Pasadena’s Lake Avenue Community Foundation has changed its name to “Stars” to avoid confusion with Lake Avenue Church and because people often assumed from the former name that the organization is a grant-giving foundation, according to the organization’s executive director, Nancy Stiles. Stars’ new web address is gostars.org.
“Stars will continue to be a faith-based organization with a strong partnership with Lake Avenue Church, and will continue to have the same vision, mission and programs, but by clarifying the confusion we will be better positioned to take advantage of funding opportunities,” Stiles said.
She added that Stars will remain the primary nonprofit partner of Lake Avenue Church for education issues. “We will continue to recruit volunteers and donors from the LAC family, send our students to camp alongside LAC, and continue to build relationships between families, students, volunteers, staff and church members,” Stiles said.
The Stars name is based on the organization’s more than 20-year-old STARS after-school program. The STARS acronym has been lowercased and its meaning broadened to cover all the work of the organization: after-school programming for grades K-12, mentoring, summer enrichment, camps, trips, college preparation and completion support, counseling and partnering closely with the parents of students to help support the whole family.
The Stars programs are now being called Stars 123, Stars 45, Middle School Stars, High School Stars, Stars Mentoring, Stars College Support and Stars Summer Enrichment.