These success stories illustrate the power of The Real Estate Council’s leverage and the catalytic nature of our investments. Our highly successful public/private partnership model combines the pro bono professional services of members with philanthropic dollars and government advocacy efforts to achieve systemic change. Contributions to The Real Estate Council Foundation are leveraged many times by our staff and the pro bono professional expertise of our members, which is valued at $500,000 annually. The cost of these value-add services is minimal to funders. For every dollar donated to The Real Estate Council Foundation, 85 cents are returned directly to the community. We focus on making a positive impact in four key areas: housing, jobs, education and the environment.
While The Real Estate Council has made investments over the past two decades that were latter-stage “additive” investments, our preferred project is one in which we play the role of the front-end risk investor, providing harder-to-achieve seed capital through both grants and laons as well as the technical assistance needed to launch projects that go on to have far-reaching influence.