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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

Over the past months of this pandemic, I’ve witnessed and participated in emerging collaborations between funders – both institutions and local families with significant means – to tackle issues such as mental health, equity, and homelessness (more on that moving forward). Sustained collaborations between organizations remain challenging, but a willingness to minimize bureaucracy and...

Engagement in Mountain View Policing Meeting

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Virtual Community Meeting Registration link: MountainView.gov/1118REI From July through October, an Ad-Hoc HRC Subcommittee on Community-Police Relations worked with community engagement facilitators from Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) to gather stories from and foster dialog among community members about their experience interacting with the Mountain View police. ...

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

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...

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