Making a Difference

For nearly 70 years the agents and employees of Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty have been involved in community service work and charitable organizations in Arizona. These efforts have historically been the individual pursuits of an agent or an office within the company. Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty leadership collected data and research on the impact of these multiple efforts and saw an opportunity to bring them together in a united entity with company support to enhance and improve these efforts.  The Russ Lyon | Charitable Foundation provides a safe, constructive and fulfilling way for all our Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty family to participate and help. Thus, in January of 2014 the Russ Lyon | Charitable Foundation was formed and operates through every office within the company and all across the State of Arizona.


What We've Achieved

  • Since the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation began in 2014, close to $140,000 in donations have gone to dozens of 501c3 charitable organizations through direct donations, sponsorships, matching funds, and fundraisers, with a focus on Arizona based chapters.

  • 2016's title sponsorship and additional donations totaling $25,000 for the Dancing for Arizona's Children event helped Arizona's Children Association's raise $177,000 to assist foster children.

  • 2018 Founders Club Contribution of $20,000 through Celebrity Fight Night allowed us to support Barrow Neurological Institute Alzheimer and Memory Disorders Program and Hospice of the Valley as our featured organizations that year.

  • 2015 to 2018 Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation VCorps volunteers made a $101, 060 impact for various Arizona Salvation Army chapters by manning Red Kettles during the holiday season, direct donations, and matching funds from the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation in support of the Real Estate Wednesdays program.

  • $51,000 in donations by VCorps Volunteers and Donors have been matched by Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation, for a total contribution of $102,000 going to charitable organizations with ties to Arizona.

  • Since 2016, $38,000 has been dedicated towards education programs, sponsorships for underprivileged children, and food distributions for Rancho Feliz, one of our 2019 featured organizations.

  • The Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation was a Signature Sponsor of Homeward Bound’s inaugural Rooftop Event, putting $10,000 to work helping families find their way out of poverty. Homeward Bound is also a 2019 featured organization.

  • Countless hours of ongoing efforts by our VCorps volunteers, continue to include planting sustainable gardens at food banks, cleaning trails in our park systems, holding blood drives, food drives, clothing drives and more.

  • CLICK HERE for a list of organizations the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation has supported.

  • CLICK HERE for what’s happening in your area


The Russ Lyon | Charitable Foundation is an Arizona LLC registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity and all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent allowed