Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded $84,500 in its spring 2018 grants cycle to 18 local nonprofits and programs. These organizations address the needs and improve the quality of life for seniors, youth, and vulnerable populations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.
The grants support nonprofit programs such as Community Health Awareness Council’s (CHAC), development of increased cultural and racial literacy by its Clinical Supervisors and interns, Parents Helping Parents’ outreach and support services to families with special needs children. And Peninsula Symphony’s popular summer pops concert in downtown Los Altos.
“LACF’s community grants help local nonprofits more effectively address community needs,” said Joe Eyre, Executive Director. “We’re proud of how these grants enable the development of new programs for greater local impact.”
LACF’s Spring nonprofit grant recipients also include:
Adolescent Counseling Services to support its Outlet Program serving local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
Family Engagement Institute to fund youth field work and intern opportunities in the FEI Child Development Academy and Stretch to Kindergarten programs.
Festival of Lights Parade Association for annual operating expenses associated with the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade.
Grassroots Ecology to support local programs integrating nature education with hands-on actions to improve the ecosystem.
GreenTown Los Altos to support their Safe Routes to Schools program.
Hope’s Corner, Inc. for access and referrals to critical services that improve the lives of the homeless and vulnerable in our community.
Los Altos History Museum to support the upcoming bilingual, youth-produced exhibit, “Inspired by Juana: La Donna de la Frontera.”
Los Altos Stage Company for expanded Mainstage productions and youth and family education programs in 2018.
Los Altos Village Association for purchasing cost-effective, energy-saving LED lights in the trees lining Main and State Streets and parking plazas.
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence for comprehensive services addressing the needs of 75 domestic violence survivors from local communities.
Peninsula Bridge to support the Peninsula Bridge Mountain View Middle School Academy that closes the achievement gap for hundreds of underserved, yet high-achieving students each year.
Senior Inclusion and Participation Project (SIPP) for raising awareness of the senior loneliness and isolation epidemic and to reduce its impact on elders in our local community.
“Many thanks to LACF for its generous support of the Family Engagement Institute’s Development Academy and Stretch to Kindergarten programs,” Betsy Nikolchev, Executive Director, FEI said. “The Institute is a hallmark, award-winning equity program for Foothill College, and LACF’s support will provide opportunities for our local youth to gain experience and contribute to their community.”
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Thank you for your support of the Los Altos Community Foundation! We’re excited to share some of the outcomes that your contribution to LACF has enabled over the past year:
Addressing Youth, Seniors, and Families in Need
Through its funds and programs, LACF gave $1.39 million in grants and scholarships to organizations serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View; a 55% increase over the previous year. These grants helped youth succeed in school, provided seniors with the care they need and enabled the homeless to feed themselves and their children.
LACF gave grants to new nonprofits, so they could launch their programs and quickly address needs in the community. Grantees include Bay Area Furniture Bank, that gives furniture to those struggling to pay rent and EqOpTech Inc., that refurbishes computers for those who can’t afford them.
LACF’s programs addressed numerous local needs, including:
MVLA Scholars gave over $400k in scholarships to 108 students, many of whom are first in their family to go to college.
CAFE (Center for Age Friendly Excellence), for its Los Altos Senior Inclusion and Participation Project, which identifies isolated seniors who are at risk and need services.
House2Home Connection, a new incubated LACF program that provides low-income families with donated household necessities for a comfortable and happy home.
Listos Mountain View, also a new incubated LACF program that helps immigrant families prepare for the possibility of family members being deported.
LACF again facilitated its common scholarship application process for local service clubs and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. This group gave $131k to 72 local students. The online common scholarship application also saved students and administrators time by submitting a single application to multiple organizations.
Improving Quality of Life in Our Community
Club 55 and Up, a fun, monthly event for adults 55 and over, attracted over 100 residents each time. Los Altos Forward, LACF’s program dedicated to promoting downtown vibrancy, created Club 55 and Up to provide local casual gatherings for older adults.
LACF’s Block Action Team (BAT) program grew to almost 200 trained BAT Leaders who help build neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and promote emergency preparedness in Los Altos. Because of this program, the City of Los Altos recently took the lead disaster readiness by coordinating with BAT leaders as well as with county fire, HAM radio operators, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams).
LACF and the Los Altos School District set up an online bulletin board for community members to offer reasonably-priced housing to teachers. As a result, five newly-hired teachers will be able to live in our community.
LACF’s Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services trained community members on conflict resolution and mediation to help resolve community issues.
Local arts and culture enhance life in our community. LACF continuously supports local nonprofit stalwarts such as the Los Altos History Museum, CSMA, and Los Altos Stage Company.
Because of LACF’s ongoing support of the Peninsula Symphony, the community enjoys free classical music in the park every summer.
And, the Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO) enables over 50 local musicians to regularly play together in a fun, stress-free environment.
Soil and Water, a new LACF-incubated program, teaches Mountain View apartment residents and their children how to grow vegetables in the community garden in Heritage Park. Through this process, they learn how to prepare and add more vegetables to their diet.
