SMDRA Good Neighbor Award
SMDRA Good Neighbor Award
Many of our SMDRA members modestly donate their time and funds to help improve the lives of others in need or to help advance a cause or a mission that they care about.
The SMDRA Good Neighbor Award celebrates and recognizes these remarkable members who have made a great difference to others. It is SMDRA’s plan that this recognition will help raise awareness of each recipient’s important contributions and show that SMDRA members care about the welfare of our community. As an added benefit, this program will position us to submit SMDRA Good Neighbor Award winners into the NAR Good Neighbor Awards national program.
SMDRA Good Neighbor Award Judging Criteria includes:
PLEASE READ ALL THE AWARD INFORMATION CAFEFULLY, before you proceed to the online application. You will be required to answer/upload detailed information in the application to support your Nomination.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & APPLICATION DEADLINE:
SMDRA Good Neighbor Award FAQs
WHO CAN NOMINATE A GOOD NEIGHBOR?
Anyone can nominate a Good Neighbor—common examples include the nominee’s broker, a colleague, a spouse, or a representative from the charity or real estate board. Many candidates nominate themselves. The nominee must be a REALTOR® that is a PRIMARY or SECONDARY member in good standing with the South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association (SMDRA) and the National Association of REALTORS®.
CAN I NOMINATE MYSELF?
Yes, in fact, we encourage you to. Though some people aren’t comfortable “selling” themselves, you are uniquely qualified to share the details of your experience with us. If you do nominate yourself, we encourage you to provide testimonial letters from people who are familiar with your volunteer work–these testimonials usually speak in more glowing terms than you would use to describe yourself and provide insight into how your work is viewed by others.
CAN A GROUP BE NOMINATED?
Though there are plenty of deserving groups, this award is specifically intended to recognize individual REALTORS®. The only exception would be if two people—such as husband and wife or mother and daughter—work together equally on a project. If their work truly cannot be separated, they can be nominated together, assuming both are REALTORS®. However, keep in mind that the judges will be comparing them with individual candidates. Generally, it is advisable to designate one person as the nominee if possible.
AM I ELIGIBLE IF I VOLUNTEER FOR MORE THAN ONE ORGANIZATION?
Absolutely. It is not uncommon for volunteers to be involved in more than one nonprofit. If you would like your application to be considered based on your work with several charities, include the information on the application (upload additional documents if necessary). One word of caution: Quality is more important than quantity. Generally, the more organizations you include, the harder it is for judges to determine the impact you have made, so it’s often better to limit the details to only the organizations for which you have made a significant impact.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY APPLICATION STAND OUT?
The essay and the testimonial letters are often the most valuable portions of the application for the judges. The following tips provide insight into what the judges are looking for and can help you submit the most effective essay:
WHO SHOULD WRITE A TESTIMONIAL LETTER?
Testimonial letters should be from people who have knowledge about your volunteer work. The most effective letters are usually from someone you (or your nonprofit) has helped, even if they do not know you personally. Other examples of writers include fellow volunteers, someone from the nonprofit (or partner nonprofits), friends and family, state or local real estate board staff, members of the community, or community leaders.
CAN I SEND A VIDEO WITH MY APPLICATION?
You can send DVDs or links to videos. However, with the amount of materials the judges need to review, we can’t guarantee audio-visual materials will get full attention. If you feel the content of a video is truly important and not covered elsewhere in your application, please consider sending a written transcript or description of the video.
WHEN WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?
The winner will be announced at the 2021 Diamond Circle Awards on April 30, 2021.
WHAT DO THE WINNERS RECEIVE?
One winner will receive a $500 grant for their charity.
CAN I EMAIL MY APPLICATION?
We are going paperless this year, so you can complete the nomination form HERE. The online nomination form allows for supporting materials to be uploaded to ensure that you have tour supporting material completed before beginning the application process. Otherwise, email your supporting materials to Michelle Smith at email@example.com. We must receive your application and all attachments by the deadline March 5, 2021.
Please call Michelle Smith at 303-895-3377 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org