and clothing to improve the lives of students in need.
  2. Northwest YMCA – Working to strengthen the foundations of community through a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.A grant of $8,000, presented by Intero Los Gatos, will help to fund their summer food program within their summer achievement programs.
  3. Sunday Friends – Runs programs designed to help low-income families break the generational cycle of poverty through an integrated learning economy that offers families the chance to earn the things they need.The Intero Los Gatos office will present a grant of $7,240 to go towards writing, craft and cooking supplies for their Service Projects to teach kids the power of giving.
  4. Jose Valdes Math Foundation – Provides a comprehensive math education to middle and high school students to achieve academic success. A grant of $10,000, presented by Intero Saratoga, will go towards their intensive summer math program.
  5. Peer Court – Empowers youth by teaching them about our judicial system, allowing them to actively participate in our community, instilling confidence in them and inspiring them to stay in school. Intero Saratoga will present $8,500 so the organization can recruit more teen volunteers and cover the costs related to trainings and hearing.
  6. Breathe California – Works to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services.A grant of $7,500 presented by Intero Willow Glen will go towards Camp Superstuff, a week-long summer camp that provides asthma education and family services for low-income and uninsured asthmatic children age 6-12.
  7. Good Karma Bikes – Provides homeless and low income working people with safe, reliable bicycle transportation to provide them freedom and ability to travel to where they need to go.Their youth program, Good Karma Kids, is designed to have youth experience philanthropy through requesting donations, rehabilitating bikes, and granting them to peers in need.A grant presented by Intero Willow Glen of $7,500 will go towards funding this youth program.
  8. Turning Wheels for Kids – Provides new bikes, helmets and locks for low income children in need, disabled children and children with down syndrome and autism.$10,000, presented by Intero Willow Glen will go towards purchasing helmets to be given with bikes during the organization’s annual Big Bike Build in December.

The Intero Foundation is always seeking to expand the culture of giving.To apply for a grant for your non-profit organization, follow the grant application guidelines here.

Kids Helping Kids

My daughter Natalie, who turns 6 at the end of the month, was hanging out in the office for a few days over spring break.  Always one to keep busy, she began selling paper hearts that she had cut out of copy paper.  She went around to the agents with some serious sales skills.  By the end of her rounds, she had made about 3 bucks.  She wasn’t quite sure what she should do with the money.  She wanted to give it to someone, but who?  This is a girl with a charitable spirit who gives any extra dollars she has in her backpack to her school friends on Ice Cream Friday.  I suggested she donate it to the Intero Foundation, explaining to her that some children aren’t as lucky as she is, to have what she has….lots of toys, clothes, shoes, a safe home, a healthy body….and that giving the money to the Intero Foundation would be a great way to help other kids. She agreed, and happily stuffed the money in an Intero envelope and addressed it accordingly. Kids helping kids….what could be sweeter!

Natalie Dixon Intero Foundation Donation 4-10-13
Natalie Dixon Intero Foundation Donation 4-10-13

Stretching the Body and The Mind

The Art of Yoga Project, www.theartofyogaproject.org, immediately caught our attention. We have not seen an organization like this before and were impressed with the approach and results of helping incarcerated teenage girls. Here is a letter we received from them.

  The Intero Foundation is amazing and speaks volumes on the commitment of all the realtors that support our local community.  We are so thrilled to be awarded this grant in support of our work with incarcerated teen girls.  At the Art of Yoga Project, we are specially-trained yoga teachers and art therapists going into juvenile detention facilities and Aftercare treatment centers to teach an intervention program to promote girls’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We consciously hold safe space for girls to develop the self-awareness, self-respect and self-control necessary for shifts in consciousness and subsequent behavioral change. Through breath control, self-witnessing, and slowing down to pause between reaction and action, the young women learn to self regulate, and channel their own process from a place of self destruction to one of reflection, healing and personal empowerment.  Thank you for giving us the means to support these girls and offer them the possibility of a better future. With deep gratitude, Lisa Pedersen Executive Director The Art of Yoga Project

Hospice of the Valley receives $10,000 Intero Foundation Grant for the Community Grief & Counseling Center’s Children’s Bereavement Program

Grant will provide bereavement support services to children and teens experiencing grief and loss

San Jose, Calif., –December 11, 2012 – Hospice of the Valley, a leading provider in advancing palliative, hospice care, community grief support and education in Northern California, receives a $10,000 grant from the Intero Foundation of Cupertino in support of the organization’s Community Grief & Counseling Center’s children’s bereavement program. The grant will provide bereavement support services to approximately 135 children and teens experiencing grief and loss.

