LACF Impact 2017

Thank you for your support of the Los Altos Community Foundation!  We’re excited to share some of the outcomes that your contribution to LACF has enabled over the past year:

 

Addressing Youth, Seniors, and Families in Need

Through its funds and programs, LACF gave $1.39 million in grants and scholarships to organizations serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View; a 55% increase over the previous year. These grants helped youth succeed in school, provided seniors with the care they need and enabled the homeless to feed themselves and their children.

LACF gave grants to new nonprofits, so they could launch their programs and quickly address needs in the community.  Grantees include Bay Area Furniture Bank, that gives furniture to those struggling to pay rent and EqOpTech Inc., that refurbishes computers for those who can’t afford them.

impacting the lives of students

LACF’s programs addressed numerous local needs, including:

  • MVLA Scholars gave over $400k in scholarships to 108 students, many of whom are first in their family to go to college.
  • CAFE (Center for Age Friendly Excellence), for its Los Altos Senior Inclusion and Participation Project, which identifies isolated seniors who are at risk and need services.
  • House2Home Connection, a new incubated LACF program that provides low-income families with donated household necessities for a comfortable and happy home.
  • Listos Mountain View, also a new incubated LACF program that helps immigrant families prepare for the possibility of family members being deported.
  • LACF again facilitated its common scholarship application process for local service clubs and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.  This group gave $131k to 72 local students.  The online common scholarship application also saved students and administrators time by submitting a single application to multiple organizations.

Improving Quality of Life in Our Community

Club 55 and Up, a fun, monthly event for adults 55 and over, attracted over 100 residents each time. Los Altos Forward, LACF’s program dedicated to promoting downtown vibrancy, created Club 55 and Up to provide local casual gatherings for older adults.

LACF’s Block Action Team (BAT) program grew to almost 200 trained BAT Leaders who help build neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and promote emergency preparedness in Los Altos.  Because of this program, the City of Los Altos recently took the lead disaster readiness by coordinating with BAT leaders as well as with county fire, HAM radio operators, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams).

LACF and the Los Altos School District set up an online bulletin board for community members to offer reasonably-priced housing to teachers.  As a result, five newly-hired teachers will be able to live in our community.

LACF’s Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services trained community members on conflict resolution and mediation to help resolve community issues.

Local arts and culture enhance life in our community.  LACF continuously supports local nonprofit stalwarts such as the Los Altos History Museum, CSMA, and Los Altos Stage Company.

Because of LACF’s ongoing support of the Peninsula Symphony, the community enjoys free classical music in the park every summer.

And, the Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO) enables over 50 local musicians to regularly play together in a fun, stress-free environment.

Soil and Water, a new LACF-incubated program, teaches Mountain View apartment residents and their children how to grow vegetables in the community garden in Heritage Park. Through this process, they learn how to prepare and add more vegetables to their diet.

2016 LEAD

Transforming Community Members into Community Leaders

LACF’s LEAD class led by Claudia Coleman has graduated over 400 residents over the last 22 years, many of whom have run for and/or been on the City Council, school board, commissions, nonprofit boards, or become nonprofit leaders.

In addition, the Los Altos Town Crier recognized Claudia as “2017 Los Altan of the Year” partially for her commitment to the program.

Philanthropy never moves as fast as it does in LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program. Throughout the year the 25 highly-motivated students learn empathy, values, nonprofit success factors, and grantmaking, all skills that will make them better leaders of tomorrow.

Owners of LACF Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) generously gave $730K of grants to nonprofits over the last year.  Some creatively funded new programs and causes while others granted money to their children and grandchildren so they could discover and nurture their own philanthropic passions.

Over 300 community members volunteered through LACF’s committees and programs to help make our community a better place.

To establish new community connections and educate residents about the Foundation, LACF hosted its annual Summer Solstice garden party welcoming over 300 community members – our most well-attended Solstice to date.

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Fostering Innovative New Philanthropy

Through LACF’s leadership, Google, LinkedIn, Symantec, and Synopsys joined the Inspire Mountain View initiative. The group awarded $525k in grants to make its hometown community more equitable, compassionate, and a better place to work and play.

The nine nonprofit grant winners are now helping parents struggling to feed their children, connecting seniors with their families through technology, and helping students learn about ecology, STEM, and becoming mindful leaders.

LACF sponsors 12 social-venture projects.  Through LACF, community members can start new nonprofits to address local needs without dealing with the burden of running an 501(c)(3).

Two years ago, LACF awarded a grant to MVLA Challenge Team’s Summer Learning Initiative to provide academic support programs for local at-risk students. Summer 2017 brought full program enrollment and combined morning classes with afternoon activity camps, resulting in positive academic and personal enrichment.

To further LACF’s donor-education initiatives, LACF invited Justin Steele, responsible for Google’s $50M+ U.S. philanthropy strategy, to provide insights into its innovative corporate philanthropy programs at our 25th annual LACF Brunch.

Building Resources for Our Community’s Future

Longtime community member Marguerite Szekely bequeathed LACF a $1.85 million planned gift, which LACF placed in our Community Endowment for future generations. Ms. Szekely’s gift is inspiring others in the community to include LACF in their estate plans, including the 36 generous and visionary families who are LACF Legacy Circle members honored at LACF’s annual May luncheon.

