Colonies Holiday Miracles, founded by Jeff Burum, is an Inland Empire seasonal event that has helped thousands of underprivileged children enjoy the holidays. With the growing support of local and national businesses, it has become one of the largest programs of its kind in the region.
Mr. Burum is one of Southern California’s most prominent business leaders, with more than 30 years’ experience in commercial and residential real estate. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, he became the founder of three successful real estate companies. As a managing partner of a land investment group, he has developed a 434-acre community featuring more than 1,000 home sites and over a million square feet of commercial space, much of which is occupied by nationally known tenants.
Mr. Burum also believes in giving back. In 1991, using his own resources, he founded a nonprofit company with the goal of providing quality affordable housing and community centers that offer onsite job training, day care and other social services.
Eventually, he expanded his nonprofit affordable housing enterprises, founding National Community Renaissance (CORE), the third largest provider of affordable housing in the United States. Since 1992, CORE has acquired or built more than 12,000 multi-family units nationwide, and currently provides housing and vital social services for more than 30,000 residents.
Mr. Burum was one of twenty two real estate professionals in the nation appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve on the Millennial Housing Commission, whose mission was to make recommendations of Federal housing policy to legislators.
In addition, Jeff and his family started the Burum Family Foundation and has been a longtime supporter of charities in the Inland Empire, including Children's Fund, Foothill Family Shelter, Children's Hope and Hope for Housing, as well as other nonprofit organizations.