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Real Estate Deals That Make A Difference: PAWS Chicago

December 11, 2011

Associated Publications and IIC Present $4,800 in Free, Unrestricted Funding to PAWS Chicago

This November, Investing In Communities distributed $4,796 to our Nonprofit Partner, PAWS Chicago. What made this philanthropy possible?

Associated Publications Inc. (API) made its real estate deal make a difference through IIC by working with a socially responsible real estate professional. With its lease nearing expiration, Associated Publications chose to be represented by Michael Pink of MAP Real Estate, Inc. As an IIC Real Estate Member, Michael can use IIC to pledge at least 10% of his compensation to the nonprofit/s his client selects. For this transaction, Michael used IIC to dedicate 15% of his compensation to API’s preferred nonprofit. In fact, Michael pledges at least 10% of every commission to the nonprofit of his client’s choice. Michael is doing business, doing good, “and getting a lot of business doing it!” he says enthusiastically.

Associated Publications Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Krueger-Spurlock embraced this opportunity to support a meaningful cause at no cost to the company. She selected PAWS Chicago to receive the IIC funds from this transaction. PAWS Chicago is the city’s largest no-kill humane organization, focused on ending the killing of homeless pets.  For Bonnie, choosing PAWS Chicago wasn’t difficult. Bonnie says, “We have been supporters of PAWS Chicago for years! We love our pets and can’t think of a better way to support PAWS Chicago’s mission of making a difference in the lives of people and animals in the Chicagoland area.” PAWS Chicago certainly makes a big difference. In 1997, more than 800 homeless cats and dogs were being killed in Chicago every week, totaling a staggering 42,561 deaths that year alone. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped more than 50 percent.

PAWS Chicago operates three primary programs dedicated to transforming Chicago into a no-kill city. First, through innovative Angels with Tails dog and cat adoption events held on weekends at shopping centers and other retail venues, PAWS Chicago both saves lives and educates the public. However, adoption alone cannot reduce the oversupply of homeless cats and dogs. PAWS Chicago knows that spay/neuter is the only 100% effective way to responsibly and sustainably manage pet populations. Therefore, another of PAWS Chicago’s programs is the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, Chicago’s only high-volume, free clinic located in and serving under-resourced communities where the majority of stray and unwanted pets originate. The Lurie Clinic has been particularly impactful: in 2011, the Clinic will spay/neuter more than 18,000 pets, and since the Clinic’s opening in 2001, over 60% of the reduction in euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats in Chicago can be attributed to fewer animals entering shelters.

PAWS Chicago has also emerged as a leader in the humane design of homeless animal shelters. Confinement in traditional cages often causes animals to experience severe stress and anxiety. In these conditions, dogs and cats contract illness, pass on disease, and deteriorate emotionally and behaviorally. As a result, traditional shelters deem these pets “unadoptable” and euthanize them. To make matters worse, animal control agencies and pet shelters are frequently located in out-of-the-way neighborhoods or industrial districts with little foot traffic. Because few people visit these sites, the animals have little hope of being adopted. In September 2007, PAWS Chicago celebrated a milestone by opening the Midwest’s state-of-the-art, no-kill, cageless Adoption Center for dogs and cats in Lincoln Park. The Center’s innovative features enhance the physical and emotional health, and therefore the adoptability, of its homeless dogs and cats. Based on adoption numbers since the opening, PAWS Chicago is on track to secure homes for more than 4,400 homeless pets this year.

According to Paula Fasseas, Founder and Co-Chair of PAWS Chicago, PAWS Chicago will use this funding to support both the Lurie Clinic and the Adoption Center. Unlike most grants, IIC funds are entirely unrestricted. This flexibility enables nonprofits like PAWS Chicago to use the funds where they are needed most. Whether for heating or vaccines, this much is certain: the funds generated by the Associated Publications transaction will directly help PAWS Chicago execute its inspiring mission. Paula says, “this gift will truly make a difference in the lives of many animals, and for that we are thankful.”

Through IIC, Associated Publications supported an essential community facility, simply by aligning its real estate needs with its commitment to corporate social responsibility. By awarding her business to a socially responsible professional, Bonnie enabled her company to give back to the community – and it didn’t cost Associated Publications a dime. When asked if she would select an IIC Real Estate Member for future real estate needs, Bonnie replied: “Hands down, without a doubt!” Thank you to both Associated Publications and Michael Pink of MAP Real Estate for making this philanthropy possible through Investing In Communities!

Do you want your real estate deal to make a difference? Are you a nonprofit that would like to receive funds through IIC? Then visit to sign-up today as a Real Estate Member, an Individual or Corporate Friend, or a Nonprofit Partner! Do you know someone who should know about IIC? You can tell them with a click!

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