Our Mission

To positively impact the growth and well being of children in the communities in which we work by supporting organizations focused on assisting in their education and personal development.

Swinging into the Holiday Spirit, the Intero Foundation Continues to Grow the Business of Giving


The Intero Foundation grants another $20,000 while holding numerous holiday events benefiting kids in the community.

Giving back is the name of the game this month for the Intero Foundation. The organization, started in 2002 by the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., has not only granted $20,000 to organizations around the bay area this month, but also taken advantage of multiple giving opportunities throughout their communities.

Throughout the year, Intero makes an effort to give back to the community by giving quarterly grants to organizations that support kids in the community. In fact, since its inception, the Foundation has collected over $3 million through agent/employee contributions and fundraising events. This amount includes an endowment of more than $775,000.

This is the second year the foundation has given holiday grants. The total amount distributed to 4 very deserving organizations is almost double last years at $20,000. This donation was split amongst the following organizations:

  1. Adopt An Angel – Provides gifts to children in group homes, shelters, foster homes, and low-income households. The Intero Los Gatos office presented $5,000 for holiday gifts.
  2. Chamberlain’s Children Center – Empowers at-risk children in a home-like environment to heal from past trauma, discover their strengths, and develop the skills they need to achieve life-long success. The Intero Hollister office presented $4,000 to help fund Christmas activities including a shopping trip to Kohls with the kids.
  3. Reaching Out – Provides food basic necessities and job training to low-income, disadvantaged and homeless children and adults in Santa Clara County. The Intero Morgan Hill office presented $5,000 to go towards purchasing toys for the “I Love Morgan Hill” Food & Toy Giveaway.
  4. Scholastic Interest Group – Helps at risk young men residing in low income communities of San Francisco reach their full potential by offering a variety of programs that promote the importance of staying in school, the value of high education, and the critical need of personal character development. Granted $6,000 to go towards the purchase of a van so the group can participate in educational “field trips.”

In addition to these generous monetary donations, Intero agents, employees, friends and family have been given the opportunity to provide direct contributions through participation in other holiday giving activities including bowling, a bike build, warm coat drive, toy drive and fundraising night.

On December 3rd, the Intero San Mateo office hosted a bowling night raising $2,800 benefiting the Foundation.

The annual Big Bike Build happened on Saturday, December 6th and directly supported Turning Wheels For Kids, an organization the Intero Foundation supported with a grant of $10,000 in 2013. Intero had a team of eleven helping to build bikes along with thousands of volunteers for across the bay area. The annual event brings people together from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to build bikes to be given to underprivileged kids during the holidays.

Intero is also encouraging agents, employees and clients to bring in items for two large holiday collections. The first drive, managed by Kim Connor of Intero’s Saratoga office is for winter coats through One Warm Coat. Last year this drive brought in over 4,000 coats. The second, managed by the Intero San Carlos office, is a Holiday Toy Drive to support the St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room.

Lastly, the company is hosting a fundraising night at Rosie McCann’s in Santana Row on Friday, December 12th. All are welcome. Find out more HERE.

This holiday generosity is only a glimpse into the types of contributions the Intero Foundation is capable of. With the support of a foundation committee, the organization has been known to fundraise through everything from cookbook sales, to car shows, to food truck meet ups. Giving back is definitely on their mind 365 days a year.

The Intero Foundation is always seeking to expand the culture of giving. To apply for a grant for your non-profit organization, follow the grant application guidelines here.

If you would like to donate to the warm coat drive (collecting through January 15th) or toy drive (collecting through December 18th), visit your local Intero office. See the list of all Intero office here.

To find out more about the Intero Foundation and how you can participate in these events, visit interofoundation.org.

Holiday Wish Lists


Help make the holiday’s special for the organizations we give to. From school supplies to bicycles, many of them are in need of items big and small. View our non-profits’ wish lists by clicking on the links below. What a great way to give back during the holidays!

Vida Verde Wish List – Click HERE
Grateful Garment Wish List – Click HERE
Family Connections Wish List – Click HERE
Chamberlain’s Children Center Wish List – Click HERE
JW House’s Wish List – Click HERE
Turning Wheels for Kids – Click HERE
DreamPower – Click HERE
CASA of San Mateo – Click HERE
Achieve Kids – Click HERE
Sunday Friends (Basic Needs) – Click HERE
Sunday Friends (Holiday Wish List) – Click HERE
Good Karma Bikes – Click HERE

Intero Foundation #1 nonprofit in California for #GivingTuesday


Collecting $29,000 in 24 hours for children in our local communities

Kicking off this season of giving, The Intero Foundation participated in #GivingTuesday on December 2nd raising over $29,000 in just 24 hours.


Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday, a worldwide movement, aims to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

Through the fundraising site Razoo.com, The Intero Foundation was able to exceed their initial goal of $10,000 and even become the #1 nonprofit organization in California and the 9th nonprofit worldwide for the most dollars raised.

