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Why Four Local Nonprofits are Consolidating

Crisis rarely happens in only one aspect of a person or family’s life. In a region made up of several small communities widely spread apart, it’s often a challenge for community members to know what services are available to them and to be able to reach them. This is especially true for people who lack dependable access to transportation. Too often, people go without all of the help they need to thrive.

North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Family Resource Center of Truckee, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, and Project MANA are currently in the process of joining forces to better serve community members across North Tahoe-Truckee. The four long-standing social service nonprofits are in the midst of combining systems, staff and boards and plan to launch the new organization, officially, on July 1, 2019. The single entity will have five locations throughout with services continuing and being enhanced in Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, and Incline Village.

This consolidation is a result of over 15 years of community collaboration aimed at improving health and safety outcomes and strengthening services for families and individuals. Several years ago, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, and Project MANA, hired an integrated services coordinator to make sure that community members receiving services at one organization were also aware of the services of the organizations. Several years later, they wanted to bring their collaborative services under a single roof in a shared space. Under the leadership of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), donors and organizations came together to plan, construct, and implement Community House. A massive effort was put forth by numerous people and agencies; the Community House was completed in 2014 in Kings Beach, one of the most poverty-stricken communities in North Lake Tahoe. Community House has been recognized as a national model for shared spaces by The Nonprofit Times.

“It is the next natural evolutionary step for these nonprofits to consolidate into one strong entity for families and individuals,“ Stacy Caldwell, CEO of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

The four organizations will continue to provide the same services, with many of the same staff, under the umbrella of the new entity. Community members will be able to access basic needs support, food programs, community education, and crisis services under one roof in their own neighborhoods. By joining forces, the four organizations will serve community members in a better, more holistic and integrated manner and tailor services to meet specific needs. This consolidation will also provide smoother, streamlined systems for staff and board members. Rather than four separate organizations with four separate strategies for strategies, budgets, and administration work, one organization will focus on streamlined fundraising, finance, marketing, human resources, and information technology.

To support the staff through this transition, TTCF is funding a special On the Verge cohort. The On the Verge Leadership Program (OTV) is a year-long professional and personal development program facilitated by the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT). This year’s cohort launched recently with all staff members from the consolidating nonprofits.

To learn more about Community House, click here.

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We need YOUR help! Take the Community Engagement and Health Survey!


Contact: Emily Vitas, Project Lead
Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee
Phone: 530-906-3810
Email: emily@ttcf.net









Making North Tahoe-Truckee Better for Everyone:
Community Engagement and Health Survey

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee requests resident participation to
measure local quality of life, community engagement, and mental health needs.

[Truckee, CA, January 23, 2020] Until mid-March 2020, North Tahoe-Truckee is benchmarking our community’s overall well-being and mental health. The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) is asking all residents for their help by completing a confidential survey. The results will help local organizations
develop programs to improve the quality of life for all of our community members.

CCTT is also partnering with the national research firm PRC of Omaha, Nebraska, to conduct 400 phone surveys in the region between mid-January and March. The households selected will be selected at random, and the survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

“The more responses and data that we receive, the better we can improve the lives of our friends, neighbors, children, and family members. This is a real way that all of us, as a community, can participate in making our region better,” said Alison Schwedner, Director of CCTT.

CCTT encourages area residents to take an active role in the process. The survey results will inform ways to strengthen existing services and community connections. Take the survey now by clicking here.

For more information about the North Tahoe-Truckee Community Engagement and Health Survey, residents may contact Emily Vitas at emily@ttcf.net.


The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee is a program of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. CCTT is a partnership of 45+ nonprofit and public organizations working together to address fundamental needs of residents. Collectively, we identify emerging community issues and develop strategies with our
combined vision and resources.

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) has served North Tahoe-Truckee since 1998. Its mission is to connect people and opportunities to build a more caring, creative, and effective community.

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You helped raise over $380,000 through the 2019 Give Back Tahoe Giving Season!

TTCF is happy to celebrate with all of you the completion of the 2019 Give Back Tahoe Giving Season!!! Nearly one thousand people gave this year- people who live here full-time, part-time, and those who visit as often as they can



Highlights include:

    • $380,000+ leveraged for our region
    • 980 donors gave to 50 local nonprofits
    • The most successful #GivingTuesday to date

This was the sixth year that our community came together in order to measure what is possible when we give together. One third of all charitable giving is done at the end-of-the-year. Give Back Tahoe makes it easy for nonprofits to share their missions and goals and to connect with more people. It also makes it easy for people who love Tahoe-Truckee to learn about local nonprofit organizations and to donate to them all in one place.

