Creating Positive Community Change

Los Altos Community Foundation increases the capability of nonprofits and residents to create positive community change.

LACF Increases the Capability of Nonprofits Through Grants & Scholarships

In FY20, LACF, through its funds and programs, awarded $2.5 million in grants and scholarships to organizations serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, and scholarships to 174 local students. These grants helped nonprofits tackle many community issues including homelessness and food insecurity, mental health, and immigration issues – bringing hope to those affected both now and for the long-term.

Bay Area Furniture Bank | LACF Grantee



"Thanks to LACF’s support, we have redirected 154 tons of furniture over the last three years from landfill to families in need. Our partnership makes a tremendous impact.”
Ray Piontek, Executive Director



LACF's Social Impact Programs Empower Residents to Build a Stronger Community

As an active partner in supporting our local communities, LACF's social impact programs encourage residents to engage in civic engagement through leadership development and inspires others to address local needs and strengthen community by supporting emerging nonprofits. We empower the community to engage in the philanthropy that inspires them!

Leadership, Education & Advancement (LEAD) 

Participants learn about the local organizations and leaders that drive our community. Since 1995, many of the 450+ LEAD graduates have run for and/or been on City Council, school board, commissions, or assumed nonprofit leadership roles.

"Anyone who has any interest in their community should take advantage of LEAD. The introductions to the various city and community organizations made this experience well worth my time and investment."
Jolee Crosson, Google Sales Director, LEAD Graduate



E3 Youth Philanthropy 


High school students learn and engage in the basic tenets of philanthropy and service. Through this experience, they learn empathy, values, nonprofit success factors, and grant making – all skills that will make them better leaders of tomorrow.


"I'm amazed by the nonprofits that exist in our community and how crucial they are to improving the lives of many individuals who are experiencing difficulties."
Parmida Pajouhesh, E3 Program Student



Emerging Nonprofits

Got a great idea for a nonprofit? LACF provides the resources and support to jumpstart social entrepreneurs so they can focus on their mission. Incubated nonprofits can address a community need while taking advantage of LACF's tax status, financial administration, marketing, mentoring, and other services. For a complete list of current organizations in our emerging nonprofits program click here.

“LACF’s support gives girls the opportunity to learn more about the community and help those in need by volunteering.”
Amanda Boschken, President, Together We Can



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