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.

The Grateful Garment Project

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Picture this, a child is taken to a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) facility after being sexually abused to be examined and checked medically and emotionally. They’re devastated, tired and hungry. All they want to do is go to a comfortable place, not talk to anyone and just let everything go back to normal. Instead, they have to answer questions, go through tests, and maybe even give up their clothing for forensic evidence leaving them with nothing but a simple paper hospital gown.

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This is where the Grateful Garment Project steps in, helping make this process a little more comfortable. They ensure that every victim of a SART facility or a victim whom seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletry, snacks and miscellaneous items they may require to reduce any further impact on their being. This small act of kindness is making a big difference in the minds of the kids who just went through such a traumatic event and it just amazes us every time we hear about it.

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The organization is always looking for snacks, clothing and other items to support these kids after such a traumatic experience. If you’d like to donate some of their needed items, you can find their full wish list HERE


Winter Coat Collection Success!

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The numbers are in! We had quite the successful Winter Coat Drive surpassing our goal of 4,500! Thank you to everyone who collected and donated for us on behalf of the One Warm Coat organization. This would not be possible without everyone’s help.

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Cycling Toward the STARS

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The Intero San Diego office located in Chula Vista, CA, started off their year with a generous $1,000 donation to San Diego VeloYouth.  This is a program that helps young athletes experience self-respect, teamwork, achievement, responsibility and success through cycling – STARS Create Possibilities!  Put on by Quality Life Connections, an organization that aims to positively impact the world one life at a time, San Diego VeloYouth works with schools where at least 65% of the students qualify for the free and reduce-price lunch program.  We’re excited to see our dollars expanding beyond the bay area and into other cities where we work and play.

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Holiday Shopping With The Kids!

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This past December our holiday grant to Chamberlain’s Children Center went super far. The initial goal was to contribute to a fund that allowed kids in their program the opportunity to go on a Christmas Shopping Spree at Kohl’s. Well our donation was doubled by the Foundation of San Benito County making Christmas for these kids even more joyful! Kids were able to shop for essential items like clothing and shoes. Everything was wrapped and placed under the tree for the kids to open up on Christmas Morning making for a memorable holiday for all.

Check out the pictures from the Shopping Spree HERE.


Foundation Spotlight: Reading Partners

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Did you know that, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2013, just 38% of our nation’s fourth graders could read proficiently? Well, at Reading Partners, they’re working to help increase that percentage.

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45 minutes a week. That’s all it takes for the volunteers at Reading Partners to make an impact. Their goal is to improving students’ reading skills in Title 1 elementary schools throughout the Bay Area and across the country and they do it in just 45 minutes a week for each child. They are given personalized, one on one attention allowing them to focus on what they really need to advance their reading skills. Some students that have gone through the program have even been able to better their reading level by two grade levels in just a single year. This organization is truly making a difference, giving kids the opportunity and the confidence to go further in school, graduate from High School and even go to college.

While the foundation has been doing their part with multiple contributions to the organization over the years, you can help too. If you or someone you know (teenager, retired adult, neighbors, etc) are interested in volunteering (remember it’s just 45 minutes a week), contact Gina Roberti at 408-622-0643 or email gina.roberti@readingpartners.org. They work in 22 schools around the Bay Area so there’s probably one near you.


Intero Real Estate Services Creates A Culture of Giving Back

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Realtors at Intero are dedicated to children right here at home.

The Intero Foundation, a non-profit organization benefiting children in need, started in 2002 by the founders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., announced that it has donated over $300,000 to over 35 different charities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014. This is part of the company’s mission to positively impact the growth and well-being of children in the communities they work and live in. Empowered by Intero agents and employees, the foundation has collected over $3.5 million for nonprofit organizations over the last twelve years. This also includes an endowment of nearly $1,000,000.

John Thompson, Intero’s Chief Operating Officer explains, “Agents donate a portion of their earnings from every home that is sold. As a company, this commitment makes a big statement.

Intero Agents volunteered in December for Shop With A Cop's annual Heroes & Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree

Intero Agents volunteered in December for Shop With A Cop’s annual Heroes & Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree

Therefore, when you drive by an Intero for sale sign or work with an Intero Realtor, you can feel good that at risk children in the community will be served and we thank each and every one of you for your support.”

In addition to the agents’ contributions, in 2014, Intero hosted a variety of fundraising events including their third annual Intero Day at the Giants, Hot Wheels for Kids, a car show benefiting the foundation that takes place at the company’s Saratoga office, Saratoga Eats, a mobile food trunk adventure and Intero’s newest fundraising events, Silicon Valley Gives and Giving Tuesday, both large online giving events that involved nonprofit organizations around the Silicon Valley and the world respectively. All of the money donated at these events goes directly to organizations that support kids throughout the Bay Area.

“Intero has always been passionate about making a difference in the communities we serve and since the beginning, we have done this through The Intero Foundation.” says Tom Tognoli, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.

Intero Foundation President, Cathy Jackson adds, “We are fortunate to have a culture, here at Intero, of people who care and are generous. Over the last decade, we’ve been able to get involved with the organizations we give to beyond just the monetary donation. Members of the Intero Foundation have volunteered for shopping trips, building bikes, and tutoring just to name a few. These engagements have allowed us to see the kids and the organizations grow to their full potential which is what pushes us to give even more.”

The Intero Foundation continues to impact the growth and well-being of children and youth in the communities they serve. In 2014, Intero gave back to the following organizations:

Adopt An Angel
Achieve Kids
Animal Assisted Happiness
Books Aloud
Boys and Girls Club
Bring Me A Book
Cancer Care Point
CASA of San Benito
CASA of San Mateo
Chamberlain’s Children Center
Discovery Counseling Center
Family Connections
Family Supportive Housing
Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association
Freedom House
Friends of the HMB Library
Girl Inc. of the Central Coast
Grateful Garment
Jose Valdes Math Foundation
JW House
KARA Grief Counseling
Lighthouse of Hope
Morgan Autism Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Nature Bridge
Neighborhood Arts
Next Door Solutions
Pathways Home Health & Hospice
Project Read – Redwood City Friends of the Library
Reaching Out
Reading Partners
Rebekah Children Services
Scholastic Interest Group
Shop With A Cop
SJB Child Development
Stand Up For Kids
Vida Verde Nature Education
Willow Glen High School Parent Club/Willow Glen Cares


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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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