Because of you, our community is stronger, more caring, generous and engaged. Together, we’re developing the solid relationships, values, and practices that represent our world-class community.

Thanks again for your generous support. And as always, we’re continually looking to increase our impact, so feel free to email or contact me with any ideas you may have.

And as always, we’re continually looking to increase our impact, so feel free to email or contact me with any ideas you may have.

All the best,

Joe

joe.eyre@losaltoscf.org

Ways to Give Back Through LACF

 

P.S.  Please mark your calendar for LACF’s annual brunch on Sunday, October 15th.  Our speaker is the lively and insightful Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

 

2017 Brunch RSVP

 

Los Altos Block Action Team May update

During the month of May the Los Altos Block Action Team (BAT) volunteers were busy promoting emergency preparedness and recruiting BAT leaders  at ‘Fine Arts in the Park’ and at the Farmers Market.   “Our community is very interested in this program – and they understand we need to work together”, stated Sherie Dodsworth, BAT Program Director.

Thirty Los Altos residents signed-up at these events to learn more about the BAT program and to stay informed about the city’s emergency preparedness plans.  When explaining the program, the BAT zone map of the current BAT locations was used.  This map shows the 11 zones and the locations of the Emergency Communication Sites that are part of the continually developing community emergency plan.  For more information about the BAT program or BAT leader training, please visit losaltosbat.org.

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25 new BATS in Los Altos

Twenty-five BATS were started as a result of our first training. You too can make a difference – sign up today and tell your friends!LOSALTOSBATPURPLETitlecase

Help your neighborhood by becoming a Block Action Team Leader! By signing up today you can be part of the concerned–and fun– group of volunteers throughout Los Altos who are focused on making each of their neighborhoods an even better place to live!

Block Action Teams (BATs) is a new program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster, work together for crime prevention, assist, the seniors living in their neighborhood, when needed, involve youth; and organize neighborhood social events. We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.

BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized to be prepared for a major disaster and learn how to respond and care for their families and neighbors. The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun.

You or your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist with your efforts. You will also meet other neighborhood leaders doing the same thing.

Sign up today to be a BAT leader! There is no cost to participate and attend one of the training sessions. Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

More information about the BAT program, click on the links below:

 Start A Block Action Team

BAT Leader Position Description

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session. The scheduled training dates are: February 27, April 29 or May 27. Training is from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.

The third month of every quarter an “Inspiration Session” will be scheduled for BAT Leaders. The purpose of this session, is to educate, network, share stores and have fun with other BAT leaders. The first inspiration session will be held on March 26th from 6 -9 pm in the El Camino Hospital.

Get started today by filling out the BAT Leader Training Session sign up form. To learn more visit losaltosbat.org

If you would like more information please send an email to info@losaltosbat.org or call 650.949.5908

Sincerely,

 

Sherie Dodsworth

Volunteer Program Director for

BAT and Los Altos PREPARE programs

Energize your neighborhood as a Block Action Team Leader

Connect, Care and Prepare!
by Sherie Dodsworth, Volunteer Program Director for BAT and 
Los Altos PREPARE programs
Help your neighborhood by becoming a Block Action Team Leader! By signing up you can be part of the concerned–and fun–group of volunteers throughout Los Altos who are focused on making each of their neighborhoods an even better place to live!
Block Action Teams (BATs) is a new program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster. They will work together for crime prevention, assist, the seniors living in their neighborhood, when needed involve youth; and organize neighborhood social events.

We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.

BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized for major disaster preparation.

The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun. Your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist your efforts. You will also meet other like-minded neighborhood leaders.

Sign up today to be a BAT leader! There is no cost to participate and attend a training session. Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

More information about the BAT program, click on the links below.

Start a Block Action Team
BAT Leader Position Description

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session. Training sessions will be held the first two months of every quarter. First quarter dates are either January 29th or February 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.

Get started today by filling out the Block Leader Volunteer Application Form at losaltosbat.org

If you would like more information please send an email to info@losaltosbat.org or call 650-949-5908.

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Los Altos PREPARE programs

Want to make your neighborhood better?

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Connect, Care and Prepare

Help your neighborhood by becomming a Block Action Team Leader! By signing up today you can be part of the concerned–and fun– group of volunteers throughout Los Altos who are focused on making each of their neighborhoods an even better place to live!
Block Action Teams (BATs) is a new program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster, work together for crime prevention, assist, the seniors living in their neighborhood, when needed, involve youth; and organize neighborhood social events.  We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households),  communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized to be prepared for a major disaster and learn how to respond and care for their families and neighbors. The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun.You or your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist with your efforts. You will also meet other neighborhood leaders doing the same thing.Sign up today to be a BAT leader! There is no cost to participate and attend one of the training sessions.  Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

More information about the BAT program, click on the links below:

Start A Block Action Team 
BAT Leader Position Description

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session.  Training sessions will be held the first two months of every quarter.  First quarter dates are either January 29th or February 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.

Get started today by filling out the Block Action Team Leader Application  . To learn more visit www.losaltosbat.org

If you would like more information please send an email to info@losaltosbat.org or call 650.949.5908

 

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