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Spring 2024 Newsletter

There’s Lots Going On with LAMVCF

April 12, 2024

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IN THIS ISSUE:


Mark Your Calendars: Annual Policy Convening

We’re just a few weeks away from our Annual Policy Convening, which is happening on Friday, May 3rd at the Mountain View Community Center.

Join us for a day of community building with people who care about the future of Los Altos, Mountain View, and Los Altos Hills.

We look forward to seeing you there! Find out more here.

If you can’t attend but would like to donate, you can do that here.


Moving Forward on Affordable Housing

LAMVCF CEO, Adin Miller, speaking at the March Mountain View City Council Study Session.

In the affordable housing landscape, you often hear about the “3 Ps” framework: Production (new home construction), Protection (tenant protection programs), and Preservation (rehabilitating existing buildings to prevent displacement.)

Last month, the Mountain View City Council held a study session on the 3rd P: (Acquisition and) Preservation. In the lead up to and at the session, LAMVCF was consistent in encouraging the City and other community organizations to consider alternative ways to raise needed funding and to accelerate an approach to community engagement. We also submitted a memo to that effect.

We look forward to see what we can do together with the City and other partners over the next few months to create momentum for the local housing plan. You can read the full memo here.


Community Grants Update

In December, our Grants Committee (composed of community volunteers) awarded $120k in unrestricted funding to 59 organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide local services. See a list of recipient organizations here.

Unrestricted funding is important because it allows organizations to allocate resources where they are most needed, whether for operational costs, program development, or unexpected challenges. This freedom fosters innovation and adaptability, and enables nonprofits to maximize their impact within communities.

Later this spring, the committee will award $100k to organizations providing economic security efforts.

Our Student Leadership Program participants got into the grantmaking game as well, directing $10k toward organizations providing mental health services to vulnerable populations.


Workforce Development Initiative: The “Mompreneurs”

Late last year, LAMVCF, in partnership with Reach SV (a local nonprofit), secured a grant for a workforce development initiative to empower local women to become food entrepreneurs and secure a brighter future for their families.

In the last few months, the cohort has completed Safe Food Handling training, a 10-week course of English classes, and has started to dive into small business “how to’s” and to increase their cooking repertoire. All program elements are led by the staff of Reach SV.

The goal is to empower participants to start their own food-based business, whether it be catering, pop-ups, or home-based sales. We are excited that these amazing women continue to move closer to fulfilling their dreams.

Stay Informed


Donor Spotlight: Laura & Boris Teksler

“We know that by opening a Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation, we’re not only able to support the nonprofits that we’re giving to, we’re also supporting the Community Foundation. We know that we’ll always have an advisor if we need any help in determining what the best nonprofits are to serve a purpose that we’re looking to support.”


Why We Ask for Donations

There is a persistent belief that Community Foundations are rich with financial resources. If only that were the case!

At LAMVCF, we do not have a large endowment (like many other organizations have) to fund programs and community outreach. Instead, we rely on individual donors to help keep the lights on.

Work like bringing you the Policy Convening, meeting with city/county leaders on policies, and confronting inequitable systems are all funded by dollars you donate.

But sadly, individual donations are on the decline across nonprofits.

Your financial gift to LAMVCF enables us to proudly continue in our founders’ footsteps: being an active partner and uniting people around a shared interest in the well-being of our community.

Thank you for your continued support.


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