The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation was established as the Canadian Real Estate Board Foundation - Ontario Fund in 1967 as part of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) Foundation.
In 1977 the Foundation returned as a provincial organization -- named the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Foundation.
For 22 years, from 1977 to 1999, grants were made to a variety of charitable organization across Ontario. In 1999 the decision was made to focus grant monies primarily to shelter-based charitable organizations.
In 2002 Foundation Board introduced the fellowship program, a special program to honour and acknowledge the contributions of REALTORS®, their families and friends who enable the good work of the Foundation.
Four years later the Foundation celebrated another exciting change. In 2006 the name of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Foundation changed to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation.
Over the last 40 years the Foundation has granted raised more than 16 million dollars for shelter-based organizations throughout the province on behalf of the Ontario REALTORS®.
How real estate is organized in Ontario
Professions form associations to represent the interests of their members. In Ontario, the arrangement is called 'organized real estate' and it has three levels: local, provincial and national. Real estate boards represent brokers and salespeople at the local level. Those who choose to join a real estate board automatically become members of organized real estate and may call themselves REALTORS®. At the provincial level, OREA represents 70,000 REALTORS® from the 38 real estate boards. CREA, operating at the national level, oversees the interests of REALTORS® across Canada. When a salesperson joins a real estate board, they automatically become a member of OREA and CREA.
A member board of OREA is a Member Board of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. The Foundation works closely with the boards on fundraising for our events and through their local events.
How the Foundation is funded.
In 2004, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Directors decided to fund all administrative costs. That means all donor dollars go directly to the shelter-related causes funded by the Foundation.
Foundation Directors truly appreciate the generosity and strong support of OREA.
Personal donations that generously support the Foundation are complimented by the Foundation's annual events - The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation "Jam with A Past President" event, the Every REALTOR® Campaign and the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Motorcycle RIDE for Charity, which started in 2006, along with our Boards' fundraising initiatives.
These events raise thousands of dollars in support of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Donations to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation make a real difference, supporting people and communities, changing the lives of those who rely on organizations that offer warmth, comfort and safety.
For more information or to get involved in the Foundation, contact:
Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation
15 Kern Road, Toronto, ON, M3B 1S9
416-445-9910 ext. 377