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Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation

VBRF Mission Statement

The Vail Board of REALTORS® Foundation supports initiatives focused on creating attainable housing solutions for all, works in collaboration with community organizations to cultivate housing opportunity for all Eagle County residents, and provides assistance to our REALTOR® members in need.

VBRF Vision Statement

We envision all Eagle County residents to have access to stable housing, and the opportunity to build equity and deepen community connections through homeownership.

Giving back to the community: Ways to receive support from VBRF.

The VBR Foundation's Giving Policy supports our community and association members.

You can find information below on the Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation (VBRF) Giving Policy and support request forms.

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

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

Nonprofit Grants
Our non-profit grant cycle has closed for 2023-2024. The VBRF funds qualifying 501 (c)(3) Eagle County nonprofits providing programs or initiatives focused on creating attainable housing solutions and opportunities for all Eagle County residents.

Ways to support VBRF

Colorado Gives

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

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

Each year, gifts made between November 1 and Colorado Gives Day are boosted by the Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund! This means more funding to help our community.

The Vail Board of REALTORS® Foundation is collecting funds to support attainable and affordable housing for all in our community. Please contribute to help fill our coffers and reach our goal of $10,000!

Each year, VBRF grants funding to Eagle County-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits that provide temporary and/or permanent housing to people working in our community.

In early 2024, VBRF granted $26,000 to Habitat for Humanity, Vail Valley Salvation Army, Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance, Bright Future Foundation, and Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation.

Funds raised will help us continue our efforts.

Vail Board of Realtors Foundation Awards Academic Scholarships

The Vail Board of REALTORS® Foundation (VBRF) has awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarship funds to 25 dedicated and striving students.

VBRF’s Academic Scholarship was created for 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.

Congratulations to the following honorees selected for 2023. Each student received up to $2,000 in award funds.

Karsen Williams: Elon University
Ava Crowley: University of Colorado, Boulder
Iara Rodriguez Melgarejo: University of New Mexico
Justin Vargas: Purdue University
Cooper Smith: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Jensen Rawlings: Colorado College
Lily Whelan: University of Kentucky
James Crea: Colorado School of Mines
Lauren Rumley: Grand Canyon University
Cassidy Kurt: Arizona State University
Payton Vermeer: Haverford College
Kate Mitchell: University of Colorado, Boulder
Zoe Harrison: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Jeremiah Kehoe: Montana State University
Hailey Harsch: University of Colorado, Boulder
Ryan Long: University of Southern California
Fischer Sassi: Clemson University
Cassandra Yurcak: Laramie County Community College
Olivia Pyke: Colorado State University
Carlos Chavez: Colorado School of Mines
Berkeley Kelly: Purdue University
Elizabeth Keiser: Grand Canyon University
Cassidy Kinzler: University of Colorado, Boulder
Celia Barrie: University of California, Los Angeles
Alex Parliament: University of Colorado, Boulder

This is the final year of the VBRF scholarship. Since its first year in 2018, the VBRF has awarded 107 scholarships totaling $207,500.

The number of scholarships and award amounts were determined anonymously by the qualifications of each student. Thank you to the Scholarship Committee for your time and efforts in this substantial process.

Click here to see past scholarship recipients.

Vail Board of Realtors Foundation awards grants 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 16 nonprofits whose programs serve Eagle County.

A total of $28,000 was awarded to Bright Future Foundation, Eagle County Historical Society, Eagle River Watershed Council, Eagle Valley Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley, The Learning Tree, The Literacy Project, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Mountain Youth, Salvation Army Vail, Starting Hearts, SpeakUP ReachOut, Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance, Vail Valley Works, and Youth Power 365.

“We were excited to receive 47 applications from local nonprofit organizations this year,” said Dawn Mullin, Vail Board of Realtors Foundation Chair. “It was a difficult decision and after much thoughtful and diligent consideration, the VBR Foundation was thrilled to offer our support and appreciation for the hard work these organizations perform in our community. It’s truly an honor to be able to touch so many lives through their dedication and commitment.”

To qualify, a nonprofit organization must serve the Eagle County community with housing-related programs, educational programs, or offer disaster relief assistance. In addition, the VBR Foundation provides financial assistance to members of the community who are in need due to a catastrophic illness, accident, or life event. Applications and more information can be found at

VBRF Goals

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

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.