In 1888, John Bateman Harcourt opened the door on what would become the first ever Harcourts office of the fastest growing real estate group in Australasia, and beyond.
For 120 years we’ve proudly worked in our communities everyday to fulfil people’s dreams of achieving a home. Alongside that we have also built a long and enthusiastic history of supporting thousands of community initiatives to benefit tens of thousands of our neighbours.
After asking our Harcourts team in 2008 if there was a better way to invest in the communities where we work, live and play, their overwhelming response led to the launch of The Harcourts Foundation in Australia and New Zealand.
Our Purpose: To provide support that helps, grows and enriches our communities.
As we grow the Harcourts real estate brand across new countries and markets, we also look forward to building this exciting legacy that is The Harcourts Foundation.
At the annual Harcourts Conference, it was announced that the company’s charitable arm, The Harcourts Foundation has achieved a massive $1 million in donations since its launch in August 2008.
Harcourts International Managing Director, Mike Green is incredibly proud that The Harcourts Foundation has reached such an important milestone.
“I’m so proud of the way the Harcourts team has embraced and supported The Harcourts Foundation over the years and achieving this significant milestone is a testament to their generosity and goodwill,” Mr Green said.
“Raising $1 million for charity is an amazing achievement and it’s all down to the support The Harcourts Foundation has received from our team and clients. We hope to keep adding to this total over the coming months and years.
“Being able to support our local communities is incredibly important to Harcourts as those communities have supported us so strongly over the years,” Mr Green said.
Also celebrated at the Harcourts Conference were the achievements of 14 extraordinary people who cycled over 1,700kms from Melbourne to the Gold Coast as part of The Harcourts Foundation Charity Challenge to raise awareness and much needed funds for Cystic Fibrosis Australia and the Queensland Premiers Flood Appeal.
The 14 riders arrived at the Harcourts Conference on Monday, having completed their epic journey and raising over $60,000 for these worthy causes. The team were welcomed by their families, friends and colleagues who all celebrated their outstanding achievement.
“The Charity Challenge team went to such extraordinary efforts to raise money for two important causes, and I am truly inspired by their level of generosity, determination and passion,” Mr Green said.
The Harcourts Foundation was established with the aim of providing financial support that helps, grows and enriches local communities and has provided funding grants for 192 charities across Australia and New Zealand since its establishment two and a half years ago.
To date, all funds have been raised by dedicated Harcourts team members and clients in the form of fundraising events, auctions, workplace giving, individual donations or ‘off the top’ giving (a percentage calculated from each sales commission).
Over the years, the number of offices actively supporting The Harcourts Foundation has steading increased with more than 142 Harcourts offices now signed up to the off the top giving scheme.