Building a Better Central Oregon Awards

BBCO's primary purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials. COAR presents the awards annually in October. For more information, click here.


COAR members participate in a variety of volunteering activities, including:

  • Bend Beautification Project
  • Habitat for Humanity Build Days
  • REALTOR(R) Volunteer Days


The application for 2023 Charitable Giving donations from COAR is now available. Non-profits in the COAR and MLSCO territory (Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Jefferson, Harney, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties) are encouraged to apply. Visit this LINK for more information and the short online application. The deadline is August 25, 2023.

In 2022, COAR contributed $30,000 in funds, ranging from $500 to $2,500 to the following non-profits: BEAT Children's Theater, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, Care & Share Community Outreach, CASA of Central Oregon, Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, Clear Mourning, Council on Aging of Central Oregon, DAWNS House, Family Kitchen, Fences for Fido, Friends of the Children Central Oregon, Furnish Hope, Heartwarmers, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, Hunger Prevention Coalition, Latino Community Association, MountainStar, Prineville Kiwanis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Saving Grace, Shepherd's House Ministries. SMART Reading, St. Vincent DePaul of Crook County, and The Giving Plate.

REALTORS® for Kids

"COAR dedicates a portion of membership dues to help children in our communities have access to needed school supplies, clothing, and vision services. School counselors and Family Access Network Advocates request funds for students in need."


COAR helps sponsor the City Club of Central Oregon, Economic Development of Central Oregon Pub Talks, Bend2050 Vision Project, Central Oregon Builders Association Builder's Perspective Breakfast, Bend Chamber Impact Conference, and the High Desert Museum.

REALTOR Party Grants

Through the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), COAR can apply for community-based grants in housing opportunities, walkable neighborhoods, open space preservation, transportation choices, community and stakeholder collaboration, land use, placemaking, and other Smart Growth principles. The grants are often awarded for partnerships between the association, community groups, and local government.

Oregon Home Foundation Grants

The Oregon REALTORS® HOME Foundation Board of Directors makes grants of up to $5,000 to qualified recipients (per the HOME Foundation Policies & Bylaws) to be chosen by each local Board/Association. The HOME Foundation Board of Directors has the discretion to adjust individual grant awards. 


High Desert Food & Farm Alliance-Welcome Boxes

In partnership with the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, COAR proudly presents Local Food Welcome Boxes for new homeowners! Each box features non-perishable products made by local food artisans. Inside includes a personalized welcome letter and a place to display your business card prominently. Proceeds benefit the non-profit High Desert Food & Farm Alliance's food access and farm support programs. Price: $80 (contents of box minimum retail value of $80). Delivery is FREE to COAR. Place orders by the 15th for delivery on the 1st Monday of the following month. ORDER at:

Candidate Support

Are you running for local office? COAR does not endorse candidates, but the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee can provide funds for candidates running for local office. 

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