We’ll pay for the advertising. You keep the revenue.

Investing In Communities turns everyday real estate transactions into free funding for charities by providing broker referrals to home buyers and sellers- at no cost to them.  We are making a significant investment in facebook advertising in order to reach the people who support a nonprofit and who are buying or selling a home. By partnering, we can customize the message that reaches your audience.

Approximately 1 in 20 households will buy or sell a home each year. Our 3-month goal is to have 1  transaction per 1,000 followers of your organization. A typical $300,000 home sale will net over $1,300 for the consumer’s charity of choice. Wouldn’t your supporters’ appreciate that!!

We plan to select our three charity partners by April 1, and we will begin advertising shortly after.  We’re  excited about the possibility of working together and hope to hear from you.

To be considered for the program,  please complete this short form before 5:00 p.m. on March 20.

Thanks again and feel free to contact  Nate Hutcheson  for more details .

Here are just a few of the benefits for charity members:

  • Allow any of your corporate or individual supporters to generate funding for your organization- at no cost to them.
  • Setting up the process to receive funding from IIC is fast, free, and easy.
  • IIC helps promote your charity through social media.
  • There are no tax consequences for your individual or corporate supporters who use IIC.
  • This is a unique opportunity to receive unrestricted funding from an entirely new source.
  • Earn revenue even if/when your supporter doesn’t select you.


Waters Today

RECEIVED: $1,766


DETAILS: When Heather Hofman got a new job in Washington D.C., she needed a real estate broker for her home sale in Boise, Idaho. Heather used IIC to find her broker and by doing so, generated $1,766 for Waters Elementary, at no cost to her.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

RECEIVED: $25,000


DETAILS: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law chose a broker through IIC. As a result of their new office lease, they were able to generate $25,000 of unrestricted funds for their own mission.

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

RECEIVED: $6,905


DETAILS: As the result of an office lease renewal in the Central Loop, Eckhart Kolak selected Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in Maine, to receive $6,905 through Investing In Communities.



Here are just a few of our Charities

Abraham’s Inheritance Inc.

Abraham's Inheritance is a community based organization established solely for the purpose of making a change in the lives of young minority men who do not have a positive male role model in their lives. Our mission is to tackle the root problem of young minority men growing up in a single parent home, create awareness of the issue and break the cycle.

We do this by establishing a spiritual foundation and education and mentorship programs and by finding ways to make use of idle time through after school programs, health awareness, creativity development and other productive activities. Abraham's Inheritance provides all the tools necessary for them to be successful in life and overcome challenges. We plan to reach and reform as many minority youth as possible and eventually expand across the country.

A Safe Haven Foundation

A Safe Haven helps people transform, aspire and sustain their lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. We provide the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. Our visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant and viable communities.

A Home Within

A Home Within is a national organization that provides pro bono mental health services to current and former foster youth. We achieve this by building networks of volunteer mental health professionals who provide direct, pro bono services and professional training. Our work also promotes public awareness and advocates for the emotional needs of foster youth.

Academies for Social Entrepreneurship

The Academies for Social Entrepreneurship promotes the development of social enterprises-- business ventures which address social problems. Social enterprises are Ômore-than-profit' businesses that use blended-value models to create a revenue-generating business with a social-value-generating element. Although our work to date has been directed to not-for-profit organizations, our programs are designed to serve a broad range of social entrepreneurs. ASE's core program is Social Enterprise Academies, which provide training, mentoring and the opportunity to compete in a business plan competition. In the past three years, working with a variety of strategic partners, ASE has produced fourteen Social Enterprise Academies, producing millions of dollars in new investment and earned income streams for over 150 not-for-profit organizations. ASE's programs are fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County (http://charitableventuresoc.org), a public foundation.

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.

Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.

To this end, Access Living offers peer-oriented independent living services; public education, awareness and development; individualized and systemic advocacy; and enforcement of civil rights on behalf of people with disabilities.

Access Living recognizes the innate rights, abilities, needs and diversity of people with disabilities, works toward their full integration into community life and serves as an agent of social change.

Academy for Urban School Leadership

AUSL will improve student achievement in Chicago's high-poverty, chronically failing schools through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained AUSL teachers.

Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation

The purpose of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and to steward the community toward sustainability and well-being.

Repair the World

Repair provides thousands of young adults seeking ways to have meaningful impact in their communities–but who often lack the necessary tools–with service opportunities that meet the needs of local partners, rooted in Jewish values and heritage. Repair’s signature program, Communities, engages young adults in community-identified service projects and educational programs across nine U.S. communities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Harlem, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Miami. In some communities, Repair is also expanding to work with teens and families seeking meaningful service. At Repair, learning and reflection take place both during volunteer projects and in separate educational programs such as Shabbat dinners and "cocktails with a conscience" events. This work is led by a mix of Repair the World Fellows and professional staff that recruit and engage their peers to work alongside local partners and build a lasting community of volunteers.

Repair’s philosophy is that meaningful service can be a powerful way to address community needs, stand in solidarity with others across lines of difference, and move volunteers to further advocate on behalf of impacted communities. Therefore, all of Repair's work is done in deep partnership with, and not “for,” the community, through partnerships with local organizations addressing food justice, education inequity, housing justice, and more. Repair's focus on framing and reflection at each of its programs also creates a unique combination of service and learning, to provide partners with volunteers that are sensitized to the dynamics of power, privilege, and systemic inequity that intersect with their service. We have learned from partners that this approach helps them deepen their impact: in our most recent survey, 92% of partners plan to continue their relationship with Repair.

