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Ellen Kamei, Mayor, City of Mountain View

Webinar: What Does a K-Shaped Recovery Mean for Our Community? Panelist   Ellen Kamei serves as the Mayor of the City of Mountain View, California in the heart of Silicon Valley. A third-generation Mountain View resident, Ellen is the daughter of a Chinese and Puerto Rican American mother and a Japanese American father born...

Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO & Co-Founder, Magnify Community

Webinar: What Does a K-Shaped Recovery Mean for Our Community? Panelist Catherine Crystal Foster is an entrepreneurial social sector leader who has worked across disciplines to drive positive change for more than 20 years. Before co-founding Magnify Community, she served as Executive Director of the Westly Foundation, where she expanded grantmaking and the foundation’s...

Why Fiscal Sponsorships Matter

When I began my relationship with LACF as a board member, I was excited by the Foundation’s willingness to support emerging nonprofits through fiscal sponsorships. Fiscal sponsorships – where a supporting organization like LACF will accept donations on behalf of a project or entity that does not qualify for tax-exemption on its own –...

LACF Announces a Campaign for Recovery

A year ago, I walked into the Community House (LACF’s office) and asked my team to drop everything and start work on the launch of LACF’s 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund (which provided critical support to local nonprofit organizations and services affected early on by the pandemic). Our community came together in an amazing response...

E3 Youth Bring Holiday Cheer to Kids in Custody

E3 Youth Bring Holiday Cheer to Kids in Custody It all began with a phone call to Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF). Carol Rhoads, a Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Commissioner, reached out to Judy Crates, Director of E3 Youth Philanthropy, an LACF program. E3 offers local high school youth the opportunity to learn...

Start a Tradition of Family Giving

Does your family have a philanthropic mindset? It’s never too early, or too late, to demonstrate how even small gifts of time or money can make a big difference. Even young children who are beginning to develop compassion can participate in conversations about helping others (hint: animal-related causes are usually a big hit!). School-aged...

Celebrating Local Giving

Times of prolonged crisis bring much pain and suffering to many. They also showcase heroic acts of resiliency, empathy, and caring. Without a doubt, we’re experiencing, as Charles Dickens so aptly described in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” both the Best of Times and Worst of Times. Over the past months of...

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