Apply for 2019 LEAD Class

Apply for the 2019 LEAD Class! Classes are held on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm. The first class is a half-day Saturday workshop (including lunch). We invite residents and business owners to take this class to meet local leaders, learn about community programs, and find ways to become involved. The 2019 class size is limited to 22...

Smart Giving Tips You Can Use NOW

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One of the best ways to make a positive difference in the world is to donate to charities. At the same time, how you donate can significantly affect taxes, especially given the recent tax reforms. As 2018 ends, LACF can help you make a meaningful impact with these smart giving tips. Note: the following are suggestions; donors should...

LACF Awards $78,684 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

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Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) has awarded $78,684 in its 2018 fall grants cycle to 16 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: Day Worker...

E3 Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Group for 2018

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E3 Youth Philanthropy, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, has been chosen as Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Group for 2018 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Silicon Valley Chapter, for “educating, engaging and empowering high school students to bring positive change in their local communities.”...

Watch Our Smart Giving Video

In partnership with the Mountain View-Los Altos (MVLA) High School Foundation and Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), LACF hosted a Smart Giving seminar. In the seminar, participants learned to make the most of their giving to children, grandchildren, and charities with the recent tax law changes. Donate to LACF...

Ways to help wildfire victims

As we well know, fires have ravaged both Butte County and the Thousand Oaks and Malibu areas in Ventura and LA Counties.  If you wish to help victims in either of these areas, LACF recommends giving to the fire relief funds of the local community foundations. Camp Fire in Butte County: North Valley Community...

Remembering Jim Thurber and Clyde Noel

LACF would like to remember and honor former board members Jim Thurber and Clyde Noel who recently passed away. By all accounts both men had illustrious, fulfilling careers - and served their country, Jim in the Foreign Service and Clyde in the Navy, before devoting themselves to volunteering in our community....

Working Together to Close the Achievement Gap

One of LACF’s unique roles is to bring groups together to solve systemic issues facing youth in our community. LACF grants fuel collaboration between local nonprofits, school districts, and other community organizations to help close the achievement gap - and give all kids and teens the ability to thrive in our community. The following is...

Community Foundations Make a Difference

What is a community foundation? Recently there have been accusations of misconduct at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In light of this recent news, you may be asking what a community foundation is and why are they important to our community? Community foundations enable residents, private foundations, and businesses to strengthen the community through local...