LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy

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

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

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E3 participants are residents of or attend school in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View. The program runs mid-August through May.

Program members will:

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

There are 25 students in the program with approximately 12 new students admitted each year. Students commit to the E3 program for two years but are asked to reapply at the end of each school year. An extension is based on interest and participation. A third year is available to students who are 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.

Questions? Contact E3 Program Director: Judy Crates at or call Los Altos Community Foundation at 650-949-5908.

Applications to join E3 for 2018-19 are closed. Applications for 2019-2020 will open in February/March 2020.

Applicants should be entering the 10th or 11th grade when starting school in August 2019.

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

E3 Grants

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

Grant applications are due 1/25/19.

2019 E3 Grant Application


2018/2019 E3 Board Members

Lara Babu
Jai Bahri
Abby Barahona
Marisa Barrett
Elana Eisenberg
Megan Foreman
Trisha Gongalore
Leo Jaques
Mateo Kaiser
Zarina Khader
Desmond Liu
Jessica O’Leary
Saloni Shah
Anya Sharma
Brandon Son
Vidusha Srivastsan
Gray Tynefield
Madison Woo
Oliver Yu
Olivia Yu

Leadership Board

Kirsty Brydon
Akhand Dugar
Lauren Kiachian
Dana Levy
Parmida Pajouhesh
Maya Shukla

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