Transforming Community Members into Community Leaders
LACF’s LEAD class led by Claudia Coleman has graduated over 400 residents over the last 22 years, many of whom have run for and/or been on the City Council, school board, commissions, nonprofit boards, or become nonprofit leaders.
In addition, the Los Altos Town Crier recognized Claudia as “2017 Los Altan of the Year” partially for her commitment to the program.
Philanthropy never moves as fast as it does in LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program. Throughout the year the 25 highly-motivated students learn empathy, values, nonprofit success factors, and grantmaking, all skills that will make them better leaders of tomorrow.
Owners of LACF Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) generously gave $730K of grants to nonprofits over the last year. Some creatively funded new programs and causes while others granted money to their children and grandchildren so they could discover and nurture their own philanthropic passions.
Over 300 community members volunteered through LACF’s committees and programs to help make our community a better place.
To establish new community connections and educate residents about the Foundation, LACF hosted its annual Summer Solstice garden party welcoming over 300 community members – our most well-attended Solstice to date.
Fostering Innovative New Philanthropy
Through LACF’s leadership, Google, LinkedIn, Symantec, and Synopsys joined the Inspire Mountain View initiative. The group awarded $525k in grants to make its hometown community more equitable, compassionate, and a better place to work and play.
The nine nonprofit grant winners are now helping parents struggling to feed their children, connecting seniors with their families through technology, and helping students learn about ecology, STEM, and becoming mindful leaders.
LACF sponsors 12 social-venture projects. Through LACF, community members can start new nonprofits to address local needs without dealing with the burden of running an 501(c)(3).
Two years ago, LACF awarded a grant to MVLA Challenge Team’s Summer Learning Initiative to provide academic support programs for local at-risk students. Summer 2017 brought full program enrollment and combined morning classes with afternoon activity camps, resulting in positive academic and personal enrichment.
To further LACF’s donor-education initiatives, LACF invited Justin Steele, responsible for Google’s $50M+ U.S. philanthropy strategy, to provide insights into its innovative corporate philanthropy programs at our 25th annual LACF Brunch.
Building Resources for Our Community’s Future
Longtime community member Marguerite Szekely bequeathed LACF a $1.85 million planned gift, which LACF placed in our Community Endowment for future generations. Ms. Szekely’s gift is inspiring others in the community to include LACF in their estate plans, including the 36 generous and visionary families who are LACF Legacy Circle members honored at LACF’s annual May luncheon.
Because of you, our community is stronger, more caring, generous and engaged. Together, we’re developing the solid relationships, values, and practices that represent our world-class community.
Thanks again for your generous support. And as always, we’re continually looking to increase our impact, so feel free to email or contact me with any ideas you may have.
And as always, we’re continually looking to increase our impact, so feel free to email or contact me with any ideas you may have.
All the best,
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P.S. Please mark your calendar for LACF’s annual brunch on Sunday, October 15th. Our speaker is the lively and insightful Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
LACF’s Community Grants volunteer committee evaluated many applications for projects benefiting Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. After deliberation, they awarded twelve grants totaling $57,500.
This grant will allow us to improve the safety of our grounds and upgrade our building exterior, completing projects that have been deferred for many years, the cost of which is more than our current budget allows since most of our income goes to philanthropic programs.
Connects employers from the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area with skilled workers in a safe and supportive environment, as well as offering relevant classes and training for the workers to improve their skills.
This grant will support operations at Deer Hollow Farm, including our Animal Fund which provides for the care, feeding, and health of our signature farm animals and our Capital Improvements program which enhances and improves our physical facilities.
HKF’s hearing screens local children in pre-school, public school, and private schools, case manages 12% of children who receive a hearing referral and helps their parents find specialized care they need. HKF will screen 250 children with this grant.
This grant will support the professionalization of our docent program by creating a professional training program that will incorporate relevant classes, docent coaching/mentoring and fingerprinting/background checks.
Support of the special temporary exhibition, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” and related programming, to be displayed at the Los Altos History Museum October 14th to January 7th.
The grant will help to continue our goal of strengthening our membership by providing the highest quality speakers who provide topics and experiences of cultural, scientific, national and international interest.
Project Cornerstone is seeking funding to support our school partnerships in the Los Altos community which are creating caring school communities and positively impacting student’s social-emotional development.
To support year-round operation of the Safety Around Water (SAW) program providing free swim safety lessons (in 4 week sessions) to children (5-17 yrs old) residing MV/LA community who are statistically the most at-risk for drowning (primarily socioeconomically disadvantaged and Latino youth.)
Victoria had been bouncing from home to home since she aged out of the foster system. Like many in the Bay Area, she was struggling to just make rent. Furniture was a dream. She huddled on the floor to eat dinner after work.
Founded by retired Los Altos resident Ray Piontek in 2015, BAFB brings donated furniture to Victoria and to others in our communities who need assistance: veterans, refugees, low-income families, and victims of domestic abuse.
“Finally, I now have peace of mind with my living situation,” Victoria said.
Victoria is not alone. Over 150,000 families in the Silicon Valley make less than $35,000 a year. They scrape by. There’s simply no money left for furnishings. Many lack the basic dignity of a bed to sleep on or a table to eat.
