History of the Sedona Verde Valley Humanitarian Fund
In 2008 the idea of establishing a charitable fund for the benefit of SVVAR members emerged after seeing a need when REALTOR® and Affiliate Members experienced a tragic loss and could use some financial assistance. The task force studied various relief fund models, with the goal of establishing a fund dedicated to the purpose of providing assistance to SVVAR members whose financial resources may be depleted by catastrophic medical expense, major emergency relief measures, or other disaster-related events. After the Humanitarian Fund task force reported its findings, the SVVAR Board of Directors voted to formalize the concept.
Appropriate information regarding the function of the Fund would accompany the appeal to contribute. Contributions would be credited to a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501 c (3) of the IRS Code, and in accordance with IRS regulations, no goods or services would be provided to the donor by SVVAR as part of the donor’s contribution. The Arizona Association of REALTORS® had an established non-profit organization available for use by Associations such as SVVAR, and it was agreed that income and expenses would be administered through the Arizona REALTOR® Disaster Relief Foundation (ARDAF).
Another task force recommendation for ongoing funding of the Humanitarian Fund was to have an annual fundraising event carefully planned and manned by SVVAR member volunteers. Certainly, the primary purpose of the event would be to raise money for the Humanitarian Fund, but another important objective would be to provide a reason and a venue for various kinds of events. It was decided that whatever the event turned out to be, it would have to be a dramatic attention grabber, a major attraction to create interest, excitement, participation, and most importantly-support!
What is the Humanitarian Fund?
Why should I donate?
How can you contribute?
All requests for assistance from the Humanitarian Fund are completely confidential. Recipient profiles will be used only with the permission of the recipient. The Humanitarian Fund Administrative Committee is comprised of five SVVAR members (two Affiliate Members and three REALTOR® Members) and the SVVAR CEO is an ex officio member.
SVVAR Humanitarian Fund Update - 2009
Beginning January 15, 2009, we stepped up our efforts to grow our reserves. We are asking each member to donate $10.00 after the close of each escrow transaction. Title companies, appraisers, home inspectors or any other REALTOR® or Affiliate Member who directly benefits from the sale of real estate or a referral to their business is asked to support this wonderful cause. We know this remains a challenging market for each of us, however, take a moment to count your blessings of good health and help our fraternity of friends who might be less fortunate.
Collection jars are at the weekly MLS meetings and are responsible for small, but regular donations to the fund. In October 2009, the Affiliate Members are sponsoring a “Chili Taste-Off” fundraiser at the Blazin M Ranch in Cottonwood. Local restaurants are donating chili and cornbread for the dinner, with attendees will be voting on the best chili and the best cornbread. Raffle prizes are being donated, and sales of the raffle tickets will go directly to the fund.
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