Studies have shown that children who receive timely and appropriate grief support will be more resilient and better able to cope with loss and trauma later in life. If not addressed, children and teens have an increased potential for long-term emotional trauma and negative consequences. [Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services, HHS Publication No. SMA-11-4642 - May 2011]

“The Intero Foundation is proud to support the wonderful programs and services of Hospice of the Valley’s children’s bereavement program,” said Cathy Jackson, president of the Intero Foundation. “They offer an invaluable resource to our community by positively impacting the growth and well being of children, teens and the families.”

“We’re honored to be the recipient of the Intero Foundation grant,” said Sally Adelus, president and chief executive officer of Hospice of the Valley. “The Foundation and its board of directors’ support of our children’s bereavement program will provide the much-needed grief care services for children and teens experiencing loss so they will gradually learn to cope, process their grief and function better in school and at home.”

About Intero Foundation

Intero Foundation has raised more than $2 million to benefit children living in the communities in which it serves. Since its founding in 2002, the Foundation has supported over 70 local charities that work to positively impact the growth and well-being of children by enhancing their education and personal development. Funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents, they are vested in the health of the communities in which they work and live. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission. For more information, visit interofoundation.org.

About Hospice of the Valley

Based in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Hospice of the Valley provides end-of-life care and services, including hospice, palliative care and counseling for adults and children. Hospice of the Valley’s Community Grief & Counseling Center provides individual counseling and loss-specific support groups to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Hospice of the Valley publishes a community website for caregivers and families at seriousillness.org/santaclaracounty. A nonprofit organization serving Santa Clara County since 1979, Hospice of the Valley honors all cultures, beliefs, values, and traditions and is committed to serving its diverse community and providing equitable access to care for all regardless of financial ability. For information, call 1.408.559.5600 or visit hospicevalley.org.

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Media Contacts

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Community Relations

1.408.489.6787

jwun@hospicevalley.org

 

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Thank you SJB Child Development!

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Recently, we, at the Intero Foundation donated to SJB Child Development Center, www.sjbcdc.org$10,000 to provide warm meals to our local children in need. With these dollars they will be able to provide 6,000 meals (breakfast, snack and lunch) to children. Everyone knows first hand that you cannot function, or more importantly learn, if you don't have food in your tummy. Food is a bare essential and that is a significant reason as to why we decided to approve this donation.   In addition, 100% of the money goes directly to feed the children. The facility even has their own garden so the children learn the importance of growing vegetables and their nutritional value. Soon after the check presentation we received the letter below. Thank you SJB Child Development! =======

On behalf of SJB’s Board of Directors, I want to take this brief opportunity to thank you!   Because of the Intero grant we will be able to continue providing nutritious hot meals to hundreds of children every day and we are delighted to welcome the Intero Foundation to our esteemed group of friends and supporters.

Once again, we greatly appreciate your support of our mission to feed, educate and empower the disadvantaged children of our valley. Many of the kids you help with your generous support are the only hot meal they may have for the day...

With deep gratitude,

Victor Hassan SJB Board President

San Juan Bautista Child Development Center 

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Christmas Poem

On Christmas morning you open your eyes, and awake to such a joyous surprise.

Children filled with wonder, laughter and love,

at the gifts that Santa has brought from above.

But just down the block at another little house,

the children awake quiet as a mouse.

Their eyes fill with tears at the sight of their tree,

small and forlorn with nothing underneath.

Their cupboards are empty and their table is bare,

For them there will be no Christmas fare.

No gifts to make their little eyes shine.

No feast to last from morning to night.

Their mother really did try her best,

but after paying their bills there was nothing left.

Her children wonder what did they do wrong.

All year long they had tried their best,

hoping Santa would remember them like all the rest.

But, this year Santa didn't come,

and heartbreak and tears filled their little home.

Their mother's heart was broken at the sight,

how could she explain to the children their plight.

She gathered them round and gave them a hug,

for she had nothing to give them, except for her Love.

They had been good and done their best,

so she tried to put their minds to rest.

It was nothing they did or didn't do,

there just wasn't enough money to see them through.

She explained to them that all those gifts were not free,

and why there was nothing under their tree.

She spoke of bills and money and love,

and how Santa can't come to everyone.

The only thing the children knew,

was that the stories of Santa really weren't true.

She put them to bed, and kissed them goodnight.

There is no Merry Christmas when your life is a fight.

Cecia Jean DeCarlo

Former Resident - San Jose

Family Shelter

The Intero Foundation: Why does it matter?

