Columbus REALTORS® Foundation

Mission: Support real estate-related programs and qualified entities whose goals are to improve the overall real estate environment in central Ohio.

The Columbus REALTORS® Foundation (CRF) is the charitable arm of the 8,000+ members of the Columbus REALTORS® and central Ohio real estate community. 

Formed in 1991 as a donor advised fund, the CRF now operates as its own nonprofit public charity, investing over $600,000 in the community since 2008, emerging as one of the strongest local REALTOR® Foundation’s in the country. 

As strong advocates of affordable housing in healthy communities, the CRF and its donors seek to be an influential partner for local nonprofit and government housing entities, click here to see where your donations went last year. 

In February of 2017, the CRF announced it’s largest investment yet, committing $300,000 to aid in the creation of 45 single-family homes on the city’s south side, click here to read more. 

Hear and see how the CRF impacts our community here and visit the Foundation’s directory listing in the Columbus Foundation’s Giving Store.


Columbus REALTORS® Foundation – C.A.R.E.S

100% of received donations go directly to supporting these four programs

CCommunity Grants – Funding for local nonprofit projects providing real impact in the central Ohio community. Click here for a list of recent CRF grant funding. Applying organizations must have 501c(3) exemption (or qualified fiscal agent). Annual deadline – May 31 Application

AEmergency Aid – Known as the Benevolence Fund, the CRF provides emergency assistance for Columbus REALTORS® members and their families. Click here to see past grants and their impact. Applications always accepted through a confidential process. Apply here.

RREALTOR® Care Day – The annual day of service for Columbus REALTORS® members. Local area realty associations are eligible for up to $500 in matching funds for a service project in their area. More info

EEducational Scholarships – Dedicated to investing in tomorrow’s REALTOR® leaders today, funding available for 2yr/4yr degrees, residential pre-licensing, broker’s licensing, and other programs related to the field of real estate. Two funding cycles annually, apply here

SService – The Foundation is successful because of our leaders! With five active committees for every type of volunteer over 120+ members volunteer hundreds of hours annually. Join us

Foundation Board of Trustees: Comprised of REALTOR® leaders and elected annually, Board of Trustee members oversee the distribution, budget, and investments of the CRF and its programs. 

2019 Trustees - Melissa Friermood, Chair, Tricia Tennyson, Treasurer, Barbara Lach, Secretary, Newton Burris, Jill Fergus, Jodee Gill, David Gill, Mandy Harless, Ann Hunger, Mary Sguerra, Kathy Shiflet, Jesse Shkolnik, Marie Smith, Buzz Thomas

Ways to Give/ Planned Giving Opportunities
The CRF can help you build your legacy through a variety of strategic planned giving vehicles that provide significant tax advantages, including bequests, charitable annuities, life insurance gifts, remainder trusts, and other gifts of assets. 

In-kind gifts of real estate, stock, bonds, auto, etc. may also be gifted; the CRF can receive practically any asset of value in a simplified way. With a 20+ year history of strong fiscal management, donors can be assured that their legacy is in great hands. 

Significant gifts are recognized in a variety of ways, including naming rights at the Columbus REALTORS® building and grounds or an endowed scholarship. Click here for current naming opportunities.

Planned funds are invested and overseen by the Foundation Board of Trustees and its financial advisors and may be earmarked for a particular program of interest or used to provide long-term program support. The Foundation will work closely with you to ensure the vision you have for your gift is realized. 

With over 460 individual donors contributing $219 on average last year, the CRF relies on donations of all sizes!   Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the program, or send a check to the Columbus REALTORS® Attn: Foundation  - today.  

For more information regarding planned giving opportunities or ways to give contact Ida Seitter, Director of Development or CEO, Stan Collins at 614-475-4000.  


Upcoming Foundation Events & Deadlines:

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REALTOR® Foundation Walkway – Order your paver today!

Kroger® Community Rewards – Earn fuel points and donate! Select the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation, organization number – 80316, as your Kroger® Plus card benefiting charity.

Contact Ida Seitter , Director of Development at 614-475-4000 for more Columbus REALTORS® Foundation information. 

2019 Officers: Melissa Friermood, Chair, Tricia Tennyson, Treasurer, Barbara Lach, Secretary

2019 Trustees: Newton Burris, Jill Fergus, Jodee Gill, David Gill, Mandy Harless, Ann Hunger, Mary Sguerra, Kathy Shiflet, Jesse Shkolnik, Marie Smith, Buzz Thomas

 Community Grant Recipients - 2018


The Columbus REALTORS® Foundation is a non-profit, public charity corporation, recognized under section 501c (3) of the IRS internal revenue code. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law less the value of any goods or services received in return for the donation. The Foundation will send you a gift receipt of any eligible tax deductible amount; donors are advised to consult legal or tax counsel concerning their own tax situation. EIN: 46-041521