Sponsor the Solstice

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 […]

RSVP for the 2017 Summer Solstice

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Because of your valued support, Los Altos Community Foundation has many exciting community accomplishments to report for the past six months

Strengthening our Nonprofit Community through Grantmaking: LACF and its funds have given 385 grants and scholarships totaling $1.29M since July 1st.  More than half of this amount has gone to nonprofits and students in our three communities: Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. LACF’s Community Grants committee just finished its third round of […]

Santa Clara Count Supervisor addresses LACF’s LEAD

The Los Altos Town Crier published a nice article about Supervisor Joe Simitian speaking to our current LEAD class about community advocacy. Its a great talk. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discussed the keys to successful advocacy at Los Altos Community Foundation’s Feb. 15 Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) class. “Having served as an elected […]

Meet TACO: The terribly fun, low-stress, no-pressure orchestra

At a recent meeting of the Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO), after musicians found their seating sections, chit-chatted and tuned up, the group launched into its first piece. The melody was recognizable — Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” — albeit at a slower pace than the brisk tempo with which listeners may be more familiar. “Let’s […]

Pat & JJ Kapp

“At the Solstice event I saw so many people who I really value in our community and who are involved with LACF,” Pat said. “That was a ringing endorsement of LACF, if I ever needed one.”

Joe Simitian’s 13 Tips for Successful Advocacy

1. Before speaking to a group of elected officials (such as City Council), develop a relationship with one or more of them. Even a 15-minute call ahead of time with one of them could make a big difference in the effectiveness of your request. 2. Understand what motivates the audience of elected officials (or staff) […]

Inspire Mountain View now accepting applications

Ready? Set? The  Inspire Mountain View Challenge is now accepting applications! This is an opportunity to show off your smart ideas and win one of three grants — $25k, $50k, or $100k — for innovative projects that benefit the people who live or work in Mountain View. Applications are available online now through March 15. Grant […]

Inclusion and Freedom of Speech

A lot has happened in our country over the last two weeks.  Many in America are confused, apprehensive, and/or upset.  In this uncertain time, I think it is important – both nationally and locally – to double down on two important American values:  Inclusion and Freedom of Speech. Much of our country’s strength is due to […]

LACF and Bay Area Furniture Bank help bring peace of mind

  Victoria had been bouncing from home to home since she aged out of the foster system. Like many in the Bay Area, she was struggling to just make rent. Furniture was a dream. She huddled on the floor to eat dinner after work. In stepped Bay Area Furniture Bank. Founded by retired Los Altos […]