The Rotary Club of Los Altos works to improve the lives of youth and families locally and around the world.  It does this through its service, grants to nonprofits, youth scholarships and leadership training, global World Community Service programs, and numerous other charitable activities.
 
The club formed Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund (LAREF) as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit to more effectively run its charitable activities.  Each year, Los Altos Rotary identifies and funds charitable grants, scholarships, and local and global programs that are in line with the club’s goals.  The charitable funds come from your donations, fundraisers (such as the Fine Art in the Park show), and annual earnings from the Impact Fund. 
 
 
Your tax-deductible donation to the LAREF makes a difference in supporting the club’s charitable activities.  You can donate to:
  • A club program or project (see below).
  • To LAREF’s Impact Fund.  By doing this, you will increase the corpus of the fund which generates investment earnings that are used for the club’s charitable and service projects. 
 
Ways to Donate to the Impact Fund:
Some of the ways you can donate include:
  • Online (below).
  • Send a check to Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 794, Los Altos, CA  94023 (write the donation purpose on your check’s memo line).
  • Donate appreciated stock.  Download the stock donation form.
  • Donate up to $100,000 of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA (if you are at least 70 ½ ).
  • Donate from your Donor Advised Fund.
  • Donate real property.
The Impact Fund's Nonprofit Tax ID number is 94-2575930
 
Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund Program and Project Fund
Support a specific program or project of the club. You can do this by writing your donation purpose in the “Where should your donation be directed?” field on the donation form.
Make a donation to the LAREF Impact Fund
Donate to help build the LAREF Impact Fund.  Your donation will generate investment earnings each year that Los Altos Rotary will use to help more children and families through the club’s grants, scholarships, and global programs.
Veterans Committee supporting the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College
Child Health and AIDS Prevention 
Formerly the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, this committee focuses on maternal and child health projects in Africa and around the world.
John Sylvester Memorial Fund
Donate in memory of John Sylvester, who passed away on December 4, 2021.  John was a retired insurance broker and beloved musician, who joined Los Altos Rotary in 1997.  He served as president in 2012-2013 and was a tireless volunteer at countless Rotary and community activities. Many enjoyed his jazz group, The Jazz ConneXion, when they performed at club events and and at various community gatherings. Donations to John's Memorial Fund will go to fund scholarships for high school seniors who are planning to study music in college.
Paul Nyberg Memorial Fund
Donate in memory of Paul Nyberg, who passed away on August 2, 2021.  Paul joined the Rotary Club of Los Altos 34 years ago on September 3, 1987.  He was a very active club and community member and the publisher of the Los Altos Town Crier.
Make a check out to LAREF (Nyberg Fund) and mail to P.O. Box 794, Los Altos, CA 94023.
Bud Oliver Memorial Fund
Donate in memory of Bud Oliver, who passed away on August 3, 2021.  Bud joined the Rotary Club of Los Altos 30 years ago on October 8, 1991.  In addition to being an involved club member, he was active in the Foothills Congregational Church community.
Make a check out to LAREF (Oliver Fund) and mail to P.O. Box 794, Los Altos, CA 94023.
Varni International Scholarship Fund
This fund honors the memory of Los Altos Rotary Club Past President Allan Varni (2018-2019), who passed away on August 6, 2020.
Make a check out to LAREF (Varni Fund) and mail to P.O. Box 794, Los Altos, CA 94023.
Donation in Honor of William (Bill) Moison, who passed away on December 3, 2020. Make a check out to LAREF (Moison Fund) and mail to P.O. Box 794, Los Altos, CA 94023.
 
Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund | P. O. Box 794 | Los Altos, CA 94023 | laref@losaltosrotary.org | Nonprofit Tax ID number 94-2575930