Learn the difference between the GAF and GRF
Although the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) are often confused, they are not the same. The GRF is the non-profit corporation that manages the shared property of Leisure World. This corporation has employees: an executive director, Randy Ankeny; and a board of directors that sit on the numerous committees, such as Recreation, Physical Property, Finance, Communication and Security, among others. Every resident of Leisure World is a member of the GRF, which is why LWers are sometimes called shareholders. The GRF is funded by residents’ monthly dues.
The GAF is a charitable organization with small board of directors entirely made up of volunteers. GAF’s mission is to make LW a better place to live. The GAF’s funding is completely dependent on charitable contributions. When the GAF gets a large bequest, which happens occasionally, it pours every cent back into the community. For example, during the next visit to the gym, make sure to take a look at the plaque on the wall next to the elevator. A bequest from Jack Schiffiler via the GAF provided gym equipment a few years ago.
Because the GAF doesn’t have employees, it works hand in hand with the GRF, who pays the gym’s employees.
The GAF also benefits greatly from smaller donations that come from the community. Programs like the Hospitality Center, the free tax preparation program, paper shredding events, battery and fluorescent light bulb recycling and the Mobility Aids program are all GAF sponsored.
The GAF is always looking for donations, large or small. One of the biggest sources of income is the yearly GAF gala in October. However, due to the pandemic, the GAF hasn’t had any major fundraising events like the gala in more than a year.
Nothing happens in the GAF without the dedication and work of volunteers. New volunteers are always wecome.
The GAF invites LWers to consider becoming a member or board member to help it continue to help the LW community.
For more information, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org, or call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.