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A legacy fund in honor of retiring Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney, left, has received more than $100,000 so far with the help of Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation Development Director Barbara Edwards. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
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Delaney Legacy Fund has raised more than $100K

RANCHO SANTA FE — In honor of outgoing Ranch Santa Fe School District Superintendent, Lindy Delaney, a legacy fund has been named in her honor. Championing this effort is the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation/Endowment Advisory Board.

According to Laing Rikkers, RSF Education Foundation Endowment Advisory Chair, the Lindy Delaney Legacy Fund was launched in May 2016.

To date is has received a little more than $100,000 from a total of 35 families.

“The idea for the fund came from the Endowment Advisory Board, a nine-person subcommittee of the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation comprised of current and former parents and community members,” she said.

Rikkers is the parent of a student at R. Roger Rowe School.

“Lindy has made such a huge impact on this school district and community during her 30 years of service and so many people wanted to honor her in some meaningful way,” Rikkers said. “Lindy is a very reluctant recipient of gifts, but she agreed to let us establish this fund in her name because ‘it helps the kids.’”

Rikkers went on to say that the feedback for this legacy fund was very positive from a combination of the community, former school parents as well as the current parents.

“Everyone loves Lindy. People have sent in checks with hand written notes for her. It has been really touching,” she said.

Rikkers wants people to know that the RSF School Endowment fund was founded in 1997 by 10 school families. And the Lindy Delaney Legacy Fund will be part of this.

Contributions will be tracked separately in Lindy’s name, Rikkers said, and its purpose is to make an annual distribution to the RSF School District in Lindy’s name in perpetuity.

“Like other endowments, the primary purpose of the fund is to provide long-term financial security for the RSF School District and an annual distribution to the District is made from investment income ranging from 3 percent to 5 percent of the principal per its Distribution Policy,” she said. Rikkers added, “The annual distribution helps offset rising District costs not covered by public funds and the current Annual Giving Campaign funded by school parents.”

For those interested in taking part in the Lindy Delaney Legacy Fund all contributions are 100 percent tax deductible, said Rikkers.

“It is rare to be able to honor someone in a way that will keep their name in the forefront of people’s minds long after their tenure,” Rikkers said. “Lindy has done so much for the Rancho Santa Fe community and we are thrilled to be able to give everyone the opportunity to recognize her and help current and future Rancho Santa Fe students.”

According to Rikkers, contributions can be made by check payable to the RSF Education Foundation (Lindy Delaney Legacy Fund in the memo line) and sent c/o The RSF Education Foundation P.O. Box 809, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

Suggested donation amount is $1,000 or more, but all are welcome.