Give Back Tahoe Giving Season

2017 Give Back Tahoe Giving Season: November 28th – December 31st

Collective Giving Equals Bigger Impact

Over the years, our community has grown and evolved as it continues to attract families and people who simply want to be here. We create lives built on the things that make a person whole and fulfilled: time with family, time outdoors, connection. We work together with a common love of place and a culture of creativity, adventure, and kindness.

For the fourth year, TTCF facilitates the Give Back Tahoe Giving Season: a year-end collective giving campaign to raise awareness and financial support for our local nonprofit community.  The campaign kicked off #GivingTuesday, November 28th – the International Day of Giving, and closes December 31, 2017.

Thanks to the generosity of TTCF donors, we will once again be offering Challenge Grants to boost donor dollars and encourage nonprofits and their networks to continue reaching out to more and more people. Challenge Grants award nonprofits and their supporters for donations received on certain days or in certain ways, and often leverage thousands of dollars.

We have over 60 nonprofits participating in the 2017 Give Back Tahoe Giving Season, and we have a lot of amazing Business Sponsors and fun new additions like the first ever Give Back Tahoe Variety Show!









Nonprofit Resources

GBT Prepare for a Successful 2017 Give Back Tahoe Giving Guide 

DRAFT 2017 Challenge Grants Descriptions and Guidelines

2016 Giving Season Highlights

  • 62 participating nonprofits
  • $382,336 total dollars infused into the North Tahoe – Truckee region
  • 1,217 total gifts donated
  • $62,157 matching gifts leveraged
  • 339 donors gave to a nonprofit for the first time
  • $45,000 in TTCF donor provided Challenge Grants

Thank you to the Riley Family at Sears Hometown Stores for your support in both producing the printed Give Back Tahoe Giving Guide and throughout the whole campaign!

Nonprofit Feedback

“The Challenge Grants helped to excite our donor base and helped us double our year end donations. We leveraged over $36,000 through our matching funds and focusing strategically on the Challenge Grants. This extra money for Headwaters really helps us expand our programs in TTUSD.  We didn’t get as much money as we hoped during the regular grant cycle, but we filled in the gap here and are now able to do all the programs we planned.”– Megan Seifert, Ph.D., Headwaters Science Institute ED

“The Giving Guide’s structure and TTCF’s support made it easy to approach a wider network of potential donors with a straightforward and timely request. We connected with more community members, and some people who hadn’t thought of themselves as philanthropists gave for the first time to help us win a $4,000 Challenge Grant. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity to engage meaningfully with our community.” – Amy Kelley, ED North Tahoe Family Resource Center

“It was so gratifying to see the number of donors and new donors we attracted through the Give Back campaign. What was unexpected was the fun we had in creating compelling stories for our social media, and the excitement we felt in participating in the various challenges. There was a lot of good energy created and we look forward to next year’s campaign” – Georgia Smith, Board Member Family Resource Center of Truckee

You love it here, we love it here. Give Back Tahoe makes it possible to continue living the dream.

Street Level Philanthropy

Give Back Tahoe is a community campaign focusing on street level philanthropy.  People from every sector and age group want to contribute both time and resources to the causes that impassion them.  They don’t want to wait until the perfect time or the perfect bank account to do it, either.  Give Back Tahoe invites everyone to the table to give with their heart and in the ways that suit them.

The seed of Give Back Tahoe was planted in 2013 with the enthusiastic country-wide response to National Giving Day.  Online giving and mass giving demonstrated to people that the act of donating is not reserved for the uber wealthy.  TTCF recognized that while most people had an inherent desire to give back, the ways to do so needed to be made clearer.

TTCF partnered with the Sierra Sun, a local newspaper, to develop a giving campaign that suited Tahoe’s unique culture.  We then invited all eligible local nonprofits to participate, and expanded the campaign from a single day of giving to the six-week holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve. Give Back Tahoe increased its reach from our relatively small permanent resident population to include the innumerable persons who love to spend their time here and enjoy investing in our community.

