2017 LACF Brunch Pictures

Thanks to all that made the 26th Annual LACF Brunch a huge success!

Special thanks to Carl Guardino, President and CEO Silicon Valley Leadership Group for his presentation on Values-Based Leadership.

We were also excited to honor long-time LACF Board Member and community leader, Dennis Young, for his many contributions.

Dennis Young and Joe Simitian

Thank you to El Camino Hospital, Lead Solstice Sponsor

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Guests enjoy LACF’s 2016 Summer Solstice

What is the Summer Solstice?

Los Altos Community Foundation’s Summer Solstice Celebration is an elegant garden party held at a large private residence, featuring wine from local vintners, passed appetizers and live music.  The event also is an opportunity for those in the community to learn more about the Foundation’s work and volunteer opportunities.

The event is from 5:30-8:30pm on June 23rd.  This year, the Solstice will be held at the Wayman residence in Los Altos Hills.  This estate was formerly known as the Adobe Creek Lodge.

The Solstice is attended by upwards of 250 guests, many of whom are among the most affluent and influential members of our community.

Why Sponsor?

By sponsoring this event you will promote your business to some of the most connected and affluent members of our community.  Your sponsorship will also show that you and your business support the philanthropic causes that are deeply valued by our strong and generous community.

The sooner you sponsor, the more exposure you and your business will receive. Sponsorship purchase deadline is June 1, 2017.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsors will be acknowledged in all promotional materials.  Web and social media coverage is included.

Levels of sponsorship include:

Community Champion – $2500

  • Logo/organization name on all event invitations, promotional flyers, social media, LACF website, LACF E-Newsletter
  • 6 tickets to event
  • Your logo and name displayed prominently on banner fronting the main wine bar
  • Tiered acknowledgement in event program & signage at speaker’s podium
  • Verbal recognition during the event as a ‘Community Champion’ sponsor
  • Tiered recognition in Los Altos Town Crier Thank-You ad following the event
  • Tax deductible portion is $2,350

Community Partner – $1000

  • Logo/organization name on all event invitations, promotional flyers, social media, LACF website, LACF E-Newsletter
  • 4 tickets to event
  • Your logo and name displayed on banner fronting the main wine bar
  • Tiered acknowledgement in event program & signage at speaker’s podium
  • Verbal recognition during the event as  ‘Community Partner’ sponsor
  • Tiered recognition in Los Altos Town Crier Thank-You ad following the event
  • Tax deductible portion is $900

Community Advocate – $500

  • Logo/organization name on all event invitations, promotional flyers, social media, LACF website, LACF E-Newsletter
  • 2 tickets to event
  • Your logo and name displayed on banner fronting the main wine bar
  • Tiered acknowledgement in event program & signage at speaker’s podium
  • Verbal recognition during the event as ‘Community Advocate’ sponsor.
  • Tiered recognition in Los Altos Town Crier Thank-You ad following the event
  • Tax deductible portion is $450

 

To purchase your sponsorship by check, please make the check payable to “LACF” and mail or drop off by June 1st  with the following information:

Sponsorship level in the memo line of the check
Your Name
Business Name
Business Address
Phone #
Email address
Signature
LACF’s address is 183 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA   94022.  The tax ID number is 77-0273721.

Questions?  Contact Christina Rudolph, (650) 949-5908 or by email, christina.rudolph@losaltoscf.org

2016 Brunch Pictures

Thanks to all that made the 2016 LACF Brunch a huge success.

justin steele google.org

Special thanks to Justin Steele from Google.org for explaining his approach to local giving, and Judy Crates  and two students from E3 for talking about the program and LACF.

 

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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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.

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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Community Grant Recipient Profile: Stretch To Kindergarten

Gabriel was in a shell of fear and shyness as he approached kindergarten according to his mother.

“After just six weeks my son Gabriel feels more confident and now is comfortable raising his hand to ask and answer questions in front of the class”, said Gabriel’s mother Cynthia.  “He is coming out of his shell of shyness.”

Gabriel is in a class this summer with a number of other children starting kindergarten in the Los Altos School District this fall.

Stretch To Kindergarten (STK) is a program of the Family Engagement Institute, a recent LACF Community Grant recipient.

STK offers a tuition-free, parent-participation, spring and summer kindergarten readiness program for socioeconomically disadvantaged children.

STK works to cultivate enduring partnerships among families, schools and the community to give children, most of whom have not attended preschool, the skills to help them successfully transition into kindergarten.

STK works with children in small groups to develop their English language, social, reading and math skills.   They also learn independence and to advocate for themselves, something kids without preschool experience may not yet have had the opportunity to learn.

And it’s not just the kids who learn.

Parents volunteer in the classroom and attend parent/child workshops which provide information on transitioning to kindergarten, family literacy, parenting, children’s academic and social development, nutrition and physical health, emotional well-being, volunteering in the schools and community resources.

STK Director Carmen Ponce said she is dedicated to creating a nurturing community to engage the whole family in making this important transition to school.

“It really lays a solid foundation for the students’ long-term success if the parents are involved with their children’s school and are connected to teachers, administrators, and other parents so they can reach out for support.”

Stretch to Kindergarten, founded in 2009 by Elizabeth Simons, a former teacher of Spanish bilingual elementary school classes and now president of the Heising-Simons Foundation, is now a cornerstone of the Family Engagement Institute at Foothill College.

STK serves families of children registered for kindergarten in nine local school districts, including Mountain View Whisman and Sunnyvale, in addition to the Los Altos School District.

Los Altos Community Foundation is proud to support the work of the Family Engagement Institute and Stretch to Kindergarten.