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Los Altos Community Foundation

Inspire, lead, and empower residents and organizations for a stronger community

four stars

93.32

183 Hillview Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
tel: (650) 949-5908   Web Site
EIN: 77-0273721

Board Leadership
Mike Kasperzak & Jean Limbach
Co-Chairs

CEO
Adin Miller
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.32 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) inspires, leads, and empowers residents and organizations for a stronger community. We support the community by making grants for local programs, building an endowment for the future, and managing philanthropic funds for other organizations and individuals. Our programs benefit residents of all ages, cultures, income levels, and schools. We continue to thrive and strengthen community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement in in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.

Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) inspires, leads, and empowers residents and organizations for a stronger community. We support the community by making grants for local programs, building an endowment for the future, and managing philanthropic funds for other organizations and individuals. Our programs benefit residents of all ages, cultures, income levels, and schools. We continue to thrive and strengthen community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement in in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of donor-advised funds
34
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
94.2%
  Administrative Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.50
  Program Expenses Growth 25.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Los Altos Community Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Los Altos Community Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Los Altos Community Foundation (CA) 93.32 four stars
The San Diego Foundation (CA) 95.68 four stars
The Minneapolis Foundation (MN) 96.47 four stars
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation (NV) 96.78 four stars
Black Belt Community Foundation (AL) 86.56 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,121,884
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $15,520
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,137,404
   Program Service Revenue $121,197
Total Primary Revenue $4,258,601
   Other Revenue $124,339
TOTAL REVENUE $4,765,236
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,523,072
   Administrative Expenses $118,256
   Fundraising Expenses $70,479
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,711,807
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,053,429
   
Net Assets $10,900,633

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Grants and Scholarships $3,523,072 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 05/01/2020 93.32 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 77-0273721
Name in IRS Master File LOS ALTOS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$88,523 2.38% Joe Eyre Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Los Altos Community Foundation (CA) 93.32 four stars
The Dayton Foundation (OH) 87.41 three stars
Foothills Community Foundation (SC) 91.76 four stars
Princeton Area Community Foundation (NJ) 93.98 four stars
The Cleveland Foundation (OH) 93.51 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Los Altos Community Foundation
183 Hillview Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022
tel: (650) 949-5908
EIN: 77-0273721

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Board Leadership

Mike Kasperzak & Jean Limbach
Co-Chairs

CEO

Adin Miller
Executive Director

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