Why Fiscal Sponsorships Matter

When I began my relationship with LACF as a board member, I was excited by the Foundation’s willingness to support emerging nonprofits through fiscal sponsorships. Fiscal sponsorships – where a supporting organization like LACF will accept donations on behalf of a project or entity that does not qualify for tax-exemption on its own –...

Celebrating Local Giving

Times of prolonged crisis bring much pain and suffering to many. They also showcase heroic acts of resiliency, empathy, and caring. Without a doubt, we’re experiencing, as Charles Dickens so aptly described in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” both the Best of Times and Worst of Times. Over the past months of...

Working Together for Greater Local Good

So much of what philanthropy has done over the past few months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was long overdue (also long overdue but perhaps not as clearly seen yet is the sector’s response to address inequities and structural racism – that’s a subject for a future post). In a matter of a...

To Listen, Not Just Hear, and to Take Action

Words have often escaped me over the past week. I have seethed in anger and cried silently. I have watched the anguish of people in communities across the US and the world. I have read essays, opinion columns, and social media posts. I have learned from the words written and spoken by friends and...

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A Bit of Good News in Uncertain Times

A Bit of Good News in Uncertain Times It’s hard to believe that it’s been four weeks since my team and I suspended our ‘normal’ work and shifted into responding to the emerging local crisis brought on by the coronavirus. Within a few days, we: Reached out to several nonprofits already responding to and...

Looking Beyond Green Lawns

A few days after I began working at Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), a friend from North Carolina emailed me to offer congratulations on my new role. Then, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, he proceeded to let me know he’d visited the communities we support before and questioned our real need for local philanthropy. In his dry...

Los Altos Informs: Implications of Library Operation

The Los Altos Community Foundation PrimeTime Project Presents LOS ALTOS INFORMS: IMPLICATIONS OF LIBRARY OPERATION A study of operating expense and other factors for city-operated vs. special district-operated libraries in Los Altos A Report by Karen Duncan and Norma Schroder   SUMMARY In response to state budget cuts in 2011, the Santa Clara County...

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