Active philanthropy is one sign of a healthy and involved community. LACF believes it is important to celebrate philanthropy by recognizing the individuals and deeds that contribute to improving and building our community.
John Gardner stated that “a healthy community reaffirms itself continuously. Communities have ceremonies and celebrations to reaffirm the symbols of group identity, to recognize and reward exemplary members, and to provide bonding experiences.”
LACF honors local philanthropic heroes at the John W. Gardner Award ceremony each year.