“More Than School Supplies” Drive a Success!

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The REALTORS® Community Foundation’s “More Than School Supplies” drive ended Wednesday, August 15th, and once again, our members astounded us with their generosity! Here are the stats:

  • There were 28 donation sites (including brokerage and affiliate offices, as well as the BRR office)
  • 15 volunteers who sorted donations
  • $100 in gift cards
  • $500 in cash
  • And a total of 2,195 donated items!

These donated items and funds will directly benefit the Boise, West Ada, and Emmett School Districts!

A special thank you to Shannan Berry and Scott Ryan who drove (and sometimes pushed) the TitleOne bus around on Wednesday, the last day of the drive, to pick up donations. Shannan also secured the Baja Fresh lunch prize for our contest to see who could secure the most donations. The Mike Brown Team at Silvercreek was the winner! Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the “More Than School Supply” Drive!


Participating donation sites (in no particular order):

Guild Mortgage Eagle


Alturas Home Builder


Prime Lending Eagle


Group One Eagle


Group One Boise


Citywide Home Loans


Boise Hunter Homes


Epic Realty


Accel Realty Partners


Equity Northwest


Waterstone Mortgage


Berkshire Hathaway


Coldwell Banker Eagle


Coldwell Banker Boise


Coldwell Banker Meridian


Atova Eagle


Century 21


Smith & Coelho




Windermere Professionals


Accel Realty Partners


Idaho Public Television


208 Real Estate


Stewart Title – Boise


Stewart Title – Meridian


Stewart Title – Eagle


The Hughes Group at Silvercreek Realty


Silvercreek Realty Group


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Q2 2018 Foundation News


Thanks to the support of BRR members and the community, 2018 has been a great year so far for the REALTORS® Community Foundation! The REALTOR® Outreach Committee (ROC), and members of our ROC Task Forces have been hard at work raising funds for the foundation’s 2018 grant cycle. Still to come in 2018: volunteer opportunities and grant distributions. There are still lots of ways for you to get involved!

Raising Funds

The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Boise Region through housing-related projects and programs. ROC works diligently throughout the beginning of the year to raise the funds for the annual grant cycle. The two main fundraisers are the Give Back Golf Tournament – which was held at Shadow Valley Golf Course on May 30, 2018; and the Online Auction which closed on June 6, 2018.

2018 GBG and Online Auction SliderThanks to the more than 150 golfers, 48 sponsors, and the numerous volunteers who helped make the event a success! The golf tournament raised more than $23,000 for annual grants!

The Online Auction ran from May 23, 2018 – June 6, 2018, with 112 items! Thank you to all who donated items, and to those who bid! The online auction raised more than $7,300 for annual grants!

The annual grant cycle will open September 1, 2018, and applications will be accepted through September 30, 2018.

 Impacting our Community

Community Impact Grants ImageIn the past, the main ways the REALTORS® Community Foundation has provided support to the community was through the Matching Gift Program and Annual Grants. However, starting this year, and thanks to the generous support of the Boise Regional REALTORS® Board of Directors, and the Intermountain MLS Board of Directors, the foundation has introduced Community Impact Grants. These grants focus on the “improve the quality of life” aspect of the foundation’s mission and will fund organizations or projects that don’t fit into the foundation’s annual grant cycle, due to criteria or timing.

So far, the foundation has awarded three Community Impact Grants totaling $4,750! Information about grantees, funding criteria and applying for funds is available on the Community Impact Grants page.



While grants are awesome, the foundation is about more than just providing monetary support. We like to get our hands dirty too! Earlier this month, the Paint the Town program through NeighborWorks Boise saw FIVE houses painted by REALTOR® Community Foundation teams! Thank you to our painting teams:

  • Broker’s Council of Idaho
  • Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group
  • Epic Realty
  • Keller Williams Realty Boise / Amherst Madison
  • BRR YPN / Silvercreek Realty Group

You can see their awesome work on the BRR Facebook page.

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If you didn’t get a chance to participate in Paint the Town, don’t worry — we have more opportunities to volunteer! We need you!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

1.   More Than School Supplies Drive: July 9 – August 15

On behalf of the Community School programs in the Boise, Emmett, and West Ada School Districts; ROC will be collecting “life supplies” – those items not covered by most food assistance programs: toilet paper, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, pet food, etc.  We will also be collecting gift cards to stores like Wal-Mart or Fred Meyer, and monetary donations as well so these organizations can purchase needed items directly.

If you are interested in hosting a donation drop box in your business, please email Shari Fernandez. A ROC member will happily deliver a collection box and coordinate pick-up as your box fills-up.

2.   REALTORS® Community Foundation at the Idaho Foodbank

Join ROC on Thursday, August 9th from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. for a shift at the Idaho Foodbank!  We will be doing tasks such as; sorting donations by nutritional category, repackaging bulk food into family-sized quantities, placing stickers on unlabeled cans and even building backpack inserts.

