Originally referred to as “Beyond Excellence”, this volunteer program was developed when Realtors® out of the ERA Muske Real Estate Brokerage were looking for ways to give back to their community. Although the program began as a partnership, The Muske Community Support Foundation was later formalized as its own 501c3 and is currently run strictly by volunteers out of the Remax Synergy office in Forest Lake, with its mission statement: Giving financial support to our neighbors from each property we sell.
The Foundation raises about $30,000 per year, half from its Realtors® who donate a portion of their earned income, and half through an annual fundraiser. The money is used to support the communities in which the brokerage has offices including Forest Lake, North Branch, Lindstrom, Osceola, River Falls and New Brighton. Support comes in many forms, including school scholarships, food shelf donations and supporting other local charities such as the Amborella House and Lakes Life Care Center.
Dan Schultz, the current Vice President of the Foundation, added, “You know when you see a sign around town telling you about a family in need? We like to help them, too.” The Muske Community Support Foundation has given back more than $500,000 since 1995.
Congratulations to The Muske Community Support Foundation on being named SPAAR Hero for February 2021!
SPAAR Hero is a program of SPAAR’s Community Engagement Committee, sponsored by SPAAR’s REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. Members of SPAAR’s Communications Committee interview and write the SPAAR Hero articles.