REALTORS® know that home matters. We partner with nonprofits that provide stable housing and healthy living services to families in the greatest of need. Since 2007, we have donated over $500,000 toward community outreach initiatives helping our neighbors.
Starting in 2007, the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® evaluated the possibility of establishing a charitable foundation as an opportunity to expand REALTOR® involvement in our community. The discussion was based upon the fact that our association, member real estate firms and our individual members are heavily involved in giving back to our community. It was determined that a foundation could become a focal point for our industry to enroll our members’ talents and resources in order to expand the number and quality of programs we want to share with the communities we live, work and play in. A Task Force was formed, led by REALTOR® Eddie Speas, to begin the process of creating a charitable foundation.
The Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation were filed with the Secretary of State on June 22, 2007 and the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the REALTOR® Foundation of the Triangle, Inc. was held on November 29, 2007. The first officers of the Foundation were: President, Eddie Speas, Vice President, Carolyn Kasdorf and Secretary-Treasurer, Phyllis Brookshire. On September 10, 2009, the Foundation was approved as a private operating foundation by the IRS and received its 501(c)(3) tax status.
The Foundation distributed its first grants to three community organizations in December of 2009 in the amount of $11,200 in hopes that the amount and the scope of its operations would greatly expand in the future. In 2016, the Foundation's name changed to REALTOR® Foundation of Wake County.
How We Operate
The REALTOR® Foundation of Wake County (RFOWC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that improves homes and communities through the collective volunteer efforts and financial donations made by members of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® (RRAR).
The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of 15 RRAR members and 5 members appointed by the Foundation Board. Heather Thompson serves as the Foundation's Director of Operations & Development. Please connect with Heather to join other REALTORS® in being great community neighbors.
REALTOR® Foundation Executive Committee
President: Tim McBrayer
President-Elect: Leslie Williams
Secretary-Treasurer: Ben Wills
Past President: Gina Miller
2018 Board of Directors
|Annette Knox||Beth Smoot||Ben Wills|
|Brenda Carroll||Daniel Harmon||Dawn Nuzzi|
|Frank DeRonja||Gina Miller||Grayson Hodge|
|Harriette Doggett||Heather Thompson||Leslie Williams|
|Lewis Grubbs||Margaret Sophie||Mary-Freemon Sullivan|
|Mollie Owen||Steve Collins||Teri Ainsworth|
|Tessa Hultz||Tim McBrayer||Tim Mock|
Foundation Staff & Contacts