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 losaltoscf.org 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:


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.  pfobair1@gmail.com  or go to the website: http://www.mesacomunidad.org/

Immigrant House on the move

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Immigrant House Crossing Train tracks on Castro St.  Jan. 22nd, 2013 Photo by Michelle Le

Immigrant House was moved from its original location on Bryant Street to a temporary city-owned site before it moves eventually to Mountain View’s newest park at 771 North Rengstorff Avenue.  Immigrant House has lots of events coming up!  More friends and funds are needed to restore the historic house.

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Immigrant House Events in Downtown Mountain View

• Plaza Palooza – Friday, May 2nd6:00-7:30 pm.  Free entertainment!  The Friends of the Immigrant House will be on the plaza.  Come say “Hi” and show your support.

• ‘A La Carte and Art’, May 3rd & 4th. Come see the Friends of the Immigrant House on the Plaza, 500 Castro Street.  We’ll be showing youth art projects featuring Immigrant House themes.
• Night at Morocco’s – Tuesday June 3rd6:00-10:00 pm.  Morocco’s restaurant, in downtown Mountain View, will donate 10% of all proceeds to Immigrant House.  Free entertainment, featuring music by Guided Tour.

• Plaza Palooza – Friday, June 6th6:00-7:30pm.  Free entertainment!  The Friends of the Immigrant House will be on the plaza, so come say “Hi” and show your support.


• Art display at City Hall – June 4th through June 20th .  View artwork including youth art projects featuring Immigrant House themes.


Support Los Altos Community Foundation through SV Gives on May 6 and have your donation doubled, tripled or quadrupled!

To DOUBLE, TRIPLE, or QUADRUPLE your LACF donation, contribute on May 6th by following the below instructions.

Silicon Valley Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising event for nonprofits in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito counties. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of community foundations. How it works: On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, donors can contribute to local nonprofits through a single online donation platform. A local anonymous donor has provided a $10,000 match specifically for all LACF donations contributed on May 6th as part of SVGives. In addition, other local companies and foundations are providing matches that are available to any participating nonprofit during certain hours of the day.

Want your donation doubled?

Click on the above “Donate Now” button . You can donate anytime between now and midnight of May 6th for the LACF match to apply (assuming it is not used up). How to Triple your Donation: Click on the above “Donate Now” button during the following hours on May 6th. Please do so early in the hour before the match runs out.

  •  7-8am
  •  8-9am
  •  Noon-1pm
  •  6-7pm
  •  7-8pm

How to Quadruple your Donation:

For you night owls, click on the above “Donate Now” button in the one hour period between midnight, Monday, May 5th and 1:00 am, Tuesday, May 6th. Please do so early in the hour before the match runs out. IMPORTANT – Remember that LACF is competing with many other organizations for the above SV Gives matching grants, so donate EARLY in your chosen hour to be sure you can take advantage of these matching dollars. LACF thanks you!  

Join Us for the January Mixer celebrating the Year of the Horse

Celebrate the New Year and our community…

Featured program: Los Altos Block Action Teams

Thursday, January 30th 

Neutra House


Light appetizers by Chef Chu’s.
Italian winemaker Dall’Uva will be offering a special wine tasting.
Founders, members and their hosted guests enjoy complimentary entry.

Bring a guest who may be interested in learning about LACF, its programs, and opportunities to get involved.  All others welcome to join; suggested contribution is $10 at the door.


 Or call Monica at 650-949-5908.


Navigating Project Night Night

DSC_5407Tonight we had a Navigators meeting where we made blankets for Project Night Night.  The children brought books and stuffed animals to go with the blankets in to bags that will be given to homeless children.
To provide Night Night Packages, free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-
teen who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and
significant.  Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-
appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote
bag.  Project Night Night establishes a foundation for lasting change through the hands-
on volunteer opportunities that we provide to tens of thousands of individuals each year.

Roy Lave Tribute Videos

Annual LACF Brunch was a Sell-Out!
Over 140 attendees enjoyed the LACF Annual Brunch in the main dining room of the Los Altos Golf and County Club. After an update by Joe Eyre, Executive Director, it was time for Dr. James Doty, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University. Dr. Doty regaled the crowd with his personal triumphs and challenges, culminating in how important giving is to the soul. Attendees received a gift, beads that represent the various elements of compassion.
Dick Henning started the frivolity. His irreverent introduction to Roy and Penny (especially Roy) had the crowd in stitches. Guests were then encouraged to present their thoughts on the Foundation career of the Laves. All were heartfelt and one, from John Reed and Vicki Reeder, was even musical.