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Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation

Giving back to the community

VBRF Vision Statement

The Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation (VBRF) was established in 1996 to help promote community efforts for the Vail Board of Realtors®. Today its mission is: To support the community, non-profit organizations and VBR members with need-based financial assistance, education and disaster relief.

Ways to receive support from VBRF

The VBR Foundation's Giving Policy supports our community and association members, provides nonprofit and disaster relief.

You can find information below on the Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation (VBRF), Giving Policy and Donation Request Forms.

VBRF Annual Scholarship Application (Application will reopen in 2023)
2022 applications closed on Friday, June 17. Please check back in early May 2023 for the Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation’s (VBRF) Scholarship application.

Recipients can be awarded up to $2,000 to attend a college, university, or an accredited educational institution of higher learning. Scholarship qualifications are based on academic merit, volunteer and philanthropic involvement, and residency in Eagle County.

VBRF Giving Policy
An overview of VBRF’s Giving Policy and Mission Statement.

VBRF Individual Request for Support Application
VBR members and members of the community needing financial assistance due to a catastrophic illness or accident, for use towards expenses related to medical issues or disaster relief.

VBRF Catastrophic Disaster Request Application
Specifically for grants for organizations assisting in catastrophic disasters on a local, state, and national level.

VBRF Nonprofit Funding Request (Application will reopen in 2023)
The VBRF has an annual grant process for nonprofits. Please check back in January 2023.

Criteria include being an IRS defined 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, as defined by the IRS. Funds must remain in Eagle County and benefit the local community. Grants and sponsorships should align with our mission statement: “To assist the community and association members with need-based financial assistance, not-for-profit support, education, and disaster relief.”

VBRF Goals

The Vail Board of REALTORS® Foundation is a prominent charitable organization in the Vail Valley, known for supporting the community and its members in times of greatest opportunity and greatest need.

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Focus & Impact

  1. Develop a high profile for the Foundation and for REALTORS® as contributors to the vitality of the community. 
  2. To be sought after as a partner in supporting disaster relief, education and the advancement of housing in Vail Valley.
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Donor Development & Relations

3. Attract donors beyond the VBR membership who align with the focus and values of the Foundation. 

4. Develop a broad-based donor development strategy that includes consistent efforts to recognize donors and share information on the activities and impact of the Foundation.

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Fundraising

5. Implement a mix of fundraising strategies and events that will connect with different donor segments and generate significant growth in Foundation funds.

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Foundation Governance

6. Operate an efficient, financially healthy organization with a structure that provides meaningful, convenient opportunities for members to contribute. 

7. Build a deep, qualified pool of volunteers and future leaders who can advance the mission, goals and priorities of the Foundation.

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OUR MISSION:

To support the community, non-profit organizations and VBR members with need-based financial assistance, education and disaster relief.

VBR Foundation awards over $33,000 to Eagle County nonprofits

As part of its mission to support the community, the Vail Board of Realtors Foundation recently awarded grant and sponsorship funds to 14 nonprofits whose programs serve Eagle County.

A total of $33,900 was awarded to Access Unbound, Bright Future Foundation, CASA of the Continental Divide, Eagle County Historical Society, Eagle River Watershed Council, Eagle Valley Land Trust, Friends of Mountain Rescue, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley, The Literacy Project, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Sacred Cycle, SpeakUp ReachOut, Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance, and YouthPower365.

SpeakUp ReachOut will direct its grant funds to the “This Is My Brave” live stage show. The organization provides suicide prevention, intervention, and loss support services to those in need. Ten storytellers will be selected to share their stories through their live performance of choice, ultimately bringing these experiences into the spotlight.

Storytelling is one of the best ways we can break down the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide,” said Erin Ivie, Executive Director. “Thanks to the VBR Foundation, SpeakUp ReachOut can bring mental illness, addiction, and suicide out of the shadow.”

Qualifying nonprofits demonstrate a commitment to educational programs, offer disaster relief assistance at the local, state, or federal level, or provide housing-related programs.

“The VBR Foundation is pleased to support the work these nonprofits do for our community,” said Crissy Rumford, Chairperson of the Vail Board of Realtors Foundation. “In addition to supporting nonprofits through our annual grant program, the VBR Foundation also provides financial assistance to members of the community who are in need due to a catastrophic illness, accident, or life event. We encourage all members of the public to apply for assistance when in need.”

2021 Academic Scholarship

The Vail Board of REALTORS® Foundation (VBRF) Academic Scholarship is awarded to qualifying students to attend a college, university, or accredited educational institution of higher learning. Qualifications are based on academic merit, volunteer and philanthropic involvement, and residency in Eagle County.

The scholarship application deadline is closed for 2021 and will reopen in May 2022.

Congratulations to the following honorees selected for 2021!
Ari Dennis - Cal Poly
Berkeley Kelly- Purdue University
Brooklyn Vargas- Colorado School of Mines
Carter Josef- Cal Poly
Claire Krueger- University of Notre Dame
Cody Bahan- CU Boulder
Davis Krueger- CU Boulder
Diana Trifonova- CU Boulder
Ella Dunn- Northeastern University
Ellie Nelson- Colorado State University
Emma Borel- Colorado Mtn College - Steamboat
Ethan Pyke- CU Boulder
Gabriela Fuentes- Colorado State University
Hailey Harsch- San Diego State University
Harry Jaffe- CU Boulder
Karsen Williams- Elon University
Luke Tanner Larson- CU Boulder
Olivia Pyke- Colorado State University
Samantha Nothnagel- SUNY Cortland

VBR Foundation provided a total of $32,000 in 2021 to dedicated and striving students. Recipients were awarded amounts up to $2,000. The number of scholarships and award amounts were based upon the VBRF budget and determined anonymously by the qualifications. Thank you to the Scholarship Committee for your time and efforts.

Click here to see past scholarship recipients.

 

Ways to support VBRF

Colorado Gives Day

Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation is a recipient of Colorado Gives Day - an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving.

In 2021, Colorado Gives Day is on Tuesday, December 7.  Gifts scheduled for this date will count toward earning us a part of the $1.6 million Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund!

You can support VBR Foundation year-round through this online giving website.

Amazon Smile

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You shop. Amazon gives.

  1. Click here or the image below to access Amazon Smile.
  2. Enter your Amazon.com log in and password.
  3. Select Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation as your charity to support in Amazon Smile.
  4. Shop away to support the cause!

A look back at VBRF in 2020!

The Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation gave a total of $81,000 to our community in 2020, including 21 academic scholarships, grants to 15 area nonprofits, and assistance to two families. Please watch our video recap.