Buying a house can mean more than getting the home of your dreams.
Homebuyers and sellers can help a child at Shriners Hospitals for
Children — Northern California receive life-changing surgery and
treatment, thanks to REALTORS® Who Shrine.
Officially launched on January 21, REALTORS® Who Shrine enables realtors throughout California to donate 25 percent of their commissions to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, supporting the hospital in its
mission to provide critical care to kids with critical needs.
The new program is the brainchild of Kathi Jobson and Michael Ashker,
a husband and wife team with experience in real estate, business and
“We wanted to involve the community and give back to Shriners
Hospitals for Children,” said Kathi, a 20-year veteran of the
real estate industry.
Her husband, Michael, added, “We brainstormed how we could
create a business model focused on developing a recurring donation
engine. We came up with the idea for REALTORS® Who Shrine and dedicating
25 percent of the agent’s commission back to Shriners Hospitals for
Children. The best part of this business model is that it doesn’t cost
the client any additional money and everyone wins in the arrangement.”
Jobson, who serves homebuyers and sellers throughout the greater
Sacramento region, holds the Lifetime Top Achiever designation through
the El Dorado County Association of Realtors. In addition to
representing individual homeowners, Jobson has worked with developers of
Greenstone Country and other housing communities. Most importantly,
she brings her personal passion and attention to detail to her real
Ashker began his career in the investment industry, serving in various
roles with securities firms, and went on to become founder and CEO of
several institutionally-backed companies. Most recently, he became the
managing partner of a wealth management firm.
Together, the husband and wife team are working to give back to the
communities where they live and work by encouraging their professional
colleagues to participate in REALTORS® Who Shrine.
“Donations matter, because every dollar that we get from a donor is
used in what we do for kids. It is a direct link,” said Alan Anderson, director of development for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern
California. “A kind, generous and engaged community is the heart and
soul of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, where
each patient’s path to success is fueled by donations and driven by
excellence in treatment, teaching and research.”
If you are buying or selling a home and would like to benefit kids at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, please visit REALTORS® Who Shrine to be paired with a real estate agent who can help you participate in the program.