2014 was a banner year for Windermere Foundation, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. Originally featured on Windermere Blog, Christine Wood’s blog post shares highlights from this 25th year via the Windermere Foundation’s Year In Review for 2014. Excerpts from the post are below. To read the whole blog post, please click here.
This past year, the Windermere Foundation had a milestone anniversary, celebrating 25 years of supporting programs and organizations that provide shelter, clothing, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to low-income and homeless families. What started in 1989 as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in Washington State, has grown to encompass ten states and raised over $28 million—bringing us closer to reaching our fundraising goal of $30 million by the end of 2015.
It was a busy year for our Windermere agents and offices, whose participation and contributions make our funding possible. Here are some highlights from the past year…
Charity Challenge: We kicked off our anniversary celebration in March with the Windermere Foundation 25th Anniversary Charity Challenge. Twenty-one non-profit organizations were nominated by Windermere offices to compete via Facebook for $25,000. Almost 19,000 people voted to help determine the winners. The five non-profits that received the most votes were Hand in Hand, Friends of the Children of Portland, Family Promise of Spokane, Boys and Girls Club of El Sobrante, and Yavapai CASA for Kids, Inc. Each organization received $25,000, for a total donation of $125,000 from the Windermere Foundation.
Windermere Kicks for Kids: In August, Windermere offices in the greater Seattle area collected over 1,400 pairs of sneakers during a shoe drive campaign to benefit Boys & Girls Club of King County and Mary’s Place. Many of our offices came up with creative ways to collect shoes, including the Windermere office in Mercer Island, WA, which took the award for collecting the most shoes.
Food Drives: Windermere offices also collected food during the holiday season. The Mukilteo, WA office collected over 4,600 pounds of food and over $1,000 in cash donations. The Windermere Professional Partners offices in Tacoma, WA collected and delivered over 2,500 pounds of food and $924 in cash donations, which provided over 1,950 meals to individuals and families served by their local food bank.
Auctions & Holiday Events: Windermere offices throughout the Western U.S. partnered with local service organizations to adopt children and families for holiday gift-giving. In December, over 200 brokers from six Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. offices participated in the Target for Kids event, helping bring the holidays to 100 children and their families. This was their fourteenth year participating in the event, which in total has donated almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars through the Windermere Foundation.
No Child Sleeps Outside: Through the Windermere Foundation, Seattle-area Windermere offices came together to donate $35,000 to Mary’s Places “No Child Sleeps Outside” campaign in December. Donations were immediately used to open a crisis-response night shelter to provide homeless families with a warm place to sleep during the winter months.
Thank you to our agents and everyone who supports the Windermere Foundation. Your generosity is truly making a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities.
The brokers and clients at Windermere Mercer Island worked hard collecting shoes in August for Kicks For Kids. We were so ecstatic at the response from the community of Mercer Island. In addition, our office partnered with our Foundation Grant recipient organization, Mercer Island Youth And Family Services (MIYFS), throughout 2014. During our annual recycling event, all cash donations received benefited MIYFS. At the holidays, our office adopted 2 local families that included 5 children through MIYFS’ adopt-a-family program.
The main monetary support for Windermere Foundation comes from the portion of each Windermere transaction commission that’s donated to the non-profit. Those monies are then combined with individual contributions from Windermere agents, plus donations from Windermere employees and community members, to be used by Windermere Foundation to support non-profit agencies dedicated to helping homeless and low-income families. The Foundation has raised almost $29 million since being established in 1989— thank you so much for all of your support to reach this incredible milestone! In addition, Windermere Foundation set a goal to reach $30 million by the end of 2015. If you would like to make a donation to Windermere Foundation during 2015, to help us reach the $30 million mark, please click here.