LACF Funds and Programs

The following funds support LACF, its programs, and local nonprofits.

In addition to donating online below, you can:
  • Send contributions by check to Los Altos Community Foundation, 183 Hillview Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022. Make checks out to LACF and write in the memo line the name of the program or fund to which you are donating.
  • Donate stock using the LACF's stock donation form

Thank you for your generosity in giving back to our community through LACF and its funds!

Donate To Fund

Fund Name Description
LACF Community Impact Fund
LACF Community Impact Fund

The LACF Community Impact Fund provides annual support that enables the Foundation to strengthen the community and address its needs through its grants, programs, and services. You can learn more at
Board Directed Funds
LACF Community Endowment Fund

The LACF Community Endowment is for addressing long-term community needs and quality of life. The endowment provides a resource for funding initiatives, grants, and programs that strengthen the community and make it better for future generations. Those contributing to the endowment, today or through a legacy gift, will be remembered forever.
Roy Lave Fund for Youth & Community

This fund was started in 2013 to honor the retirement and legacy of Roy Lave, LACF's Founder and first Executive Director. The fund is used to support local youth programs and initiatives helping the community.
LACF Managed Programs
Los Altos Dispute Resolution Service (LADRS) Since 1995, LADRS has offered free mediation services to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents and businesses. The program provides clients with options of face-to-face meetings, telephone counseling or resource referrals aimed at resolving disputes in a non-adversarial supportive atmosphere. Find out more at
E3 Youth in Philanthropy

The E3 program educates, engages, and empowers local youth to create positive change in their local and global communities. Now in its ninth year, the E3 program has student participants from numerous different local junior high and high schools. Through a combination of service-learning and grant-making actions, E3 members learn that empowered youth can create positive social change and have a significant impact on their world right now. Web site is

The LEAD program enables participants to meet local leaders and learn about their organizations in the areas of education, healthcare, nonprofit sector, city government, and business in interactive conversations during class sessions held between January and May each year. Organizations, visions, and challenges are all discussed. Additional information at
Los Altos Prepare and Block Action Teams

The Los Altos PREPARE and Block Action Team program stimulates emergency preparedness in our community by engaging and working together with residents, HAM radio operators, CERT members, City and County emergency response agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders. Part of this includes the Los Altos Block Action Team program, which fosters neighborhood preparedness and teamwork. Find out more at
Fiscally Sponsored Programs
Los Altos Forward-Placemaking Los Altos Forward promotes best practices for a vibrant, community-oriented, and economically sound downtown. The program organizes educational events and activities that inform local residents, business owners, City officials, and City staff on considerations for improving the community. Web site is
Soil and Water Fund The goal of this program is to connect the Mountain View community through gardening. Participants have a shared interest in gardening, fresh food, and cooking. We believe strongly in building community where we live through shared garden space. More information at
Sustainovation Sustainovation is dedicated to inspiring environmentally and socially sustainable business practices. Through educational events, programs and initiatives, Sustainovation forms and inspires networks of innovators who share the belief that sustainable practices are essential to business success and the future of the world we share.
Center for Age Friendly Excellence (CAFE) Fund

The Center for Age-Friendly Excellence provides leadership for Age-Friendly Communities. The Center promotes intergenerational collaboration, best practices, program development, applied research and information dissemination to Los Altos and other local communities. Learn more at
Community Women's Chorus

Community Women’s Chorus is an ensemble of dedicated singers who are devoted to performing uplifting choral music to those in senior living facilities and memory care centers. We perform at facilities in Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park.
GreenTown Los Altos Fund

GreenTown Los Altos is a grassroots organization of volunteers in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills educating and inspiring the community to be more environmentally healthy and vibrant. Find out more at
Listos Mountain View

To maintain and strengthen our community by providing our immigrant families with preparedness support and connections to reputable and reliable resources so they feel safe, empowered, and valued.
Los Altos Forward-First Friday
The First Friday program promotes vibrancy and builds community in downtown Los Altos by organizing a free, fun, and family-oriented event on the First Friday of each month from 6-8pm. Find out more at
MVLA Scholars Fund

