Citing increased, ongoing involvement with the neighboring city of Mountain View, leaders of Los Altos Community Foundation recently announced a name change to Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation.
“We feel comfortable calling the organization Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation because it represents our work,” said foundation executive director Adin Miller.
The foundation played a major role in administering last year’s #TogetherMV campaign, which raised money for rent and small-business relief in the wake of COVID-related financial hardships. It’s also the fiscal sponsor for the Mountain View Solidarity Fund, a homegrown fund started by Latina volunteers looking to help undocumented workers with rent relief and other expenses that were unavailable through sources. (For more on that story, see the Mountain View City Council roundup in this week’s News section.)
This is not the first name change for the 30-year-old foundation, which launched in 1991 as Los Altos Tomorrow.
“The name changed in 1995 to Los Altos Community Foundation because the use of ‘Tomorrow’ was not considered sufficiently descriptive of the foundation’s purpose,” according to a statement from the foundation, and the latest name change reflects similar reasoning.
The foundation actively supports residents, donors and nonprofit organizations based in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.
“That overarching focus on our three communities, and especially on residents needing help, became even more amplified in the months prior to and during the pandemic,” Miller noted. “It also led the foundation’s leadership to recognize that the organization’s name was incongruent with its mission.”
The new name, Miller said, “is more inclusive, and underscores the equal importance we place on community vibrancy in all three localities.”
“Our nonprofit organizations have funders, clients and volunteers from all three cities, our children attend school together, we share business districts and job centers,” said Laura Teksler, foundation co-chairperson. “We cannot build a healthy community in one city without likewise serving the others.”
Miller said supporters have embraced the name change.
“One of the most gratifying things that has happened has been the positive response we’ve received, not only from Mountain View-based donors, but from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills donors,” he said.
Resilient Los Altos
The foundation in August announced the formation of the stand-alone nonprofit Resilient Los Altos. The move is an effort to better develop and expand neighborhood-based emergency preparedness by providing the longer-term stability a nonprofit can provide, Miller said.
Resilient Los Altos allows the city’s Block Action Team (BAT) program, the Los Altos Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Los Altos Amateur Radio Emergency Service (LAARES) to work as a coalition.
The foundation has supported the BAT program to plan for emergency events as a means of improving how the city prepares for emergencies. Over time, the BAT volunteer leadership joined the volunteer leaders of the Los Altos CERT and LAARES.
“The fiscal sponsorship we are now providing will give BATs, CERTs, LAARES and a much broader coalition of Los Altos stakeholders and residents the opportunity to build the nonprofit while also building out their collective efforts to support neighbors in a time of crisis,” Miller noted.
“The leaders of the BAT, CERT and LAARES programs have recognized the need for a nonprofit to help coordinate and strengthen their efforts,” Teksler said. “The foundation is proud to continue to support this vital community resource by providing fiscal sponsorship for Resilient Los Altos. This is a perfect example of the evolving role the foundation can play in supporting volunteer efforts and incubating nonprofits.”
For more information on Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation, visit losaltoscf.org.