Engaging Community

At Los Altos Community Foundation, engaging community through leadership training, volunteerism, and mentorship is core to what we do. By building stronger community through programs, LACF encourages civic engagement and creates new leaders.

LACF’s managed programs empower individuals to become active community members and engage in the philanthropy that inspires them.

  • Leadership Education & Advancement (LEAD) program participants learn about the local municipal, nonprofit, school, hospital, and business organizations that drive our community and meet their leaders. Since 1995, many of the 450 LEAD graduates have run for and/or been on City Council, school board, commissions, nonprofit boards, or assumed nonprofit leadership roles.
  • Los Altos Block Action Team (BAT) has over 200 trained leaders that help build neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and promote emergency preparedness, crime prevention, and senior support. Now in partnership with the City of Los Altos, over 1500+ Los Altos households have been served by this program.
  • E3 Youth Philanthropy engages high school students in the basic tenets of philanthropy and service. Through this experience, the students learn empathy, values, nonprofit success factors, and grantmaking – all skills that will make them better leaders of tomorrow. In 2018, E3 was named Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Organization by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Silicon Valley Chapter.

You can participate in one or more of LACF's managed programs! Just click on the above program links to find out how.

In addition to the above programs, LACF offers many volunteer opportunities on its committees, board, or programs. In the last year, LACF’s committees and programs provided volunteer opportunities for over 300 community members to make our community a better place.

Thanks to strong community support, LACF has developed an incredible network of donors, volunteers, organizations, and relationships. To us, engaging community means providing rewarding experiences that bring the community together in a way that would not happen otherwise.

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“Through E3 I've learned invaluable lessons about the challenges of working with the homeless and a lot about myself.”

- E3 Participant