The Give Back Tahoe Giving Season is offered free-of-charge to eligible nonprofits serving the North Tahoe-Truckee region. TTCF provides the platform through Mightycause and works to ensure nonprofits have access to everything they need for a successful season including live webinars and online resources. TTCF also helps nonprofits reach a broader audience of community members. 

A huge thank you goes to the TTCF donors and Give Back Tahoe Business Sponsors whose partnership makes GBT possible. Their donations powered this year’s Challenge Grants which equated to nearly $13,000. The Challenge Grants are fun competitions that ask people to give on certain days and in certain ways. Many of our Business Sponsors and donors have helped power the Give Back Tahoe Giving Season all six years, and we are so grateful for their continued support of our nonprofit community.

If you are interested in helping support this incredible campaign, please reach out to Stacy Caldwell, CEO, at 530-587-1776. To learn more about Give Back Tahoe, visit www.givebacktahoe.org

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2019 Grant Cycle awards $365,000 to local nonprofits

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has completed its 2019 Community Grant Cycle. Every year, TTCF requests proposals from eligible North Tahoe-Truckee nonprofits for several areas of funding. These areas include: an open-competitive funding stream for any and all requests; nature grants from TTCF and Martis Fund*; the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund; and aligned grantmaking through the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund.

2019 grantmaking highlights include:

  • $365,000 in total funding- the most awarded since 2016!
  • 37 funded requests
  • $9,865- average grant award

We are proud to say that $165,000 was awarded in mission driven and unrestricted grants, that’s 45%! These grants represent some of the most difficult funding to secure from other sources. Thanks to our longstanding relationships with our local nonprofits, we can confidently award these trust-based unrestricted funds that ensure they can drive their mission forward. We also awarded another $70,000 in capacity building grants that help nonprofits build training, tools, and knowledge that strengthens their organizations.

The annual grant cycle is also an opportunity to see the big picture of what is happening in our community and how nonprofits are responding to emerging needs and trends. Right now, we are seeing a concerted effort to support arts and culture as an economic driver for our community. It was evident that prioritizing cultural infrastructure would have longterm significance for our local economy and to attract shoulder season tourism. In the area of environment, there was a focus on forest solutions, the resiliency of our more populated areas, and the support of science and data. TTCF focused on leveraging our funds in order to increase awareness of the local forest health crisis and potential solutions. And, of course, we saw our nonprofits continue to focus on the well-being of our families and residents.

We also hosted the annual Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund GEMS Event in early December. This event brings together the women and girls who have donated $1,000 or more to the Women’s Fund endowment. This endowment kicks off an annual grant cycle aiming to award $60,000 a year in four areas of impact. This year, Girls Giving Back (GGB), TTCF’s youth philanthropy project, took the helm and emcee’d the event. GGB is comprised of girls between 12-18 years old who have a passion for catalyzing community change. Through the work of hosting their own annual grant cycle, they learn skills in event hosting, meeting facilitation, fundraising, and the grants process. We are so proud to see these young women maturing into empowered community changemakers.

TTCF and our partners are proud of the opportunity to provide these grants to our local nonprofit community. Still, the need always outweighs the available funding and we were only able to fund 57% of the requested dollars. If you’re interested in learning more about local projects in need of funding, please call (530)587-1776 to set up a time to talk to Phyllis McConn, our Community Impact Officer.

2019 Grantees

Achieve Tahoe – Health and Human Services

Adventure Risk Challenge – Youth Development

Aim High – Youth Development

Arts For The Schools – Arts and Culture

Biking for a Better World – Recreation

Big Brothers Big Sisters  – Youth Development

Choices People-Centered Services  – Health and Human Services

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley – Arts and Culture

Emergency Warming Center – Health and Human Services

Friends of the Truckee Library –  Community Improvement

Gateway Mountain Center – Youth Development

Headwaters Science Institute – Education      

Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe – Animal Welfare

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective – Arts and Culture

Nevada County Arts Council – Arts and Culture

North Tahoe Arts – Arts and Culture

Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy – Health and Human Services

Positively Rolling – Youth Development                  

Sierra Community House – Health and Human Services

Sierra Senior Services – Health and Human Services

Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships – Education

S.N.O.W. Museum – Arts and Culture

Tahoe Food Hub – Community Improvement

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science –  Environment

Tahoe Rim Trail – Environment

Tahoe Truckee School of Music – Arts and Culture

Truckee Arts Alliance –  Arts and Culture

Truckee Donner Land Trust – Environment

Truckee River Watershed Council – Environment

Truckee Roundhouse – Community Improvement

Truckee Trails Foundation – Environment

*The Martis Fund is a collaborative project of the developers of the Martis Camp community and its members, Mountain Area Preservation (MAP), and Sierra Watch.

