Good Neighbor Awards

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Recipients honored for volunteer work in their communities
Minnesota Realtors® is pleased to announce the Minnesota Realtors® Good Neighbor Award, an annual honor recognizing a member whose volunteer work makes a positive impact on their community. The first award will be presented at the Realtors® UNITE! state convention next September in St. Cloud.

“We want to recognize those members who give so much of their time and talents to organizations working to improve the lives of Minnesotans in need,” said Carrie Andersen, Minnesota Realtors® Vice President of Member Services. “We encourage you to nominate yourself or someone you know for this award.”

The recipient will receive a $1000 one-time award on behalf of the 501(c)3 non-profit with which they are volunteering. The Good Neighbor Award committee is accepting nominations from now through June 30, 2020.

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Good Neighbor Awards Rules and Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees must be members of Minnesota REALTORS® in good standing.
  2. Nominees should have made a significant impact as a volunteer for a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Eligible activities are not limited to real estate or housing issues and may include volunteer work done overseas.
  3. Nominees should have made a significant contribution of personal time, but contributions of money, in kind donations and other resources will be considered by the panel of evaluators as well.
  4. Nominees will be evaluated on level of personal contribution, impact of personal contribution, broadness of impact, and the project’s suitability as a role model for other REALTORS®.
  5. The award is intended to recognize individual contributions, not association or company-wide efforts. If an individual within your company can be singled out as instrumental to the success of a group effort, he or she is eligible.  If the achievements of two people (such as a married couple or co-founders of an organization) cannot be separated, they can enter as a pair and their entry will be considered as one.
  6. Some portion of the nominee’s community work must have taken place during the timeframe specified on the application form; however, the panel of evaluators will also consider ongoing efforts outside that timeframe that demonstrate a depth of commitment.
  7. Nominees should be able to document the results of their individual involvement through published reports and/or testimonials from the organization they served or the people they helped.
  8. Nominations must be accompanied by a completed entry form to be considered. (REALTORS® may nominate themselves or may be nominated by another NAR member, a state or local association executive, or the community organization they serve.)
  9. The grant must be issued to a U.S. 501©3 nonprofit organization.


Good Neighbor Awards Program Rules

  • Nominees must be members in good standing of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
  • Realtors® may nominate themselves or may be nominated by someone else (for example, by another NAR member, a state or local association executive, or the community organization they serve.)
  • To enter, complete the official entry form and submit it with attachments.
  • Entries must be received by 4:30 pm CST on the deadline date to be considered as a candidate for that calendar year’s awards. All entries shall become the property of MNR and will not be returned.  Finalists will be selected by a panel of staff and past recipients.
  • The finalists’ nomination materials will be sent to The Good Neighbor Award Panel for scoring. They will review the finalists’ entries based on level of personal contribution, impact of personal contribution, and the project’s suitability as a role model for other Realtors®.  The panels (GNAC) decisions are final.
  • Nominees’ entry information will not be given to anyone outside of the Minnesota Realtors® and the GNA Panel of evaluators; they will receive only the information necessary to evaluate the candidate. (Exception to this point: Recipient of the award will be forwarded to NAR for consideration for the National Good Neighbor Award program.)
  • Grant will be awarded to the 501(c)3 nonprofit named on the entry form. Grants can be divided among more than one organization only if the winner has documented those organizations on the entry form.
  • The staff of Minnesota Realtors® and the program sponsors will not take phone calls or release any information regarding the GNA Committees identities, judging process or status of the entries.
  • Finalists must sign an affidavit or eligibility and be willing to be interviewed, photographed, filmed and featured in materials.
  • Good Neighbor Award Committee members and their families and staff of Minnesota Realtors®, program sponsors, and their families are ineligible to participate.
  • Minnesota Realtors®, program sponsors and the GNA Committee members aren’t responsible for late, stolen or misdirected entries. Recipients will be notified by telephone and mail.