Thank you to E3 and LACF from Mariano Castro Elementary School

E3 awarded a grant to pilot MathUnboxed to students and their families at Mariano Castro Elementary School, Mountain View. Thank you to the E3 Leadership Board for critical seed funding to launch MathUnboxed!

This program distributed folders to First, Second and Third graders. Each folder contains a set of take-home math games for students to play with their families.

The E3 Youth Philanthropy Program brings together local high school students to help realize their vision and hopes for social change.

E3, also known as E-Cubed, seeks to educate, engage, and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities through service learning, leadership training, and grant-making activities.  E3 is one of three youth-oriented programs sponsored by the Los Altos Community Foundation.


LACF Gave Over $1.4 million in Grants to Nonprofits


Thanks to the generosity of our local community, Los Altos Community Foundation and its donor advised funds gave over $1.4 million in grants and scholarships during the past year. $910,000 of these grants were awarded to local students and organizations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, a 34% increase over last year.  

Jim Boin, development director of Community Services Agency, said LACF focuses on the needs of local residents. “Money from the community stays in the community,” Boin said.

LACF Community Grants are awarded to nonprofits helping vulnerable populations, seniors, youth, education, the environment, and the arts.  Grants support new initiatives and existing programs.  

The Foundation’s Community Grants program is operated in partnership with the David and Lucille Packard and Heising-Simons Foundations.  Additional grants and scholarships come from LACF’s Donor Advised and Scholarship Funds, and LACF programs.

“We value our role connecting donors and resources with nonprofits to address community needs,” said Joe Eyre, LACF executive director.

Kicking off its first Community Grants cycle this fiscal year, LACF recently awarded another $73,000 to local nonprofits.  


Grants Recipients include:

  • Bay Area Furniture Bank: working to provide basic furniture and household items to local families in need and those transitioning out of homelessness.
  • Cantabile Youth Singers scholarship fund: providing tuition assistance so that needy students may participate in a choral music education and performance program.
  • Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services (LADRS): offering free mediation services to resolve local neighborhood, landlord-tenant, and business disputes.
  • Hope’s Corner: providing free breakfast and lunch to hungry children, families, and seniors every Saturday in Mountain View.
  • JustREAD: offering one-on-one tutoring services to struggling students.

Now in its 25th year, Los Altos Community Foundation enables residents, private foundations, and businesses to strengthen the community through local philanthropy and civic engagement.  

LACF and its donors address local needs through grant making to nonprofits, leadership and community-building programs, incubating startup nonprofits, providing donor-directed charitable funds, and bringing groups together to solve local issues.

LACF sparks local non-profits with more than $50,000 in grants 

Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) has completed its third grant making cycle this fiscal year, awarding 12 grants to non-profits that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.

These grants benefit our communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations, youth, diversity training and support, arts and culture, and community building.

Current grants support activities such as Family Engagement Institute’s (FEI) launch of a tuition-free summer school program, Stretch to Kindergarten – specifically for children who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price meals who live within the LASD boundary, Festival of Light Parade Association’s complete upgrade and refurbishment of the Drummer Boy float – done with the help of local Eagle Scout candidates, Child Advocates of SV’s training of volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for foster children, and Los Altos Stage Company’s artistic and creative programs in 2015.

LACF’s Community Grants program helps sustain programs at established local organizations including:

  • Ye Olde Towne Band
  • Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)
  • Music for Minors,

and new or expanded initiatives such as Family & Children Services LGBTQ ‘Youth Space’ program benefitting youth and young adults in the North Santa Clara County.

“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 has been managing a re-granting program for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and in 2015, began a re-granting program with the Heising-Simons Foundation.


World Harmony Chorus concert supported by LACF Community Grant

From the Los Altos Town Crier:


The World Harmony Chorus is scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Community School of Music and Arts’ Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The World Harmony Chorus is a community chorus open to teens and adults of all experience levels – from beginners to seasoned choral singers. Participation in the chorus requires no audition. Members learn a repertoire of songs from a variety of ethnicities, nationalities and folk traditions around the world, including selections from Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Daniel Steinberg, founder and director of the World Harmony Chorus, has been a member of the CSMA faculty since 1999. He believes that “anyone can participate in music, regardless of age, experience or natural ability.”

