ROOF Community Excellence Award

Pat Leaper, Jill Ellis, Cindy Dickeson Photo by Peter Lyons

Pat Leaper, Jill Ellis, Cindy Dickeson
Photo by Peter Lyons

In February 2015, Red Oak Opportunity Foundation (ROOF) celebrated its 30th anniversary of charitable giving in the East Bay with the establishment of a very special cash award.  The ROOF Community Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have shown through their life's work their long term commitment to their community.  The passionate service and devotion exemplified in their work is an example to us all.

The first recipient is Jill Ellis, Co-Founder and now retired Executive Director of the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) in Berkeley, California.  Jill received $10,000 for CEID on Feb 21, 2015 at Mira Vista Country Club. This special award was presented during a Founders Cocktail Party as the opening event of the ROOF 30th Anniversary Celebration.

ROOF helps local charities who help residents of the East Bay.

For over 30 years, ROOF gave grants to smaller local charitable organizations which do not receive significant funding from other sources through annual grant-making. Our goal was to make a significant and observable contribution to the aims and objectives of those organizations.

Established in 1985 by Red Oak Realty, the organization has distributed grants totaling more than $1,170,000. Located in the East Bay of the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, ROOF partners with our local non-profits to make a difference. 

As of January, 2017 ROOF is a major donor to the Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors Community Fund. In this way, ROOF joins with our local community of Realtors in recognizing and supporting local non-profits.

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ROOF continues to give Community Excellence Awards to local non-profit leaders.  We limit our attention to only those who have been nominated by someone from our pool of invited nominators.  

Your contribution is welcome!  Contributions to ROOF come from Red Oak Realty agents, Red Oak Realty staff, clients, business associates, friends and people like you who want to help your local neighbors. ROOF is a 501c(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, so all donations to ROOF are tax deductible. 

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