Thanks to the generosity of our local community, Los Altos Community Foundation and its donor advised funds gave over $1.4 million in grants and scholarships during the past year. $910,000 of these grants were awarded to local students and organizations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, a 34% increase over last year.
Jim Boin, development director of Community Services Agency, said LACF focuses on the needs of local residents. “Money from the community stays in the community,” Boin said.
LACF Community Grants are awarded to nonprofits helping vulnerable populations, seniors, youth, education, the environment, and the arts. Grants support new initiatives and existing programs.
The Foundation’s Community Grants program is operated in partnership with the David and Lucille Packard and Heising-Simons Foundations. Additional grants and scholarships come from LACF’s Donor Advised and Scholarship Funds, and LACF programs.
“We value our role connecting donors and resources with nonprofits to address community needs,” said Joe Eyre, LACF executive director.
Kicking off its first Community Grants cycle this fiscal year, LACF recently awarded another $73,000 to local nonprofits.
Grants Recipients include:
- Bay Area Furniture Bank: working to provide basic furniture and household items to local families in need and those transitioning out of homelessness.
- Cantabile Youth Singers scholarship fund: providing tuition assistance so that needy students may participate in a choral music education and performance program.
- Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services (LADRS): offering free mediation services to resolve local neighborhood, landlord-tenant, and business disputes.
- Hope’s Corner: providing free breakfast and lunch to hungry children, families, and seniors every Saturday in Mountain View.
- JustREAD: offering one-on-one tutoring services to struggling students.
Now in its 25th year, Los Altos Community Foundation enables residents, private foundations, and businesses to strengthen the community through local philanthropy and civic engagement.
LACF and its donors address local needs through grant making to nonprofits, leadership and community-building programs, incubating startup nonprofits, providing donor-directed charitable funds, and bringing groups together to solve local issues.