Planned diversity initiatives makes good business sense. REALTOR® Associations with well-planned diversity programs create a stronger of community, particularly in neighborhoods with high concentrations of foreign-born and minority residents who are moving up the socioeconomic ladder and are buying homes. Ultimately, diversity programs help to ensure the long-term health and stability of the association. Members and association leaders who reflect the demographic make-up of their communities are better positioned to serve those markets.
Without an ethnically representative membership, an association risks becoming isolated and perceived as exclusive. Over time, this can lead to dwindling membership.
NAR offers the following resources to associations that want to plan and support diversity and inclusion initiatives and activities, but don’t know how to get started or have come to a crossroads and need some additional assistance to help realize their goals.
Leading With Diversity
This three-hour planning workshop takes associations through a step-by-step process to develop key initiatives, specific for your association, that will help you better serve your members, leaders and clients. The workshop is available free of charge to state and local associations.
Diversity Initiative Grants
Once you have your goals and strategies in place, NAR can provide associations with funding to help realize those goals. NAR provides associations up to $5,000 in matching funds for activities that reinforce the role of REALTORS® as leaders in our increasingly diverse communities, and that extend the benefits of homeownership to more Americans.
NAR provides a number of resources to keep associations up to date on the latest fair housing information for REALTORS®. Educating and protecting the real estate professional on the best way to serve clients, without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or nationality is a key goal of NAR’s and benefits every agent’s bottom line.
Diversity Toolkit for REALTOR® Associations
This toolkit provides association executives and leaders with scores of proven examples of programs and initiatives that have successfully worked to increase the diversity within an association’s membership, leadership and the services that benefit the needs of growing communities. From large boards to smaller associations, you will find programs and ideas that fit your needs and your budget.
Questions? Contact Fred Underwood at 202-383-1132.