How the Good Neighbor Award Helps Charities

Thinking about applying for the Good Neighbor Award? These past winners will tell you what winning the award meant to them--and more importantly--to the people they serve.

February 10, 2016

Thinking about applying for the Good Neighbor Award? These past winners will tell you what winning the award meant to them--and more importantly--to the people they serve.



"Winning the Good Neighbor Award changed the lives of hundreds of Haitians. The grant money and donations provided safe drinking water, food and medicine, and it showed the people that someone really cared. It continues today--people who care are saving so many. I am so grateful."
Pat Moore
Joanne Wine & Assoc. (retired in 2015)
2007 Winner, Harvest of Haiti

"The publicity was outstanding along with the $10,000 cash award, and the professional video produced by REALTOR® Magazine was moving and priceless. We use it on our web site to explain our charity to others."

Edward P. Pompeian, CCIM, GRI
Realty Growth, Inc.
2014 Winner, Gift of Life Transplant House

"Winning the Good Neighbor Award has changed my life. The awareness that it brought for Multiple Sclerosis is amazing. The $10,000 award was just the beginning. The Award has helped our bike team to grow and raise even more funds every year. My business has grown exponentially due to the award. It seems that the award brings us the deciding vote for who people choose as their REALTOR®."
LeRoy Bendickson 
Edina Realty
2011 Winner, National Multiple Sclerosis Society -- Upper Midwest Chapter 

"Winning the Good Neighbor Award has not only brought a great deal of publicity and support for my charitable efforts but it has empowered me to reach out and help other REALTORS® and their efforts around the nation and in my own state of Missouri."
Craig Conant
Key Realty
2001 Winner, Big Brothers/Big Sisters 

"The Good Neighbor Award media campaign would never have been possible for us. I still get requests from people who want to help. The Good Neighbor Award helped me build relationships, which I thought would take months and years to cultivate. It’s definitely worth the time and effort to apply. The media attention was very intimidating and uncomfortable for me. However, it has been making an impact on Make-A-Wish in our community for going on three years."
Kristina Rhodes
F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS® 
2013 Winner, Make-A-Wish

"Winning the Good Neighbor Award gave us national media coverage that is impossible for small charities to afford.
It took only a few minutes to apply. Winning brought hundreds of inquires on how they can volunteer or donate.
The publicity has called attention on how REALTORS® can and do make a difference in their communities."
Dona Reynolds
Mark Reynolds Memorial Bike Fund
2015 Honorable Mention

Apply for the Good Neighbor Awards 

NAR is currently accepting applications from REALTORS® who dedicate themselves to volunteer service for the Good Neighbor Awards. In October, five winners will be selected to receive $10,000 grants for their charities and appear in REALTOR® Magazine. The winners will also be recognized at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, receive travel expenses to the conference and gain considerable national and local media exposure for their cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 grant. 

For more information on how to apply, go to Nominations are due in May each year.

Sara Geimer is the manager of REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards and a former senior editor with the magazine.