LACF Announces Community Philanthropy Series

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) announces the inaugural season of the Community Philanthropy Series. This series is designed to help community members become even better supporters of the local nonprofit sector.

The series will run annually from October through May and consist of 3-4 sessions through 2022. Each will cover content ranging from estate planning to tax-advantaged ways of giving, and from volunteering to becoming a better board member. All sessions are FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of Century Bank.

The Art of Being Charitable (Virtual)
Thursday, Oct. 14, 9-10:30 a,m,
*Free (advance registration required)
Presenters:  Nancy Baker, Philanthropy Solutions by Design, and Joanna Gillespie, LANL Community Programs Office

Would you build a house without a blueprint? Would you cook an exotic new dish without a recipe? Just as planning is important in these contexts, it’s equally important when making charitable gifts that will reflect your philanthropic intentions. No matter your age, stage, or capacity, this event will help you become more purposeful and strategic with your giving and volunteerism.

Estate Planning: Maximize Your Legacy (Virtual)
Monday, Nov. 15, 9-10:30 a.m.
*Free (advance registration required)
Presenters: Lynn Baldwin, Director of Wealth Management, Century Bank and Shay Kendricks, Estate Attorney, Miles & Kendricks

An important discussion on estate planning topics in a world changed by COVID-19 and within the context of contemplated Federal tax changes. From an overview of common estate planning tools, to a discussion on more sophisticated techniques, this interactive session will provide information on how to leave behind a legacy that is well-structured and accomplishes each individual’s goals. Additionally, this session will explore new and emerging trends in estate planning to further individual philanthropic objectives.

Why Philanthropy Matters for a Healthy Community (Virtual)
Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, 9-10:30 a.m.
Free (advance registration required)
Presenter: Dr. Laurie Paarlberg, Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Chair on Community Foundations, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University & Community leaders in the nonprofit sector

How do communities benefit from robust cultures of philanthropy? How are individuals affected by being philanthropic? Join LACF to explore the answers to these questions, helping to illuminate the “why” of philanthropy both for the community of Los Alamos and for community members as individuals. Dr. Paarlberg will present concepts and trends in local philanthropy, followed by a local panel that will discuss how these apply to the community specifically.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week (In-person, as appropriate)
Date: TBD, week of April 17-23, 2022
Free (advance registration required)
Presenters: Nonprofit Leaders TBD

Let’s celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 17-23) together with a community-wide volunteer appreciation event. Local nonprofit organizations are invited to attend and bring volunteers along. This event provides an opportunity to thank volunteers for all that they have done for the community and local nonprofits. More details to follow.

Each session is free but does require advance registration at: Have an idea for a session the community needs? Send LACF an email at

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation:

Established in 2015, the focus of LACF is to build enduring philanthropy to empower our community’s nonprofit organizations. LACF currently stewards 12 local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $850,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit