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 A 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 losaltoscf.org

We will add your email address to LACF's Mailing list. We send only one or two emails a month.

Board Directed Funds
Joe Eyre Fund for Community Building

If you'd like to honor Joe for his many contributions to LACF and our community, please consider contributing to the Joe Eyre Fund for Community Building. Your donation will facilitate leadership, engagement, and convening activities in our community, and bring local residents together to build stronger relationships.
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
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 losaltoscf.org/E3
LEAD

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 losaltoscf.org/lead
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 losaltoscf.org/losaltosdispute
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 losaltosbat.org
Fiscally Sponsored Programs
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 cfafe.org
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 http://greentownlosaltos.org/
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 losaltosfirstfriday.org
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 losaltosforward.org
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 mvlascholars.org
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!
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 soilandwatergarden.org
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.
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.
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 tacosv.com
Together We Can

Designated Funds
2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund

LACF created the 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund to support local nonprofit organizations and services affected by the coronavirus pandemic. At this time, we are raising funds for current grantees meeting the most critical needs facing our local community. You can learn more at losaltoscf.org.

We will add your email address to LACF's Mailing list. We send only one or two emails a month.
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 compassionweeklosaltos.org.
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 friendsofhistoricredwoodgrove.org
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.
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 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.
Los Altos Small Business Relief Fund

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Los Altos small businesses and their employees, the Los Altos City Council has committed up to $250,000 in one-time funds to create the Los Altos Small Business Relief Fund.

The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses located in Los Altos to aid in maintaining their business and workforce.

Los Altos Community Foundation and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce are seeking additional donations in order to provide funds to more businesses. Funds raised will be submitted to the City of Los Altos to augment its allocation.

We will add your email address to LACF's Mailing list. We send only one or two emails a month.

Los Altos Village Association Fund

Contributions to this fund help support LAVA's downtown beautification and community benefit activities.

Mountain View Renter Support Fund

The #TogetherMV Fund is part of the #TogetherMV community relief effort. The #TogetherMV Fund is a partnership between the City of Mountain View and Los Altos Community Foundation to raise and distribute donations to Mountain View community members who have been economically burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes families that have lost wages from reduced work hours and layoffs, small businesses that have been unable to remain open, seniors in need, and our unstably housed neighbors who face heightened health risks from community spread of COVID-19. The #TogetherMV Fund will support rent relief programs, small business assistance, help for seniors and enhanced services to our unstably housed neighbors.

 

Renter Support Fund - Funds will be granted to Community Services Agency (CSA).

Mountain View Small Business Fund

The #TogetherMV Fund is part of the #TogetherMV community relief effort. The #TogetherMV Fund is a partnership between the City of Mountain View and Los Altos Community Foundation to raise and distribute donations to Mountain View community members who have been economically burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes families that have lost wages from reduced work hours and layoffs, small businesses that have been unable to remain open, seniors in need, and our unstably housed neighbors who face heightened health risks from community spread of COVID-19. The #TogetherMV Fund will support rent relief programs, small business assistance, help for seniors and enhanced services to our unstably housed neighbors.

 

Small Business Fund - Funds will go toward loans or grants (TBD).

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 http://www.neutrahouse.org
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 losaltoscommunitypool.org
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.
Michael Lobrovich Fund

The Michael Lobrovich Foundation

In honor of Mike’s life, we have started The Michael Lobrovich Foundation, which will be used only for the causes we know he would have wanted us to support. Two programs we have initially chosen to contribute to are The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation that enriches the lives of children with special needs through the sport of fishing. We will also be providing funding for the support of local animal shelters. Rest assured that we know what Mike supported while he was with us and we will continue to pursue his interests through this foundation.

To find out more, see https://michaellobrovich.org

Sereno 1% For Good - COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Coronavirus pandemic is closing down schools, businesses, and workplaces in our communities. Vulnerable children are losing the school meals they depend on, low-income families are struggling with lost wages and seniors are housebound and in dire need of support.

Sereno Group 1% For Good has established the Covid-19 Relief Fund with $50,000 to be distributed in the form of $2000 emergency grants.

These grants will go directly to local nonprofit organizations that provide services and relief to vulnerable at-risk individuals.

Sereno 1% For Good - Social Justice Fund

Since our inception, Sereno Group has always been involved with building community and giving back. We have heard the collective voices of so many and continue to listen.

Rather than words, we believe active participation is what the world is asking for and needs to see. As an extension of our 1% For Good program, we have established the 1% For Good Social Justice Fund with $50,000 to be distributed in the form of $2,000 social impact grants in support of causes that champion equality for all.

We believe the only way to create change is to be the change the world wants to see.

Sereno Group 1% For Good Charitable Foundation
 
In an effort to support the best of our community, Sereno Group has pledged to give 1% of our gross commissions to our 1% For Good Charitable Foundation which provides grants to community-minded organizations committed to making a positive difference in the communities we serve.
 
Since 2012, Sereno Group's agent driven 1% For Good initiative has been able to contribute $3 million to over 201 nonprofits throughout Silicon Valley and the Santa Cruz coastal communities.
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