The Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund (LAREF) has established program to double your dollars when you contribute to a non-sectarian charity that serves the greater Los Altos Community.  Simply make one or more gifts between July 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019, and LAREF will match your gift up to $500 per member! 

How does it work, you ask?  Just make out a check for at least $100 to your favorite charity and send it, together with the match request application, to Barbara Small, the Matching Grants Chair.  LAREF will cut a check for the match and send both to your charity. 

What?  You’ve already made a donation?  No problem!  Just send a copy of the donation receipt or cancelled check with the match request application and voila, a check for the match will be sent to your charity. 

Hurry?  The program ends when the money—$10,000—runs out, or on April 30, 2019, whichever comes first.

What’s the fine print? 

  • The minimum match is $100.

  • Matching grants will be approved on a first come, first served basis until the $10,000 set aside by LAREF for this year is exhausted. 

  • Only approved organizations are eligible to receive matches, but you can ask to have your charity reviewed and added to the list.

  • Note:  "pillar organizations," i.e., those included in the LAREF budget for annual donations, are excluded from matching grant eligibility.  These "pillar organizations" are:  Enterprise Leadership Conference, RYLA, PWR Retreat, MTC, Festival of Lights, WCS, CHAC, CSA, PEG, and LARAP.  The list of approved organizations can be viewed here.

Download a matching grant form from the LARC Website.



Q: Is a Red Badge Project included in the Approved List? 
A: No. A Red Badge Project is a separate project of the Red Badge Group and not part of the Matching Grant Program. 

Q: I already sent my check to the organization; do I have to fill out an application? 
A: Yes, complete the application and provide proof (i.e., a copy of the check) of your past donation. Note that only donations made after July 1, 2015, can be matched.