NAR, Lowe's Donate Relief Aid to Haiti

REALTORS® mobilized quickly with relief for Haiti earthquake survivors.

March 1, 2010

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® quickly mobilized resources to support the more than 3 million people affected by the tragedy. In the days after the earthquake, NAR announced a contribution of $550,000 from the REALTORS® Relief Foundation.

Helping support that contribution was Lowe’s, lead sponsor of REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards and a REALTOR Benefits® Partner. Lowe’s contributed $100,000 to the foundation—in addition to the $1 million that the company contributed to the American Red Cross.

The bulk of the RRF contribution will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, but foundation board members also approved a $50,000 contribution to The Harvest of Haiti, a nonprofit organization cofounded by Patrick Moore. The humanitarian outreach program supports orphans, delivers clean water, and provides medical care in Haiti, treating close to 3,500 people a year. Moore was one of the 2007 winners of REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards.

Contributions to the RRF are paid directly to the charities selected by the foundation’s board; NAR covers all administrative costs.

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Katherine Tarbox is a former senior editor with REALTOR® Magazine. Previously, she was editorial director for Washington Life. She is the author of the international bestselling book A Girl’s Life (Dutton, 2000) and has made hundreds of media appearances including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN.