LACF sparks local non-profits with more than $50,000 in grants 

Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) has completed its third grant making cycle this fiscal year, awarding 12 grants to non-profits that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.

These grants benefit our communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations, youth, diversity training and support, arts and culture, and community building.

Current grants support activities such as Family Engagement Institute’s (FEI) launch of a tuition-free summer school program, Stretch to Kindergarten – specifically for children who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price meals who live within the LASD boundary, Festival of Light Parade Association’s complete upgrade and refurbishment of the Drummer Boy float – done with the help of local Eagle Scout candidates, Child Advocates of SV’s training of volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for foster children, and Los Altos Stage Company’s artistic and creative programs in 2015.

LACF’s Community Grants program helps sustain programs at established local organizations including:

  • Ye Olde Towne Band
  • Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)
  • Music for Minors,

and new or expanded initiatives such as Family & Children Services LGBTQ ‘Youth Space’ program benefitting youth and young adults in the North Santa Clara County.

“LACF is proud of how its grants have positively benefitted the social, environmental, and economic aspects of our community,” said Joe Eyre, LACF Executive Director.

The Foundation has granted over $1.1 million to our local communities since its founding in 1991. Beginning in 2007, LACF has been managing a re-granting program for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and in 2015, began a re-granting program with the Heising-Simons Foundation.

 

LACF welcomes two new board members

Jean Limbach
Community Volunteer

Jean has been involved in community service for over 20 years. As an active member of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, Jean has served on the Board of Directors in a variety of positions including: Community VP, Administrative VP, Finance VP and President as well as chair of the League’s Endowment Fund.

Within the Los Altos community, Jean has served on the board of the Los Altos Education Foundation, as President of the Almond PTA, and as Secretary of the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council. She is currently on the board of the Stanford Hills Chapter of National Charity League. Jean is an 18 year resident of Los Altos where she lives with her husband and daughter. In addition to serving on the board, Jean is helping LACF as part of a team evaluating how we could manage and incubate programs even better.

Julie Mahowald
CFO Consultant

Julie has worked as a Corporate Treasurer, Controller and CFO for several technology companies and continues to consult in Corporate Finance for small to medium sized companies. She holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Lauder Institute Fellow. She earned her BA at Tulane University.

Julie currently serves as Vice President of East Palo Alto Kids foundation where she has been a board member for eight years. She is also a Sustainer of the Junior League of Palo Alto.

Previously Julie has volunteered in many capacities in her children’s schools: PTA President of Almond Elementary School, Parliamentarian of the Los Altos High School PTSA, and Chair of LAHS’s Writers Week. Julie was also an Advisor to the Rosalie Rendu Center in East Palo Alto. Julie is now LACF’s Treasurer and chair of our Finance Committee.

We are very thrilled to have both Jean and Julie on the LACF Board!

Applications for the 2015-16 program are now open

E3 New Member Photo

Apply to Join E3

If you are currently in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade, a Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View resident, or attend school in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View, we invite you to apply to become a member of next year’s E3 program. The program runs from late August, 2015 through early June 2016. As a program member, you will:

  • Develop your leadership and communication skills
  • Design and participate in monthly service projects
  • Connect with local nonprofit organizations
  • Learn from local philanthropists about the potential impact of giving
  • Become an effective grant-maker and strategic youth philanthropist

The E3 program term is for two years. We will meet on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm, from late August -early June. We have an all-day retreat in August and service projects (weekends and/or evenings) throughout the year.

Applications (and letters of recommendation) are due by 9am April 27 2015.

The fee to participate is $150 per year. Financial assistance is available.

Questions? Contact Program Director: Skye DeLano or Advisor Catherine Herzog   e3youth@gmail.com