The Arizona REALTORS® state association established the Arizona REALTORS® Disaster Assistance Foundation (“ARDAF”) in November 2002. The foundation was established to help local REALTOR® associations collect and distribute tax-deductible donations to those who have suffered from a personal or natural disaster.
The state association also utilizes ARDAF to contribute funds to help REALTOR® assistance efforts after major natural disasters, such as the 2019 devastating floods in Nebraska; the 2017 Prescott Goodwin Fire, Hurricanes Matthew (Georgia), Irma and Maria (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), and Harvey (Texas); the 2016 Flint water crisis, West Virginia and Louisiana’s devastating floods; the 2015 Bullhead Willow Valley wildfires; and the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire and families of the fallen Granite Mountain HotShot Crew.
Over the years we have seen how the power of the REALTOR® community helps ease suffering and helps those affected by a crisis.
The following local associations have raised, contributed and disbursed monies through ARDAF for personal local association charitable purposes:
- Scottsdale Association of REALTORS® Member Relief Fund
- WESERV WeCare West Valley (formerly WEMAR Disaster Fund)
- WeSERV WeCare SouthEast Valley (formerly SEVRAR Critical Needs Fund)
- Sedona Verde Valley Association of REALTORS® Humanitarian Fund
- Yuma Association of REALTORS® Critical Needs Fund
- Green Valley Critical Needs Fund
Other local associations may maintain separate charitable funds.
To request charitable funds for a personal crisis, please contact your local association. If the local association fund is administered by ARDAF and the request is approved, the local association will submit a Disbursement Request form to the Arizona REALTORS®, which can be found here.
When one of the listed local associations has a charity fundraiser, they submit the funds raised to ARDAF, and accounting applies the funds raised exclusively to their individual accounts. The Arizona REALTORS® handles all ARDAF disbursements, financial reports, audits, and IRS filings.
Donations may be made payable to ARDAF and sent to ARDAF, c/o Arizona REALTORS®, 255 E. Osborn Rd., #200, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Donors may note a specific event or local association with the donation, which will restrict that donation for disbursement relative to that event or Local Association request.