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Our Impact

The Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation works hard year-round organizing a wide variety of charitable efforts that have a positive affect on communities across the state.


be homeful for the holidays

Since 2016, the CT REALTORS® Foundation has partnered with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness for their annual be homeful for the holidays campaign. Funds raised provide emergency assistance to prevent families from becoming homeless. In addition, thousands of Paddington plush bears were provided to children who spent the holidays in shelters across Connecticut - all thanks to the generous support of our members who have contributed and fundraised. 

You can visit the Foundation’s Facebook page to see pictures from past shelter deliveries. 

Check back in the fall of 2022 for more information on the next be homeful for the holidays campaign.

be homeful for the holidays - Paddington Plus
be homeful for the holidays - Paddington Plush

Disaster Relief

The Foundation has made numerous donations in response to natural disasters in Connecticut, across the United States and around the globe.

Disaster images - kids, flooding, habitat for humanity

Dog Days of Summer

The Foundation is proud to coordinate the annual Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer drive each summer to collect funds and items to donate to animal shelters and other animal welfare organizations around the state. 

The summer of 2021 benefited two local area rescues: Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Norwalk and New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society (NFSAW) who will split half of the donations received. The other half was used to purchase pet oxygen masks from Pawprint Oxygen that will be donated to fire departments across the State.  

Check back in the Summer of 2022 for details on the next campaign.

Dog Days of Summer Logo with cat and dog
Raymond F. Gates Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund - Graduates
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VIDEO: Watch a special interview (2020) with Raymond F. Gates, Jr.'s daughter and two sons who talk about their father's legacy. 

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Scholarship Program


The Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 in memory of Raymond F. Gates, Jr. following his tragic death in an automobile accident. Mr. Gates was the Executive Vice President of the Connecticut REALTORS®. 

Originally the fund was intended to assist Mr. Gates' children through college. Once this objective was met, the fund was expanded to benefit the children of Connecticut REALTORS®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATES® and local Board-Association/CTR staff. 

Over the past 46 years, children of REALTORS® have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000!


Students can apply for ONE of two scholarship categories: academic excellence, based primarily on academic factors or scholastic achievement, based on academic factors, extracurricular activities and an essay. 


With the ever-rising costs of college today, our goal is to strengthen this program to increase the number of scholarships awarded and expand our ability to "Invest in America's Future".


Opioid Awareness

CT REALTORS® Foundation partnered with iHeartMedia and WTNH News 8 to combat the opioid crisis in Connecticut and help end the stigma surrounding Opioid Use Disorder. Our award-winning campaign included public service announcements, news stories and "A Concert for Recovery" with Grammy Award winner Keith Urban. Proceeds from the concert were used to provide 21 organizations more than $600,000 in grants.

CT Recovers logo - break the stigma of opioid use disorder

Other Drives

The Foundation holds various drives throughout the year that support shelters and other organizations across Connecticut.


Each drive collects specific items based on needs at the time. Past drives included toiletries, razors, "care kits", paper products, bed and bath items, diapers, and even mattresses. 

Visit our Past Efforts page for details on drives held by the Foundation.

Collage of photos of past Foundation drives like paper goods, bed and bath items, razors and diapers