Powerful Giving

Each fall The Real Estate Council Foundation grant committees review dozens of applications completed by Dallas nonprofit organizations. Each request is screened for its potential to benefit the community and its fit with our four focus areas: education, housing, job creation and the environment. The Real Estate Council Foundation Board approves the grant finalists.

Grantees receive funding along with a team of TREC volunteers who donate time and expertise to make the project vision a reality. This special combination of financial support and sweat equity binds TREC members to their community and each other in a unique way – creating a powerful force for positive change.

Our Impact


Contributed more than $10 million in grant funds


Reached more than 327,000 individuals in need


Complete more than 3,000 hours of time worth more than $750,000 each year


Assisted more than 100 nonprofit organizations

2017 Foundation Grantees

Aberg Center for Literacy (Young Guns Project)

INVESTMENT: Casino Night Proceeds
FOCUS: Education

Expansion and Renovations: Funds will help expand adult literacy and early childhood education programming to a second location and assist with classrooms and playground renovations. TREC Young Guns will provide project management, architecture, engineering and construction services.

Catholic Charities of Dallas

FOCUS: Education, Jobs

Consolidation and Purchase of a New Facility: Funds will help establish a permanent home for CCD to more resourcefully serve over 30,000 people in need annually. TREC members will provide a myriad of professional services throughout the facility.

Educational First Steps

FOCUS: Education

Partner Center Improvement Project: Funds will support capital improvements to help transform Katie’s Little Angels into a nationally accredited early learning center, providing high-quality early education to hundreds of at-risk children in West Dallas for generations. TREC members will provide a variety of services, including space planning.

Emanuel Lutheran Church

FOCUS: Environment, Education

Parsonage Renovation: Funds will help renovate a 115-year-old, 1,200-square-foot, former parsonage in deteriorating condition in East Dallas. Renovations will allow for the continued use and expansion of the building as a resource for the neighborhood’s low-income population. TREC members will provide technical expertise on the building’s foundation and other repairs.

Genesis Women’s Shelter

FOCUS: Housing

Emergency Shelter Renovation: Funds will support needed repairs and updates across the shelter’s campus to create a safer, more efficient and welcoming facility for the hundreds of women and children who call the shelter home each year. TREC members will provide a variety of professional services, including architectural assistance.

Harmony Community Development Center (ALC Project)

FOCUS: Jobs, Education

Food Pantry Remodeling: Funds will convert the current facility into a client choice model, allowing clients to make their own healthy food selections. The remodeling will help manage food costs, reduce waste, provide healthy options, accommodate dietary restrictions and allow Harmony personnel to spend more time with the client as they shop. The Associate Leadership Council Class of 2017 will provide structural, engineering, architectural and all other services.

Jubilee Park and Community Center

FOCUS: Housing

Affordable Housing Initiative: Funds will help purchase lots and build affordable houses for low and moderate income families in southeast Dallas over the next two to three years. TREC members will participate with brokerage and consulting services.

Moorland YMCA

FOCUS: Education, Environment

Improving Play: Funds will help add play and exercise elements to the infrastructure so that all children can access quality play opportunities and further improve the healthy of the community. TREC members will assist with the planning and installation.

UNT Dallas College of Law

FOCUS: Housing

Clear Title and Will Initiative: Funds will support the UNT Dallas College of Law Community Lawyering Centers in hosting Clear Title and Will Clinics for residents in South Dallas, providing access to services, resources and support to navigate the title process that will ultimately lead to clear title and eligibility for repair programs. TREC members will provide legal and title assistance.

Completed Projects

Use our interactive map to navigate past projects completed by TREC members and TREC Community Fund loans. Click any icon on the map and learn more about the investment our members and funding partners made to improve the community.