*Because the children in our communities belong to ALL of us. The Intero Foundation is a funnel for funds to flow to the kids who are in real trouble and are suffering. We have created a culture of CARE for others, and of loving support for the children who need us most--those who don't live with us but have few or no other resources for help.  That matters! *Because The Intero Foundation recently gave a grant to At The Crossroads, an organization for kids, mostly teenagers, who are living on the streets and have no money, no families to help, no access to bathrooms or hygiene items, and no clean clothing to wear. Volunteers and therapists visit them in their environments under bridges and in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco four nights a week from 2:00am to 6:00am, giving them food, socks and underwear, hygiene items. More importantly, these counselors  sit with the homeless children to listen to their stories and offer them hope. That matters!

*Because the Intero Foundaiton funded a grant to KARA, an organization that provides counseling support to children who are experiencing substance abuse, rape, depression, PTSD and childhood neglect. Many of the counselors volunteer their time and no child is turned away. That matters!

*Because we have so much to be thankful for and some of our greatest blessings are our children. That matters!

Our amazing Intero agents, who fund the Intero Foundation with a donation at the close of every escrow, MATTER and are all heroes and heroines.

In this season of Love and Thanksgiving, it is YOU who matter to the children--Thank you!!

Intero Foundation hits a Home Run by donating to At the Crossroads and Kara!

There is a sea of Orange and Black on the streets of San Francisco. The San Francisco Giants have just won the World Series in Detroit!  Adults, youth and teens alike are celebrating their home team; then travel on to their own home for a warm meal, hot shower and warm bed.  Not so just a few miles away from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants! We have a crisis of youth and teens living on the streets…homeless. Homeless because of physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, prescription drug dependency and poverty. These adolescents are at the cross roads of their lives. Devoted volunteers, counselors and psychologists of At the Crossroads, based in San Francisco, offer guidance and support. The mission of At the Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth at their point of need, and to work with them in building healthy and fulfilling lives. Their innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. They are succeeding in their goal of helping their clients to build outstanding lives, not just lives of subsistence.

The Intero Foundation is proud to share that they have continued their support by funding a $10,000 grant to the At the Crossroads Organization, making their total donation of $20,000 for 2011 and 2012.  Please become informed and visit their site at www.atthecrossroads.org

While local fans celebrate having their home team in the World Series, a different type of celebration has been happening down the Peninsula.  A young adolescent has suddenly passed away.  Her family, young siblings and friends at school are at an utter loss as to how to cope with their staggering grief.  The Kara-Grief Support Group, based in Palo Alto provides compassionate support to youth on their journey through grief so that they can move toward renewed hope and to continue in celebrating the life of the deceased. Their clients include those who are grieving a death as well as those coping with terminal illness, their own or of a family member.

The Intero Foundation is proud to share that they have just donated a $7,500 grant to help support Kara’s professional guidance and council.  This is our first year donating to Kara. We were honored and humbled by their request. Please visit their site at www.Kara-Grief.org.

Meanwhile, a third Celebration is taking place at a local Intero Real Estate Office.  The World Series is happening as well as being televised on T.V., but the Intero Agent has stayed late at the office to help his clients.  He just closed an escrow for a young couple that purchased their first home! One of many reasons he came to Intero is because of the core values of Intero and their dedication to helping local children at risk.  Intero Agents have the opportunity to donate a part of their commission to the Foundation, thus allowing funds to be donated to such great organizations as At the Crossroads and Kara.  Looking at his smart phone…he sees that when Pablo Sandoval stepped up to the plate and hit 3 home runs in one game…earned him MVP of the Series! Wow!  Sensing that this evening is a day in history, he decides that now it is his turn to step up to the plate and hit a home run by increasing his donations to the Intero Foundation!

Being at Intero is like playing on a World Series Team!   Every donation, no matter what size, makes a huge impact.  But, by increasing your donations, we can all be team player’s; MVP’s and maybe even a Pablo Sandoval!!

Supporting non-profits in San Benito County

The Intero Foundation with combined efforts of the local Hollister Intero Real Estate Services office recently announced that they are granting local non-profits Small Steps and HOPE Services a combined $17,500 towards programs that benefit underprivileged children right in San Benito County. The board members of Small Steps are fortunate to receive the grant this year to continue efforts and expand resources, in supporting annually over 300 children with funds to buy winter coats and shoes. The President of the Intero Foundation Cathy Jackson believes that, “Hollister is such a small yet loving community and it is important to give to the event that means so much to the community.” Small Steps is excited to have the support from the Intero Foundation, along with providing a huge volunteer opportunity for the San Benito County residents.

