Joe Eyre, executive director of Los Altos Community Foundation, plans to retire after leading the organization for six years. He will remain in the role until the foundation’s board of directors conducts a search and selects a successor.
“It has been a great privilege to serve in this role at LACF, and I’m humbled by the local commitment to building a strong community,” Eyre said. “I’ve enjoyed connecting donors, fund owners, volunteers, nonprofits and other organizations to creatively address the issues in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.”
Eyre thanked the LACF board for the opportunity to serve and said he’s “honored to have made a contribution in this capacity for our communities.”
Under Eyre’s leadership, LACF expanded its impact and assets while delivering programs and awarded more than $1.l million in local grants and scholarships last year, an increase of 66% over the previous three years. Since its inception 28 years ago, the organization has given more than $10 million in local grants. In the past six years, LACF has doubled fundraising and tripled its assets to $15.7 million. Donor-advised fund assets have increased tenfold.
LACF encourages residents to get involved in local philanthropy, and its programs engage hundreds of volunteers addressing pressing needs and building community. It has expanded its startup nonprofit incubation program to 12 projects serving Los Altos and Mountain View. Some of the past projects the foundation helped start that now operate as stand-alone nonprofits include Mentor Tutor Connection, Living Classroom and WomenSV.
“Joe’s vision and leadership, in conjunction with the support of our donors, fund holders, volunteers and community partners, has been instrumental in growing LACF’s impact and awareness in our communities,” said Jean Limbach, co-chairwoman of the board of directors. “His contributions to create a strong and financially sustainable organization have well positioned the foundation for the future.”
During Eyre’s tenure, LACF formed several partnerships aimed at creating greater impact, including one with the city of Los Altos for emergency preparedness and another with tech firms Google, LinkedIn, Symantec and Synopsys for the Inspire Mountain View grants challenge, which generated more than $500,000 to nonprofit groups serving the community. LACF is currently collaborating with Los Altos United Methodist Church and several other local faith organizations on the upcoming Compassion Week (Sept. 30 through Oct. 6), which will offer hundreds of volunteer opportunities for local residents.
Through the transition, LACF officials said they remain committed to their mission and grantmaking to local nonprofit agencies, programs and community-convening activities.
After the board finds a new executive director, Eyre plans to stay involved in the community while spending more time with his family.
For more information, visit losaltoscf.org.