LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthrophy

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The E3 Youth Philanthropy Program brings together local high school students to help realize their vision and hopes for social change.

E3 seeks to educate, engage, and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities through service learning, leadership training, and grant-making activities.  E3 is one of three youth-oriented programs sponsored by the Los Altos Community Foundation.


Donate to E3

E3 participants are residents of or attend school in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain Views. The program begins in mid-August each year and continues through May.

Program members will:

  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Design and participate in service projects
  • Research and connect with local nonprofit organizations
  • Learn from local philanthropists about the impact of giving
  • Become effective grant-makers and strategic youth philanthropists

The program begins in late August and continues through May. There are 25 students in the program with approximately 12 new students admitted each year. Students commit to the E3 program for two years but are asked to reapply at the end of each school year. Continuation is based on interest and participation. A third year is available to students who are selected to be on the Leadership Board. The group meets twice a month from 7:00-9:00 pm at Neutra House in Los Altos. Attendance at the August team building retreat is required.

All members participate in service projects (weekends and/or evenings) throughout the year.

Questions? Contact Program Director: Judy Crates at or call Los Altos Community Foundation at 650-949-5908.

Applications for the E3 Youth Philanthropy Program are now open.

Applicants should be entering the 10th or 11th grade when starting school in August 2018.

Apply for E3

Applicants who advance from the initial screening will be asked to interview with current E3 program students and the E3 Director.

E3 Grants

Each year the Los Altos Community Foundation provides the E3 program $10,000.  After learning about nonprofit organizations, board membership roles, grant-making, and participating in local service projects, the E3 Board provides grants to nonprofits and programs that benefit our local residents (Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and surrounding communities).

2017-18 Key Funding Areas

Projects that address one or more of the following issues:

  • Mental Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

Grant applications are currently closed.


2017/18 E3 Board Members


New Board

Lara Babu

Akhand Dugar

Megan Foreman

Olivia Ih

Mateo Kaiser

Manuel Macias

Naveen Mirapuri

Jessica O’Leary

Saloni Shah

Anya Sharma

Vidusha Srivatsan

Gray Tynefield

Madison Woo

Oliver Yu

Advisory Board

Valeria Gonzalez

Dilip Kumar

Kian Nikzad

Parmida Pajouhesh

Maya Shukla

Brandon Son

Naomi Zimmermann

Leadership Board

Kirsty Brydon

Lauren Kiachian

Dana Levy

Shaan Patel

Nishan Sohoni

LACF E3 Youth Philanthropy Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities.  E3 is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.