We need committed volunteers. You can even make it a family affair and bring your kids! Volunteers as young as the age of 8 are welcome. Those 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. Sign-up now to volunteer.

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3.   Rake Up Boise

It’s still months away… but mark your calendar for Rake Up Boise 2018: Saturday, November 10th.  Do you already know you will have enough people to make a Rake Up team? Email Shari Fernandez to get your team on the list!

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Q1 2018 Foundation News


The REALTORS® Community Foundation kicked off 2018 in high-gear — by introducing a voluntary foundation contribution option on the 2018 BRR dues billing, we started the year with about $9,000 to support the 2018 grant cycle. Thank you to everyone who donated!

In 2017, the Foundation granted $30,000 to local nonprofits, and almost $5,000 additional matching gifts were made to local nonprofits.  Our 2018 Foundation President, Kim Daley, has a lofty – yet achievable – goal for us this year: raise $50,000 to give back to the community! Don’t worry, there are lots of ways you can help!

Where did the Online Auction go?

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This year, the two largest annual fundraisers for the REALTORS® Community Foundation are together for the first time! The Online Auction will run in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Give Back Golf Tournament – better highlighting the REALTORS® Community Foundation and our mission.

The online auction goes live on May 23, 2018, at 9:00 am and runs through Wednesday, June 6th.

All proceeds from the Give Back Golf Tournament and the Online Auction will support the REALTORS® Community Foundation 2018 grant cycle. There are MANY opportunities for you to participate and help us raise funds to give back to local nonprofits.

Do you have an item you would like to donate? We’d love to have it! Send us a donation form so we can include it in the auction. The auction will be advertised to our 4,400+ members through email and on social media and has the potential to be shared beyond that to the community, and friends and family far and wide. Your logo will be featured with your donated item!

Calling all golfers!

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The 22nd Annual Give Back Golf Tournament is back at Shadow Valley Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, on Wednesday, May 30th! The tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. There are prizes for the winning teams in both flights, and, all golfers will receive (2) drink tickets, (2) drawing prize tickets, lunch, and range balls. Come check out the awesome games and prizes put on by our sponsors and win some fantastic drawing prizes. It’s $125 per player or $500 per team. Register your team today! Don’t have a team? That’s okay, we can totally match you up with teams needing players! Learn more at http://boirealtors.com/give-back-golf-tournament/

Service Projects and Volunteer Opportunities

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The REALTOR® Outreach Committee is working on coordinating service projects and volunteer opportunities. We will be participating in Paint the Town through NeighborWorks again this year, partnering teams to paint five houses. Paint the Town is Saturday, June 9th, though most of the work will be completed the week before. Let Shari Fernandez know if you or your office would like to participate.

That’s all awesome, but what’s with the new foundation name?

Hopefully, you’ve noticed that the Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation is now the REALTORS® Community Foundation. We have the same mission: to improve the quality of life in the Boise Region through housing-related projects and grants. We are still real estate professionals giving back to our community.

 When Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) merged with the Emmett Valley Association of REALTORS® at the end of 2017, the jurisdiction of the foundation increased to include Gem County. With the more than 4,400 BRR members located all throughout the Boise Region, we needed our name to better represent how REALTORS® are positively impacting our community through our 501(c)(3) foundation.


Golf Tournament and Online Auction Opportunities


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There are four ways for you to get involved in the REALTORS® Community Foundation’s largest fundraisers of the year!

  1. Register your team to golf in the Give Back Golf Tournament.
  2. Donate an item for the golf tournament drawing.
  3. Sponsor the Give Back Golf Tournament.
  4. Donate an item for the online auction.

For the past 20+ years, the REALTORS® Community Foundation has hosted the Give Back Golf Tournament to raise funds to give back to housing-related projects that improve the quality of life in our community. Learn more about our 2017 grant recipients!

This year, we’ll be golfing at Shadow Valley Golf Course on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Sponsors will get their businesses in front of 200+ people who attend the event, plus sponsor logos will be featured in all of the marketing materials before and after the event. Learn more about sponsoring or donate an item for the drawing.

Partner with the REALTORS® Community Foundation by donating an auction item for our annual online auction beginning Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Your donation will be promoted for three weeks to more than 4,400+ REALTOR® members with your company name, logo, item description, and picture.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, items donated to the foundation are tax deductible.

Have questions? Contact Shari Fernandez, BRR’s Director of Events and Community Engagement.

2018 GBGT Sponsors

Are You Affected by the 2017 Spring Flooding in Ada County? Could You Be?

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We’ve compiled some resources to help you keep track of river levels and locate sandbags and shelter areas if needed:

Flood tips from the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho:

Heed Flood Warnings:

Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground immediately and stay there.