The 2014 inaugural Give Back Tahoe Holiday Giving Guide launched with an online giving portal, a comprehensive printed catalogue of participating nonprofits, and regular updates in the Sierra Sun and in social media.  Local nonprofit organizations were able to increase their reach in order to share their missions and projects, and more than $124,000 was channeled into the nonprofit community.

Since then, Give Back Tahoe has been evolving.  It concentrates on the region of North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, and on seven areas of impact. remains the online portal for the Holiday Giving Guide’s giving season, but year round it serves as a directory for the local nonprofit community and volunteer opportunities.

The volunteer management portion allows people choose where and how they want to give of their time and energy.  Hands on Tahoe began as a collaboration with TTCF in 2004 to connect volunteers and nonprofit organizations.  Give Back Tahoe will streamline those efforts. Volunteer Now! 

In a nonprofit community as large as ours and with so many committed organizations, leaders, and events, Give Back Tahoe shines the light on street level philanthropy.

Ways to Give

Volunteer on the Ground-  Whether you have a single morning or a regular opening in your schedule, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in our region.  Some may be as involved as long term mentorships while others may involve cleaning up your own neighborhood and joining a community picnic afterwards. Volunteer Now

Volunteer on the Board-  Nonprofit organizations need dedicated citizens with life and professional experience to volunteer on their board.  Board members have a myriad of responsibilities, but also help shape the missions, individual programs, and strategic plans of a nonprofit. Read our article about board responsibility.

Donate- During the Holiday Giving Guide, we accept one time donations of cash and credit, but a TTCF fund holder can also donate a portion of their funds.  Certain nonprofit organizations have an infrastructure that allows donors to utilize different kinds of assets to create various types of funds. These assets equate to a monetary value which is then disbursed to the community and/or gains interest for perpetuity.

In-Kind Donations-  These charitable donations include: expertise (accounting, marketing, instruction), space (event halls, vacation homes, offices), used goods (clothes, silverware, books), value items perhaps to be raffled off or sold (event tickets, box seats, lift tickets, signed instruments), and car donations.


The 2015 Give Back Tahoe Guide for Giving 

Sierra Sun and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) collaborated the 2015 holiday season to present the second annual Give Back Tahoe Guide for Giving. Inspired by #GivingTuesday, we launched the inaugural campaign to kick-off the holiday season with a spirit of gratitude and community generosity. Amidst the celebration of the year’s end, the Guide for Giving showcases the missions and year-end goals of local nonprofits who serve the people, creatures and lands of this extraordinary region.

Sierra Sun and TTCF love our home and the people who live here. Our engaging and vibrant local nonprofit community supports all of us. For this reason, we elevate our nonprofit organizations and advance their missions by connecting them with people and resources who share their objectives and are willing to help “give back.”

Last year, the Guide raised over $124,000 for 60 featured nonprofits in a combination of a printed directory and an online giving portal. The excitement of that success fueled this year’s campaign to make it bigger and better.

More nonprofits, donors and community support came to the table to drive momentum the entire Giving Season, which ran from December 1st through 11:59pm on December 31st. To that end, a small handful of TTCF donors stepped up and provided $40,000 in Challenge Grants to award nonprofits and their donors for exemplary fundraising efforts throughout the five week Giving Season.

  • $355,761 total dollars infused into the North Tahoe – Truckee region through online, offline and matching grants (nearly 3 times as much as last year!)
  • 843 online gifts raised $129,220
  • 595 unique online gifts, 209 of which were first time donors
  • An additional $105,721 was leveraged by 18 nonprofits that secured matching funds

Once again this campaign showed the power of collective giving being far more impactful than just one person. It feels wonderful creating a simple way to connect donors to the nonprofits in our region to help them raise much needed resources.

Thank you to all of the TTCF donors willing to provide dollars for the Challenge Grants. Thank you to our sponsors: Sears Hometown Store, Tahoe-Truckee Lumber Co., Auerbach Engineering Corp, Mountain Home Center, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, and Truckee Tahoe Airport District. We also want to thank our local community partners, including 101.5 KTKE, who helped keep the excitement throughout the season.

Visit to view this year round directory of local nonprofits

Areas of Impact

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Improvement
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Services
  • Youth Development