Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation
The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association is one of the largest trade associations in the state of Florida and has more than 12,000 members located in Orange, Seminole, and surrounding counties.
The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation (ORRF), a 501c3 organization, serves at the charitable arm of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA). ORRA is one of the largest trade associations in the state of Florida and has more than 15,000 members located in Orange, Seminole, and surrounding counties. To keep up with the needs of the ever growing housing market, ORRA established ORRF to serve Central Florida through affordable and accessible housing development and furthering the professionalism of the REALTOR®.
ORRF is one of the most successful REALTOR® sponsored foundation's in the county. The Foundation's award-winning Art in Architecture program has been promoted as a model for collaborative affordable housing initiatives throughout the country.
In early 2003, ORRA acknowledged that the public's image of REALTORS® as dedicated professionals who are concerned about their communities had to be continually promoted. In addition, management and leadership recognized a desire and willingness by our members to support certain association and industry activities through a charitable, tax-deductible vehicle. The preservation and promotion of this image would be critical if the association wished to maintain or enhance its influence and power in the local public policy process.
Knowing the association had the talent, expertise, financial ability, and, moreover, the opportunity to respond creatively and innovatively to these common concerns, the association established the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation. ORRF reflects the association's long term, continuing commitment to support initiatives which enhanced the quality of life within Florida communities.
At its formation, the cornerstone mission of ORRF was to provide the leadership and financial resources necessary to establish effective initiatives, alliances and partnerships, which in turn would support the creation and retention of affordable housing in Central Florida. ORRF's resources would also focus on the professional needs of the real estate practitioner and on addressing issues that impact the quality of life in Florida's communities.
There is no doubt that the need, interest and desire to continue the promotion of REALTORS® as knowledgeable, dedicated professionals who are concerned with the health of their community, is as necessary today as it was fifteen years ago.