Stay away from flood waters:

If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle or if you come across a flooded road while driving, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.

Share preparedness tips with every member of your household. The best protection is to be prepared.

Advocacy Efforts:

Leaders from Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) joined more than 9,600 REALTORS® from around the country in Washington, D.C. last month, to advance key real estate issues on behalf of current and future homeowners during the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2017 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings.

BRR leaders met with Idaho Senators Crapo and Risch, and Representatives Labrador and Simpson on Capitol Hill to discuss the reauthorization of the NFIP, as well as the importance of protecting the mortgage interest deduction and 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. These kinds of programs and incentives are essential tools for sustainable homeownership.

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Save the Date for the 2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala


The 2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala is Friday, March 10th at the Boise Centre. Tickets will go on sale February 1st for $60 per person.

Evening Agenda:
6:00pm -7:30pm • Cocktail Hour (and a half!)
7:30pm – 9:00pm(ish) • Dinner & Program
9:00pm(ish) – 11:00pm • Dancing and Celebration!
Tickets to the event are sold individually. A table seats ten attendees.

Bigger and better than ever, the BRR Foundation online auction opens March 7th. Watch for announcements and links to the online auction.

Interested in sponsoring the Gala? Sponsorship Opportunities are available! Contact Shari for more information.

And, now through February 3rd, we are accepting applications and nominations for:

  • BRR Honor Society
  • Circle of Excellence Production Awards
  • Code of Ethics Leadership Award
  • Darlene Manning Humanitarian Award
  • Rookie REALTOR® Award
  • Affiliate of the Year
  • Broker or Manager of the Year
  • REALTOR® of the Year

Get the application and nomination forms on the REALTOR® Awards Gala event page and check back often for the latest event information!

Highlights from the 2016 Awards Gala…

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2016 Circle of Excellence Honorees


NOTE: Not all members who qualify for a production award are on this list. Participants have elected to apply for a production award and have submitted the application fee. 

BRR Rakes Up Boise!

Boise Regional REALTORS® has twelve teams raking yards as part of NeighborWorks’ 2016 Rake Up Boise! Our teams, made up of both REALTOR® and Affiliate members, are making an impact in our community one bag of leaves at a time!



With less than 24 hours before Election Day, it’s time to prepare to vote and ensure your REALTOR® voice is heard!  Click HERE to find your polling location.

Every election cycle a group of your peers volunteer to help identify issues and candidates that best represent the ideals and vision of the REALTOR® Party.  After carefully interviewing candidates, and studying ballot issues, Boise Regional REALTORS® is proud to endorse the following candidates and issue:

  • TJ Thomson – Ada County Commissioner District 2 (4 year term)
  • David Eberle – ACHD District 2 (4 year term)
  • Sara Baker – ACHD District 5 (4 year term)
  • Support – W.A.R.D. (West Ada Recreation District) Aquatics Centers Bond Initiative

Each election we have the opportunity to vote REALTOR® Party, protecting and promoting our industry and community’s values.  We encourage every REALTOR® to get out and vote!  Locate your polling place by visiting http://www.idahovotes.gov/YourPollingPlace/WhereDoIVote.aspx

Stay involved and aware of key issues by signing up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts. Simply text REALTORS to 30644 to sign up!

Have questions? Contact Soren Dorius, Government Affairs Director at BRR.

REALTORS® Announce 2016 Endorsements

Boise Regional REALTORS® is pleased to announce its upcoming elections endorsements, for November 8th.  A committee of volunteers comprised of REALTORS® and Affiliate members, the Political Affairs Committee, reviewed upcoming ballot issues and a number of local election races to determine this election cycle’s endorsements.  After careful review of candidate interviews and issue presentations, the Political Affairs Committee made the following endorsements of candidates and ballot issues:

  • TJ Thomson – Ada County Commissioner District 2 (4 year term)
  • David Eberle – ACHD District 2 (4 year term)
  • Sara Baker – ACHD District 5 (4 year term)
  • Support – W.A.R.D. (West Ada Recreation District) Aquatics Centers Bond Initiative

“Each election cycle we have the privilege of giving our association and industry a voice on key issues and political races,” said Phil Mount, Chair of the Political Affairs Committee.  “This year was no different from previous years, where a committee of volunteers with diverse backgrounds and political party affiliations join together as the REALTOR® Party to determine the best course of action for endorsements.”

Speaking to the decision-making process, Boise Regional REALTORS® President Carey Farmer stated, “We are proud of the thoughtful deliberation and selection process, and also thankful for the time spent by our members to determine who the REALTOR® Party should support this election.  Committee members took time away from their businesses and family, to ensure our industry continues to have a voice in the community’s future.”

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.  For information on registration and where to vote, please visit http://www.idahovotes.gov/ or https://adacounty.id.gov/elections/.