Immediately following the Moore tornado, OKCMAR received phone calls from other
REALTOR® associations around the country, wanting to know where to send money to help. At the time, OKCMAR did not have a 501(c)(3), so funds were directed to the
state nonprofit entity. Donations poured in from across the country and was distributed directly to aid those in need in real time. The overwhelming support made OKCMAR realize the need for our own 501(c)(3) and the OKCMAR Foundation was born.
The OKCMAR Foundation was founded as an effort to aid victims of the Moore tornado in 2013. Since then, it has evolved into an organization helping in various community aspects.
Building Community Partnerships
With the support of donors and volunteers, the OKCMAR Foundation has established the following community partnerships over the past few years:
- REALTOR® Relief Fund (2017): $15,000 sent to aid REALTORS® in other states across the country where they have been hit with natural disasters.
- Neighborhood Services Organization: Toiletries and cleaning supply drive for clients of NSO.
- Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma (2017): $10,000 to support programs to develop stronger neighborhoods across Central Oklahoma.
- Be the Change (2017): $10,000 to support programs for marginalized citizens.
- Tools for Schools (2016): Donated over $5,000 in supplies and donations given to low-performing schools in the OKCPS District.
- Pauline E. Meyer Shelter & Deborah Roth Group Home (2015): $5,000 to help children and special needs clients in need of housing and temporary shelter.
- Pauline E. Meyer Shelter (2015): Book drive for the children who reside in the facility.
- White Fields Boys Home (2015): $5,000 to help care for abused and neglected boys who have experienced multiple failed placements and have no place left to go.
- Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma (2015): $1,000 to support programs providing job opportunities for the disabled.
- Beverly Carter Memorial Fund (2014): $500 to help the grandchildren of murdered REALTOR Beverly Carter. The fund inspired the development of the BevScope app dedicated to helping keep individuals safe by assessing the risk of danger.
- Florida REALTORS® Association, Mississippi REALTORS® Association and Arkansas REALTORS® Association (2014): Direct Donations of $1000 each.
- Free Legal Hotline: Providing free legal service answering questions about housing legal transactions.
- Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer to frame houses.
- Suited for Success : Secured donated clothes for low-income women entering the job market for the first time.
- Supportive Services for Veterans (SSVF): Clothing drive for veterans and their families.