For Immediate Release
ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Provides Emergency Grant to Texas Community
Washington, DC, March 18, 2021 — The American Land Title Association (ALTA) Good Deeds Foundation, the registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by ALTA, the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, today announced a $5,000 emergency grant was awarded to the Harper Volunteer Fire Department in Harper, Texas, following severe winter weather in February 2021. The grant was announced during ALTA’s virtual spring event, ALTA SPRINGBOARD.
Foundation Board Chair Mary O’Donnell, president and CEO of Westcor Land Title Insurance Co., presented the grant to ALTA member Aaron Davis, CEO of Florida Agency Network, who took a leave of absence from his business and volunteered in Harper. The winter storms created a power crisis in Texas, leaving more than 4.5 million homes and businesses without power.
“I just never imagined snow and ice could cause this much damage,” Davis said. “They were without power, running out of food and water and freezing. The Harper Volunteer Fire Department didn’t have plumbing supplies, tape, putty, glue, tools or chainsaws to be able to fix anything or help the community.”
In addition to cutting downed tree limbs and clearing brush, Davis also dedicated his time to fundraising for the fire department. The Foundation donated $5,000 to this effort, and Davis was able to raise more than $60,000 overall. Amy Gregory, chief administrative officer and president of Florida Agency Network, nominated Davis’ efforts for the grant; Gregory previously won the 2019 ALTA Our Values “We Protect” Award.
“One of the reasons we started the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation was not only to support charities ALTA members support around the country but, in times of crisis, to see if there was anything we could do to help,” O’Donnell said. “Aaron’s efforts are really indicative of the professionals in the title insurance industry. When things are down, we jump in and help.”
“We roll up our sleeves and just get it done, don’t we?” Davis said. “This ‘deed good-doing’ is incredible to see, and I can’t thank the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation enough.”
“Title insurance professionals work daily to protect homebuyers and every community across the country, so it’s no surprise to see them lifting others in times of need,” said ALTA CEO Diane Tomb, Foundation Board member. “Good deeds are woven into the fabric of who they are. I am excited to see the growth of the Foundation in 2021.”
About the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation
Founded in 2020 by the American Land Title Association, the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its mission is to support the charitable efforts of title professionals as they work to build and strengthen their local communities and exemplify the title industry’s values of We Lead, We Deliver, We Protect.
The American Land Title Association, founded in 1907, is the national trade association representing the land title insurance industry, which employs more than 120,000 people working in every county in the United States.