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Dan Spransy, broker of Realty Executives Cooper Spransy, has founded an organization for orphans, Before 16. Before 16 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that matches older international orphans with host families who are either considering adoption or will advocate for adoption in the hopes of finding a loving family for each child.

“We are dedicated to rescuing as many orphans as possible before they turn 16 years old and age out of the system,” says Spransy, who, together with his wife, founded Before 16 in August 2016, after they opened their own hearts and home to an orphaned girl from eastern Europe, in connection with Project 143, which now works in partnership with Before 16.

Realty Executives Cooper Spransy in Madison, Wis., has stepped up in numerous ways to see young lives changed through Before 16. In addition to helping drive many fundraising efforts, a number of members of the brokerage have taken an enormous leap: hosting and adopting children themselves. To date, more than 40 percent of Before 16’s total hosting grants have been directly affiliated with Realty Executives. Executives can also donate a portion of their commission, which the brokerage will match on a monthly basis. Thousands of dollars are raised annually by Realty Executives Cooper Spransy and its agents through this channel alone, which helps to cover the ongoing transportation and administrative costs involved with hosting international orphans.

“It has been incredible watching our Executives take action, inviting these children into their homes, and even now pursuing adoption,” Spransy says. “The sacrifices they have made are truly incredible and yet they say it is one of the most rewarding things they have ever done. The lives of these children will forever be changed because of what members of our firm have been doing.”

Spransy’s dream is to expand the program nationwide by finding families across the country willing to open their homes and hearts to these incredible kids.

“The goal is simple: to rescue as many kids as we possibly can in our lifetimes,” Spransy says.

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