Making music accessible to everyone is Steinberg’s personal commitment. He said he sees music-making “as an essential element of community-building” and believes that “an awareness of the traditional music of other cultures helps to bring about a better understanding of the world and ultimately promotes world peace.”

“The World Harmony Chorus concert demonstrates how our diverse community can be connected through music and art,” said Vickie Scott Grove, executive director of CSMA.

Grove added that people of all ages, backgrounds and interests come together in the chorus to express a “mutual love” of song and performance.

“We invite you to join us to share this joy and expand your cultural horizons with the World Harmony Chorus,” she said.

The World Harmony Chorus is accepting new members – CSMA begins its spring semester Feb. 9. Singers interested in joining the chorus can learn more and register online at

Monday’s concert is part of CSMA’s 2014-2015 Community Concert Series, supported by grants from the Applied Materials Foundation and the Los Altos Community Foundation.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

For a full Community Concert Series schedule and more information, call 917-6800, email or visit

Now accepting Community Grant Applications

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LACF primes local community organizations with thousands of dollars in grants.

For example, in 2011-2012 the Foundation awarded $176,000 in grants to 35 local non-profits. Grant applications are evaluated and awarded by how the grant will address a community need and/or incrementally benefit the community.


Community Grants

Packard Foundation is Los Altan of the Year

The Los Altos Town Crier has a nice article up about the Packard Foundation being named Los Altan of the Year. A very worth choice!


The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) receives more than $200,000 annually from the Packard Foundation to donate to nonprofit organizations and programs of its choice.

“(LACF) would be a less established organization without help from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation,” said Roy Lave, who ran LACF as its executive director from its 1991 founding until his retirement last year. “Their grants and consultations have been invaluable in helping LACF begin and grow by developing new programs. For six years, they have funded our community grants program, which has supported most of the established nonprofits in our area and has allowed LACF to incubate much-needed new programs. The Packard Foundation has been a very good citizen supporting our community.”

Los Altos Community Foundation Grants Over $136,000 to Local Non-Profits

DSC_0083Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) just completed its second grantmaking cycle this fiscal year, giving a total of $136,400 to 45 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.

LACF’s Community grant program helps sustain programs at established local organizations such Los Altos Stage Company, Community Services Agency, Community Health Awareness Council, the Day Workers Center, El Camino Hospital Rotacare clinic, Hidden Villa, Los Altos History Museum, Just Read, Krause Center, and the YMCA.

LACF also directs a number of grants toward new and emerging community philanthropy. Recipients include CarbDM, Center for Age Friendly Excellence, Los Altos Forward, Los Altos Prepare, WomenSV, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Project Los Altos exhibit.

“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.

Grant requests are evaluated three times a year by a citizens committee. The next grant submission deadline is the fourth Tuesday in February. Interested community members may also contribute to the grant fund or any of LACF programs.

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 grantmaking, programs, non-profit fiscal sponsorship, philanthropic funds, and community leadership. For more information see or call (650) 949-5908.


SFMOMA Project Los Altos

SFMOMA brings national and international artists to the Silicon Valley community of Los Altos in this unique multisite exhibition. Occupying indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area, Project Los Altos features newly commissioned artist projects by Spencer Finch, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá, Alec Soth, and Jessica Stockholder that respond to the history and culture of this former agricultural area, the local residents, and the sites themselves. These new works are joined by documentation of performances staged by Charles Garoian with his students at Los Altos High School from 1970 to 1983, and Jeremy Blake’s opulent Winchester trilogy (2002-2004), from the SFMOMA collection, inspired by the eccentric South Bay mansion built by Sarah Winchester.


This series is brought to you, in part, by a Los Altos Community Foundation Community Grant.

CSA helps bring unwanted food to those in need

Community Services Agency (CSA), a nonprofit that provides social services, including food assistance, to Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills since 1957, has also developed its own network of partnerships with local grocers. CSA regularly receives upwards of more than 100 pounds of food, mostly bread, frozen meat, produce, and other baked goods, from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Draeger’s, Whole Foods and Costco. CSA also receives left over food from farmer’s markets and Los Altos’ non-profit organic farm Hidden Villa.

It’s a win-win-win: grocery stores save money (the food is picked up at no cost to the grocer) and reduce their waste while being protected from criminal and civil liability by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Partner agencies receive the food free of charge. Hungry people get the food.

from Saratoga Patch


CSA is one of the many groups who benefit from LACF’s Community Grant Program.