The grant committee volunteers once again made some of the toughest decisions in our work and the nonprofits have been called to be notified of their grant proposal status. TTCF’s first annual consolidated grant cycle has drawn to a close.
In our effort to better serve our nonprofits and community members, TTCF streamlined our previously separate funding streams into one grant cycle. The development of this process included the input of grant committee members, local executive directors, the TTCF Board of Directors, and our staff. The deliverables have included one single common application for nonprofits, an increase in the number of unrestricted mission-driven grants, and the ability for committee members to match projects with multiple funding streams.
Over 40 nonprofits were awarded grants. This is the largest grant cycle that TTCF has facilitated to date thanks to increased funding from the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund*, Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, and a generous match from Martis Fund that brought our Nature Grant funding to $200,000! Additional donors stepped in to fund requests that align with their philanthropic interests.
Through the information gathered in the common application and longstanding relationships with many of our nonprofits, we were able to confidently award more than $150,000 unrestricted funding to further the missions of 28 nonprofits. That’s more than a 300% increase to mission-aligned grants! It is often difficult to raise funds to cover the necessary overhead and programmatic costs that make a nonprofit’s work possible and TTCF is very happy to be able to offer these uncommon grants on behalf of our generous donor base.
The common application also provided an overall snapshot of the health and trends of our local nonprofit community. This will inform the ways we serve our local nonprofits beyond the grants through workshops, technical assistance, and consultations. Already, we have been able to host the second Board Governance Series as well as offer scholarships to community members who are ready to take on the role of board member, the online volunteer module at www.givebacktahoe.org and a printed volunteer column in Sierra Sun, the month long Giving Guide campaign, technical assistance, nonprofit guidance, and storytelling.
Thanks to your commitment to our community and your trust in our work, together we are helping to build a stronger, healthier nonprofit community.
*Queen of Hearts has selected the final eight presenters at their Annual GEMS Event for December 1st. Voting will open immediately after the event and close December 15, 2016.