Importance of the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Impact Fund to Los Altos Rotary
The club formed the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund (LAREF) in 1978 to increase its charitable giving impact in the local and world community.  LAREF's Impact Fund (previously called the "corpus") is invested for growth.  As the Impact Fund grows from donations and planned gifts, its investment earnings add more funds to those the club raises through annual fundraisers. Together, all of these funds enable the club to give more grants to nonprofits, scholarships to deserving local students, and provide funding for international humanitarian projects and other charitable activities to make the world a better place.  
Why Grow the Impact Fund?
The Impact Fund enables the Los Altos Rotary club to:
  • Increase its charitable impact locally and internationally
  • Provide consistent nonprofit and scholarship support, especially in difficult years like 2020 or when the club’s normal fundraisers do not do as well as expected.
  • Flexibly address important needs and priorities now and in the future. We don’t know what future needs will be, but we can be sure there will be many. Who would have ever predicted the pandemic but the club was able to provide consistent support thanks to the Impact Fund.
Why You Should Contribute
You should contribute to the Impact Fund because:
  • You enable the club to grow its local and global charitable impact, year after year into perpetuity
  • You will be recognized by current and future club members and the community for your generosity and farsighted vision
  • YOU financially benefit -- Donations are tax deductible and may provide other financial planning benefits  
Donation and Pledge Recognition Levels
Your donation or pledge to the Impact Fund is important for the strength of the club’s charitable programs.  Donation recognition levels include the following.  Note: Donation levels are cumulative, so over time as you donate more, you can move to higher recognition levels.
  • LAREF Guy Shoup Fellow: $1,000-$4,999
  • LAREF Advocate: $5,000-$9,999
  • LAREF Benefactor: $10,000-$24,999
  • LAREF Patron: $25,000-$99,999
  • LAREF President’s Circle: $100,000+
Member of Los Altos Rotary Legacy Society: Those designating planned legacy gift by including the Impact Fund in their estate plans.
Ways to Give
You have many options for contributing to the Impact Fund, including:
  • Donate Online:    
  • Send a check to Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 794, Los Altos, CA  94023 (write “Impact Fund” 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
You can give donations from yourself, “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” a club member, or loved one, or you can be recognized as “Anonymous".
You can leave a planned gift by including the Impact Fund in your estate plans. By doing this you automatically become a member of the Los Altos Rotary Legacy Society.  There are many ways to leave a planned gift including bequests, gifts of appreciated assets, naming the Los Altos Rotary Impact Fund as a beneficiary in your retirement funds (such as IRA or 401k) and others.
"The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy." -- Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Los Altos Rotary Impact Fund | P. O. Box 794 | Los Altos, CA 94023 | | Nonprofit Tax ID number 94-2575930