Tis the season when we look back upon the year and give thanks for all that we have and count our blessings. At Windermere, we are thankful for all who generously donate to the Windermere Foundation, and we are grateful to have franchise owners and agents who go above and beyond to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. This year, Joan Tate Allen, co-owner and vice-president of Windermere Realty Trust, was recognized with the “Windermere Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award” at the company’s annual Owners Retreat. Joan is a visionary and one of those individuals who puts her whole being behind her commitment to helping others.
After joining Windermere in 1991, Joan became involved with the Windermere Foundation during its early years. She found inspiration in the unprecedented idea of all agents donating a small portion of each commission check because it provided an opportunity for regular people to make a big difference with a modest amount of money. The entire basis for the Windermere Foundation was built on the premise that these funds would accumulate over a period of time, as the agents pooled their resources.
Joan and her husband Brian eventually became the owners of several Windermere offices in Portland, Oregon — bringing on a change that would lead to Joan setting new standards for community service. In a short amount of time, she was able to spearhead entire fundraising events and challenge her agents to raise even more than their commission check donations. She created a friendly year-long contest called “Rise to the Challenge,” in which her offices compete to raise the most money for the Windermere Foundation. The total amount raised in 2017 as a result of those efforts was over $203,000.
Joan’s infectious enthusiasm has led to her company’s agents initiating their own fundraising events, such as a golf tournament organized by just one agent which has raised more than $40,000 each year.
Joan’s philanthropic work, however, does not end with the Windermere Foundation. She was highly involved with the founding of New Avenues for Youth and Bridge Meadows, and also serves on the Providence Portland Medical Center board.
Joan is constantly finding ways to engage her network to help the community through events such as organizing a day of serving meals, promoting clothing drives with Windermere agents, or giving underprivileged youth the opportunity to spend a few weeks learning to row in the summer. It is this type of leadership that has had meaningful impact and is why we honored Joan with the Windermere Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
We are grateful to have owners like Joan who inspire others to help those in need and are thankful for all who continue to support the Windermere Foundation.
If you’d like to help support programs and services that help those in need in your community, please consider making a donation to the Windermere Foundation through a Windermere office near you. Just click on the Donate button.
To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit https://www.windermere.com/foundation.
OB JACOBI . Co-President | JILL JACOBI WOOD . Co-President | GEOFF WOOD . CEO CHRISTINE WOOD . Executive Director . Windermere Foundation
Community has always been a big part of who we are at Windermere. Back in the early days of the company it was pretty simple; we would see a need and help where we could. But as we grew, we realized we could accomplish much more if we had a stronger focus, so we started the Windermere Foundation in 1989 with the goal of helping low-income and homeless families. From that point on, whenever a Windermere agent sold a home, a portion of their commission went to funding our Foundation. In its first year, the Windermere Foundation brought in $90,000. This year we are on track to raise $2.3 million for a grand total of $35 million. Christine Wood, Executive Director of the Windermere Foundation, is the passionate, driving force behind this effort. – OB Jacobi, Jill Jacobi Wood, Geoff Wood
The Windermere Foundation is funded by more than 7,000 individuals, made up by agents, staff, management, owners, as well as public donations. We keep our administrative costs below three percent, so the vast majority of these donations go back into the hands of our agents and offices to decide how best to use them in their local community.
The result is more support for families who are struggling to keep food on the table. More kids who will be able to eat school lunches. More homeless who will have their most basic needs met – and the dignity that goes with it. The need is overwhelming, but every bit helps.
As the year draws to a close, I want to personally thank everyone who has supported the Windermere Foundation. The generosity of our agents, owners, staff, and the public never ceases to amaze us; they raise the bar every year. And in turn, every year, we are able to do more for those who need it most, one home sale at a time. – Christine Wood