A Colorado Group Realty real estate group, led by broker Jon Wade, has started a new charitable fund through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
The Steamboat Group Fund has already donated $10,000 this year to causes including Partners in Routt County, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the city’s trail maintenance endowment fund, Bike Town USA and the Challenge Fund.
The money for the fund comes from contributions made each time a sale is closed by a broker within The Steamboat Group, according to Wade.
“Everyone is committed to doing this on every transaction,” Wade said.
Wade said he approached his staff earlier this year with the idea and was impressed by how quickly everyone agreed to participate.
“They were on board. They were 100-percent in,” Wade said. “That was just awesome to me.”
When hiring, Wade looks for employees who want to be active in the community through community service or involvement in local organizations.
“One of my standards for hiring someone is someone who’s involved in the community and wants to give back,” Wade said.
He said the fund is donating to the same organizations members of The Steamboat Group are involved with, so the group feels the money is going toward causes they care about.
“We are incredibly grateful to the people that make this community special,” Wade said. “Each of us on the team volunteers our time with organizations that work towards this goal, but we felt it was important to do more. We are fortunate to live in such a great place and want to step up our efforts to keep it that way.”
Wade said he chose to partner with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation on the fund because he is impressed with the organization’s work.
The fund is separate from Colorado Group Realty’s Charitable Foundation, a voluntary program in which Colorado Group brokers can donate a portion of their commissions to the foundation to be used for charitable giving.
The Steamboat Group Fund aims to award another $10,000 in gifts by the end of 2016 and has set a goal to give $25,000 in 2017.