Because of your valued support, Los Altos Community Foundation has many exciting community accomplishments to report for the past six months

Strengthening our Nonprofit Community through Grantmaking: LACF and its funds have given 385 grants and scholarships totaling $1.29M since July 1st.  More than half of this amount has gone to nonprofits and students in our three communities: Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. LACF’s Community Grants committee just finished its third round of […]

Santa Clara Count Supervisor addresses LACF’s LEAD

The Los Altos Town Crier published a nice article about Supervisor Joe Simitian speaking to our current LEAD class about community advocacy. Its a great talk. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discussed the keys to successful advocacy at Los Altos Community Foundation’s Feb. 15 Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) class. “Having served as an elected […]

Meet TACO: The terribly fun, low-stress, no-pressure orchestra

At a recent meeting of the Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO), after musicians found their seating sections, chit-chatted and tuned up, the group launched into its first piece. The melody was recognizable — Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” — albeit at a slower pace than the brisk tempo with which listeners may be more familiar. “Let’s […]

Pat & JJ Kapp

Pat & JJ, high school sweethearts from Belmont, moved to Los Altos in 1999 for the schools. Their two children, Kelly a MVHS sophomore and Frank a sophomore at UC Berkeley, have attended Oak, Blach, and MVHS. Pat ran her catering business and has been a dedicated community volunteer.  She’s served as PTA President, Junior […]

Joe Simitian’s 13 Tips for Successful Advocacy

1. Before speaking to a group of elected officials (such as City Council), develop a relationship with one or more of them. Even a 15-minute call ahead of time with one of them could make a big difference in the effectiveness of your request. 2. Understand what motivates the audience of elected officials (or staff) […]

Inspire Mountain View now accepting applications

Ready? Set? The  Inspire Mountain View Challenge is now accepting applications! This is an opportunity to show off your smart ideas and win one of three grants — $25k, $50k, or $100k — for innovative projects that benefit the people who live or work in Mountain View. Applications are available online now through March 15. Grant […]

Inclusion and Freedom of Speech

A lot has happened in our country over the last two weeks.  Many in America are confused, apprehensive, and/or upset.  In this uncertain time, I think it is important – both nationally and locally – to double down on two important American values:  Inclusion and Freedom of Speech. Much of our country’s strength is due to […]

LACF and Bay Area Furniture Bank help bring peace of mind

  Victoria had been bouncing from home to home since she aged out of the foster system. Like many in the Bay Area, she was struggling to just make rent. Furniture was a dream. She huddled on the floor to eat dinner after work. In stepped Bay Area Furniture Bank. Founded by retired Los Altos […]

What you must know if you’re thinking of selling your home in 2017

Selling your home can be one of the most important decisions of your life. When should you sell? How can you maximize the sales price and proceeds? What are the tax strategies for addressing capital gains? How could tax changes by the new administration affect the market? Answers to these questions and more at this […]

Thank you to E3 and LACF from Mariano Castro Elementary School

E-Cubed(E3) a youth philanthropy program of the Los Altos Community Foundation awarded Sreya Guha a grant to pilot MathUnboxed to students and their families at  Mariano Castro Elementary School, Mountain View. Thank you to the E3 Leadership Board  for critical seed funding to launch MathUnboxed! This program distributed folders to First, Second and Third graders. […]