Private Foundations Demonstrate Local Commitment through Los Altos Community Foundation

LACommunityFoundationlogoSeveral local leading private foundations have recently shown their commitment to the local community through contributions to the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF).  These include the Heising-Simons, Brin Wojcicki, Grove, and Morgan Family Foundations.

The Heising-Simons Foundation, which will soon move its offices to the second floor of the new 400 Main St. building, has partnered with LACF in two ways. The foundation contributed to two of LACF’s incubated projects, MVLA Scholars, which provides scholarships for students who are often the first in their family to attend college and the Neutra House, the local conference facility that is used for more than 100 corporate, community, and nonprofit meetings and events a year.

In addition, the Heising-Simons Foundation contributed to LACF’s Community Grants Fund.  The Fund is administered by LACF and provides grants to local non-profits and programs that benefit Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities.

The Heising-Simons contribution builds on the local grantmaking support that the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has provided to LACF since 2007.

“We are proud to partner with LACF to strengthen our local community,” said Heising-Simons Executive Director Deanna Gomby. “We are grateful to be able to leverage LACF’s deep knowledge of the local community to make a difference in our own backyard.”

Similar to the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Brin Wojcicki, Grove, and Morgan Family Foundations all focus on a breadth of initiatives. Each has recently given grants to LACF that will be used to benefit the community.

“We are honored that these top-tier foundations have partnered with LACF through their grants,” said Joe Eyre, LACF Executive Director. “Their investment will be put to good use through LACF’s programs and services that address local needs and build community.”

Los Altos Community Foundation strengthens community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.  LACF incubates and manages community-building programs, grants to local non-profits, manages philanthropic funds, and leads and convenes the community to address opportunities and needs.

 

 

Donor Advised Funds Enable Convenient Gifting

If you would like to get a 2014 charitable deduction but are not sure which non-profits you’d like to donate to, you can open a Donor Advised Fund with LACF.  These funds provide an immediate deduction toward your 2014 return and then you can donate from it to any 501(c)(3) now or anytime in the future.  This is especially convenient for appreciated stock because you also save capital gains taxes.  And should you want to contribute locally, LACF provides the additional benefit of knowing local non-profits and offering you suggestions on where the needs are greatest.   Contact Joe Eyre, joe.eyre@losaltoscf.org, to open a DAF today.

 

Happy ThanksGiving

We’re thankful for you.

Happy Thanks Giving to all.

Photos from the 2014 LACF Brunch

Thanks to all who attended the 2014 LACF Brunch.

We have the text of the keynote address Saly Osberg – LACF Remarks 10-26-14 if you’d like a copy.

 

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Acterra benefits from $4K LACF grant

Acterra received a $4,000 grant from LACF to support its community-based restoration programs at Redwood Grove Nature Preserve in Los Altos, and at Byrne, O’Keefe, and Juan Prado Mesa Preserves in Los Altos Hills. This funding increases its impact by bringing more volunteers, more plants, and more energy to our local nature preserves.
In particular, we they been able to support exciting youth programs such as the weekly “Grove Guardians” crew over the summer, and development of a scavenger hunt where participants learn about local ecology.
“We also really appreciate the organization’s role in building community among local nonprofits. LACF makes us feel like we are part of a larger, community-wide effort to make our part of the world a better place.”

Reviewing our Mission July 2014 Letter from Joe

Reviewing our Mission – Strategic Planning

It’s July and most people are on vacation, planning one, or wishing they were still on the beach.

Here at LACF the Board and staff are using the summer as an opportunity to do an updated strategic plan for the Foundation and revisiting and revising our mission, strategic priorities, goals, and milestones for the next 2-3 years.

I’m very excited about this process because when completed, the plan will provide a compass for guiding LACF’s activities and enable the Foundation to focus on what’s important for our community.

Our revised mission is above. You can see that it reaffirms our long-term commitment toward building a stronger community. We plan to do this by fostering innovative philanthropy, both for local donors and non-profits, and by encouraging civic engagement.

LACF has done these activities for years through community grants, programs such as E3 Youth Philanthropy and LEAD, and by supporting local philanthropy through Donor Advised and Designated funds. We plan to do more.

The final point on the mission is that the “community” LACF serves is actually three municipalities, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. These cities are very intertwined in a number of ways, such as with the school districts and agencies such as CSA and CHAC.

For years LACF has provided grants to non-profits in all three communities, helped on initiatives, and sponsored and run programs that benefit residents of each.

While doing the strategic planning, I have been gathering suggestions from local residents and leaders on what LACF could do to better serve our community.

If you have suggestions, feel free to visit, call, or email me with them. But don’t dally – our summer fun of strategic planning will end soon!

Joe

joe.eyre@losaltoscf.orgJoe Eyre

2014 RICHARD G. BELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Richard Bell was one of Los Altos’ premier volunteers, and his untimely death left behind a town in deep mourning. Bell was raised in Los Altos, and committed himself to its well-being.

He served two terms on the Mountain View/Los Altos (MVLA) High School District Board of Trustees, and wrote scores of recommendations for young people seeking college admission. In particular, he devoted countless hours counseling young adults and teens in conflict with, or alienated from, their parents, the school, and society in general.

After his death, his two sons, along with his many admirers and friends, created the Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship as a tribute to his energetic work with youth, and each year, one or more students with profiles similar to Rick’s (bright students, graduating from MVLA Union High School District, from a family of modest means) will receive college scholarships.

The recipients of this year’s Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship are two fortunate students, both from Los Altos High School: Barbara Garcia and Salvador Chavez. This fall, Barbara will attend Clark University, where she will major in Psychology, and Salvador will continue his education at Dominican University in Occupational Therapy. Congratulations to Barbara and Salvador!

 

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

 

http://www.losaltosonline.com/special-sections2/sections/senior-lifestyles/47477-