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Community Conversations Webinar Video

In our first Community Conversations webinar, LACF Executive Director, Adin Miller, recapped our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a preview on how current events will inform our approach and support of the community moving forward. To learn more about LACF’s response and future direction, read this article from the Los Altos Town...

Working Together for Greater Local Good

So much of what philanthropy has done over the past few months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was long overdue (also long overdue but perhaps not as clearly seen yet is the sector’s response to address inequities and structural racism – that’s a subject for a future post). In a matter of a...

To Listen, Not Just Hear, and to Take Action

Words have often escaped me over the past week. I have seethed in anger and cried silently. I have watched the anguish of people in communities across the US and the world. I have read essays, opinion columns, and social media posts. I have learned from the words written and spoken by friends and...

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A Bit of Good News in Uncertain Times…

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four weeks since my team and I suspended our ‘normal’ work and shifted into responding to the emerging local crisis brought on by the coronavirus. Within a few days, we: Reached out to several nonprofits already responding to and affected by the pandemic. Allocated our seed funding....

Looking Beyond Green Lawns

A few days after I began working at Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), a friend from North Carolina emailed me to offer congratulations on my new role. Then, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, he proceeded to let me know he’d visited the communities we support before and questioned our real need for local philanthropy. In his dry...

2019 LACF Donor Appreciation Evening

2019 LACF Donor Appreciation Evening

It was a festive celebration on December 5th, as LACF celebrated our donors at our 2019 Donor Appreciation Evening. Special thanks to the Los Altos History Museum for allowing us to use their beautiful facilities. And to our event sponsor, Boston Private, in-kind donor, Chef Chu’s, and our annual sponsors WealthArchitects, Cal Water, and...

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