LES – Giving at a Glance

At Los Encinos School, we are proud of our sense of community. We want you to feel welcome and included. Your engagement is critical in helping us achieve our mission and to building a lasting foundation for the future of all of our students. We encourage our families to participate in the daily life of our school and provide financial support beyond tuition.

The nation’s finest independant schools have strong fundraising programs and active parent involvement – Los Encinos is no exception. Our school benefits from a tradition of generous giving. We depend on the combination of tuition and fundraising revenue to support our daily operations and to provide our outstanding curriculum. Fundraising includes yearly contributions to our LES Fund, Annual Gala, and other fundraising events often sponsored by the Parent Association. Throughout the year there will be opportunities and invitations to support the life of our school.

Your family will make life-long friendships during your Los Encinos’ years. Our parents make extraordinary things happen for our students and for that we are incredibly grateful. We hope that you will make Los Encinos School a priority in the giving of you time and resources. As always, thank you for investing in LES.

To learn more about the different ways LES raises and uses your tuition and charitable dollars, click on the green plus signs below.

Tuition

PURPOSE

Tuition is the primary operating revenue for the school.

TIMEFRAME

Tuition is assessed annually.

DESIGNATION

Each tuition dollar is allocated by a budget approved by the Board of Trustees, and therefore cannot be designated.

METHODS OF GIVING

Tuition may be paid using three different payment plans and is processed through a student billing account.

IMPACT

Tuition funds the majority of the school’s operating budget.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION

NO

Annual LES Fund

PURPOSE

The Annual LES Fund is vital to the daily operations a Los Encinos School. The Annual LES Fund provides essential, unrestricted income to supports the School’s current-year operating budget for the many items and programs not covered by tuition.

TIMEFRAME

The Annual LES Fund kicks off at our Book Buddies event in October and runs until December 31st. We request that all pledges made during this timeframe be paid by May 1st of the following year.

DESIGNATION

Annual LES Fund gifts are unrestricted. They are used during the year reviewed to support the operating budget.

METHODS OF GIVING

Annual LES Fund gifts are made each fiscal year. Gifts may be made by cash, check, credit card, stock transfer, or through your student billing account.

IMPACT

The Annual LES Fund supports school operations not covered by tuition, including professional development, classroom technology, and resources for our Humanities programs.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION

Yes

Annual Gala

PURPOSE

The Annual LES Fund is vital to the daily operations a Los Encinos School. The Annual LES Fund provides essential, unrestricted income to supports the School’s current-year operating budget for the many items and programs not covered by tuition.

TIMEFRAME

The Annual LES Fund kicks off at our Book Buddies event in October and runs until December 31st. We request that all pledges made during this timeframe be paid by May 1st of the following year.

DESIGNATION

Annual LES Fund gifts are unrestricted. They are used during the year reviewed to support the operating budget.

METHODS OF GIVING

Annual LES Fund gifts are made each fiscal year. Gifts may be made by cash, check, credit card, stock transfer, or through your student billing account.

IMPACT

The Annual LES Fund supports school operations not covered by tuition, including professional development, classroom technology, and resources for our Humanities programs.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION

Yes

Sustainability Fund

PURPOSE

Money in the LES Sustainability Fund is invested with the goal of creating investment income beyond the initail principal. This investment income provides cash towards our operating budget which includes our Tuition Assistance Program.

TIMEFRAME

Sustainability gifts are accepted year-round.

METHODS OF GIVING

Gifts to the Sustainability Fund may be made by cash, check, credit card, stock transfer, or planned gifts (i.e. bequests, real estate, life insurance, retirement plans, charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts).

IMPACT

A strong Sustainability Fund creates a source of income beyond tuition and serves as a permanent assset that improves the financial stability of Los Encinos School. Gifts will benefit future generations of Los Encinos’ students.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION

Yes

Memorials & Honorariums

PURPOSE

Memorials and honorariums recognize friends, family members, or teachers and staff.

TIMEFRAME

Memorials and honorariums are accepted year-round.

METHODS OF GIVING

Gifts may be made by cash, check, credit card, or stock transfer.

IMPACT

Memorials and honorarium gifts are added to the Sustainability Fund to benefit future generations of Los Encinos School’s students.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

Yes

Capital Campaign

PURPOSE

Capital gifts are designated to a specific purpose. Examples include gifts towares a new building or equipment. Gifts may be used only for the designated purpose approved by the school.

TIMEFRAME

Specific requests are made when needs arise.

METHODS OF GIVING

Gifts may be made by cash, check, credit card, or stock transfer.

IMPACT

Capital gifts can have a significant impact on the school community. The current LES campus would not be possible today without the past generous support from families who invested in the future of Los Encinos School.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION

Yes

Ways to give to Los Encinos


DONATE BY CREDIT CARD

Los Encinos School accepts donations using all major credit cards. (Make a single payment or recurring payments to pay over time). Click here to donate on our secure portal.


DONATE WITH CASH OR CHECK

These donations are made through a single payment or a pledge over several months or years. Please make checks payable to “Los Encinos School” and send to: Los Encinos School – 17100 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316


PLEDGE NOW, PAY LATER

If you’re interested in making a pledge, please complete this online pledge form.


STOCK GIFTS

A gift of stock may offer tax savings in two ways. By donating stock to our school, you may avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increase in stock value. In addition, your gift provides you an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of giving. To discuss any giving options further, please feel free to email businessoffice@losencinosschool.org.


MATCHING CORPORATE GIFTS

Many employers match employee donations, presenting a way to leverage your gift into an even larger donation. Please check with your Human Resources department and follow its instructions to initiate a matching gift.


GIFTS IN KIND

Los Encinos School welcomes gifts of tangible personal property that can be used to further the school’s mission or provide an operational savings. By donating items like computers, audio-visual equipment, athletic equipment and books, donors not only reduce their taxable estate, they also reduce taxable income in the year of the gift. Donors and their tax advisors assign a fair market value to the gift for tax purposes.


BEQUESTS AND PLANNED GIFTS

Planned giving is a gift vehicle that allows you to donate via a trust, an annuity, or, most commonly, a bequest. Including Los Encinos School in your will can establish a permanent family legacy and provide tax benefits, a life income benefit, or other favorable estate arrangements. Your own tax advisor, attorney, or estate planning professional can help you determine the best way for you to make a gift to Los Encinos School.


For any additional questions regarding donations or fundraising…