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.

MOST RECENT FUNDING


Waters Today

RECEIVED: $1,766

RESIDENTIAL SALE

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

OFFICE LEASE, RELOCATION

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

OFFICE LEASE, RENEWAL

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.

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IS YOUR CHARITY A MEMBER?

Here are just a few of our Charities

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Women Tech Founders

To equalize power in the startup tech ecosystem by connecting, inspiring, and advancing today's and tomorrow's female tech innovators.


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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.


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Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

HMPRG is a nonprofit center whose mission is to challenge health and healthcare inequities through policy formulation, advocacy, collaboration and health systems development in order to promote social justice in health and improve the health status of Illinois residents.


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STARelief and Pet Assistance

Our Mission
The mission of STARelief and Pet Assistance is to provide life-saving pet food and veterinary care, emergency boarding and foster care to pets whose caretakers are struggling with financial hardship.

Our Vision
The long-term vision of STARelief and Pet Assistance is to ensure that no person will ever have to surrender their pet due to financial hardship, and to ensure that all companion animals are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.


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Greater Chicago Food Depository

Providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.


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Waters Today

WatersToday was created for the purpose of raising and administering money to primarily support the Ecology program and other strategic school initiatives at Waters Elementary.


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Soulful Book Fair Foundation

SBFF provides programming, training and literary opportunities, while increasing exposure and access to culturally relevant literature to Black communities. Its goal is to increase reading, writing and public speaking in the Black community, through a series of workshops, training sessions and book fairs.


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FAQs

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).

No.

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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