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Deals that Make a Difference: Delta Institute

February 29, 2012

Delta Institute’s long-range vision is to transform the Great Lakes Region into the center of the rapidly growing green economy.

We’re exited to announce that another great nonprofit has received funding through Investing In Communities! Investing In Communities (IIC) recently distributed over $10,900 to our Nonprofit Partner, Delta Institute. What made this philanthropy possible?

Delta Institute generated free funding for itself by working with a socially responsible real estate professional. With its lease nearing expiration, Delta Institute chose to look for a new space and to be represented by Michael Pink of MAP Real Estate, Inc. As an IIC Real Estate Member, Michael is making real estate deals make a difference. Through IIC, at least 10% of Michael’s IIC-related commissions go to the nonprofit/s his client selects. For this transaction, Michael pledged to send 15% of his commission to IIC, dedicated to the nonprofit of Delta’s choice. In fact, Michael pledges at least 10% of every commission to the nonprofit of his client’s choice.

Delta Institute’s President and CEO Jean Pogge embraced this opportunity to secure funding for Delta at no cost. Jean says, “This check from Investing In Communities made my day, my week, and my year. Thank you so much for pioneering this new way of doing business!”

And Investing In Communities isn’t the only pioneer in the room – Delta Institute is one of the Midwest’s most innovative nonprofit organizations.  In addition to creating market opportunities to achieve environmental sustainability and economic development, Delta develops and implements practical solutions to build inclusive, job-rich regional economies. From brownfield redevelopment to renewable energy, from creating green jobs to financing green startups, Delta does it all! Thanks for all of your hard work – we’re incredibly proud to support inspiring nonprofits like Delta Institute.

And how will Delta Institute use almost $11,000 in free cash? In addition to getting a beautiful space at a very affordable rent, Delta will use this no-cost funding from Investing In Communities to buy the furniture necessary to make its new office space truly professional. We look forward to visiting Delta for a photo shoot in a few weeks – stay tuned for a follow-up blog post!

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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