The funds have helped the lives of thousands, including those affected by cataclysmic disasters such as the 2013 Tasmanian bushfires, the 2011 Queensland floods, the 2009 Victorian bushfires and the Christchurch earthquakes.
The Harcourts Foundation was formed in 2008 as a way for Harcourts to give back to its communities.
All funds have been raised by dedicated Harcourts team members and clients through fundraising events, auctions, workplace giving and individual donations. The majority of donations are made through “off the top” giving, which is an amount donated by Harcourts offices from the sale of properties.
Managing Director of Harcourts International, Mike Green says raising over $2 million for charities in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa is a landmark achievement and evidence of the group’s core values of “people first” and “doing the right thing”.
“At Harcourts we aim to change lives and make dreams come true – the work of The Harcourts Foundation is a continuation of this,” Mr Green said.
In total, over 150 Australian charities have received funding grants from the Foundation. The most recent grants have included $15,000 to the North Queensland Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and $10,000 to Butterfly Babies, a charity within the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation.
Regular rounds of grants are made each year, with charities able to apply for funding through the Harcourts Foundation website www.harcourtsfoundation.harcourts.com.au.
The upcoming grant application deadlines are:
- 1 July – 30 September 2013
- 1 October – 31 December 2013
- 1 January – 31 March 2013