Piontek said providing unwanted furniture to people in need is the core concept of BAFB.
“I couldn’t stand to see decent furniture going into landfills, when so many folks were lacking,” he said.
Initially Piontek gathered the furniture himself – from family, friends, and even off the street – storing it in his garage and delivering it. But when his networking efforts to secure furniture donations from businesses started paying off, BAFB quickly outgrew his garage.
BAFB’s largest donation to date is from the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, which is now undergoing an eleven-floor renovation. When Piontek heard BAFB would receive 4,400 pieces of furniture from the Fairmont, he scrambled to find storage space. Thanks to Foothill College, BAFB now houses collected furniture in a several portables on campus.
To identify eligible recipients and their furniture needs, BAFB works with existing nonprofits and social service agencies.
Through BAFB, Piontek believes he has found the perfect way to give back to the community, enjoy retirement and feel good at the end of every day.
“Who’s getting more joy from this, the families who receive the furniture or me?” he said. “I’m not sure.”
Thanks to Piontek’s great work and your support of BAFB through LACF, more struggling families, veterans, and former foster children like Victoria have more than just a roof over their heads – they have a furnished home.
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.
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.
The following is a partial list of how your support has enabled LACF to impact our community during the past year.
Strengthening our Nonprofit Community through Grantmaking:
LACF and its funds gave over $1.4M in grants and scholarships (over $10M since LACF’s founding).
More than 59% of these grants went to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, supporting need-based scholarships and grants to nonprofits focusing on Arts & Culture, Community Building, Health & Safety, Seniors, Vulnerable populations, and Youth & Education.
Scholarships totaling $160,000 were awarded to 72 local high school graduates.
The Community Grants program is partnered with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (9th year) and the Heising-Simons Foundation (2nd year).
LACF was honored as the Outstanding Foundation Grantmaker by the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Addressing Community Needs through LACF Programs and Initiatives
Our community is better prepared for disasters through LACF’s Los Altos Prepare. City, County Fire, CERTs, HAMs and LACF’s Block Action Team (BAT) leaders have coordinated response plans in case of a major emergency.
Los Altos Dispute Resolution Service (LADRS) has solved hundreds of neighbor-to-neighbor, tenant/landlord and other types of disputes for over 20 years via this free mediation program.
Your donations helped local seniors. The Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE) is leading communities throughout our county in becoming ‘Age-Friendly’ – World Health Organization recognized for communities committed to seniors’ quality of life.
LACF accepted two projects, GreenTown Los Altos and MVLA Service League of Boys, to its nonprofit incubation program. LACF now supports 16 programs addressing community needs.
Investing in the Next Generations:
More than 30 families and individuals will be giving back to our community forever through their legacy gifts to LACF. Legacy gifts to LACF’s Community Endowment fund benefit future generations. Marion and Bob Grimm’s legacy gift has been contributed to the fund.
LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program celebrated 10 years of teaching our teens to give back to their community. Your donations enabled us to hire a new program director, Judy Crates, a respected, retired principal who brings exciting new ideas to the program.
Developing and Recognizing Community Leaders:
Leadership Education Advancement Program (LEAD): More than 350 LEAD graduates over 20 years, many have become City or nonprofit leaders.
Celebrated 25 exceptional volunteers from 25 local nonprofits at the 12th annual John W. Gardner Awards dinner.
LACF and its programs enabled hundreds of volunteers to contribute to the community this year.
Improving the Quality of Life in Our Community:
LACF hosted the 15th annual 4th of July community picnic in Shoup Park. Families of all ages enjoyed the games, events, and patriotic music.
Los Altos Forward, a program of LACF, is now in its 5th year of supporting Downtown Los Altos First Fridays. This past year the program started Club 55, a “pop-up” social club for seniors.
Los Altos Forward has hosted more than 30 educational, free “Community Conversations” about creating vibrant communities.
Fostering Innovative Philanthropy:
Partnered with the Los Altos School District to create an online “bulletin board” to connect teachers with available local housing.
Worked with Google, LinkedIn, Synopsys, and Symantec to create the Mountain View Corporate Philanthropy Fund to address social issues in Mountain View.
Offered community members a chance to learn about social benefit philanthropy from Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, who spoke at the 24th annual LACF brunch.
Your support of LACF made these accomplishments possible. Thank you!
Los 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 losaltoscf.org or call (650) 949-5908.
According to PRWeb, the Los Altos Community Foundation has granted $2000 to Pathways Health & Hospice to help provide care for those in the community with life-limiting illnesses.
“Pathways Hospice has close ties within the Los Altos community,” said Roy Lave, Executive Director of the Los Altos Community Foundation. “One of the primary goals of LACF is to strengthen the non-profit sector and, by doing so, build a stronger community. We are proud to support them in their mission of caring for neighbors who are facing a critical time in their lives.”
From the Pathways website:
At Pathways, we know what it means to care for a sick or elderly family member. We understand the effort and special care required to help them live with dignity. As a community-based, not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to serving Bay Area patients and families at all stages of life.
We offer a number of comprehensive programs that include hospice, home health and private duty care. As needs change, Pathways is available to provide caring support and education to our patients and their families.