AFP Awards Day

Thanks to Laura Bajuk for nominating us for the Outstanding Foundation Grantmaker. This was a fun event that helped connect us with the fundraising community.

 

Joe’s speech:

Acceptance speech after receiving AFP award:

On behalf of Los Altos Community Foundation I’m honored to accept this award and be standing in the company of all the incredible current and past award winners.  Thank you to AFP Silicon Valley for hosting this wonderful event and to Laura Bajuk of the Los Altos History Museum for nominating us for this award.

As the saying goes, “it takes a village” and that truly exemplifies the Los Altos Community Foundation.  I want to thank our board for their leadership and guidance, and the Foundation staff for their dedication toward providing high-quality, personal service.  And most importantly, I’d like to thank our many donors and volunteers who enable us to carry out our mission. Many of you are in the audience today.

Los Altos Community Foundation is now in its 25th year, and I would be remiss if I did not also recognize and thank our Founder, Roy Lave.  For 23 years Roy grew this Foundation – as a volunteer — from an idea into a respected institution that has inspired local philanthropy, developed generations of civic leaders, and built a stronger community.  Roy and the Foundation creatively and effectively integrated grantmaking with the Foundation’s direct service programs, its portfolio of startup nonprofits, and charitable funds.   I would not be standing here today without his vision and commitment.

Our focus, community philanthropy, often does not get the headlines like curing cancer, eliminating poverty, or solving terrible diseases in Africa.  However, what we do is the essence of the American spirit, neighbors pitching in together to improve the place they start and end each day, the place they call home.  Strong, caring communities are the bedrock of our great country and I’m proud that Los Altos Community Foundation has been recognized for this effort.

Little description of photo and the award:
Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) received the 2015 Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker award at the 28th annual Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day celebration, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter on November 20, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Nominated by the Los Altos History Museum, LACF received this award in recognition for its demonstrated commitment to philanthropy through financial support and community involvement.  The event drew over 700 community leaders, philanthropists, corporate sponsors, and fundraisers.

Celebrate Community Foundation Week

Los Altos Community Foundation is joining more than 750 community foundations nationwide as they celebrate Community Foundation Week November 12-18, 2015.  Created in 1989 by president George H.W. Bush, this week recognizes the work of community foundations across America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) is proud and excited to be in our 25th year of strengthening our community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement.  Look for our Report to the Community this week in the Los Altos Town Crier to for a colorful summary of our local impact through grantmaking, our managed and incubated programs, funds, and events.

This is all possible with the passionate involvement and support of our donors, fund owners, Board of Directors, volunteers, and Legacy Circle members.  As you think of your year-end giving, we encourage you to invest locally through LACF, to ensure that our community becomes better and is an even more vibrant place in which to live, work, and play.

 

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What is TACO

‘TACO’, the Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra, is a group of people of all skill levels who like to play music for the joy of making music together.

Founded and directed by Los Altos resident Cathy Humphers-Smith, a former director of Music for Minors in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, TACO began as a weekly gathering of musical friends in her living room. When the group grew to over 20 musicians, it became a non-profit under the umbrella of the Los Altos Community Foundation and moved to rented classroom space at Hillview Center.

As TACO continued to flourish it became an official class offered by the Los Altos Park and Recreation Department, which enabling them to meet at the larger Los Altos Youth Center.

Now one Sunday each month, 75 musicians ranging in age from teens to 80s converge to make music.

Creating this monthly sight-reading orchestra gave local musicians a place to keep their music alive, without the intense weekly commitment and stressful auditions sometimes required by other orchestras.

As one TACO participant said, “I love the music this month and I’ve been practicing, though some pieces are too fast for me. But I know I will have fun no matter what happens to my ability to hit the notes”.

Ms. Humphers-Smith, a pianist and choral conductor, said she “…always fantasized about an all-inclusive orchestra, one that welcomed people of all levels, where everyone helped each other to improve, without the insistence on perfection and without attitude.”

Los Altos Community Foundation is proud to support TACO through our non-profit fiscal sponsorship program and through our Community Grants program.

