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GADFly Newsletter – May 2023

Dates to Remember

  • GAD Institute Registration Closes June 22
  • FPC Stipend Invoice Due July 1
  • GAD Institute July 18 – 20 (Detroit, MI)


Due to an overwhelming response to this year’s GAD Institute, our hotel block is sold out. We are actively working to secure more rooms. To be notified directly when additional rooms are available email Jenna Sopko ( or Jami Sims ( | 202-383-1221).

APEX Training

These virtual trainings on NAR’s programs, tools, and grants that can help your association meet its advocacy goals are free and open to all GADs.

More information about the Apex training, including registration/Zoom links for the virtual portion of the training, can be found here.

All virtual trainings are scheduled for 1 PM Eastern on the dates listed. For more information, contact John Winston ( | 202-383-1235).

  • June 9
    Using Community Outreach Grants to Build Strength and Goodwill
  • June 23
    Building Successful Issue Mobilization Campaigns
  • July 18
    Consumer Advocacy Outreach Success Stories (In-Person at GAD Institute)
  • July 28
    Using Independent Expenditures to Change Your Legislative Environment
  • August 11
    How to Read and Use Polls to Inform Your Decisions
  • August 25
    Developing Winning Messages and Better Campaign Material
  • Sept. 8
    Legal Best Practices When Running Advocacy Campaigns
  • Sept. 15
    Calls for Action: Best Practices and How to Maximize Effectiveness


Every year, Federal Political Coordinators are afforded a stipend of up to $1,000 to attend the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings (RLM). Please send your invoices to NAR by July 1, 2023.

Follow these steps:

  1. FPCs complete a state expense report (if you have one, please communicate this clearly to your FPCs) or an NAR member expense report for up to $1000 of travel expenses incurred during RLM.
    1. Expenses allowed include airfare, lodging, taxis and meals. This stipend will not cover all their expenses, but only help to minimize costs.
  2. FPCs will send their expense reports to their State GAD.
  3. State GADs will collect/monitor these expenses and send one invoice on state letterhead with the grand total of all FPC travel to Victoria Givens.

FPC Stipend Invoices are due to NAR by July 1.
NAR will then immediately process a check for reimbursement. Thank you to those GADs who have already submitted. If you have any questions, please reach out to Victoria Givens ( | 202-383-1021)Research


RPAC Major Investor Recognition Deadlines
Make sure you and your members are recognized as RPAC Major Investors by the October and December deadlines! Click here for all dates and important details.
These are HARD deadlines to submit RPAC investments to the NAR Finance Office. For questions about RPAC transmittal deadlines contact Jackie Zaporowski ( | 202-383-1029), or Debbie Frey ( | 312-329-8565).

2023 President’s Circle
The President’s Circle launched its third round for 2023 on May 18th, consisting of 8 REALTOR® Party Champions. The deadline for President’s Circle members to invest their first $500 is May 31, 2023. For more information regarding President’s Circle, contact Avery Walker ( | 202-383-1268).


National Homeownership Month is a few weeks away!
This year, NAR’s Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program will be calling on homeowners from across the country to act on issues that are important to them. Is there a Call for Action/petition that you would like homeowners in your state to participate in? Please let us know by filling out this form. To learn more, contact Erin Murphy ( | 202-383-1079).


Community Outreach Grant Application Period Closing Soon
The popularity of Community Outreach Grants has surpassed our expectations. Due to the high demand for Fair Housing, Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth, Placemaking, and Rural Outreach Grants, we expect to reach our maximum capacity before the application period ends on October 15th, 2023. Once capacity is reached, the application window will close and reopen on January 2, 2024. We understand the significance of these grants to our REALTOR® associations and encourage you to apply if you are conducting an eligible initiative in the near future and planning on grant support. Questions? Contact Christine Windle, Director, Community Outreach, ( | 202-383-1135)

Access the NEW Smart Growth Toolkit: Engage your community. Build Coalitions. Advocate for Smart Growth Development
The new guide is a collection of strategies, resources, and success stories to inspire REALTORS® and associations on ways they can help improve their community’s land use and transportation systems for long-term success. It spotlights REALTORS® engaged in the direction of their community’s growth and development through elected and appointed office. Questions? Contact Hugh Morris ( | 202-383-1278).

Explore Spring 2023 On Common Ground Magazine: Rethink, Revitalize and Rebuild
Learn how to finance the preservation of historic buildings, develop downtown revitalization strategies, encourage adaptive reuse, and rebuild stronger, more vibrant neighborhoods. An online version is available via the OCG APP (Apple) (Google Play) and via Over 35,000 copies will be distributed to state and local associations and elected officials.  Are you on the list? If not, contact Hugh Morris ( | 202-383-1278).

Poll Consumers to Advance Growth Priorities
Use the State and Local Polling Growth Program to survey residents on growth and development priorities to inform land use policies. Learn how the Greater Greenville AOR utilized the program assess voter attitudes toward infrastructure and housing development. Questions? Contact Hugh Morris ( | 202-383-1278).

REALTOR® Party Success Stories – May 2023
Each month, stories highlighting state and local associations who leveraged a REALTOR® Party grant or resource that led to an advocacy “win” are highlighted and cataloged in the REALTOR Party Success Stories.

Success stories created in May include:

Josh Dix
GAD Chair
Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®

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It was great catching up in DC!  I appreciated the lack of heckling from the crowd.

The GAD Advisory Group met in DC and finalized the agenda for the 2023 Detroit GAD Institute, July 18-20.  To date, over 200 GADs have already registered!  The excitement is building, and we look forward to hosting a great event!  Don’t forget to register and join us for the incredible programming at this year’s Institute

We are excited to announce Tanis Roeder, a communications expert, will be our opening day speaker on July 18!  This is an interactive experience on the art of effective communication, a skill we all need when talking to elected officials or our members.

This year’s GADs Give Back recipient is COTS Detroit. COTS works to address homelessness in Detroit through economic prosperity. By supporting COTS, we can help families achieve their goals, overcome homelessness, and create generational wealth for their families. Click here to contribute to GADs Give Back.

NAR and Team Michigan have selected great reception locations for us to connect with GADs from across the country. We look forward to seeing y’all there and experiencing all Detroit has to offer.

See you in July!


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