Real Estate and Building Industry


Building stronger communities.

25 years ago, a few hundred members of the Real Estate and Building Industry came together with a shared vision: to bring together those who were shaping Boston’s skyline around an opportunity to fortify our foundation — the people and families in our neighborhoods — through United Way.

Save the date

United Way’s 28th Annual Real Estate and Building Industry Breakfast

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Colleen O’Connor, BioMed Realty and Claudia Piper, Webster Bank

Come together in-person or virtually with Greater Boston’s top firms to champion the industry’s impact on local communities at United Way’s 28th Annual Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Virtual Breakfast. Now more than ever, we need your support to fight for the housing stability of every family in our community. We hope you’ll join us. 



The impact of United Way and the Real Estate Industry

  • In 25 years, the real estate industry has invested over $48 million in United Way programs, impacting more than 375,000 families in that time.
  • The industry raises an annual $3 million to support United Way housing programs through the Breakfast and workplace campaigns.
  • In the last year, 9,000 homeless and at risk families successfully avoided homelessness.
  • This year, 66 Community Builders volunteers engaged in 250 hours of service.

How you can get involved

Real Estate and Building Industry Breakfast: The 28th Annual Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Breakfast, to be held on November 4, 2021, is one of the industry’s top philanthropic events, with over 1,200 attendees representing 297 firms in our region. Learn more.

Community Builders: United Way’s Community Builders are younger real estate professionals who are passionate about building strong, vibrant communities. Beyond their day jobs, this volunteer group connects with each other and their community through hands-on volunteer projects and spirited networking and fundraising events.

Engage your company: More than 100 industry firms partner with United Way by volunteering, running workplace giving campaigns and providing corporate contributions that power the core of our work in local communities.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Samantha Hanman at or 617-624-8277.