Colorado Group Realty’s charitable foundation donates more than $41K to area nonprofits
January 25, 2019
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Within three years of changing up the way they run their charitable foundation, Colorado Group Realty has nearly quadrupled the amount of money it’s able to donate to causes throughout the Yampa Valley.
"We're being more creative in the way we plan events and partner with nonprofits," said Colorado Group Realty CEO Steve Goldman.
Through events that included a lemonade stand, exercise classes and the popular Parade of Homes, Goldman said the Colorado Group Charitable Foundation gave out $41,000 to 35 nonprofits in 2018 and hopes to build on that success in 2019.
"Shockingly, 500 plus people attended the Parade of Homes," said Goldman about one of the group’s annual events that has become more and more popular as people love to walk through selected homes to talk with designers, owners, builders and even historians.
The Routt County United Way was the Parade of Home's biggest beneficiary this year, receiving $12,500. An additional $2,500 was donated to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Routt County United Way Executive Director Kate Nowak said Colorado Group is raising more money by refocusing its efforts.
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"They're building important relationships in the community, and that's how they find out where the need is," Nowak said. "They're seeing a need and wanting to meet it."
Goldman said Colorado Group Realty’s realtors have always donated partial proceeds from sales, but their drive to donate volunteer hours to nonprofits gives them another kind of incentive.
"We don't want to just write a check. We like to help organize and help with man power," said Goldman. "Our focus is helping those in need … the less fortunate. We'll support an arts club and soccer club for example, but only if they commit to giving funds for scholarships and such."
Some of Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation recipients in 2018 included: the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon, $1,500; 4-H Livestock Auction, $1,400; the Routt County Humane Society lemonade stand, which was run by children of Colorado Group Realty realtors during the Fourth of July Parade, $1,100; Partners in Routt County's annual appreciation dinner, $1,500; Rise Steamboat exercise classes, $1,600 raised for various groups; and Optimist Club teen scholarships, $2,000.
In the end, Goldman said it is the Colorado Group Realty realtors who live and work in the community that drive the Charitable Foundation.
"We ask them 'what charity do you want to support?' and we track what's near and dear to our realtors' hearts," he said.
Since the founding of the Foundation in 2006, a total of $250,000 has been donated to area nonprofits. Visit https://www.coloradogrouprealty.com/Our-Charitable-Foundation for more information
Frances Hohl is a contributing writer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.