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North Tahoe-Truckee Receives Significant Grant for Behavioral Health Services

In this season of gratitude and giving, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) is happy to share some wonderful news for our community. TTCF has received a significant grant contribution from Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, New York Times best selling author and founder of Elana’s Pantry.

The funding, a total of $160,500 is part of the Katz Amsterdam Foundation’s second annual distribution of behavioral health grants to mountain communities. In North Tahoe-Truckee, the funding will help:

  • build a community data collection process around mental health and well-being;
  • complete a community-wide mental health strategic plan; and
  • align services across Placer and Nevada Counties.

“Rob and Elana’s investment into mental health services in the North-Tahoe Truckee region will help address one of our longest-standing and complex challenges. As a rural region, we lack many fundamental mental health services. We will now be able to provide critical suicide prevention education and access services through Sierra Community House, while also supporting a community-wide behavioral health survey, so we can best understand and work to meet the needs of our residents.”  Alison Schwedner, Director of the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT), a program of TTCF

While many see this beautiful place as paradise, the truth is that our full-time residents experience higher than normal rates of substance abuse and growing mental health issues. 57% of adults experienced symptoms of depression in the past 30 days when surveyed for the Tahoe Forest Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment in 2018. 34% of 11th graders in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) reported experiencing chronic sadness and hopelessness (California Healthy Kids Survey).

Making mental health more accessible by aligning county health services is extremely helpful for residents of a region like ours- with community members living, working, and attending school across permeable county borders. The sub-grant to Sierra Community House will provide on-going behavioral and mental health services in multiple regional locations.

Prior to the 2019 grant, the Katz Amsterdam Family has given more than $300,000 to North Tahoe-Truckee for mental health programming. This year’s grant is part of a total of more than $2.8 million for mountain communities. Grantmaking is focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness, improving access to mental and behavioral health services, and supporting collaboration within and among mountain communities.

Alison Schwedner also attended a May 2019 convening facilitated by the Katz Amsterdam Foundation for mountain communities. Together, leaders from these communities shared learnings in the areas of: social dynamics; mental health attitudes and knowledge; provider capacity; and affordability and accessibility of care. TTCF has committed alongside our sister-communities to track data as well as collaborate and compare our findings.

The KACT grants are in addition to the annual EpicPromise grants from Vail Resorts, which support more than 350 non-profits across the company’s mountain communities. EpicPromise grants for 2019/20 are being announced by Vail Resorts in December 2019 and January 2020. 

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Donor Advised Funds: Commercial Banks vs. Local Experts

If you have had the opportunity to become more strategic in your philanthropy, chances are you have considered a donor advised fund, or a DAF. DAFs are philanthropic funds opened with an initial donation, an intention for the fund, and a name. DAFs allow fundholders to advise on the grants from the fund over a period of time, based on your philanthropic goals. DAF fundholders also receive tax benefits. 

In the past, donor advised funds were primarily opened and held at the community foundation of a donor’s first or second home residence. Community foundations can be found all across the country, built by many different donors who care about and want to preserve their community for many generations to come. 

Commercial banks began offering their clients the opportunity to open DAFs as well.  While banks capable of offering DAFs are normally large and corporate, community foundations like ours are deeply embedded in the community we serve. We also have the ability to think and act across longer time horizons as, more often than not, our permanence is guaranteed by the permanently endowed funds we have been entrusted to manage. 

This gives community foundations several advantages as partners in your philanthropy:

  • We have a deep expertise about the community and region we serve
  • We have long standing relationships with our nonprofits and community partners
  • We work with other donors and leverage your resources with theirs to have a bigger impact
  • We think strategically with a bird’s eye view of our region 
  • We have staff members who are fully dedicated to supporting our grantmaking and nonprofit programming
  • We maintain the flexibility to support all your philanthropic goals, inside and outside of our geography
  • Our mission is to make our region better, not to make money

So why do donors choose to open DAFs at commercial banks? Most often it is because commercial banks may either waive or offer a minimal fee to manage your charitable dollars while they make money managing your other assets. 

