REALTORS® in Action


Building a Better Central Oregon Awards

BBCO's main 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 participates in a variety of volunteering activities including:

  • Bend Beautification Project
  • Habitat for Humanity Build Days
  • Kid's Zone at the Deschutes County Fair


Applications for 2020 are now available here. To be a monthly tour beneficiary, the deadline is March 31, 2020 and the annual giving deadline is September 11, 2020.

  • The applicant must be a 501(c)3.
  • Applications are preferred from, but not limited to, to smaller organizations that provide basic needs to the community, such as food, shelter, clothing and medical services.
  • Political organizations/campaigns, religious activities (religious organizations are eligible for community services), sports teams or individual activities are not.
  • Funds must be used for programs and not events or marketing.
  • Programs must take place in Central Oregon.
  • A letter of recommendation from a COAR member

The 2019 COAR Bend MLSCO Tour Beneficiaries were:

In 2019, COAR contributed to: 

Bethlehem Inn
Beulah's Place
Boys and Girls
Camp Eagle Cap
Camp Fire Central Oregon
Central Oregon Aging of Central Oregon
Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy
Deschutes Children's Foundation
Education Foundation for Bend-LaPine Schools
Family Access Network
Family Kitchen
Family Resource Center of Central Oregon
Friends of the Children Central Oregon
Healing Reins
Heart of Oregon Corps
High Desert Food & Farm Alliance
High Desert Museum
Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon
Jericho Road
Kits for Kids- Prineville
La Pine Community Kitchen
Latino Community Association
Mosiac Medical
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery
Oregon Adaptive Sports
PNW Adult & Teen Challenge, Central Oregon Campus
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington
Saving Grace
St. Vincent de Paul-Bend
St. Vincent de Paul-La Pine
Stroke Awareness Oregon
Sunriver Womens Club
The Giving Plate
Thelma's Place
Wonderland Express

REALTORS® for Kids

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


In 2019, COAR sponsored the following events and programs: La Pine Frontier Days, Madras Sparklers, Crooked River Roundup, Sisters Folk Festival, KTVZ's Holiday Lights, Bend 2030's Revisioning Project, Sunriver Art Fair, Redmond's Old Fashioned 4th of July, and Building Partners for Affordable Housing's Trap Shoot. COAR's sponsorships are based on recommendations from our local directors and are focused on events that benefit the entire community. 

REALTOR Party Grants

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

Most recently, COAR utilized NAR's Placemaking Grant program to donate $5,500 toward the Central Oregon Trail Alliance's Madras East Hills Trails Project. This trail system is east of town, just across from Juniper Hills Park. It will be a multi-user trail network, accessible to walkers, runners, horse riders, mountain bikers and e-bike riders. COAR members are also volunteering on this project, click here for more information.

Oregon Home Foundation Grants

Through the Oregon Association of REALTORS, COAR is able to recommend support for local housing affordable housing projects. In 2018, grants were given to: Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, Neighbor Impact and Sisters Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in applying in 2019, applications are due November 8. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


High Desert Food & Farm Alliance-Welcome Boxes

In partnership with the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, COAR is proud to present 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 prominently display your business card. 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 of the month for delivery on the 1st Monday of the following month. ORDER at:

Bethlehem Inn Capital Campaign

Thank you to all our members that participated in the Bethlehem Inn’s capital campaign. COAR and COBA raised $760,000 in six months to complete our challenge. Congratulations to COBA for raising the most funds! We may have raised less but COAR had a higher rate of participation. If you are still interested in being involved the overall campaign has $2M left to raise. For more information on this campaign, please click here.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend

COAR participates in the National Association of REALTORS® partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs. In 2018, COAR collected food for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend food bank and Thanksgiving turkeys for the BGCB's families. We are also a sponsor of their Flannel and Frost fundraiser.

The House that Real Estate Built

In 2016, COAR worked with the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity on the House that Real Estate Built raising $75,000. On December 8th the home was dedicated to the Casner Family. 

Kôr Community Land Trust

In 2018, COAR was able to donate $10,000 to help Kor complete their plans for an affordable housing cottage development. In 2019, we plan on providing volunteers to help with the project.


In 2019, COAR is a partner for Bend 2050: A Revisioning Project.

In 2018, COAR sponsored MoveBend to help create a community conversation about the future of transportation options on Bend.

In partnership with Bend2030, COAR helped launched the Collaborative Housing Workgroup in 2016. The group is working toward solutions to help create more middle market housing opportunities in Bend. Strategies currently include development code changes, incentives and funding infrastructure. Click here for the final recommendations that will be presented to the Bend City Council in August 2017. This project was made possible with a Smartgrowth Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. 

OSU Cascades

COAR believes that OSU Cascades is an integral part of the future for Central Oregon. In order to diversify our economy, provide job training and educational opportunities for our residents, COAR contributed $50,000 to the building of Tykeson Hall and $100,000 toward the University's next academic building which will focus on STEM programs. For more information, click here.

St. Charles Foundation

In 2019, COAR donated $25,000 to help the St. Charles Foundation meet a matching grant for their New Patient Tower. The Tower is three stories with a new 24 bed ICU, 28 inpatient beds, 300 parking spots and a second water line for expanded capacity.

In 2018, St. Charles completed the much needed La Pine Clinic. COAR contributed $25,000 toward their capital campaign.


Candidate Support

Running for local office? COAR does not endorse candidates but the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee can provide funds candidates running for local office. Deadlines to apply for 2020 are:
March 20th for the May primary
August 31st for the General Election
COARPAC is a non-partisan PAC that receives voluntary donations from COAR members. We are seeking to support candidates that understand the importance of private property rights and homeownership. Once the filing deadline for an election has passed, all candidates in the race will be invited to interview with the COARPAC trustees. The trustees may choose to support any, all or no candidates in a race.

Click here for the application.


For more information about any of these programs, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..