The MVLA Scholars program helps local, high potential, low-income students achieve their dreams of earning college degrees and attaining professional positions. The program provides scholarships, mentoring, and assists students in finding meaningful summer internships and permanent, post-graduation employment. More information is at
Senior Inclusion and Participation Project (SIPP) The Senior Inclusion and Participation Project (SIPP) addresses social isolation and loneliness among older adults through an innovative, community-based approach. SIPP collaborates with local organizations and faith communities to identify, reach, and engage isolated seniors in intergenerational community events. Through providing opportunities to actively connect with others, SIPP improves both health and psychological well-being. Your generous donation will help expand the project and reach more seniors!
Stanford Changemakers Changemakers is a Stanford Alumni membership organization founded in 2009. Our mission is to inspire, develop, rejuvenate, and connect emerging leaders from all sectors to have an extraordinarily positive impact on society. We have regional events with a capstone retreat each Fall, where all members join and discuss our journey and the ongoing struggle for social justice.
Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO)

The Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO), is a multi-generational gathering of musicians of all skill levels who like to play classical music for the simple joy of making music together. Monthly reading sessions are augmented with occasional performance opportunities and other educational events. More information at
Together We Can

Designated Funds
Alta Vista Fund This is for hardship relief for students at Alta Vista High. The principal makes decisions for its use.
Friends of Historic Redwood Grove Fund This fund is focused on raising money to renovate or replace the historic Halsey House in Los Altos' Redwood Grove park. More information at
Hardy Jones Alta Vista Memorial Fund The Hardy Jones Alta Vista Memorial Fund was created to support the iron-like determination of Alta Vista High School students and staff to move ahead together in search of educational success and fulfillment. Jones' on-campus "Aztec Warrior" sculpture is a striking reminder and reinforcement of the strength of Alta Vista's campus culture. The Principal will make decisions as to the most impactful use of funds to directly support the educational, technical and creative development of Alta Vista students.
Los Altos Amateur Radio Disaster Preparedness Fund This fund is raising money to purchase Ham radios to be used in the event of a disaster in Los Altos.
Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Fund This fund supports the Festival of Lights parade, held every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in downtown Los Altos.
SPLASH fund for a Los Altos swimming pool The Los Altos Community Pool Foundation created the SPLASH fund so the community can contribute toward a public pool for Los Altos. Funds raised will be used to support features at a new pool that may not be included in a bond issue and/or to support swim programming at a new pool. Find out more at
Compassion Week Fund Compassion Week Los Altos brings residents together for community building by creating hands-on volunteer opportunities that focus on both local and global needs. In partnership with LACF and several local faith communities, they encourage individuals and families to volunteer. Nonprofit organizations supported through Compassion Week focus on hunger, homelessness, education, environment, veterans, and immigration. For more information, visit
Joanne Byrne Fund This fund helps single women with cancer who live in Los Altos and the South Bay Area pay for complementary treatments that provide comfort and support.
Los Altos Village Association Fund Contributions to this fund helped support LAVA's downtown beautification and community benefit activities.
Neutra House Capital Fund

In 2007, LACF moved this historic building and converted it to be a conference and reception facility for the community. After completion of the effort, LACF gave the building to the City of Los Altos. This fund is raising money to repay the debt incurred during the restoration. More info can be found at
Donor Advised
Bayer Family Foundation The Bayer Family Foundation provides financial support to local non-profits and community organizations that deliver community-based support services and education programs. The Bayer family remains active in recommending grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. "If one person can make a difference, just think what we can all do together"
Gail Wagner DeMayo Fund The Gail Wagner DeMayo Fund provides financial support to three organizations: The MVLA Scholars program which helps local, high potential, low-income students achieve their dreams of earning college degrees and attaining professional positions, Kara Grief Support, a local organization which provides free counseling to those grieving from a terminal illness or death of a loved one, and Achieve Kids, a local school which provides support for students who have developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges.
Karen Campi Foundation The Karen Campi Foundation continues Karen's mission of making a difference in the lives of others. Initially, all donations will be used to fund non-profit organizations that are focused on continuing her life's work. In the long term, we plan to grow the foundation to to ensure sustained, direct impact on these important issues.
Sereno Group 1% for Good Charitable Foundation Sereno 1% giving program.
Town Crier Holiday Fund

The Town Crier Holiday Fund is an advised fund at Los Altos Community Foundation and supports 20 local nonprofits which in most cases do not have extensive traditional funding, but are touching the real needs of families and children. The Los Altos Town Crier and Los Altos Community Foundation cover all administrative and promotion expenses so that 100% of all money raised goes to programs for the needy. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Other Funds