Los Alamos Community Foundation Announces Formation Of Legacy Society

Los Alamos Community Foundation Legacy Society members are, from left, Robert Gibson and Lori Heimdahl Gibson, Georgia and Gerry Strickfaden, David and Terry Izraelevitz, Paul and Sue Bombardt. Photo Courtesy LACF


Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) has announced the opportunity to create the legacy you want for the community you love. The Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who have chosen to leave a lasting charitable legacy in Los Alamos by including the LACF in their will, trust or estate plan. The Legacy Society honors its individual members’ charitable passions while establishing its members as philanthropic role models.

We are grateful to include Paul and Sue Bombardt, Robert Gibson and Lori Heimdahl Gibson, David and Terry Izraelevitz, and Gerry and Georgia Strickfaden among the initial legacy society members.

“We are honored that these farsighted benefactors have chosen LACF to help carry out their deep commitment to their community,” said LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz. “Estate planning is an impactful way for those who have lived in our community to provide for its future. By entrusting gifts to the Foundation, they ensure that their contributions will be used wisely to address future community needs and that their personal legacies will be extended far beyond their lifetimes,” she added.

“Los Alamos has always been our home, and we have no plans to leave,” said Legacy Society members Gerry and Georgia Strickfaden. “We would like for any of our material worth to benefit New Mexico and Los Alamos, so we are very pleased that Los Alamos Community Foundation has come into existence to carry forward any worth we may have left at the end of our days. We are grateful for visionary folks who started Los Alamos Community Foundation.”

In addition to naming the Foundation as a beneficiary in your estate, participation in the Legacy Society can also be done through gifts of charitable gift annuities, trusts, insurance policies and various other kinds of planned giving instruments that can be executed with the help of a donor’s attorney.

“Many are surprised to learn how easy it is to create a lasting legacy that can preserve the family name, honor loved ones, support a favorite nonprofit, minimize tax burdens and support the community they call home,” said Kizielewicz. “Bequests to the Community Foundation are excluded from assets for estate tax purposes.”

Currently, LACF has over $1 million pledged through these future gift commitments. To become a member of the Legacy Society, the Foundation requires a statement of intent. If they choose to do so, members may remain anonymous. For more information, contact Rachel Kizielewicz at 661-4420.

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards ten local endowment funds and total assets of more than $635,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit http://www.losalamoscf.org.