The Harcourts Foundation, the charitable arm of Harcourts, has reached the milestone of $6 million (more than R60 million) raised since its launch in 2008. That translates to 732 charities supported, 356 communities impacted, and over 970 grants made through Harcourts offices in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the USA.
“It is imperative for us as Harcourts South Africa to dedicate our time and funds to giving back to the communities across South Africa that so desperately need assistance. It is a fundamental business objective to support and develop this beautiful country and we are so honoured that our offices nationwide spend so much time assisting organisations making a difference.” said Harcourts Africa CEO Richard Gray.
Gray continues to explain that Harcourts is a values based business and part of their values is putting people first, not just clients but the all the communities they serve. “We have been privileged enough to assist many amazing local projects. It is wonderful to see the difference we can make in people’s lives for example the New Jerusalem Children’s Home, a place of safety for abandoned and abused, orphaned and vulnerable children which has sheltered more than 1000 children since its establishment in September 2000, received R20 000 due to fantastic fundraising efforts. We will continue to identify and assist projects across the country and hope we inspire others to lend a helping hand.”
Key community issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, hospice care, education, healthcare and early childhood education, amongst many others, are being tackled head-on with support of Harcourts team members’ generosity.
No matter the size of an organisation, the Harcourts Foundation not only gives back to those affected by large scale cataclysmic disasters but to charitable community organisations or assists with helping individuals in need. Grants applications must be requested for a specific event, project or initiative.
“The Harcourts Foundation is an important part of our vision to deliver the finest experience in real estate,” said Harcourts International Managing Director Mike Green. “The impact we have made to people’s lives is quite profound. We are all incredibly proud to achieve six million dollars raised and give directly back into the communities where we live.”
The Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of people and continues to do that. The Foundation operates as a 100% charity and is funded through Harcourts employee salary sacrifice, ‘off the top’ contributions from sales commissions, and through organised fundraisers.
All funds raised going directly to grants due to the volunteer-run structure that sees Harcourts employees donate their time and expertise to oversee and administer the process. No management fees, salaries or running costs are taken from the donation account.