Building Community Projects through Partnerships
The Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) supports charitable activities focused primarily on local needs. As such, the Foundation's primary assets come from our own fundraising and charitable giving. LCF does not in any way replace the normal fundraising activities of existing organizations. However, because we can accept donations for other organizations, the Foundation is able to partner with most groups to ensure that donations designated for specific causes will be given as directed.
Organizations with which the Foundation has worked include theFriends of the Lafayette Library, Lafayette Historical Society, Lafayette Juniors, Lafayette Rotary, Town Hall, City of Lafayette, Lafayette Park Hotel, La Fiesta Square, Diablo Foods, Safeway, Lafayette Book Store, A.G. Ferrari and the Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation.
Recent Community Projects
Lafayette Reservoir Stage: The Lafayette Rotary and the Lafayette Community Foundation worked together to raise funds to build a small performance stage at the Lafayette Reservoir, providing a permanent location for the annual “Concert at the Res,” an annual fundraiser for music programs in our local schools. In the future, this architect designed stage will serve a myriad of other programs hosted by local community groups. The stage officially opened in fall 2011 with an official transfer to the East Bay Municipal Water District (EBMUD). LCF achieved its goal of providing a lasting community resource by combining the persistent efforts of two local non-profit volunteer organizations. To support this important project with a donation, please click here.
Past Community Projects
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center: The Foundation's first major project was to initiate a cooperative effort with the City of Lafayette, Friends of the Lafayette Library, Lafayette Schools and several other dedicated civic organizations to build on a dream- a new library for Lafayette. The foundation wanted to meet the desire of our residents to build more than just a building to house books. We looked to create a focal point for Lafayette and a "center for learning." That goal has been achieved with the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center, home to a distinguished new resource: the Glenn Seaborg Learning Consortium which features twelve preeminent educational and cultural institutions offering workshops, exhibits, curricula, lectures and films at a single location. The Consortium concept was a novel idea, the first of its kind at any library in the United States and one that is now being introduced in libraries across America.
LCF successfully raised over $12.7 million for the new library with the support of countless volunteers and generous contributions from over 25% of Lafayette residents. In addition, this project was selected to receive an $11.9 million grant from the California Library Bond Board. LCF formed the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation in 2008 to continue the programming and overall support of the new library complex.