Evanston Animal Shelter

When Natalie worked with new parents Chloe & Yoon to buy a single family home in Northwest Evanston, a backyard for the family dog, Huchu, was a ‘must have’.  In honor of Huchu, Evanston Animal Shelter was given a Real Estate with Purpose donation that enabled the shelter to renovate their entire adoption room.

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

When Natalie sold Judy’s Bucktown condo in two days for full asking price, her client was over-the-moon.  The best part: the Real Estate with Purpose donation that came out of that sale lead to a shopping spree that filled two shopping carts of needed toys for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

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Philanthropic Real Estate

At the heart of my real estate business is the desire to improve the communities my clients call home.  The more the community around them has the support system of committed organizations, the more opportunity there is for long-term success, and the more the neighborhood will be desired by future home buyers.  The donations that come out of my Real Estate with Purpose initiative support and strengthen existing organizations committed to community betterment.

It is absolutely amazing what can be done when you give a passionate group of people the resources to act on their calling.

Natalie Smith

@properties Real Estate Agent

How It Works

We Work Together

Both Buyers and Sellers benefit from Real Estate with Purpose, and at absolutely no additional cost to the transaction

Closing Date is Set

Around closing, the donation amount (based on 10% my commission) will be finalized and the charity selection will take place.


Donation Delivered

An in-person delivery of the donation is scheduled, along with a tour and insight into the operations of the organization



of Commission to Charity

Average Donation Amount

Cost to Client

Recent Donations from Real Estate with Purpose

Evanston Animal Shelter

Buying a single family home in northwest Evanston allowed a local adoption center to get much needed upgrades

Jump Start & Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

The fast sale of an Edgewater condo lead to an opportunity for a donation that will assist in tutoring juvenile offenders & decreasing the likelihood of future deliquency

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

Find out how selling a condo in Rogers Park helped to support scholarships for Evanston and Skokie youth

American Brain Cancer Society

Selling a condo in Wrigleyville created an opportunity to honor a friend and support a local area chapter

Rise International

Local charities occasionally have global impact.  First time home buyers in Lakeview created this opportunity for a North Shore organization

The Lilac Tree

Buying a new condo in Evanston created an opportunity to provide support and education towards the goal of financial independence to women newly on their own

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

Learn how selling a condo in Bucktown was able to create a shopping spree for toys to benefit the kids at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital

Wright Way Rescue

One added benefit of buying a single family home in Morton Grove was the chance to see funds go to support animals in area shelters

About Natalie Smith

Real Estate with Purpose was established by Chicago real estate agent Natalie Smith in the Spring of 2013. Its mission is to work with clients to leverage real estate transactions to support the local charities and organizations that strengthen the social fabric of Chicago and its surrounding communities.

As a member of @properties, Natalie matches her support of local charities with a commitment to client satisfaction and the substantial resources of the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in the state of Illinois.

Prior to joining @properties in 2010, Smith was a School Psychologist for Chicago Public Schools after earning a BS in Psychology from Bucknell University in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree in School Psychology from Columbia University in New York. It was through her experience supporting Chicago youths that the appreciation for the transformative power of a strong community was developed, and this appreciation carried over with her transition to Real Estate.