By Gino Blefari
President and CEO, Intero Real Estate Services
Today I want to share something that we do here at Intero that I am especially proud of.
I’m talking about the Intero Foundation.
Let me explain.
When we founded Intero just seven years ago, we set out to create a company that was different. That difference would be based on our values. One of those values is commitment – defined as; a pledge to do something, a state of being bound intellectually to a course of action.
As Realtors we earn our living by serving our community. So it was fundamental when creating Intero to figure out a way to give back to the community. We express this commitment now through the Intero Foundation.
To date, the Intero Foundation has donated $1,367,365 to local charities. These organizations range in size and mission, but all work to positively impact the growth and well being of children by enhancing their education and personal development.
Just last week, we announced our most recent list of beneficiaries, we were able to give out over $100,000 in one week divided amongst these organizations which work to make our children – and our communities — stronger: Dream Power Horsemanship, Rape Trauma Services, Family Connections, My New Red Shoes, Jacob’s Heart, Bill Wilson Center (SSJFY), Small Steps Foundation, Community Solutions, and the Learning & Loving Education Center.
To give you an idea of all the non-profits we’ve been able to contribute to since the foundation’s existence – here is our long list:
A Brighter Today Foundation, Alum Rock CounselingCenter, Assistance League of San Jose, Assistance League of Saratoga, Barrett Elementary School, Barrett HomeSchool & Community Club, Bay Area Alliance for Youth Family Svcs, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Bill Wilson Center (SSJFY), Buena Vista Auxiliary, Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch, Burnett Elementary School, Burton Elementary School, CampHope, CampTaylor, Carlmont Motivational Center, Children’s Hospital Branches, Community School of Arts, Community Solutions, Concord Youth Center, Cross Cultural Community Service Center, Cupertino Community Services, Dan Herbert CampHope, Diablo Valley Assistance League, Discovery Counseling Center, Discovery Counseling Center SCIP Program, Downs Syndrome Connection, Estrella Family Services, Family Connections, Family Giving Tree, Franklin McKinley Education Foundation, Friends Together, Future Families, Future Vision Mentoring, Generations in Jazz, Hellyer Elementary, Housing Industry Foundation, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, JW House, Learning for Life, Let Them Hear Foundation, Lincoln High School, Los Paseos Elementary School, Montalvo Arts Center, NAMI Contra Costa, National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, One Step Closer, Open Heart Kitchen, Organization of Special Needs Families, PACE, Partners for New Generations, Project Help, Quilt Museum, Rape Trauma Center, Rebekah Children’s Services, Role Model Program, San Francisco 49ers Academy, San Jose Education Foundation, Schmahl Science Workshop, Shelter Inc. of Contra Costa County, Silicon Valley Education Fund, Silvar-Charitable Foundation Trust, Small Steps, Social Advocates for Youth, Special Olympics, St. Rose Hospital Foundation, St. Joseph Family Center, Starting Point Arts, Super Stars Literacy Program, The Salvation Army, The Wellness Community, The Wish Book, Upward Bound Youth, US Relief for Unicef, Via Services, Westwind Riding Institute.
Each of us at Intero is proud to support these organizations.
And proud that we have 100% participation from each of our Realtor’s. This means that a portion of EVERY PAYCHECK earned by an Intero agent goes to the Intero Foundation!
So why does this matter to you? Well, there is an obvious connection: We are helping to make the place you call home (or are hoping to call home) better. And that matters.
But we are also expressing something about ourselves that might interest you: That we are a big organization, but not too big to remember that we are part of something still larger; that we take seriously our role as an organization rooted in a place; that we believe we must give in order to receive.
If you share these beliefs, if it matters to you what your real estate company does in the wider world, then we have created something for all of us.