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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Job Training, Philanthropy

Mission: CREW Network Foundation was founded in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of CREW Network. CREW Network Foundation is the only foundation dedicating its resources solely towards advancing women in the commercial real estate industry.

Results: As of June, 2014, CREW Network and CREW Network Foundation have awarded 66 scholarships totaling $520,000. Help us plant the seeds of change in the commercial real estate industry. We also support CREW Network sustain its industry research initiative in order to provide the industry reliable statistics addressing the advancement of women in commercial real estate and to develop the business case for diversity. Through the development of annual white papers and the publication of its industry benchmark study every five years, CREW Network is the definitive resource for information on women in the commercial real estate industry.

Target demographics: influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women

Geographic areas served: North America

Programs: UCREW, CREW Careers, eMentoring and scholarships. Programs that educate women and girls about the career opportunities available to them and creating mentoring relationships for those new to the industry.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I served as Chapter Champion for the CREW Network Foundation this past year for the Charlotte NC Chapter which was my first major introduction into the value and benefits CREW Network offers. I learned through the delegate process about the many resources available from CREW Network for women and their careers at all levels. I had agreed to participate in our local mentoring program but had never participated in a formal process. The whitepapers available from CREW Foundation gave me direct access to ten women and their experiences in a process I was embarking on....being considered seasoned in my career, I am excited relevant programming and resources are available to me personally. CREW Foundation also is active in promoting real estate careers in young women. My daughter personally benefitted from CREW Foundation by being awarded one of the Network Foundation scholarships in 2014. She has already received benefits and exposure young women do not normally have the opportunity to be exposed through unless in an environment specifically focused on building women like CREW Network. I was so proud to see the notes she took and engage in the conversations she had about the speakers at convention and networking available in Miami this year. There is no question she has more confidence in herself as a student, leader and future career person after the experiences over the past year through CREW. I believe strongly in the CREW Network Foundation and so excited me and my daughter were able to participate in so many ways this year!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Women with successful careers in commercial real estate should be searching for avenues to help the next generation. CREW Network Foundation presents that opportunity, building the future through scholarships, research and mentoring. Significantly, from what I observed, the fundraising is what I would call "fat free" and the $$ end up directly advancing the mission. For this reason, I am more than happy to support as a donor and volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 4

The CREW Foundation has impressed me a great deal. The primary reason for this is because the organization is fiscally responsible, which is not always the case with non profits. That fiscal responsability allows CREW to make many benefits available to its members and recipients of foundation dollars, in all its forms. Additionally, I enjoy participating with an organization who is so invested in the improvement of career paths for women. I would whole heartedly make the same choice with my donations and am proud to be a donor to the CREW Foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As the CREW Network Foundation Champion for CREW St. Louis, I have grown to appreciate the value and benefits it provides to members and future real estate career opportunities for women. Increasing awareness of the scholarship endowment has landed St. Louis two native scholars and helped our members see where their dollars are going. I speak from experience with the benefits of the benchmark studies and white papers helping with compensation discussions and how to grow in leadership. Locally, we are able to engage with high school and college women to inform them of the wide range of careers in real estate as well as the students teaching us a thing or two about reaching out to them--mostly through social media. You cannot put a price on the value CREW Network Foundation brings to its members, but we can continue to educate our members on how they can support and make an impact no matter the contribution.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the CREW Network in 2014 and the experience has been top notch ever since first setting foot inside the door. The sense of community was immediately apparent among the members and beyond just building networks, everyone was extremely intentional on building relationships. I have not only had the opportunity to expand my business in the Northern Colorado area thanks to CREW but have expanded my knowledge of resources around in the surrounding areas. I am excited to see what lies ahead for CREW Northern Colorado and how we can continue to build our community together!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was selected as a Delegate to CREW National from my local chapter, CREW Atlanta, this past year. It has been an eye opening experience for me seeing first hand all of the incredible work that is being done at CREW Network and CREW chapters across the country. The mission of empowering and promoting women in commercial real estate is being meet with diversity to impact as many people as possible. The programs offered include scholarships, mentoring, leadership, awards and exposure to the dynamic national CREW Network conferences. This organization takes it mission very seriously and it's team of dedicated staff and volunteers are making a huge impact!

