LACF’s Community Impact Update July 2014 – June 2015

Los Altos Community Foundation just completed its fiscal year on June 30th. Annette Graff and Ruth Patrick at 2015 Gardner awardsWe’re proud of the Foundation’s accomplishments and its local impact, thanks to the contributions of our many generous donors. Following is a brief impact summary of the LACF programs and grants enhanced our community over the last year.

 LACF: Making a Difference in our Community

Our programs and grants address the needs of our youth, seniors, women and vulnerable populations within our community:

  • E3 Youth Philanthropy Program engaging local high school students in philanthropy
  • MVLA Scholars providing college scholarships to local high school students
  • Community Services Agency in support of their Senior Fall Prevention Project
  • Day Worker Center kitchen upgrade to bring up to commercial code
  • Mentor-Tutor Connection providing tutoring and mentoring at elementary and high schools
  • Westwind 4-H Handicapped Riding Program
  • Animal Assisted Happiness to assist special needs children in LA/LAH
  • Center for Age Friendly Excellence (CAFE) advocates for senior friendly communities
  • Child Advocates of SV for Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster children
  • Community Health Awareness Council for their Teen Talk Program
  • Family & Children Services programs benefiting youth and young adults
  • SV Faces enabling local high school students to attend diversity-awareness camp
  • Heart2Heart Teens helping high school students graduate and become leaders
  • Krause Center of Innovation supporting their Merit program at local schools
  • JustREAD and JustMATH in-school tutoring programs at MVLA middle and high schools
  • Bullis Boosters Camp for under-served 2nd-4th graders
  • Mountain View Police Activities League to help fund mentoring program
  • KLD (Kick, Lead, Dream) Summer Soccer Camp for at-risk students
  • Family Engagement Institute for tuition-free summer school kindergarten-readiness program
  • Friends of Deer Hollow supporting environmental education programs for our children
  • RotaCare (El Camino Hospital) for gynecological services for the uninsured
  • CarbDM for the Annual Bay Area Diabetes Summit
  • WOMEN/SV supporting victims of domestic violence in our community

Joe Eyre and Dennis Young (LACF honoree)

LACF supported community building programs, events, and organizations:
  • Los Altos Block Actions Teams (BATs) connecting neighbors and preparing for disasters
  • Leadership Education Advancement Program (LEAD) developing future community leaders
  • Los Altos Dispute Resolution Service (LADRS) helping neighbors resolve disputes
  • Annual John W. Gardner Awards recognizing exceptional volunteerism our local non-profits
  • Morning Forum of Los Altos supporting distinguished speakers series in our community
  • Community School of Music and Arts to support the free Community Concert Series
  • City of Los Altos Summer Concert Series
  • Los Altos Stage Company community theater
  • Ye Olde Towne Band free community concerts
  • Festival of Light Parade float refurbishment and sponsorship
  • Los Altos History Museum funding for the “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends” exhibit
  • Los Altos Forward sponsoring City Council Candidates’ Forum and Community Conversations
  • Los Altos Forward building downtown vibrancy with First Fridays
  • Los Altos Village Association for the sponsorship of Los Altos Movie Nights
  • Glorious Fourth of July Community Picnic
  • GreenTown to make Los Altos more environmentally healthy and vibrant
  • Neutra House preserved historic building and offering a beautiful non-profit meeting center
  • Peninsula Symphony for the Summer Pops Concert in downtown Los Altos


Your support of the Los Altos Community Foundation makes our community a better and more desirable place to live, work and play. If you have any questions or suggestions on how LACF could better serve the community, please feel free to call or email me at any time.

Thank you for your support,
Joe Eyre
Executive DirectorZoey at Glorious 4th 2015
650 949-5908

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Los Altos Community Foundation Supporters Enjoy Annual Brunch

LACF members hit the buffetOn October 16th, Board members, staff, Founders and other supporters of LACF gathered for a Harvest-themed brunch at the beautifully decorated Los Altos Golf and Country Club.

The Annual Brunch serves as both an informational and social event, providing guests the opportunity to hear Executive Director Roy Lave give an update on the highlights of the current fiscal year, which included some staffing additions and an acknowledgment of the success of the fundraising Gala held in August.

Keynote speaker, Carol Larson, President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, discussed the partnership between their foundation and LACF, siting the important role we play in the vetting of grant requests and distribution of funds to local organizations.

Skye Delano, Program Director for LACF’s E-3 youth philanthropy program shared her group’s enthusiasm for discovering youth-led opportunities that the E-3 group engages with.  Through E-3 (Engage, Educate, Empower), middle school and high school students learn about the importance of philanthropy at any age.  Four members of the E-3 program presented their work and how empowering it felt to be able to give to members of our community in need.