World Harmony Chorus concert supported by LACF Community Grant

From the Los Altos Town Crier:


The World Harmony Chorus is scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Community School of Music and Arts’ Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The World Harmony Chorus is a community chorus open to teens and adults of all experience levels – from beginners to seasoned choral singers. Participation in the chorus requires no audition. Members learn a repertoire of songs from a variety of ethnicities, nationalities and folk traditions around the world, including selections from Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Daniel Steinberg, founder and director of the World Harmony Chorus, has been a member of the CSMA faculty since 1999. He believes that “anyone can participate in music, regardless of age, experience or natural ability.”

Making music accessible to everyone is Steinberg’s personal commitment. He said he sees music-making “as an essential element of community-building” and believes that “an awareness of the traditional music of other cultures helps to bring about a better understanding of the world and ultimately promotes world peace.”

“The World Harmony Chorus concert demonstrates how our diverse community can be connected through music and art,” said Vickie Scott Grove, executive director of CSMA.

Grove added that people of all ages, backgrounds and interests come together in the chorus to express a “mutual love” of song and performance.

“We invite you to join us to share this joy and expand your cultural horizons with the World Harmony Chorus,” she said.

The World Harmony Chorus is accepting new members – CSMA begins its spring semester Feb. 9. Singers interested in joining the chorus can learn more and register online at

Monday’s concert is part of CSMA’s 2014-2015 Community Concert Series, supported by grants from the Applied Materials Foundation and the Los Altos Community Foundation.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

For a full Community Concert Series schedule and more information, call 917-6800, email or visit

Ballroom dancing with TACOs

Come out and do some ballroom dancing to the sounds of TACO. How often do you get a chance to dance to a live orchestra?

TACO is a Los Altos Community Foundation program.

Ballroom Dance with TACO

Now accepting Community Grant Applications

Community Grant applications are due 2/24/15.DSC_0083

LACF primes local community organizations with thousands of dollars in grants.

For example, in 2011-2012 the Foundation awarded $176,000 in grants to 35 local non-profits. Grant applications are evaluated and awarded by how the grant will address a community need and/or incrementally benefit the community.

Nominations for the 2015 Gardner Awards are open

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Please use the above form to nominate your non-profit’s extraordinary volunteer for the 2015 Gardner Awards.

Any non-profit that serves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View is encouraged to select an outstanding volunteer from its organization to honor at this celebratory event.

The recognition of volunteers will be spirited and to the point, with the Master of Ceremonies reading a 100 word tribute to each honoree. As the tribute is read, each honoree will stand with your organization’s leader for a picture and to receive his or her award.

This award is not a secret! Please remember to share this exciting news with your honoree and confirm they will be able to attend the event!

Also, purchase your non-profit’s table and/or seats soon as the event will probably sell out!

Welcome Christina

photo (8)Christina Rudolph has joined LACF as its new Executive Assistant / Office Manager.

She will be working full time and responsible for:

  • Managing incoming and outgoing correspondence, including email newsletters
  • Taking care of incoming donations  and managing our donor database
  • Supporting our grant making activities
  • Event and volunteer coordination
  • Scheduling and office management
Christina has worked part time for the last several years as a project manager for local firms providing custom design and stationery products.  Before that she did marketing communications and customer relations for firms such as SGI and Pete’s Brewing (remember Pete’s Wicked Ale?  She was involved with the IPO of Pete’s Brewing).
Christina grew up in the area and has lived in Los Altos for 16 years with her husband Colin.  They have two girls, in 5th and 7th grades.
She’ll be sitting at the front desk, so stop by and say hi.

Donor Advised Funds Enable Convenient Gifting

If you would like to get a 2014 charitable deduction but are not sure which non-profits you’d like to donate to, you can open a Donor Advised Fund with LACF.  These funds provide an immediate deduction toward your 2014 return and then you can donate from it to any 501(c)(3) now or anytime in the future.  This is especially convenient for appreciated stock because you also save capital gains taxes.  And should you want to contribute locally, LACF provides the additional benefit of knowing local non-profits and offering you suggestions on where the needs are greatest.   Contact Joe Eyre,, to open a DAF today.


LACF holiday office hours for 2014

Closed from December 23rd at noon until December 28th.
Open December 29 & 30, and until noon on December 31st.
Closed January 1st through 4th.
Open again on January 5th


Happy Holidays from LACF


IRA charitable rollover extended to December 31, 2014

LACommunityFoundationlogoThanks to last minute legislation, the IRA charitable rollover is available through December 31, 2014 (so there is not much time to do this and have it qualify for 2014).  Donors age 70 1/2 and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free of federal income tax and the gift qualifies for the donor’s 2014 required minimum distribution (RMD).

The rollover is not permitted to a donor advised fund, a Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Gift Annuity.

To find out more, click on the below link and/or contact Joe Eyre at

Each year, IRA owners age 70½ and older must take a required minimum distribution (RMD). The distributions generally commence at age 71 and must be taken by the recipient no later than 12/31 each year. The IRA charitable rollover is limited to $100,000 and qualifies as a RMD.  Normally, the RMD is treated as income to the recipient. When given directly to charity under this law, the rollover is not counted towards the person’s income but does not qualify for a charitable deduction. If the IRA recipient does not need the income, giving it away to charity reduces the person’s overall income tax burden and allows him/ her to benefit charity.

The person wishing to make the rollover contribution must go through the IRA custodian who is administering the IRA. Most IRA custodians have forms on their websites that will permit the distribution to be made to the charity. Again, the extension is only for 2014 so to qualify the IRA rollover amount would need to be gifted by 12/31/14.

Note: This is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please consult your legal or tax advisor before making any gift or recommending any gift to a donor or organization.

WOMEN/SV exits incubation

WOMEN/SV Domestic Violence Program to Join Family Women/SV, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), will be moving to Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS) in early January. As part of FCS, the Women/SV program will be able to expand its domestic violence prevention, victim support, and training program services throughout Northern Santa Clara County.

The WOMEN/SV program, founded in October, 2011 by local resident Ruth Patrick, has had the dual mission of providing support to domestic violence victims living in affluent communities, such as Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and delivering training to professionals throughout the county on how to recognize and mitigate domestic violence. Since inception, the program has provided support to over 200 domestic violence victims, many of whose children also have been affected.

“I am excited to move the WOMEN/SV program to Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley,” said Ms. Patrick. “FCS has the resources and reputation in the field of family violence prevention to enhance our program, help more victims find a path to freedom, and continue the conversation on domestic violence in our communities.

LACF has fiscally-sponsored and “incubated” the WOMEN/SV program since its founding.

Joe Eyre, Executive Director of LACF, said, “Ruth Patrick is a great example of a community member who saw an unmet local need and started a service to address it under the support of LACF’s non-profit incubation program. Her move to FCS will enable her to take the WOMEN/SV program to the next level.”

WOMEN/SV will join the FCS portfolio of integrated programs and services that address critical health and human services needs throughout the county. The non-profit organization, founded in 1948, works to build strong, safe, and self-sufficient individuals, families, and communities.

Women/SV will be based out of FCS’s Palo Altos office.

“FCS has worked closely with Ruth Patrick and WOMEN/SV on domestic violence prevention and advocacy, and we are delighted to welcome Women/SV as part of our organization,” said Diana Neiman, President and CEO of FCS. “We appreciate the important role LACF plays as an incubator for innovative approaches to addressing critical community needs.”

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