Providing a framework for positive collaboration is an important focus of Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), and is key to working through issues to find creative solutions that strengthen community. LACF plays a leadership role in bringing groups and key stakeholders together to:
- Listen together;
- Share perspectives and create a shared understanding of complex situations; and,
- Model alternative processes for working through complex community issues.
An Example of Positive Collaboration: The Mountain View-Los Altos (MVLA) Community Roundtable
LACF formed the MVLA Community Roundtable in 2004 to share information and offer workshops for area nonprofits. Current Roundtable members include: Rotary Club of Los Altos, Rotary Club of Mountain View, Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, MVLA Scholars, Quota Club, and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.
LACF provides organizational and operational support to the Roundtable and led the efforts to create a common college scholarship application for area high school students. Working with local high school guidance counselors, the group streamlined the application process to increase the number of students applying for scholarships from local groups.
Since its inception, this collaboration has provided close to $1 million dollars in scholarships to local students.
How to Apply for Scholarships: The Roundtable accepts scholarship applications from January 1 – March 1. The 2019 application deadline is now closed. Please check back in January 2020 for the next scholarship application process.