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The E3 Youth Philanthropy Program connects local high school students to help realize their vision for social change.


E3 Youth Philanthropy educates, engages, and empowers local youth to create positive change in their local communities. E3 is one of three youth-oriented programs sponsored by Los Altos Community Foundation.

Through E3, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from local philanthropists about nonprofits and the positive impacts of strategic giving
  • Design and participate in service projects
  • Research, analyze, and advocate for potential grant recipients
  • Develop leadership and communication skills


E3 participants are residents of or attend school in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View. Interested students must be entering 10th or 11th grade in Fall 2020.


The program runs mid-August through April.


There are approximately 25 students in the program. Students commit to the E3 program for two years and must reapply at the end of each school year. An extension is based on interest and participation. A third year is available to students selected for the Leadership Board.

The group meets twice a month from 7:00-9:00 pm at Neutra House in Los Altos. Participation in the August team-building retreat is required.

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


$150 (covers program materials and supplies). Financial aid is available.

Application Process:

Applicants who advance from the initial screening will be interviewed by current E3 program students and the E3 Program Director. Applicants will be selected and notified by April 30, 2019.

Please note applications for the 2019-2020 program are now closed. Please check back in January 2020 for information on the 2020-2021 program.

Contact E3 Program Director: Judy Crates at e3youth@gmail.com or call Los Altos Community Foundation at 650-949-5908.

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E3 Grants

Each year, LACF gives the E3 program $10,000.  The E3 Board gives grants to nonprofits and programs that benefit residents of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and surrounding communities.

The grant application cycle for 2019 is now closed. Check back in Fall 2019 for information on the 2020 E3 grants application process and timeline.

LACF's E3 Youth Philanthropy Program educates, engages, and empowers local youth to create positive change in their local communities.

2019-20 E3 Leadership Board

Lara Babu

Akhand Dugar

Elana Eisenberg

Megan Foreman

Maya Shukla

2019/2020 E3 Board Members

Marisa Barrett

Soham Bhonagiri

Bianka Bogdanic

Arynn Carty

Navi Chawla

Anneli Chow

Annabel Doherty

Diya Gupta

Julia Isaac

Leo Jaques

Jessi Jha

Zarina Khader

Desmond Liu

Katherine Richardson

Kate Stadler

Saahil Sundaresan

Morgan Taylor-Cohen

Athena Tulac

Harris Watson

Yao Yao Xiao