I work with — and get to share North Texas with — the most giving people you can imagine.
You see, we live in one of the most philanthropic regions anywhere. It’s a point of pride with the people of Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding towns. Just one example? Yesterday was North Texas Giving Day, an annual online giving extravaganza for area nonprofit organizations. Last year, North Texans gave a whopping $39 million — in one day. I can’t wait to hear what yesterday’s total is, because giving is almost a sport here.
At our brokerage, we have our own culture of giving. I’ve written before about New Story Charity, a nonprofit where the vision is “to create a world where no human being lives in survival mode.” For about $6,500, New Story builds a house, one that much of the world would consider a modest shelter. But, for the people who move into them, from tents, shacks or worse, they are much more. They are hope, safety and a future. Sotheby’s International Realty® is a partner with New Story and the donations from our network have provided homes for families in Haiti. A community in Mexico is underway. New Story also recently made headlines with the launch of a 3D printer, made possible through the support of Sotheby’s International Realty®. It is the first permitted 3D printer to build homes in the developing world and is scheduled to start efficiently building safe homes in El Salvador soon.
Here at home, our agents also give directly to the communities where they live, work and sell. Just yesterday, many of our agents were at the Austin Street Center in Dallas, serving lunch to more than 100 residents in need. We also have our own program, called Selling Homes Building Communities. Agents voluntarily donate a portion of their earnings — every time they sell a home or property — which goes right back to our North Texas communities.
The culture at Briggs Freemen Sotheby’s International Realty is like no other — and our agents are a family like no other. Nearly 500 strong, they inspire every day, making for an environment of excellence, integrity, tradition and respect. (And a lot of fun.) They not only help their clients: They help each other and their communities.
Take my word: They are the best agents in the business, anywhere.
ROBBIE BRIGGS, President and CEO
As seen in the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section.