We’ve donated $8,999 to be exactly precise, and by the time we finish this article, we’ll hopefully have surpassed $10,000.
When we put the numbers out there, we seek to convey that we truly care about our community (global and local), and show it, with our giving program. These funds come directly from our individual real estate agents. This is their income, and what most agents would save for their own lives and families. Yet, with Conscious Real Estate, we do things differently.
We donate 10% of our own commission from each home sale or purchase, and give it to the cause that our clients’ choose. This results in a variety of donations (and often, as is the case with Freedom Service Dogs, Judi’s House, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), we’ve donated twice and even three times to their organizations.
Giving means everything to us, because when we give, we all receive. We’re all part of the same community when you take a big enough step back. And if only one or some of us is profiting, we’re losing the chance to share in the wealth and opportunity of the human experience. We find it our absolutely duty to give. And we’re grateful to be a part of it.
Here’s a spotlight on the organizations that Conscious Real Estate has donated to so far in 2019:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – $2751. Learning that you or your child has Cystic Fibrosis is devastating. The life expectancy is on average 37 years, though some live much longer (and, this age has drastically been expanded since the 1950’s when doctors said that there was “no cure” for CF). The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation seeks to fund research and programming to help children and adults living with CF. And, not just to live… to thrive! To have lives where they find love, adventure, joy, and a purpose in life, despite their genetic disease.
Our clients bought AND sold a home, making this donation extra large and extra impactful to the CFF. Funds are used to help support research and direct programming. It’s a cause close to our clients’ hearts, which is the case in all of our donations, and the beauty of our Conscious Real Estate donation program. You, the client gets to choose where we, your real estate agent, donates a portion of the commission we make from the sale or purchase of your home. Most agents would pocket this money as income, yet we firmly believe in donating 10% to a cause that you choose, and we have since the beginning of our company’s formation. Want to give too? Learn more here.
Judi’s House – $775. When we lose a loved one, as adults, we cope. Sometimes poorly, but we’ve usually had a few losses to know what it feels like and how to get through. When children lose a loved one, the word difficult can’t even describe the pain they experience. They need support to help them understand why life can be unfair, why some people leave us early, and how to find a smile and become a kid again (after processing their loss).
Denver nonprofit, Judi’s House, helps grieving children. Their vision is that “no child should be alone in gref.” Through the generosity of donors, Judi’s House services are provided at no cost. That’s why our recent donation of $775 to this worthy cause meant so much. It means that Judi’s House can continue to offer resources to kids and families to help them get through what may be one of the hardest times in their lives. (Something else we love? Judi’s House Pathfinders Program. It’s a 10 week program focusing on art, play, and activities to help children and families cope with grief in a unique and gentle way. Learn more and donate here.)
Freedom Service Dogs – $1161. We absolutely love donating to Freedom Service Dogs. We’ve actually donated several times to this paw-sitively (couldn’t help ourselves) awesome organization. FSD trains dogs to help vets with PTSD, people with disabilities to live more satisfying lives (having help for things like opening and closing doors and locating objects), and providing all participants with more freedom and independence, through the help of highly trained service dogs.
What can they do? A lot. We’ve visited and seen it is action. For those with PTSD, a Freedom Service Dog can enter a home or building and “clear” the area, checking out every space and letting their owner know that they can safely enter. They can open and close doors, turn on and off lights, and even call 911 or press medical alert buttons. And, they provide companionship and emotional support for those struggling with the weight of their mental or physical limitations, giving them hope and friendship. A donation to FSD goes toward training new pups and keeping the doors open (which… coincidentally their service dogs can also literally do!). Learn more.
Best Buddies – $833. This one… Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization seeking to end the social, physical, and economical isolation experienced by those with intellectual disabilities. Best Buddies exists to help those with IDDs to know what it’s like to have a best friend, someone to have experiences with, to talk to, and to lean on. In so many cases, those with an IDD do not have the social experiences that so many of us (arguably) take for granted when it comes to friendships.
