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…

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 affected by the pandemic. Allocated our seed funding....

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...

The 8th Annual John W. Gardner Awards

Our traditional awards ceremony, the 8th Annual John W. Gardner Awards, where non-profits acknowledge their outstanding volunteers happened on April, 7 2011. This award ceremony included the 47th Annual Los Altos Community Service Award given to long-time volunteer Pinky Whelan. The evening was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto and was...

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