For the first time, the Intero Foundation has granted HOPE Services Homestart Program which provides professional guidance and nutritional education to physically and mentally disadvantaged children and their families. As the Hollister Intero agents discussed the grants before submitting them for board review, agents discovered how much the program personally influenced our clients and friends.

Intero real estate agents truly stand by Broker Gino Blefari’s Vision and Value building block compassion. We never underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, or a listening ear. We exist to serve the needs of those we touch. To learn more about the $2 million given to Bay Area children in grants, please visit InteroFoundation.org

Friday Cooking at the JW house was wonderful

We added meaning to our generous donation of $10,000.  Thank you all for coming and helping out. I was a bit overwhelmed to have so much help around the kitchen. ( I normally don't get that much help) it was great, Fun, rewarding and turned to be tasty. I guess our secret ingredient for the tasty food really worked (love, generosity and good intentions). Especially thanks to my 2 girls, to Dana and Amit; you were amazing, you stayed until everyone finished eating, helped to wash the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen. You did it all with smile and grace. I adore you girls!!

As dinner was going on, few guests came to speak with me to compliment us for the great food and thank us. While speaking, they shared their hardship of their loved ones being sick and hospitalized for many months at Kaiser.   Hearing all this, emphasized the essence of the JW house and the services they provide. During the conversations, some asked who we were, I told them about who we are and about our foundation and contribution to the JW house and to many other great charities. They were all so much impressed and thankful. One told me "you wouldn't think real estate office will do such a nice thing" I went on explaining about our Intero and why the foundation was created and that we are really involved in the community and try to give back as much as we can...Show me another Real Estate Company who does that!!!

For all the agents who like to help and be part of such spititually rewarding activities, there are more opportunities to help, all you need is to let me know you want to help.

However, for now please consider to donate to our foundation out of your transactions, your hard earned money will be used for amazing causes to help so many in need out there in our surrounding community where we work and prosper. Please reply just to me with the amount you are willing to donate out of your transactions.

Intero Agents, You Rock!!

Thanks again for your help and generosity.

The Month of Giving

This is the beginning of the month of Ramadan in which 2 billion Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days to temporarily experience what many grief stricken nations encounter as a typical day. Hungry and thirsty, with little hope and no knowledge of where or when they can expect their next meal, millions are starving all over the world. For a Muslim, fasting is also a way of purifying your mind and body and is truly a humbling experience. One of the covenants of this month is to give generously to charity and those less fortunate than yourself. For the last two years since I have been blessed to be a part of the Intero foundation I have reflected during Ramadan on how incredible the Intero Realtors are who give blindly from each of their paychecks consistently to support those who are less fortunate in the community. As an Ambassador of the foundation I have the opportunity to sit alongside my peers and hear of the grant/donation requests and watch everyone in the room hold back tears and express their  desire to help everyone who asks with part of what what we have.  This bears witness to the moral fabric of Intero and what makes it such an incredible company to be involved with.

The Joy of Giving

Growing up in the struggling young state of Israel exposed me to the other side of giving. What do I mean by that? As a child I always enjoyed facilities in my small town that were built by American donors. We had a beautiful public library and center for performing arts that shaped many young minds including mine. Following my high school years , I joined the Israeli defense forces and served my home country for 2 years, there I enjoyed facilities that relieved me as a young soldier from the demanding day to day training. I remember one mobile social room that was donated by an American Donor. We used to gather there and relax, read books and play brain teaser games, just to forget the hard reality we had to deal with day to day. Here I am 20+ years later, I am on the other side of the world,  living and working in an American company, serving the American local community. I have the opportunity to be  ‘that donor’ who did something great for someone else.  I used to think that only rich people can make a difference but was proven so wrong.I learned that the act of giving and filling someone else's bucket from time to time fills mine instantly.  That is why I choose to donate part of my earning to the Intero foundation. Many think “how can my $100 change in the world?"  Probably not much! But when the $100 is multiplied by many more now we can make a difference, and help shape a young mind in our local community through a great educational program or help one disable child understand something that might be rather trivial for others but for that child is a whole mind opening experience. Here at Intero, I am blessed to be part of a group that serves their local community and supports the next generation at the same time. It is so evident that real happiness is not measured by belongings or assets but by our good deeds and the positive impact we have on our families and communities.

My mom used to tell me that my children will enjoy a good, healthy and successful life if I will be an honorable person and will conduct myself with integrity and diligence. When a good deed is done with a clean heart it always works. The Intero foundation is a living example for great people that want to do good from the most sincere place and that is something to be proud of!! Thank you Intero for allowing me to be part of something bigger than myself. The real magic is that as I give I always do so without expecting to get something good from someone else.

