REALTORS® in Action

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The House that Real Estate Built Video

In 2018, COAR donated over $100,000 to non-profits and events in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties. Here are a few of the ways our members contribute to Central Oregon:


Building a Better Central Oregon Awards

BBCO's main purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials. COAR presents the awards annually in October. For more information, click here.


COAR participates in a variety of volunteering activities including:

  • Bend Beautification Project
  • Red Cross Blood Drives
  • St. Vincent DePaul Turkey Drive
  • Habitat for Humanity Build Days
  • Kid's Zone at the Deschutes County Fair


The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) has closed our donations for 2018. Opportunities to apply for funds will open again in winter 2019.

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)3.
  • Applications are preferred from, but not limited to, to smaller organizations that provide basic needs to the community, such as food, shelter, clothing and medical services.
  • Political organizations/campaigns, religious activities (religious organizations are eligible for community services), sports teams or individual activities are not.
  • Funds must be used for programs and not events or marketing.
  • Programs must take place in Central Oregon with preference to those serving the tri-county area.
  • A letter of recommendation from a COAR member.

In 2018, COAR contributed to: St. Vincent de Paul of Bend, Family Access Network, La Pine Community Kitchen, Council on Aging of Central Oregon, Shepard’s House, The Giving Plate, Kemple Memorial Children's Dental Clinic, DAWNS House, Pregnancy Resource Center, High Desert Museum, High Desert Food and Farm Alliance, Healing Reins, In Our Backyard, Kits for Kids, Central Oregon Collective, Friends of the Children Central Oregon, Lifelines, Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon Locavore, Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy, Family Resource Center, Heart of Oregon Corp, Boy Scouts of America, Bend - La Pine Education Foundation, Bloom Project, Children's Museum of Central Oregon, Oregon Adaptive Sports, Jefferson County Saturday Market, Kids Club of Jefferson County, Bend Spay and Neuter Project, Crook County Kids, Sparrow Clubs USA, Teck Trek Younity, Bend/Mt.View/Summit High Drama Programs, Great Stride, Family Kitchen and Kor Community Land Trust.

REALTORS® for Kids

COAR dedicates a portion of membership dues to help children in our communities have access to needed school supplies, clothing, dental and vision services. School counselors and Family Access Network Advocates request funds for students in need.


Each year, COAR selects signature community events to support including the Bend Fireworks Display, LaPine Frontier Days, Madras Sparklers, Redmond Old Fashioned 4th of July, Crooked River Roundup, EDCO's Pub Talks the Sisters Folk Festival, KTVZ Holiday Lights, EDCO Pub Talks, Author Author, the publication "What Makes Bend Special, the Bend Chamber YP Summit, and the COBA Trap Shoot for Affordable Housing. Sponsorship decisions will be made for the year in January 2019, please contact us before then to be considered.

Community Grants

Through the National Association of REALTORS®, COAR can apply for community based grants in the areas of housing opportunities, walkable neighborhoods, open space preservation, transportation choices, community and stakeholder collaboration, land use, placemaking and other Smart Growth principles. The grants are most often awarded for partnerships between the association, community groups and local government.

Oregon Home Foundation Grants

Through the Oregon Association of REALTORS, COAR is able to recommend support for local housing affordable housing projects. In 2017, grants were given to: Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, First Story, Kor Community Land Trust, Neighbor Impact and Sisters Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in applying in 2018, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 15, 2018.


Bethlehem Inn Capitol Campaign

Thank you to all our members that participated in the Bethlehem Inn’s capital campaign. COAR and COBA raised $760,000 in six months to complete our challenge. Congratulations to COBA for raising the most funds! We may have raised less but COAR had the higher rate of participation. If you are still interested in being involved  involved the overall campaign has $2M left to raise. For more information on this campaign, please click here.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend

COAR participates in the National Association of REALTORS® partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs. In 2018, COAR collected food for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend food bank and Thanksgiving turkeys for the BGCB's families. We are also a sponsor of their Flannel and Frost fundraiser.

The House that Real Estate Built

In 2016, COAR worked with the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity on the House that Real Estate Built raising $75,000. On December 8th the home was dedicated to the Casner Family. 


In 2018, COAR sponsored MoveBend to help create community conversation about the future of transportation options on Bend.

In partnership with Bend2030, COAR helped launched the Collaborative Housing Workgroup in 2016. The group is working toward solutions to help create more middle market housing opportunities in Bend. Strategies currently include development code changes, incentives and funding infrastructure. Click here for the final recommendations that will be presented to the Bend City Council in August 2017. This project was made possible with a Smartgrowth Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. 

OSU Cascades

COAR believes that OSU Cascades is an integral part of the future for Central Oregon. In order to diversify our economy, provide job training and educational opportunities for our residents, COAR contributed $50,000 to the building of Tykeson Hall and $100,000 toward the University's next academic building which will focus on STEM programs. For more information, click here.

St. Charles-La Pine

In 2018, St. Charles competed the much needed La Pine Clinic. COAR contributed $25,000 toward their capital campaign.


For more information about support to local organizations from COAR, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..