Realtors are famous for their generosity, and they are constantly looking for new ways to lift up the communities they serve. And though commission donation programs are nothing new, we’re absolutely impressed with Lynda Piepgras’ idea to help meet the needs of school districts by contributing a percentage of sales. In fact, Piepgras is launching a program that will commit 5 percent of her commission to the school district in which the home resides.
“I really wanted to give back to the great neighborhoods I work in, and this is just a no brainer,” Piepgras said. “It’s easy and supports education, our kids, and our teachers.”
Many of her fellow agents at The Associates Realty agree, and are interested in joining her campaign. Right now, this new build from Robert Elliott Custom Homes — a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder — could net a huge donation for Highland Park Schoos. If she brings a buyer, five percent of Piepgras’ commission from the sale of 3414 Beverly Drive will go to the Highland Park Education Foundation, the nonprofit that supports Highland Park ISD campuses. The foundation and its Mad For Plaid fundraising arm will recognize all Realtors who join the campaign in their marketing, Piepgras added.
Newly installed HP Education Foundation president Anne Fielder was excited to hear about Piepgras’ campaign.
“I’m thrilled with the offer from real estate agents who works so hard for their clients, and also work hard for the places they do business,” Fielder said. “I think it’s great that there’s such a symbiotic relationship between the Park Cities and the great school district, because there are wonderful houses here, but the schools are definitely a factor when people decide to buy a home here.”
Highland Park ISD is one of the top performing school districts in the state, and is a highly sought-after area for parents with school-aged children.
Piepgras is also focusing on Lake Highlands — specifically the White Rock Elementary attendance area. Though the homes are inside the Dallas city limits, the neighborhoods just to the north of Flag Pole Hill are inside Richardson ISD. It’s another highly sought-after neighborhood for families. Her listing at 9416 Parkford, priced at more than $1 million, could make a huge difference with the commission donation program.
“In Lake Highlands area I’m working with the local PTAs to help with education program assistance and general giving to what may same like a small thing for us but is huge for kids and teachers,” Piepgras said. “I meet these families at open houses, and I make my living working hand-in-hand with them on what is normally the biggest and most important financial decision they make.”
The donations to the school districts are made at closing straight from the agent’s commissions when deducted at the title company. Piepgras is also looking for corporate donors or even home buyers’ workplaces who would be willing to match the gift to double the impact on their neighborhood schools. It could be a boon for executives relocating to a new area, and for the schools that their children will attend.
“I do believe this could be a substantial way for myself and all Realtors who embrace it to give back to our communities,” she said.