 

 

 

 

Pictures from the 2015 LACF Foundation Brunch

Thanks to all who made the brunch a success! We’re glad you made it and we will see you at the next event.

 

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Starting our 25th Year with Frozen and Cakes

A Gaggle of Elsas

 

It was a beautiful Friday night in Los Altos to view Frozen on the big screen.

So, we decided to help celebrate by bring cake. We invited all the Elsas up to blow out the candles.

Thanks for all of your support of LACF in the past and going forward.

 

 

LACF’s Community Impact Update July 2014 – June 2015

Los Altos Community Foundation just completed its fiscal year on June 30th. Annette Graff and Ruth Patrick at 2015 Gardner awardsWe’re proud of the Foundation’s accomplishments and its local impact, thanks to the contributions of our many generous donors. Following is a brief impact summary of the LACF programs and grants enhanced our community over the last year.

 LACF: Making a Difference in our Community

Our programs and grants address the needs of our youth, seniors, women and vulnerable populations within our community:

  • E3 Youth Philanthropy Program engaging local high school students in philanthropy
  • MVLA Scholars providing college scholarships to local high school students
  • Community Services Agency in support of their Senior Fall Prevention Project
  • Day Worker Center kitchen upgrade to bring up to commercial code
  • Mentor-Tutor Connection providing tutoring and mentoring at elementary and high schools
  • Westwind 4-H Handicapped Riding Program
  • Animal Assisted Happiness to assist special needs children in LA/LAH
  • Center for Age Friendly Excellence (CAFE) advocates for senior friendly communities
  • Child Advocates of SV for Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster children
  • Community Health Awareness Council for their Teen Talk Program
  • Family & Children Services programs benefiting youth and young adults
  • SV Faces enabling local high school students to attend diversity-awareness camp
  • Heart2Heart Teens helping high school students graduate and become leaders
  • Krause Center of Innovation supporting their Merit program at local schools
  • JustREAD and JustMATH in-school tutoring programs at MVLA middle and high schools
  • Bullis Boosters Camp for under-served 2nd-4th graders
  • Mountain View Police Activities League to help fund mentoring program
  • KLD (Kick, Lead, Dream) Summer Soccer Camp for at-risk students
  • Family Engagement Institute for tuition-free summer school kindergarten-readiness program
  • Friends of Deer Hollow supporting environmental education programs for our children
  • RotaCare (El Camino Hospital) for gynecological services for the uninsured
  • CarbDM for the Annual Bay Area Diabetes Summit
  • WOMEN/SV supporting victims of domestic violence in our community

Joe Eyre and Dennis Young (LACF honoree)

LACF supported community building programs, events, and organizations:
  • Los Altos Block Actions Teams (BATs) connecting neighbors and preparing for disasters
  • Leadership Education Advancement Program (LEAD) developing future community leaders
  • Los Altos Dispute Resolution Service (LADRS) helping neighbors resolve disputes
  • Annual John W. Gardner Awards recognizing exceptional volunteerism our local non-profits
  • Morning Forum of Los Altos supporting distinguished speakers series in our community
  • Community School of Music and Arts to support the free Community Concert Series
  • City of Los Altos Summer Concert Series
  • Los Altos Stage Company community theater
  • Ye Olde Towne Band free community concerts
  • Festival of Light Parade float refurbishment and sponsorship
  • Los Altos History Museum funding for the “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends” exhibit
  • Los Altos Forward sponsoring City Council Candidates’ Forum and Community Conversations
  • Los Altos Forward building downtown vibrancy with First Fridays
  • Los Altos Village Association for the sponsorship of Los Altos Movie Nights
  • Glorious Fourth of July Community Picnic
  • GreenTown to make Los Altos more environmentally healthy and vibrant
  • Neutra House preserved historic building and offering a beautiful non-profit meeting center
  • Peninsula Symphony for the Summer Pops Concert in downtown Los Altos

 

Your support of the Los Altos Community Foundation makes our community a better and more desirable place to live, work and play. If you have any questions or suggestions on how LACF could better serve the community, please feel free to call or email me at any time.

Thank you for your support,
Joe Eyre
Executive DirectorZoey at Glorious 4th 2015
650 949-5908
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