Donations to Best Buddies also supports the financial aspect of the organization where they advocate for and secure jobs for those with IDDs so that they can gain pride and make a living. Not only that, the organization also helps program participants to become public speakers, advocates and leaders. They are paving the way for inclusivity, and we are proud to be a part of it. Huge thanks to our clients who decided on Best Buddies for their 10% donation. We know it’s going to make a difference to an amazing group of people. They are people who add to the diversity and depth of our human experience here on this earth and deserve all the happiness, success, and financial security we can offer. Become a supporter of Best Buddies here.
Blue Bench – $858. As we are (finally!) now well aware, sexual assault is very prevalent in our society. In recent years, sexual assault and harassment have been brought to the forefront and are no longer ignored quite as much as they were before (there is still more work to do here). Yet the resources available for mental health services of any kind are still greatly limited. At the Blue Bench, counseling and support services are offered free or low-cost to those who are survivors of sexual assault and harassment.
Receiving validation, helping understand what happened, finding empowerment, and maybe even a shred of hope after a traumatizing incident goes a long, long way. Blue Bench is a nonprofit that shares that vision. Through generous donations, they are able to retain their counseling volunteers and paid staff, run their programming, and extend outreach so that survivors know they have somewhere to turn. You never know when it could be you, or a loved one, that goes through a secual assault. We are grateful to our real estate clients for choosing the Blue Bench for their 10% donation. Thank you. For more information and to donate, click here.
Cyclone Idai Fund (via UNICEF USA) – $1680. The saddest part is you might not have even heard about Cyclone Idai. Yet, it is now considered the worst natural disaster in Southern Africa in nearly two decades. Between March 14 and 15 of 2019, the cyclone made landfall in Mozambique, producing torrential rains and strong winds, killing more than 1,000 people and causing severe damage which has halted community growth and limited access to essential services. The economic impact, the familial impact, and the global impact of the cyclone are major and they need financial assistance.
Our client chose this worthy cause to immediately help those affected by the disaster. As most of us know by now, funds are needed more than supplies when something like this happens. The money allows those who actively are working in the situation to choose which items and delegation of funds are needed, on the ground. Sending a large cash donation such as this one, means that people will be able to get what they need sooner and more reliably. Together, we can make a difference, and our clients consciously chose to give to a cause that helps sustain human life. For that, we are in awe. To add to their donation, and more for information, visit UNICEF here.
Food Bank of the Rockies – $941. When you’ve gone through a hard time and have had to visit the Food Bank of the Rockies, you know the value of the work they do. It’s actually life sustaining, and we greatly need their services as a community. The Food Bank of the Rockies provides produce and non-perishable food items to individuals and families who would otherwise not have access to food. Oftentimes, families do not qualify for food stamps to shop at the grocery store, yet, will many times qualify for assistance through the Food Bank, helping them literally survive with sustenance.
Our clients chose Food Bank of the Rockies to help others with what is considered a basic human necessity, and they are absolutely right. In our country (and the world), access to food is a disparity not caused by supply, but rather distribution. The Food Bank of the Rockies seeks to mitigate that inequity through its many locations and constant drive to provide food for low-income individuals and families, as well as those in severe temporary crisis. In addition to the homeless, which comprise about 10% of who the Food Bank feeds, they also help seniors on a fixed income, low wage workers, and children. Consider a donation yourself and learn more right here.
Do you love what we do at Conscious Real Estate?
Then your heart and mind are right in line with our mission. If you want to be a part of the giving culture and you’re looking to buy or sell a home, contact one of our agents to begin. We’re conscious in more ways than one. We are conscious in the way that we take you as a person and match you with the best matched home or selling negotiation, the neighborhood most in-line with your values and dreams, and the most genuine experience throughout. And at the end, you get to choose where the donation goes, making the experience full circle in giving. Ready to start? Click here.