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.
The LACF Community Impact Fund provides annual support that enables the Foundation to strengthen the community and address its needs through our grants, programs, and services. You can learn more at losaltoscf.org
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.
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.
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 in their world right now. Web site is losaltoscf.org/E3
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
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
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 losaltoscf.org/losaltosprepare and losaltosbat.org
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!
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
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/
House2Home Connection provides household goods, including kitchen items, bedding, linens, decor, etc to low income families/individuals who are being rehoused, setting up a home for the first time, or lacking basic necessities. These donations come from those in our community who are downsizing and have useful items they no longer need and want to give back to those in their community. Find out more at www.house2homeconnection.org
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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"
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.
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.
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.