AT NO COST TO YOU, GET FUNDING FOR Eugene Baker-Joy Vann Memorial Scholarship Foundation (EBJV) WHEN YOU:
Buy a Home / Sell a Home / Lease Commercial Property

Your Future Real Estate Transaction Can Support Diverse Learners

As a member of Investing In Communities®, The Eugene Baker-Joy Vann Memorial Scholarship Foundation (EBJV Foundation) can receive funding as a result of any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. As more supporters use this platform, before engaging a real estate agent, EBJV Foundation will have more resources to continue supporting diverse learners in disinvested communities.


EBJV is commitment to the pursuit of social justice, civic engagement and community development that will inspire  diverse learners to pursue their academic endeavors while rebuilding disinvested communities.

Support for Diverse Learners

The foundation focuses on advanced support and financial scholarships for non-traditional and diverse learners pursuing higher education while also offering support to others earnestly pursuing their creative and trailblazing passions.  EBJV is taking the work to the streets of the community with forward-thinking events and programming to promote the uplifting and empowerment of under-served families living in disinvested communities while celebrating unsung heroes.

History and Origins of EBJV

Gene Baker Joy Vann with Hilary Clinton

The Eugene Baker-Joy Vann Memorial Scholarship Foundation (EBJV Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Victoria Vann  and her son, Justin Robinson. Victoria is the granddaughter of Eugene Baker, The first African-American player signed by the Chicago Cubs (1950) and daughter of Joy Vann, first African-American woman to be elected as president of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 512 in Chicago, Illinois. Representing employees in the airline, railway, rapid transit and gaming industries. Victoria felt compelled to honor and preserve her family’s trailblazing legacy of advocacy, equity, and integrity.  As a public servant, Victoria wanted to play it forward and give back to communities and families who she believes are often overlooked.   As a diverse learner, who has championed great challenges and setbacks, Victoria understands how difficult the road to success can be without the proper support system intact.  Thus, Victoria has created a village culture where the practice equity and inclusion are fundamental pillars at EBJV.

Community and Advocacy Programs

In addition to awarding scholarships to a well deserving students, EBJV offers the below community programming:

In The Room: An Engaging Networking of Fireside Discussions:

This programming will be an opportunity for community advocates, engaged corporate and public sector members and other civically minded industry influencers to come together on a smaller, more intimate scale.

Justin’s Voice: Positive Behavioral Reinforcement Initiative:

To provide all parties involved in a bully situation with knowledge, empowerment and support. These programs were thoughtfully designed to prevent and/or resolve bullying incidents utilizing Restorative Justice prevention and intervention concepts and frameworks.

Artist Incubator: Performing Arts Program:

Program facilitators will employ improv symposiums, on/off camera workshops and theatrical development skills to help participants learn how to tell their story through performance. Participants will develop critical literacy skills, presentation skills, and build confidence to lead in spaces they never thought possible.

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Helps Support EBJV

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about helping the diverse learners become trailblazers can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for the foundation. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support EBJV’s mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs.


Location: Westchester, IL.

Focus Area: Community Development, Education, Social Justice

Budget: Less than $250k

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HOW YOUR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION GENERATES $$$ FOR Eugene Baker-Joy Vann Memorial Scholarship Foundation (EBJV)

As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Eugene Baker-Joy Vann Memorial Scholarship Foundation (EBJV) is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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