MY TRUE PASSION – giving back

A few years ago, thinking about my success and professional fulfillment, I had an amazing revelation. I knew that my true passion was to help all kinds of people find their dream homes here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

 

Charities Given to Since Program Start

Carbondale Arts
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Foundation
Girls & Boys Club of Malibu
O’Neil Sea Odyssey Program – Santa Cruz
Christ Community Church – Basalt (2)
Sarah House – Hospice Center (2)
Ripple Effect Images
Build – San Francisco
Basalt Education Foundation
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Roaring Fork Aikikai
Midwest Food Bank
The LaConner Quilt Museum
Teen Challenge of Colorado
ALS Foundation
Home Care and Hospice of the Valley
Nepal Youth Foundation
Harris County Sheriffs' Foundation
Wounded Warrior Project
LEWA Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya
Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Colorado Animal Rescue C.A.R.E. (8)
To Return – a Kilimanjaro Non-Profit (5)
Advocate Safehouse Project (3)
St. Judes Children's Research Hospital (4)
Lift Up to Lift Up Organization (4)
Shining Stars Foundation (3)
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (2)
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (2)
Roaring Fork Conservancy (3)
The Wyly Arts Center
Nepal Relief Effort
Anderson Ranch
Aspen Buddy Program (6)
Colorado Academy
Chris Klug Foundation
One Love Theater – Willowell
Smile Train (3)
Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter (2)
Independence Pass Foundation
Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center
Hope for Animals/Valley Dog Rescue
Shepherd's Hope
LCMS World Relief and Human Care
Aging Well Arthritis Foundation
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Childrens' Hospital Foundation - Oklahoma City
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Princeton University
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Salvation Army
Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Canine Companions for Independence
Princeton Healthcare Foundation System
Laestadian Lutheran Church
Basalt Education Foundation
Butler Street Co-op – Brooklyn, NY
Giving Together, Inc. - Wash., D.C.
Rifle Animal Shelter
Laestadian Lutheran Church
Anderson Ranch – Painting Scholarship
Red Cross
Colorado Horse Rescue(2)
Rosemary Farm Sanctuary – New York
Roaring Fork School District Pre-Collegiate Program(3)
Aspen Homeless Shelter
Child Advocates – Houston
The Colon Cancer Alliance

 

But that wasn't enough. I realized that I wanted to pay this forward - to commemorate the relationships I'm able to build with my clients and to help other people share in my success.

I saw how all kinds of businesses, from the very smallest, to multinational companies were finding ways to give back to the environment and other important causes in other communities. So, I thought, if they could do it, why couldn't the real estate industry do it too?  

Why couldn't I do it too?

I decided to begin.

That's how in 2008, I started a Charity Program of my own and committed to give away five percent of every commission I earn to charity. To make this even more fun – and to involve my clients in my efforts, I ask them to choose that charity.

Here's how it works. If you are a buyer working with me, upon closing I will give five percent of the commission I have earned as a part of the selling commission. Likewise, if you are a seller, I will give five percent of the listing commission I earn upon closing. You – my client – will choose the charity. I only specify that the charity must be a 501(c) 3 IRS approved non-profit foundation.

The response to this program has been amazing and my clients have loved this extra involvement. It is the icing on the cake of the successful business relationship we've created together!

Some have chosen charities close to their own hearts based on personal experience, perhaps the illness or even loss of a loved one. Others have picked from my list of local Roaring Fork non-profits, creating an immediate bond and creating connections within the community we all share.

I'm just thrilled that we get to take this step together, turning what could just be another business transaction into something even more significant and important for others.

For a list of local charities, please call or email me.

Terry Rogers - Terry.Rogers@sothebysrealty.com - 970-923-2982/970-236-0520 cell