LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthrophy

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The E3 Youth Philanthropy Program brings together local high school students to help realize their vision and hopes for social change.

E3, also known as E-Cubed, seeks to educate, engage, and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities through service learning, leadership training, and grant-making activities.  E3 is one of three youth-oriented programs sponsored by the Los Altos Community Foundation.


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E3 participants are residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View or attend a high school in one of these three communities. The program begins in mid-August each year and continues through May. Throughout the year, program members:

  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Design and participate in service projects
  • Research and connect with local nonprofit organizations
  • Learn from local philanthropists about the potential impact of giving
  • Become effective grant-makers and strategic youth philanthropists

Each E3 student is a Board Member. The Board is organized into New Board, Advisory Board, and Leadership Board. The Leadership Board is selected by the Program Director based on application and previous Board activity. The Advisory Board is comprised of returning students. New Board members are new to the program. E3 currently has 25 members spanning 9th-12th grades representing local public and private high schools. The group is supported by a Director Fund by LACF.

Students commit to the E3 program for two years but are asked to reapply at the end of each school year. Students may participate for their four years in high school. The group meets twice a month from 7:00-9:00 pm.

All members participate in service projects (weekends and/or evenings) throughout the year.

Questions? Contact Program Director: Judy Crates

Apply for E3 Membership

Applications for the E3 Youth Philanthropy Program are accepted in February and March of each year.  Check back in early 2018 to apply for the E3 program that begins in August 2018.  Applicants should be entering the 10th or 11th grade when starting school in August 2018.

Applicants who advance from the initial screening will be asked to interview with current E3 program students and the E3 Director.

E3 Grants

Each year the Los Altos Community Foundation provides the E3 program $10,000.  After learning about nonprofit organizations, board membership roles, grant-making, and participating in local service projects, the E3 Board provides grants to nonprofits and programs that benefit our local residents (Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and surrounding communities).

2017-18 Key Funding Areas

Projects that address one or more of the following issues:

  • Mental Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

Grant applications are currently open and are due January 22, 2018.

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For questions, please contact Judy Crates, the E3 Program Director, at


2017/18 E3 Board Members


New Board

Lara Babu

Akhand Dugar

Megan Foreman

Olivia Ih

Mateo Kaiser

Manuel Macias

Naveen Mirapuri

Jessica O’Leary

Saloni Shah

Anya Sharma

Vidusha Srivatsan

Gray Tynefield

Madison Woo

Oliver Yu

Advisory Board

Valeria Gonzalez

Dilip Kumar

Kian Nikzad

Parmida Pajouhesh

Maya Shukla

Brandon Son

AJ Uppal

Naomi Zimmermann

Leadership Board

Kirsty Brydon

Lauren Kiachian

Dana Levy

Shaan Patel

Nishan Sohoni

LACF E3 Youth Philanthropy Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities.  E3 is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.