Nationally, Repair’s digital resources and campaigns enable people to engage in critical conversations around racial equity, gentrification, and more. Repair is also committed to sharing best practices for service, training and collaborating with peer national organizations, and bringing Repair-style programs to new cities.

Reading In Motion

Reading In Motion is committed to getting every at-risk student reading at or above grade level in the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts. We invest in teachers, building their capacity and working in collaboration with them to produce measurable results.

Eighth Day Farm

Eighth Day Farm uses its urban fields as classrooms for teaching agricultural knowledge and growing good produce for the community.

Christian Reformed Conference Grounds

We believe that families need year-round facilities which promote spiritual welfare as well as their physical health and happiness. Our goal is to maintain and operate a family ministry center for spiritual renewal, with camping, lodging, recreation, and food service al in an atmosphere of Christian fellowship.


Lawrence Hall (LH) is a community based agency changing lives of at-risk children and their families in Chicago. We provide highly specialized and individualized care for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral challenges (due to trauma, violence, or exploitation) through the following core services:

• Workforce development programming through Project Work
• Foster Care through Traditional, Home-of-Relative, Specialized, and Treatment Foster Family Home placements
• Special Education through a Therapeutic Day School program and Diagnostic Education
• An acute care Child and Family Treatment Center
• Transitional and Independent Living programs for older adolescents

See The Full List

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That’s what we call a Charity that meets our guidelines and, as such, is  able to receive Charity Support Payments from us. Generally, we will approve as an Eligible Charity any organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and whose principal purpose is to address issues of health, education, employment, poverty, safety, shelter, arts, science, animal welfare and/or general welfare on a non-discriminatory basis, and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.  We will generally not approve as an Eligible Charity any organization significantly engaged in, or attempting to influence, political, legislative, or religious activities (though we may approve organizations with a religious affiliation that provide services described above to members of the community at large without regard to their religious affiliation).


We currently pay as an Introduction Fee five percent (5%) of the Referral Fee that we receive on a transaction.  We pay this Introduction Fee from the portion of the Referral Fee that we retain after paying out the Charity Support Payment.

Barring unusual circumstances, we anticipate distributing the Charity Support Payment on a transaction promptly after we receive our Referral Fee on that transaction.

Charities receive unrestricted funding and internet exposure from IIC – at no cost. When you use IIC to engage your Representing Broker, you have the right to choose a charity (your Favorite Charity) to receive a Charity Support Payment equal to 70+% of the referral fee that broker’s sponsoring broker will pay to IIC when your transaction closes.  

Yes. IIC is licensed in Illinois as a real estate broker. This allows sponsoring brokers in any state to pay us a Referral Fee in full compliance with their state’s licensing regulations. But IIC has not in the past, and has no plans in the future, to act as the licensed real estate fiduciary (Representing Broker) of any party in any real estate transaction.


We exist to help you make the world a little better, in a way that costs you nothing to make that good happen.

IIC provides a program, via a web based platform, (the “IIC Program”) for individuals and companies that are socially-minded to leverage the power of their real estate transactions to support a charity of their choice (an Eligible Charity) at no expense to themselves. In this way IIC provides Eligible Charities with a new fundraising resource – all at no cost to charities and their supporters!

IIC serves as a middleman between consumers and brokers, thereby making it possible for virtually any brokered real estate transaction to fund a charity of the consumer’s choosing, at no cost to that consumer. That’s because the philanthropy occurs when IIC gives most of its referral fee to a charity of the consumer’s choice. IIC does this by finding appropriate brokers for each consumer’s upcoming transaction and/or referring consumers to a broker they may already be considering. In either case, IIC is then paid a referral fee by the broker that the consumer chooses, 70% of which is given by IIC to that consumer’s Favorite Charity.

This is a question that you should ask your accountant. We have been advised that IIC funding is the same as a charitable contribution. Even if you do need to pay UBIT, your organization would likely still net over $1,000 from the $1,300 IIC distribution that would typically result from the sale of a $300,000 home.

We’ve set up a tracking system that enables Charity ABC to get 5% of the referral fee when a supporter of ABC chooses XYZ to get 70% of the referral fee. For a $300,000 home sale, Charity ABC would get $93. We call this an Introduction Fee.

Charities with loyal supporters are in a great position. Charities with large numbers of supporters can also do well, even if some of their supporters choose a different charity. (Please see preceding FAQ.)

If your organization has a “give or get” policy for board members, you could offer to count IIC transactions that either they (or people they’ve referred!) use IIC to find a broker and pick your organization. Our broker referral request form asks how you heard about IIC and there’s a place for name and email address so we can credit people with resulting transactions. Pretty nifty!

It only takes a 3-5 minutes to complete your IIC application. It can take up to 5 days for us to approve your application, but typically it’s only 1 or 2.

IIC subtracts $50 from the first check you receive each each year, to help offset our administrative costs. If you don’t get a check, there is no fee. And after your first check each year, there are no fees.

Perhaps, your organization has all the funding it needs to meet its mission? Honestly, the only reason we can think of is that you’re too busy writing grant applications or planning annual campaigns. Signing up is easier than any grant application and having just one supporter a year use IIC to buy or sell a $300,000 home would net your organization $1,320. And, you won’t have to write a grant report!

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