Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation?
 

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How long has The Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) Shelter Foundation been in existence?

The foundation received its registered charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency in September of 2007.

Why did The Manitoba Real Estate Association create its own charitable foundation?

Manitoba REALTORS® recognize that shelter is a vital component of our communities and understand that structured fundraising and philanthropy are beneficial to community development.

Therefore, The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation Inc. was created to support Manitoba charities that are devoted to shelter-related causes.

What does The MREA Shelter Foundation do?

The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that raises money for shelter-related registered charities in Manitoba.

Our Mission Statement:

To raise funds for charitable organizations that support shelter-related causes that improve the quality of life of Manitobans.

Does The MREA Shelter Foundation have support staff?

Administrative support is provided by the Manitoba Real Estate Association.

How does The MREA Shelter Foundation pay for its administrative costs?

General administrative costs are funded by the Manitoba Real Estate Association.

Does The MREA Shelter Foundation receive government funding?

The foundation does not receive any municipal, provincial or federal government funding.

How does The MREA Shelter Foundation decide which organizations receive grants?

Grant applications are reviewed and given due consideration at the meeting of the board of governors in October of each year.  Provided the organization(s) meets the granting criteria of the foundation, and dependent upon the number of applications received and the available funding, the board will decide which grant application(s) most closely match the granting mandate of the foundation and may award grants to one or more organizations.

Who sits on the Board of Governors of The MREA Shelter Foundation?

The foundation is directed by a board of governors consisting of up to ten REALTOR® volunteers and up to two public individuals who are passionate about making Manitoba a better place for everyone.

How many registered shelter-related charities has The MREA Shelter Foundation funded?

There have been 21 shelter-related charitable organizations in Manitoba that have received grants from the foundation since 2008; in all 38 grants have been awarded totalling $248,615.23

How does The MREA Shelter Foundation raise money?

The foundation raises funds through organized events (such as golf tournaments, fishing derbies, social events and so forth), projects (donation jars, the "Foundation Builder" program) and donations from individuals, groups and organizations.

How much does The MREA Shelter Foundation spend on fundraising?

The MREA Shelter Foundation does not spend funds on fundraising activities.

The MREA Shelter Foundation agrees with the Canada Revenue Agency that if fundraising activity becomes the primary emphasis of the charity then it is not operating for exclusively charitable purposes and moreover, if a substantial portion of the charity's revenues is devoted to fundraising activity, it is not considered to be devoting its resources to charitable activities.

For more information on CRA guidelines with regard to acceptable activities, please visit the CRA website here.

Does The MREA Shelter Foundation hire external fundraising organizations?

The foundation does not hire or employ any third-party fundraising organizations.

Who can donate to The MREA Shelter Foundation?

The foundation graciously accepts donations from the public and from within the real estate industry.

What is The MREA Shelter Foundation Builder Program?

Those 100 individuals who donated $1,000 are known as MREA Shelter Foundation Builders for perpetuity.  For further information, click here.

In addition to the "Shelter Foundation Builder" category, are there other opportunities for recognition for significant contributions to the foundation?

To learn about our newest campaign, "Close a Sale - Open a Door" - click here.  We aim to raise $10 for every sale by REALTORS® in Manitoba.

Why should I choose The MREA Shelter Foundation as my charity of choice?

There are many charitable organizations in Manitoba that perform a variety of desperately-needed services in our communities.  Manitoba REALTORS® recognize that shelter is a vital component of our communities and understand that structured fundraising and philanthropy are beneficial to community development.  

Therefore, The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation Inc. was created to support Manitoba charities that are devoted to shelter-related causes.

How does my donation make a difference, and how will it be utilized?

Your donation will help to support a registered Manitoba-based charitable organization that will provide shelter and safety to those less-fortunate citizens.

How can I donate to The MREA Shelter Foundation?

Donations can be made online directly to The MREA Shelter Foundation here.

Donations can also be made to The MREA Shelter Foundation Fund - an Agency Fund through partnership with The Winnipeg Foundation here. (You will be redirected to the website of The Winnipeg Foundation).

Donations can be made in person or through the mail at our office:

MREA Shelter Foundation
1873 Inkster Boulevard
Winnipeg, MB, R2R 2A6

How do I make a donation in honour of, or in memory of someone?

In memoriam donations can be made online here.  They can also be made in person or through the mail at our office:

MREA Shelter Foundation
1873 Inkster Boulevard
Winnipeg, MB, R2R 2A6

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation? 

Tax receipts are promptly issued for any donation of $25.00 or more; gifts to the foundation may also be eligible for a tax receipt and will be determined on an individual basis in accordance with current Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

When will I receive my tax receipt?

Tax receipts will generally be issued within one months' time of the donation being received; it may take from six to eight weeks for delivery through the mail.

Will The MREA Shelter Foundation sell or trade my name and address?

The foundation does not share donor information with any outside parties or organizations.

Do I have any rights as a donor?

All donors can expect to have access to the foundation's most recent financial statements, to be assured that their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given, and to receive acknowledgement and recognition where appropriate, or anonymity as preferred.

What is The MREA Shelter Foundation's charitable registration number?

The foundation's registration number is 843054164RR0001

How can I contact The MREA Shelter Foundation?

Please email the foundation at jjohnston@mrea.mb.ca

Telephone us at 1.204.772.0405

Visit us or send mail to us at:

MREA Shelter Foundation
1873 Inkster Boulevard
Winnipeg, MB, R2R 2A6

Can I apply for a grant from The MREA Shelter Foundation? 

Shelter-related Manitoban registered charitable organizations may submit a grant application by September 15 of each year.

The grant application form can be found online here.

My project will be finished before the board makes their grant decisions; is the project still eligible for funding?

The foundation will not fund: budget deficits; activities completed, or costs incurred prior to the current year of application; political activities; fundraising events; or requests to fund other registered charities' endowment funds.

Our audited financial statements will not be completed until after the application deadline; what should we do?

We encourage you to call or email the foundation with any specific questions related to the grant application procedure.

How much funding should I request?

The foundation will not advise an organization as to how much funding they should request; we encourage organizations to prepare a thorough assessment of how much funding they will require and apply accordingly.

As a registered charity, what rules does The MREA Shelter Foundation have to follow?

The MREA Shelter Foundation and anyone who is acting on behalf of The MREA Shelter Foundation must abide by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules.  Please visit their website here, to verify the status of any Registered Canadian Charity, or to learn more about CRA rules and guidelines.  The CRA offers very clear and concise policy statements.

 

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 1.204.772.0405 or via email at jjohnston@mrea.mb.ca

 

 

contact

Jill Johnston
Director of Operations
jjohnston@mrea.mb.ca
Phone: 204.772.0405
Registered Charitable Number: 843054164RR0001

 

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