The LREF Annual Fund is our yearly fundraising campaign that provides unrestricted funds to support student programs in the Lakewood City Schools. Your Gift to the LREF Annual Fund is 100% tax deductible and allows us to execute our mission and achieve our vision of providing the opportunities and enrichment of a world class public education to Lakewood students above and beyond the classroom experience.
Our current Annual Fund campaign is the 50 FROM 50, in which we are seeking a minimum of $25 gift from 50 alumni each of 50 graduating classes. Anyone can give to this campaign, but if you’re an LHS grad, we’d especially love your participation as a representative of your LHS Class!
Please continue reading to find the way to give that is right for you.
To learn more about any of the giving options listed, contact Terri Richards @ 216-529-4033 to explore the many ways you can make a lasting impact on Lakewood students.
A gift of cash, most typically by personal check, is the simplest, most direct way to support the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation. Gifts can be mailed to the address below. Please include a note with any special instructions regarding your gift.
Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation
14100 Franklin Blvd. Lakewood, OH 44107
ONLINE/CREDIT CARD GIFTS
For your convenience, we accept credit card donations with Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.
MAKE A ONE-TIME GIFT TODAY. Click here to go to our online donation page.
SET UP A RECURRING GIFT TODAY. Recurring gifts are a great way to fit annual giving into your budget, and allow you to break a larger gift down into more manageable monthly amounts. When you set up a recurring gift to the LREF Annual Fund, we will charge a monthly donation, in an amount you choose, for as many months as you specify. Benefits of a recurring gift include:
Automatic monthly donation from your credit card or checking account*
Complete statement provided for tax purposes in January
You can cancel at any time
Click here to SET Up your recurring gift via Credit card
*To set up monthly ACH transfers from your checking account, contact Terri Richards @ 216-529-4033.
MATCHING GIFTS. Many corporations will match employee gifts to the charity of the employee’s choice. It's easy to do: check the Human Resources page on your company website - many have forms right there. Send your completed matching gift form along with your gift to the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation. We’ll process the form and contact you when the gift from your employer is received.
AUTOMATIC PAYROLL DEDUCTION FOR LCSD EMPLOYEES. We encourage all Lakewood City School District employees to support the work of LREF. It's easy to do with an automatic payroll deduction. Any amount is appreciated! To enroll in the payroll deduction program, click here.
MEMORIAL AND HONORARY GIFTS. Celebrate a significant occasion - a birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation – or the life of a loved one with a contribution to the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation. Memorial and Honorary Gifts can also be designated for the establishment of an Endowed Scholarship named for your loved one that will create an impact for future Lakewood students. To find out more about establishing an Endowed Scholarship, continue to the next section.
ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS. LREF provides three ways for donors to provide our deserving, graduating seniors with the gift of a scholarship to start them on their way to college or other post high school education. Every year, LREF awards between 25-30 scholarships worth a total of $30,000 - $40,000, but we’d like to do more for more of our grads. You may make a gift to one of our established named endowed scholarships, to the LREF Student Opportunity Scholarship Fund or establish your own named endowment fund. All scholarship gifts are invested in the Lakewood Rangers Education Endowment Fund. Donations may be added to the principal of the scholarship at any time thereby increasing the amount of the awards that can be provided. There are also opportunities for named endowed scholarship supporters to meet their scholars through annual events. To explore this option in more detail, contact Executive Director, Terri Richards at 216-407-6650 or firstname.lastname@example.org
IRA ROLLOVER, GIFTS OF SECURITIES AND STOCK & PLANNED ESTATE GIFTS
IRA ROLLOVER and GIFTS OF STOCK AND SECURITIES. LREF can accept gifts from your IRA rollover as well as stock and securities. This type of charitable giving lets you see your impact on our students while giving you tax benefits while you are still living. Go to the “See Your Giving in Action” tab for more information on these options.
PLANNED GIFT. Please consider including a gift to LREF in your overall estate plan. These types of charitable arrangements let you support our mission far into the future, while also providing tax and other benefits to you. See the “Planned Giving” tab for more information on this option.