E3 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, April 12


Sunday, April 24th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
LACF Garden
183 Hillview Ave.

Food – Drink – Silent Auction

All money goes to support the E3 program.


First Community Grants of 2016 Awarded

LACF’s Community Grants program recently granted over $85,000 to 21 local nonprofits serving our communities.   The Community Grants program helps fund new and emerging philanthropic activities as well as providing operational grants to established local organizations.

Since 1991, the Foundation’s Community Grants program has provided over $1.3 million to local nonprofits.  LACF manages re-granting programs for the David and Lucile Packard and Heising-Simons Foundations.

DAF Owners boost LACF’s granting power

We received far more funding requests than we could possibly meet. But thanks to two of LACF’s Donor Advised Fund (DAF) owners, some of that funding gap was filled.

When DAF owners step forward, they can really boost LACF’s grant-making power to the benefit of the local community.  And DAF owners can feel comfortable knowing their support is going to organizations vetted by LACF.

LACF manages re-granting programs for the David and Lucile Packard and Heising-Simons Foundations.

Here are a few of our recent grants, supporting a variety of organizations serving various needs – from youth & education, to the environment, to arts & culture:


Assistance League of Los Altosnewborn 1

To provide basic necessities to needy families who are expecting or have newborns in Northern Santa Clara County





To fund Mountain View Whisman School District’s first unified environmental education and community service initiative, delivering urban greening through school campus tree plantings.




KLD water day - croppedKick, Lead & Dream (KLD) Soccer Camp

To fund t-shirts, transportation, equipment and facilities rentals for this teen-run soccer camp serving low-income children in Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale.



Living Classroom Compost Lesson--3rd gradeLiving Classroom

To update Living Classroom garden-based lessons to meet new science and common core standards.  This is required to continue teaching Living Classroom lessons in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools.




Theater Works 1TheaterWorks

To support TheaterWorks for Schools programs in the Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View area.







2016 Annual Legacy Circle Luncheon, May 10th

LACF is hosting its annual lunch for Legacy Circle members on May 10th.  If you have already included LACF in your estate plans, or intend to do so, please let us know by May 1st.  You may return the Legacy Circle Membership Confirmation form or just give us a call at 650-949-5908.

Would you consider giving a gift that benefits the community forever, but costs you nothing?   This is a Legacy Gift to LACF.  Your Legacy Gift will seed LACF’s Community Endowment fund.

Why a Community Endowment fund?
Silicon Valley has been doing well, but our economy may not be steady forever.  Don’t you want to know that LACF and its programs will continue to flourish during tough times?  A Community Endowment fund will help LACF strengthen our valued local educational, cultural, and community-service organizations through any economic cycle.

Why now?
The time to build a Community Endowment fund is when times are good.  Leaving a Legacy Gift today ensures that our Community Endowment fund will there for support in the years ahead.

How to easily leave a Legacy Gift?
Leaving a Legacy Gift can be as simple as naming LACF as a beneficiary of your retirement funds, such as an IRA, 401k or 403b, or life insurance policy.  This can also ease the potential tax burden on your loved ones.


Reminder!  If you’d like to join the Circle, you may return the Legacy Circle Membership Confirmation form or just give us a call at 650-949-5908.

A special thank you to our sponsors:

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2016 Gardner Awards in pictures

Thanks to all the honorees, sponsors and attendees for making this another great Gardner Awards dinner. If you want to support more activities like this, please donate to LACF.

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E3’s 10th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes & more pancakes! Join us on April 24th for E3 Youth Philanthropy’s 10th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast.

E3 Youth Philanthropy is a program of LACF, seeking to Educate, Engage, and Empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities. http://losaltoscf.org/E3

Los Altos Community Foundation's photo.

2016 Gardner Award Honorees


GA_haticon1Carla Dorow  

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm
Chris McKinney  

Music for Minors
Steve Geisheker  
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Annette Graff  