“Here at Intero our agents truly care about giving back to the communities where they live and work. It’s part of our culture and part of what they do every day,” says Tom Tognoli, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services. “The generosity of them along with their friends, families and clients is what makes days like #GivingTuesday so successful. No matter what day of the year, when asked, our agents will always help out.”

Funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents and employees, the Intero Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in the communities local to where Intero conducts business. Over 10 years later the Foundation continues to empower a diversity of organizations that positively impact the education and personal development of children.

Cathy Jackson, President of the Intero Foundation adds “Intero Real Estate Services’ agents are truly dedicated to giving back to the children in their local community. No matter the time, no matter the effort, these agents care. I applaud them for going the extra mile on Tuesday. It will make a huge impact on the lives of so many local kids.”

Through Intero’s agents, employees and fundraising events, the Foundation has generated over $3 million with an endowment of more than $775,000 and has raised more than $400,000 in 2014.

Foundation Night at Rosie McCann’s



#GivingTuesday Success!



We are proud to announce that the Intero Foundation made 2 times it’s goal of $10,000 on Tuesday! Total contributions came to $29,325!!!  For #GivingTuesday this ranked the Intero Foundation as the #1 nonprofit in ALL of California, as well as the 9th nonprofit worldwide for the most dollars raised.

Have great pride that this money will go to helping kids in the very same communities that we work in.  Thank you for all of your support and generosity.

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Shop With a Cop Volunteers Needed!


It’s hard to believe but the 7th Annual Shop with a Cop Heroes and Helpers Holiday shopping spree is just around the corner. This year, the Holiday shopping spree will be held on Wednesday, December 10th at Target-533 Coleman Avenue from 8:00 AM-11:30 AM. This year, there will be 60+ students benefiting from the shopping spree ranging from 3rd-6th grade.


We are soliciting a minimum of 40 volunteers to work the various stations such as, Santa’s Helpers, gift wrappers, greeters etc. for the shopping spree. Please let me know if you can help us out by providing names of the volunteers.

There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers on Thursday December 4th at 5:30pm at the Sonoma Chicken Coop, 90 Skyport Drive #100, San Jose, CA to give you your assignments

Please spread the word to those you know who might want to help.

Please respond to Alicia (avcortez57@yahoo.com) no later than November 21st. Slots will be filled based on your timely response.

We truly appreciate your continued support.

Alicia Cortez-Secretary
Shop with a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley

Mentoring Young Men To Move Forward


There are thousands of non-profit organizations that service women. Bringing them back from a dark place, supporting them while they get on their feet, providing positive influences to give them the courage to succeed in life.

An organization that does these things for men is much harder to come by and that’s part of what makes Scholastic Interest Group (SIG) so unique.  The young man who started this organization, Malik Wade, grew up in inner-city San Francisco and could not resist the appeal of street life. Although a promising athlete with potential to do great things, by the time of his graduation, he was under investigation for selling narcotics and was eventually sentenced to 14 years in prison. He came out seeing the world in a whole new light.

Wade started this organization so these kids wont have the same fate he did.  The group works to expose at risk male student athletes to a world of learning and professional opportunities in hopes that they will be inspired to continue their education through high school and into college.  Wade has become a father figure, older brother, and guardian angel to many of these kids who would not otherwise have a male role model in their lives.  There program includes athletic coaching and competitions, university tours, one-on-one mentoring, and college prep/life skill workshops.

While the mentorship and athletic portions of their program have been quite successful, the group has struggled to be able to go on the college visits as they wish. They are currently crowd funding to raise money for a van that can carry more that 10 kids at a time so they can go on field trips to Universities in the area.

Find out more about the great things in organization is doing and help them reach their goal. Visit www.scholasticinterestgroup.org


Girl On The Edge


What do you think of when you reminisce back to your teenage years? Prom, football games, physics tests? Having so much to look forward to in college and in life.  Some teens are not so lucky to have these be there experiences. They struggle with the battle of self worth, depression, thoughts of suicide and the destruction to themselves and others.

The Sky’s The Limit Fund is in place to help teens get out of this rut; put them back on a positive and healthy path through outdoor wilderness therapy.  They want every teenager to achieve their full potential as healthy and valued members of society.

On December 10th, a very special movie is being shown at BlueLight Cinemas in Cupertino in support of The Sky’s The Limit Fund.  Girl On The Edge is a powerful true story about the journey of a troubled teenage girl who finds healing in the most unlikely of places.  We are inviting you to join us in this private viewing.


There is no cost for tickets but a donation is encouraged as any proceeds will go towards The Sky’s The Limit Fund. Showtimes are 5:00 and 7:30pm on December 10th. Reserve your seats HERE.

Keep Calm and #Unselfie


Join the Global Movement! Show your support for #GivingTuesday by posting an #unselfie of yourself stating how you give back. All you have to do is write how/why you are giving this year on our #unselfie card found HERE. Post a “selfie” of you and the card onto your facebook page to share with your friends and encourage them to do the same. Use the hashtags #unselfie and #GivingTuesday and tag @Intero Foundation so we can find you.

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Tom Tognoli, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services showing why he’s joining the #unselfie movement.