1 Trish G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a Scholarship recipient of the CREW Network Foundation to help further my graduate education in Commercial Real Estate. Crew Network provides scholarships, mentoring with industry professionals, and membership for a year. Membership provides the opportunity to grow in a plethora of educational and networking opportunities, and the coup de great is the opportunity to attend the CREW Convention where 1000's of successful women bolster each other to perpetuate careers in real estate. Some of the speakers this year were Steve Forbes, Katty Kay, and Hillary Clinton.
The organization is Very well organized, well attended, growing and substantially supported by several of the worlds biggest and best real estate companies.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have been a supporter of CREW Network Foundation as a volunteer, a contributor and a board member. I have given my time and my money because I believe that what the organization is doing to improve (i) awareness of the talent inequities in the commercial real estate industry and (ii) preparedness of women in, and looking to join, the industry is necessary and unequalled. While many firms and individuals in the industry are talking about the issues surrounding gender equality, there are few really putting their time and their money behind the conversation. CREW Network Foundation is doing all of that and more. The only reason why I didn't give the organization 5 stars is that it is limited in its range due to the limitations of funding. I believe that if more funds were available to support the organization's programming it would "far exceed" expectations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CREW Foundation has been instrumental in empowering younger women by educating and providing opportunities in commercial real estate. I have personally seen the impact with several of our local UCREW students. They have gone from our UCREW program, internships and then to careers in prominent companies. CREW Foundation not only serves as an educational resource for younger women interested in the industry, it also continues to remind each of us, that have established careers in the industry, how important it is to share our stories with the younger generation. I have personally donated, and will continue!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this worthy cause, CREW Network Foundation several times due to the mission and execution of the Foundation. I have received so much from CREW and my affiliation with the organization.

It is worth giving back and paying it forward to the Foundation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally donated to the CREW Foundation over the past few years, as well as attending one of their wonderful fund raising events. As the President of the IndyCREW chapter, one of my missions was to get our chapter committed to fund raising and donating. Our chapter has successfully raised and donated over $5,000 this year. Our Board also has 100% donor participation this year. The money supports the very worthy and under served purpose of providing scholarships, as well as funding much needed cutting edge research. I personally will continue to support the foundation, and hope that our chapter will continue their support for the foundation in the future as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served on the CREW Network Foundation Scholarship Committee for two years and had an extraordinary experience mentoring two wonderful scholarship award winners. The Foundation has put together a strong program to encourage accomplished young women to enter the commercial real estate industry. I am also a donor to the Foundation and increased my donation considerably once I experienced first hand how meaningful this program is to up and coming women in our industry.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a Chapter leader and donor for several years- because I believe in CREW and it's mission. What better way to support our mission than to directly contribute to the growth and success of our future women leadership in CRE! We're gaining more and more momentum thanks to CREW and the Foundation!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have held many positions within CREW Charlotte and feel strongly that this organization, unlike any others, has helped so much in my business career. For this reason, I feel we need to pay it forward and share with the next generation. They need to be shown the way and who better to it, than other women. I believe in the power of CREW.
Carrie Sharp
Indoff Commercial Interiors
CREW Charlotte

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a past president of CREW Fort Worth. Currently, as a CREW Network Foundation Champion Director my journey has intersected with extraordinary leaders and provided the ability to develop new friendships across the U.S. and in Canada. I believe that time is our most valuable asset. The time that I have committed to CNF has enriched my life. Embracing the CNF mission is important to me because through contributions and commitment of time, I am a small participant in a vision that is changing the dynamics of our commercial real estate industry. Supporting CNF is also close to my heart as it allows me to honor my parent's philosophies in supporting education. The opportunity to meet some of the CNF scholarship recipients was inspiring. I found our scholars to be intelligent women, who will bring the strength of new talent to our industry and a willingness to participate in giving back.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a past president of CREW NJ and served on CREW Network board in 2013 and 2014. CREW Network has helped me advance in my career as well as connect me with women that are leaders in all facets of the commercial real estate industry. I have always believed in paying it forward and CREW Network Foundation is the best platform to do so. It focuses on research and scholarships that work to advance women in commercial real estate. I have had the pleasure of working with the scholars and it fires me up to see the talent entering into the industry. The scholarships assist with entry into the field and the research help guide women in their choices as they navigate their careers. Currently, a critical focus of the research is guiding women to leadership positions. The work being done is stellar.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Twin Cities Chapter of CREW (MNCREW) has seen first-hand the value of the CREW Foundation, with 3 young women from our area being awarded the scholarship!
Our chapter greatly values the Foundation, signified by 100% of Board participation in donating to the CREW Foundation over the past few years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CREW Foundation is an important facet to the CREW organization as a whole. In addition to the financial and educational assistance it provides its members and the young women it supports, CREW and CREW foundation are contributory to the advancement of women in a predominately male driven industry. It is, in the highest form, "women helping women."

Volunteer

Rating: 4

CREW Foundation has consistently been on my giving list. Since joining CREW Network through the Kansas City chapter four years ago, it has been my pleasure to support this worthy foundation who does so much good to promote women in the commercial real estate industry. One way I enjoy making an impact with my gifts is to honor our chapter officers and name the gift for them. A great way to do good for other women and put a smile on women I admire and appreciate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The CREW Network Foundation assisted me in obtaining my Masters in Business Administration in Real Estate and continue on to work for CBRE full time after the initial internship the CREW Network Foundation also assisted me in getting. I would not have made it where I am today without the monetary and mentorship support from the CREW Network Foundation.