LACF Program provides emergency preparedness backpacks for seniors

CAFE founder Anabel Pelham is working with LACF, a local Eagle Scout, Los Altos Rotary and Los Altos and Los Altos Hills on this great project.

Eagle Scout Warren “Renny” Glasner, 17, teamed up last month with Los Altos Rotarian and Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission Chairwoman Anabel Pelham to provide 100 backpacks containing a three-day supply of essential survival items for seniors in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. The duo, along with a handful of local scouts and two city of Los Altos staff members, assembled and distributed the emergency kits to registered Los Altos and Los Altos Hills seniors April 5 in the Hillview Community Center Multipurpose Room. The group distributed 80 backpacks at the event and delivered 20 more to nonmobile seniors in the community.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Partners for Elder Generations Committee, the Los Altos Community Foundation and Los Altos Legacies – a philanthropy group dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors – funded the prgram. Each emergency kit included a whistle, glow sticks, a rain poncho, a blanket and a booklet with guidelines to follow in the event of a disaster. A three-day supply of drinking-water pouches and two days’ worth of energy bars were also included.

CAFE – Center for Age Friendly Excellence
A progam of the Los Altos Community Foundation

“American Picnic” our May Mixer

Get a jump on Memorial Day
Picnic & party early!
“American Picnic”

Join us at LACF’s May Mixer
Wednesday, May 14
5-7 pm at the Neutra House
Please join us! Founders and current members attend free of charge and may invite two guests.  Others may attend for a suggested donation of $10.00.

Please RSVP here by May 13th 

Expenses for this event have been underwritten by an LACF board member.

LACF raises nearly 20K at SV Gives Event

Thank you 2Thanks to You and SV Gives!

LACF raised nearly $20,000 from 80 donors on May 6, through SV Gives. This amount does NOT include the matching dollars, so we’re hoping that final number will be even higher.

We’re still waiting for the SV Gives report to know how many matching dollars we’ll be receiving, so stay tuned for more good news. Thanks for your support of the Los Altos Community Foundation and all the programs that we serve. We couldn’t do it without you!

170K plus granted to 45 local non-profits by LACF

Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) has completed its third grant making cycle this fiscal year,awarding 15 grants to non-profits that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. These project and operational grants benefit our communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations, youth, seniors, arts and culture, and community building.

The current grants support activities such as Alearn’s summer math programs for underserved youth, Acterra’ restoration work in Redwood Grove, Los Altos History Museum to support their Pedal Power

exhibit, Schola Cantorum’s Summer Sings series, and Partners for Elder Generations (PEGS) for emergency backpacks given to seniors. LACF’s Community grant program helps sustain programs at established local organizations including the Los Altos Stage Company, GreenTown Los Altos, and Partners for New Generations and new initiatives such as the web portal that will provide resources for assisting troubled teens being developed by the Sky’s the Limit Fund.

“LACF is proud of how its grants have positively benefitted the social, environmental, and economic aspects of our community,” said Joe Eyre, LACF Executive Director.

The Foundation has granted over $1.1 million to our local communities since its founding in 1991. Beginning in 2007, LACF began a re-granting program for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. This year the Packard Foundation provided 200,000 to LACF for local re-granting.

Los Altos Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View by inspiring, facilitating, and celebrating philanthropy. The Foundation does this through grant making, programs, non-profit fiscal sponsorship, philanthropic funds, and community leadership.

For more information see or call (650) 949-5908.

Doors to stay open in Los Altos

“Door Sculpture to Talk About the Idea of Different Possibilities You May Have to Process Your Life” – more commonly referred to as “The Doors” – will be remain in Los Altos permanently thanks to the contributions of

photo (6) the community.

The brightly-colored work, displayed in Lincoln Park, was extremely popular, appreciated by many for its artistic merit and enjoyed by others as a prop in family photographs or as ‘home base’ for after-school games of hide-and-seek.

Passerelle Investment Company committed to funding $14,000 of the $28,000 purchase price if the community would fund the remainder.  The Los Altos City Council voted to contribute $7,000 and The Los Altos Community Foundation helped to secure the remainder of the funding:  Therapy, a clothing and shoe store in downtown, donated $4,000, the Los Altos Cultural Association provided $2,000 and LACF contributed $1,000.

Read more in the Los Altos Town Crier:

OR in the San Jose Mercury News:

Whole Foods Nickles for MVLA Scholars


Whole Foods Los Altos has selected MVLA Community Scholars, a program of LACF, for its “Nickels for Nonprofits” program.   From April 14 until July 6, for every bag you bring in and reuse, you will have the option to receive a 5¢ credit, per bag, or donate the 5¢ to benefit MVLA Community Scholars.

Please support  MVLA Community Scholars with your 5¢ donation!


Mesa del la Communidad funds 13 students

Mesa Photo 1 - March 2014Mesa de la Comunidad, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, was started in 2008 by community leaders (and brothers) Oscar and Marco Garcia.  Mesa de la Comunidad sponsors a summer scholarship program for middle school students to attend enrichment classes at the Community School for Music and Arts and KMVT Channel 15 in Mountain View.


This year, thirteen middle school students from Graham and Crittenden schools are beneficiaries of the Mesa de la Comunidad Summer Scholarship Program.  Applicants choose music or art classes at the Community School for Music and Arts or attend a class on television production at the KMVT Channel 15 studio in Mountain View. This year the Mesa program will experiment in providing a class in acting techniques and theater games to increase student comfort in volunteering for school plays and in making presentations in class.  In addition to the various enrichment classes, the students will also take a trip to the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio, with transportation provided by members of the Mountain View Police Department driving the police van.   For more information, please contact Patricia Fobair.  or go to the website:

Progress at Healing Haiti’s Grace Academy

Grace LibraryBooks for Haiti is happy to report that Grace Academy has decided to house their new library in half of the Boy’s Dormitory rather than in a used shipping container (not as bad as it sounds, but still…).  The library will initially consist of 5,000 physical books, in French, which will be delivered to them in June as part of BFH’s efforts in Haiti.  This has been a long and complicated project as previously reported, with many hands making for a great outcome.

To augment the library, and allow these students access to a virtually unlimited world of literature, BFH is seeking funding for 30 Kindles for this school.  The staff at Grace Academy, in conjunction with the organization Healing Haiti, have determined that this number of devices will allow them to supply one full classroom with Kindles at a time.  Plans have been discussed with the teaching staff as well, as to how best use this resource in their curriculum, and they are very excited at the possibility of using Kindle technology.

Our commitment to this school alone means a fundraising goal of $3,000.  While we are looking into various funding approaches, BFH is chiefly reliant on individual donors for its success.  Please consider making a real difference in the lives of these children for small donation -$100 will put a Kindle in the hands of several students each day.  Details of BFH’s complete business plan for 2014 can be found on our webpage, along with easy instructions on how to make your tax-exempt donation.   Ongoing activity can be followed on our Facebook page.  We hope to see you there!