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NAR grants help fund variety of activities at state and local level

by McFalls, William on

RealtorParty-LogoHave you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t leave money on the table”? If you’re not using the 80 programs, grants and other tools available to your local association through the Realtor® Party, that’s just what you’re doing.

Rest assured, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR) and our local associations aren’t leaving money on the table. Last year alone, PAR and 39 of our local associations were awarded nearly $380,000 in funding through the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Realtor® Party platform of services.

Here’s just a sample of the excellent programming made available through the Realtor Party®:

Independent Expenditures

During the municipal elections of 2015, the Alliance for a Better Pennsylvania (a political action committee affiliated with PAR) supported 13 candidates and was victorious in 10 races, including:

  • Realtor® Allan Domb was elected to Philadelphia City Council and serves as the only businessman on the council. The campaign consisted of three direct mail pieces and one round of live phone calls to highly-targeted likely voters.
  • Realtor® Wayne Evans was elected to Scranton City Council for his first full term. The campaign consisted of three direct mail pieces and one round of live phone calls. Evans was sworn in to office in January and joins Councilmen Pat Rogan, Bill Gaughan and Joe Wechsler (all previously supported by Alliance campaigns) on the five-member council.

Program-Based Grants

Seven associations accessed Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth, Diversity and Placemaking grants last year.

  • Butler County Association received a $2,200 Placemaking grant towards the purchase of natural board fencing at Jade’s Dog Park. The park, located inside of Alameda Park, is two acres of land dedicated to providing dogs with a great off-leash experience.
  • Suburban West Association received a $1,500 Housing Opportunity grant to assist the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County with a homebuyer fair. The RADC serves as a catalyst for economic development along the Delaware County waterfront.
  • West Branch Valley Association received a $5,000 Smart Growth grant and partnered with several organizations to promote asset-based entrepreneurial development in the Susquehanna Greenway River Towns of Lock Haven, Jersey Shore and Williamsport.

RPAC Grants

PAR and 10 local associations received either a Conference Grant or a Fundraising Event Grant to help increase RPAC fundraising receipts and RPAC participation.

  • Central Susquehanna Valley Board received $250 for a lottery sweepstakes. The board obtained lottery tickets and traveled to various offices over several months to discuss the importance of RPAC. Realtors® bought a sweepstakes ticket for a $20 investment to RPAC. The sweepstakes raised $1,040 for RPAC and the winner won over $600 in lottery winnings!
  • Centre County Association received $3,500 to help offset expenses for their annual RPAC Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Members spent a day on the golf course and later enjoyed musical entertainment, small games of skill, prizes and a buffet-styled dinner. The association raised over $10,000 for RPAC from affiliate sponsorships and direct investments from attendees.
  • Montgomery County Association received $4,000 for their second annual Battle of the Bartenders event. The event features local Realtors® as bartenders who mix up a signature drink and vie for the most “bar bucks” from attendees. The grant money enabled the association to focus on member outreach, fundraising and other details of the event. The event raised $14,500 for RPAC!

When you’re planning activities this year, be sure to access the vast array of Realtor® Party programs available to assist your association. And remember that many of the grants and programs also meet the advocacy and consumer outreach requirements of the NAR Core Standards. Please contact Jennifer Shockley for more information on any of the Realtor® Party programs and services.


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  • Pat Moyer    February 19, 2016 | 11:17 am

    Thanks for the reminder of what our National, State and Local Associations do for us. Our dues dollars at work!

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