Project Sentinel
Russ Satake  

El Camino Hospital Foundation
Cynthia Razo  

Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College
Dorothea (Dot) Long  

Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community
Jamie Lucia  

Los Altos Forward
Carol Garsten  

Los Altos Forward
Shannon Coleman  

Animal Assisted Happiness
Berton Keith  

Palo Alto University
Elena Pacheco

Hope’s Corner
Melanie Tobias

Cantabile Youth Singers
Clay Campbell

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley
Elizabeth Hernandez

Sue Graham

Cathy Humphers Smith

TACO Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Wu

Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 Los Altos
Kristine Bardman

Los Altos Educational Foundation & MVLA High School Foundation
Alice Montgomery

Los Altos Stage Company
Linda Eckols

Mentor Tutor Connection
Karen Eustis

Reading Partners
Dick Henning

Los Altos Rotary
Barbie Koch

Peninsula Youth Theater (PYT)
(MVPD Officer) Robert Taylor

Challenge Team
Sherie Dodsworth

Los Altos Community Foundation

MVLA Scholars’ PEAK with the MVLA High School District

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

That’s a tough question for some high school students. It’s especially difficult for students who would be the first in their families to go to college. They have ambition and talent. But, they don’t always have exposure to professional careers and workplaces from family and friends that could lead them to peak performance.

MVLA Scholars’ PEAK, Pathways, Exposure, Academic Connection and Knowledge, hopes to bridge this gap with visits to local companies, job shadowing and internships.

Earlier this month, 50 Mountain View High School AVID – high-potential students who would be the first in their family to attend college – freshmen and sophomores went to Adobe headquarters in San Jose. Dan Cohen, Adobe executive and MVLA Scholars board member, arranged the visit. Students toured the Adobe campus and attended a panel discussion between newly hired college graduates.

“We’re excited about PEAK and look forward to working with the district to provide meaningful experiences for AVID students” said Susie Mielke, MVLA Scholars board member.

Ninety freshmen and sophomore AVID students from Los Altos High School will go to LinkedIn’s Mountain View campus for a similar visit later this month.

Visits at other companies– tech and non-tech – are being scheduled for the 2016-17 school year.

If you would like to offer visits, job shadowing or internships, please contact mvla_scholars@losaltoscf.org. MVLA Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.

MVLA Scholars and PEAK are Los Altos Community Foundation programs.

Community Grants helps challenged student “feel happy, calm and gentle” through Animal Assisted Happiness

oct 2015 Harry and Vanilla BeanHarry Henry is a student at MVHS. He is nonverbal but loves our monthly visits and particularly loves Vanilla

Bean, our white bantam couchon chicken. Harry wrote a poem for us.


Vanilla Bean (the chicken) helps me feel happy.

Vanilla Bean helps me feel calm and gentle.

Vanilla Bean helps me feel careful and in control.

I see how happy the other animals make my classmates feel, too.

I’m glad Animal Assisted Happiness comes to my school.



The Community Grants program is pleased to be helping people like Harry Henry through grants to Animal Assisted Happiness and other organizations.

Community Engagement specialist Daniel Harris, Knight Foundation Program Director, to speak at Gardner Awards

DannyH_0031 copyLos Altos Community Foundation is excited to announce that Daniel Harris, Knight Foundation program director, will be our featured speaker at the 2016 Gardner Awards dinner.

Prior to joining Knight, Daniel was a principal of StorySocial, a creative design studio in Washington, D.C. In that role, he helped businesses, cities, foundations and brands more effectively collect and share their stories online and in person to build stronger communities.

He is also co-founder of Feastly, a venture capital-backed online marketplace that allows cooks to turn their homes into restaurants and promotes community connections at the dinner table. Previously, he was the chief storytelling officer for People’s District, an online oral history project launched in Washington, D.C., that collected and shared a profile of one city resident a day.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Princeton University. His work has been featured in, among others, Fast Company, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Wired. The Washington Post called him a “modern-day Studs Terkel.”

Harris has delivered presentations around the world and is a regular speaker on topics such as storytelling, community building and creative placemaking. He was chosen as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow and is an award-winning DJ and photographer.


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Heart to Heart Teens do great things with their LACF Community Grant.

This really brings home how powerful the Community Grants program can be.

Dear Joe,

We thank you so much for the opportunity to provide “Parent Projects” classes and programs in our local community through the  Heart2Heart Teens a Community Grant of $1,500 LACF provided.
We had an amazing turn-out and wonderful completion.  Parents and families were positively impacted through three classes offered in our community this last semester.
Here is a picture of just some of the families in Mountain View.
In addition, just recently, the 49ers recognized us with their Unity Award for “Keeping Families United” through this program.
Again, thank you for helping us make this program successful.
Heart2Heart is interested in submitting a proposal for this grant if offered again.
Can you please point us in the right direction for this?
Thank you again ans we are grateful.
Best Regards,
Aimee M. Lopez