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“Creating a Legacy”

By: Steven Laposa, James R. Webb American Real Estate Society Foundation, Director of Development

Earlier this year I sent out an email blast that asked a simple question, “…do the numbers 20, 43, 32, and 45 mean anything to you?” I replied that these numbers are not random rental rates for some obscure real estate market but individuals, people you’ve seen and will see at our annual ARES conferences. Who are they? The first three numbers represent the number of doctoral students who attended the last three ARES conferences and 45 represents the expected number of doctoral students scheduled to attend our San Diego conference this April.

As you reminisce about past ARES conferences and recognize the tangible and intangible benefits for our career, I trust you also believe that you can play a part in creating a bright future for ARES. An easy solution is a contribution to The James R. Webb American Real Estate Society Foundation (“Foundation”) which partially funds large numbers of doctoral students in order that they can attend ARES conferences. This year we have 45 students coming from all over the world. These students are the future of ARES.

Help create a legacy.  This email invites you to contribute to the Foundation’s Endowment, to join as a Fellow, and essentially to create a legacy for ARES and yourself.   Your financial contribution as a Fellow or Benefactor of the Foundation supports its primary mission which is to fund the Doctoral Seminar. In the coming weeks, the Foundation’s web page will also include a Charitable Intent to Bequest form that alerts us of your decision to include the Foundation as a beneficiary.

Thank you for your Foundation support and a special appreciation to those who contributed to the new Marc Louargand Endowment that supports a research award in Marc’s name for the Best Research Paper by a Practicing Real Estate Professional presented at the ARES conference.  It’s simple to invest in the people behind the numbers and create your legacy with ARES.

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ARES Foundation Contributions

Fellows Contribution – Regular: $250

Fellows Contribution – Distinguished: $500

James R. Webb ARES Foundation Benefactor: $1,000

Endowed Doctoral Sponsorship, Lifetime Fellow: $10,000

Endowed International Scholar Sponsor, Lifetime Fellow: $25,000

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