Royal LePage Shelter Foundation Honoured with Prestigious Philanthropy Award
(far left) Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and Phil Soper, President & CEO, Royal LePage (far right) receive the 2018 Association of Fundraising Professionals “Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Corporation” from Jen MacRae, Senior Program Manager, Community Relations Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.
TORONTO, ON, Nov. 27, 2018 – Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is the recipient of the 2018 Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Corporation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter. Presented to a corporation or its charitable foundation, this award celebrates the contribution of time, leadership and financial support of a special group of Canadians who set new benchmarks of excellence in the acts of giving and volunteering.
“We are honoured to have been nominated by our partner, Canadian Women’s Foundation, and to be recognized as philanthropic leaders,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “This award reflects the tireless and passionate efforts of our national network of REALTORS® and broker-owners who support the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and its mission to promote safer homes and communities.”
Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has raised more than $27 million dollars in its twenty-year history and helps local women’s shelters provide a safe haven and new beginnings for more than 50,000 women and children every year. It is the largest public foundation in Canada dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and domestic violence prevention programs. Royal LePage offices are partnered with a women’s shelter in their community and agents make donations from their sales commissions, organize fundraising events and provide in-kind contributions.
“As real estate professionals, Royal LePage agents are committed to giving back to the communities where they work and live. By supporting the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, our agents help their local shelters provide much-needed services for women and children fleeing abuse,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, executive director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “I am so grateful to Royal LePage agents and brokers for their unwavering determination to help women and children lead safer, happier and more hopeful lives. I am thrilled that their efforts are being recognized with the 2018 Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Corporation.”
Royal LePage is the only major real estate company with its own charity. The company pays all of the Foundation’s administrative costs allowing the total amount raised to remain in local communities. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation also supports violence prevention initiatives and teen healthy relationship programs as a national philanthropic partner of Canadian Women’s Foundation and Women’s Shelters Canada.
The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognized leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. With more than 1200 members, the Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the more than 240 AFP chapters throughout the world.
For more information, please contact:
Sarah Louise Gardiner
Director, Public Relations
Royal LePage Real Estate Services