A Formation From Necessity

Within hours of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, efforts were launched by the NAR Executive Leadership team to secure contributions to aid those impacted. The National Association of REALTORS® utilized its leadership, infrastructure and standing as the world’s largest trade association to rally members and supporters. Donors stood in solidarity with fellow countrymen and countrywomen to help impacted families rise from the rubble and ash. More than $8.4 million poured in to provide urgent housing-related assistance for those struggling in the aftermath. Funds were raised and distributed within 100 days to ensure families remained in their homes.

You have given us some peace of mind when we thought that was no longer possible. You’ve restored our faith in the kindness of strangers when our faith was running out. Most of all, during a time when our family was ripped apart, you helped us stay in the warmth and safety of our home.

– 2001 Recipient


RRF began not as a dream, but as a necessity. The following four individuals and their team of NAR leaders acted without hesitation in 2001 to begin RRF and help 9/11 victims’ families.

Richard Mendenhall (MO) 2001 NAR President

Martin Edwards, Jr. (TN) 2001 President-elect

Cathy Whatley (FL) 2001 NAR First Vice-President

Pat Kaplan (OR) 2001 Treasurer

Thank you for your selfless actions that led to the creation of something so much bigger than ever imagined.

Impact Report

View the RRF 2022 Impact Report, highlighting the positive impact and resources the REALTORS® Relief Foundation has been able to provide to communities in the wake of natural disasters.



Thanks to the tremendous support of REALTORS® Relief Foundation donors, RRF continues to provide hope to families across the nation.

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