Thursday, May 22, 2008

Charity Link Realty

Mary Ferguson, while volunteering with the United Way in London approached Tom Dampsy. REALTOR® with an idea: How about matching donors (who want to donate money but are finding it harder to do so) with real estate agents, who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge and professionalism in their particular area?

The majority of the referral fee the referring agent normally collects could be donated to a charity. A clear win for everybody. A very unique concept.

Effectively, the money that has been donated is the buyer's or seller's; they are redirecting a portion to his or her charity...freely. The agent receiving the business has agreed to perform his or her duties for a set amount of money ahead of time. Referrals are an intricate part of a real estate agent's business and have been for a long long time.

The "1997 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating" found that Canada has over 175,000 voluntary organizations, of which over 77,000 are registered charities. About 21 million Canadians made donations of some kind to a charitable or non-profit organization, which received direct financial support totaling some $4.51 billion. About 7.5 million Canadians volunteered 1.11 billion hours of their time. This is equivalent to 578,000 full time jobs, or more than the labour force of Manitoba Registered Charities, other than hospitals and teaching institutions, that generated over 570,000 jobs.

CharityLINK is committed to helping Buyers, Sellers, REALTOR®, and Charities achieve success.

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