2016 LACF Impact

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The following is a partial list of how your support has enabled LACF to impact our community during the past year.


Strengthening our Nonprofit Community through Grantmaking:

  • LACF and its funds gave over $1.4M in grants and scholarships (over $10M since LACF’s founding).
  • More than 59% of these grants went to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, supporting need-based scholarships and grants to nonprofits focusing on Arts & Culture, Community Building, Health & Safety, Seniors, Vulnerable populations, and Youth & Education.
  • Scholarships totaling $160,000 were awarded to 72 local high school graduates.
  • LACF’s Community Grants program awarded 54 grants this fiscal year.
  • The Community Grants program is partnered with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (9th year) and the Heising-Simons Foundation (2nd year).
  • LACF was honored as the Outstanding Foundation Grantmaker by the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Addressing Community Needs through LACF Programs and Initiatives
  • Our community is better prepared for disasters through LACF’s Los Altos Prepare.  City, County Fire, CERTs, HAMs and LACF’s Block Action Team (BAT) leaders have coordinated response plans in case of a major emergency.
  • Los Altos Dispute Resolution Service (LADRS) has solved hundreds of neighbor-to-neighbor, tenant/landlord and other types of disputes for over 20 years via this free mediation program.
  • Your donations helped local seniors.  The Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE) is leading communities throughout our county in becoming ‘Age-Friendly’ – World Health Organization recognized for communities committed to seniors’ quality of life.
  • LACF accepted two projects, GreenTown Los Altos and MVLA Service League of Boys, to its nonprofit incubation program.  LACF now supports 16 programs addressing community needs.

Investing in the Next Generations:

  • More than 30 families and individuals will be giving back to our community forever through their legacy gifts to LACF.  Legacy gifts to LACF’s Community Endowment fund benefit future generations.  Marion and Bob Grimm’s legacy gift has been contributed to the fund.
  • LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program celebrated 10 years of teaching our teens to give back to their community.  Your donations enabled us to hire a new program director, Judy Crates, a respected, retired principal who brings exciting new ideas to the program.

Developing and Recognizing Community Leaders:

  • Leadership Education Advancement Program (LEAD): More than 350 LEAD graduates over 20 years, many have become City or nonprofit leaders.
  • Celebrated 25 exceptional volunteers from 25 local nonprofits at the 12th annual John W. Gardner Awards dinner.
  • LACF and its programs enabled hundreds of volunteers to contribute to the community this year.

Improving the Quality of Life in Our Community:

  • LACF hosted the 15th annual 4th of July community picnic in Shoup Park.  Families of all ages enjoyed the games, events, and patriotic music.
  • Los Altos Forward, a program of LACF, is now in its 5th year of supporting Downtown Los Altos First Fridays.  This past year the program started Club 55, a “pop-up” social club for seniors.
  • Los Altos Forward has hosted more than 30 educational, free “Community Conversations” about creating vibrant communities.

Fostering Innovative Philanthropy:

  • Partnered with the Los Altos School District to create an online “bulletin board” to connect teachers with available local housing.
  • Worked with Google, LinkedIn, Synopsys, and Symantec to create the Mountain View Corporate Philanthropy Fund to address social issues in Mountain View.
  • Offered community members a chance to learn about social benefit philanthropy from Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, who spoke at the 24th annual LACF brunch.

Your support of LACF made these accomplishments possible.  Thank you!

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