REALTORS® in Action

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


Click here to apply for a donation from COAR for 2019. The deadline is September 13 at 5pm. 

  • 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.
  • A letter of recommendation from a COAR member

The 2019 COAR Bend MLSCO Tour Beneficiaries are:

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.


In 2019, COAR will sponsor the following events and programs: La Pine Frontier Days, Madras Sparklers, Crooked River Roundup, Sisters Folk Festival, KTVZ's Holiday Lights, Bend 2030's Revisioning Project, Sunriver Art Fair, Redmond's Old Fashioned 4th of July, and Building Partners for Affordable Housing's Trap Shoot. For consideration in 2020, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Grants

Through the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 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.

Most recently, COAR utilized NAR's Placemaking Grant program to donate $5,500 toward the Central Oregon Trail Alliance's Madras East Hills Trails Project. This trail system is east of town, just across from Juniper Hills Park. It will be a multi-user trail network, accessible to walkers, runners, horse riders, mountain bikers and e-bike riders. COAR members are also volunteering on this project, click here for more information.

Oregon Home Foundation Grants

Through the Oregon Association of REALTORS, COAR is able to recommend support for local housing affordable housing projects. In 2018, grants were given to: Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, Neighbor Impact and Sisters Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in applying in 2019, check back for an application in the Fall.


High Desert Food & Farm Alliance-Welcome Boxes

In partnership with the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, COAR is proud to present Local Food Welcome Boxes for new homeowners! Each box features non-perishable products made by local food artisans. Inside includes a personalized welcome letter and a place to prominently display your business card. Proceeds benefit the non-profit, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance’s food access and farm support programs. Price: $80 (contents of box minimum retail value of $80). Delivery is FREE to COAR. Place orders by the 15th of the month for delivery on the 1st Monday of the following month. ORDER at:

Bethlehem Inn Capital 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 a higher rate of participation. If you are still interested in being 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. 

Kôr Community Land Trust

In 2018, COAR was able to donate $10,000 to help Kor complete their plans for an affordable housing cottage development. In 2019, we plan on providing volunteers to help with the project.


In 2019, COAR is a partner for Bend 2050: A Revisioning Project.

In 2018, COAR sponsored MoveBend to help create a 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 Foundation

In 2019, COAR donated $25,000 to help the St. Charles Foundation meet a matching grant for their New Patient Tower. The Tower is three stories with a new 24 bed ICU, 28 inpatient beds, 300 parking spots and a second water line for expanded capacity.

In 2018, St. Charles completed 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..