Best,

Dorit Alon

Free e-Waste Recycling Event Benefits Children

Free e-Waste Recycling event at Intero Real Estate San Mateo

Did you know 2.5 million tons of e-Waste is created each year?

82% of it ends up in landfills unrecycled.  Help us change this!

Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to bring their e-Waste to Intero Real Estate on:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

1100 Park Place, Suite 100, San Mateo (in the parking lot just east of Whole Foods)

We take all computer & electronic equipment.   Visit: www.EarthCareRecycling.com for a complete list of acceptable items.

Any proceeds will benefit the Intero Foundation, funding grants to children’s charities in our communities.

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For some, the path to a better life begins here!

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Thank you Intero Foundation! Did you read the Mercury News today?  The Wish Book.  They talk about a young girl who was headed down the wrong path and Alum Rock Counseling Center helped her turn around.

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Alum Rock Counseling Center received a grant from The Intero Foundation in the past…. so that means The Intero Foundation had a hand in a young person getting on the right path.... the path to a better life, to college, to a career. She is now getting good grades because of the direction this Counseling group has set her on.

We, at Intero Foundation, have raised $200,000 this year… a year that has been a challenge for the real estate industry. Those contributions have helped 20 non-profit organizations help children in our community.

2010 has been a great year for the Intero Foundation... A great year of giving.

Thank you Intero Real Estate Agents for your generosity.

Thank you Intero Foundation!

Summer Search Silicon Valley

Summer Search Silicon Valley is a recipient of an Intero Foundation grant.  The program provides deserving young people with intensive mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college access resources, and professional development services that empower them to change their lives and communities. Summer Search Silicon Valley provides mentoring to 82 low-income juniors and seniors who recently returned from summer experiential education programs.  Post-trip mentoring provides holistic support and helps students build on the life skills and self-awareness they gained over the summer to excel academically and become community leaders.  Intero Foundation is excited about the improvements the Summer Search program is making in the lives of young children.

Special Olympics Schools

Special Olympics Schools Program of San Mateo received a grant from the Intero Foundation, Los Altos office.  The program is designed to help children between the ages of two through seven with developmental disabilities and introduces them to developmental appropriate play program.  The Intero Foundation is delighted to be actively involved with the Special Olympics.

Saving our environment together with the community

We all love new technology.  The newest phone, TV, laptop or gadget can increase our productivity, our organization or just be cool new toys to have.  New products hit the market so quickly that there is an overload of waste created by the suddenly obsolete products which get left in the dust.   If disposed of improperly, these poor forgotten electronic devices and appliances have the potential to spread deadly toxins into our environment and communities, causing negative impacts on human and environmental health.  We at Intero Real Estate have a deep commitment to our communities and the environment which we all share.  With the Intero Foundation already helping to serve children in our community, Los Altos and Hollister Intero decided to step it up even further and improve the safety of our environment by providing our community a way to dispose of all their unwanted E-waste.  

On Saturday June 19th, Intero Real Estate in Los Altos and Hollister hosted our first free E-waste Recycling Day.  We collaborated with our partner for this event, Earth Care Recycling, and were able to use this event to raise money for the Intero Foundation.  We sent our amazing Intero Team out into our community to spread the word about the event, and the result was phenomenal!  We collected 28,000 lbs of electronic waste! We also raised over $2,000 for the Intero Foundation.    This money will go to programs and foundations which work to positively impact the growth and well-being of children within our community. 

A huge thank you to our community for helping Los Altos and Hollister Intero Real Estate improve our community.  We made it safer and healthier and also are able to help more children through the Intero Foundation via the money we raised.  We can be proud that we made a difference that day and we did it together.  Thank you.

Being part of something bigger than ourselves

Today I want to share something that we do here at Intero that I am especially proud of. The Intero Foundation.

Let me explain.

When we founded Intero just over seven years ago, we set out to create a company that was different. That difference would be based on our values. One of those values is commitment – defined as; a pledge to do something, a state of being bound intellectually to a course of action.

As Realtors we earn our living by serving our community. So it was fundamental when creating Intero to figure out a way to give back to the community. We express this commitment now through the Intero Foundation.

To date, the Intero Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities. These organizations range in size and mission, but all work to positively impact the growth and well being of children by enhancing their education and personal development.

So why does this matter to you? Well, there is an obvious connection: We are helping to make the place you call home (or are hoping to call home) better. And that matters.

But we are also expressing something about ourselves that might interest you: That we are a big organization, but not too big to remember that we are part of something still larger; that we take seriously our role as an organization rooted in a place; that we believe we must give in order to receive.

If you share these beliefs, if it matters to you what your real estate company does in the wider world, then we have created something for all of us.