But community foundations are more than institutions to place and disburse money. Our very purpose is to serve our communities now and for many generations to come. We deeply care about the place that you love. And we are equipped with the professional expertise and longstanding relationships in our region that make it possible to effect greater change than any one person can make alone.

That means that we always have our finger on the pulse of our community to identify pressing needs. It means we are connecting with community leaders and experts in every field to think strategically and creatively about solutions. It means when our nonprofits talk, we listen. When our community speaks, we’re holding up the microphone. 

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s average fee is 1.5% depending on fund assets. Those fees pay for the staff time and software required to manage your funds and connect your charitable interests with aligned investment opportunities. That 1.5% remains a charitable investment in the place you love and contributes to a sustainable economy by contributing to living wages for local community members.

At TTCF, we understand that every person must find the charitable path that suits their personal giving styles. That’s why we offer many types of funds and ways to give – whether that means estate planning, one time gifts to favorite nonprofits, or leveraging your resources with those of other donors. 

We would love to set up a time to talk about how we can help you meet your philanthropic goals. Please call Stacy Caldwell, our CEO, at 530.587.1776 to set up a time to chat. You can also reach her by emailing Stacy@ttcf.net.

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Forest Futures: Convening experts in Policy, Forestry, and Investment

Forest Futures Logo

In mid-September 2019, nearly fifty leaders gathered in Truckee and Loyalton, CA, for an honest investigation into solutions to the dangerous overcrowding of California’s forests. Invited guests included policy makers, philanthropists, investors, forestry experts, and biomass market experts. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) sponsored this event alongside Sierra Business Council (SBC), ARP Renewable Power (ARP), and facilitating partner the Joint Institute for Wood Innovation through the California Board of Forestry.

Our objective was to engage diverse leaders on one question:

How do we create regional biomass economies in rural California as a way to approach forest management?


Our forests are dangerously overcrowded, we can see this every day as we drive through the Tahoe-Truckee region, not unique to other forests in California. Decades of mismanagement has led to hazardous conditions that have been amplified through years of prolonged drought. Dead and dying biomass slash piles of limbs, branches and small diameter trees, awaiting removal in massive piles known as ‘decks’ all throughout our region. In the meantime, they sit on the land increasing fire hazard in a community already slated as high risk. The question is:

How do we flip this challenge into an opportunity? How do we get this biomass, and our trees to work for us?

We convened experts from diverse fields to tackle this wide-reaching issue. Our aim was to create opportunities for people to ask questions, receive immediate answers, test assumptions, and draw out potential pathways to solutions – real time.

This slash pile has been waiting for forest removal for three years. Currently, there are 800,000 piles like these on our forest floor.


Together, we brainstormed how California could develop a campus- style or coop-style system that gets the small-diameter trees and biomass out of the forest and into high value wood-products. This will require research, the right partnerships, policy shifts, community support and private and philanthropic investments. Throughout the event’s tours, presentations, and workshops, the collective agreed that addressing the challenge across sectors is critical and agreed that one goal might be a campus-model.

Harvesting and Transportation: A Sharing Economy

Harvesting and transportation of biomass is costly. Tahoe’s slash piles are located deep in the forest and require special, expensive equipment to access and harvest the wood. For a forest project operator to own and operate this equipment, millions of dollars are required upfront to purchase. It also requires trained professionals to operate, maintain and repair the equipment. Employing technically-skilled professionals requires consistent reliable financing. In short, it’s a costly, vulnerable, challenging business to operate. This is a major concern in improving supply-predictability for end-market processors. 

One solution takes a page from the sharing economy. A cooperative of organizations could use a blend of philanthropic and public funds to purchase these expensive suites of equipment for local projects. Forest operators, often small entrepreneurs, could rent the equipment avoiding the upfront capital costs, and encouraging more forest projects to scale at the pace we need.  To scale at the pace we need. The obligation to maintain the equipment and the liability for damage would fall not on small business entrepreneurs incapable of absorbing that kind of expense, but rather on the collective itself who own the equipment.

Processing: A Campus Model

Rural forested communities often suffer from a lack of opportunity. Since the closure of the Loyalton lumber mill in 2010, Sierra County’s population has aged significantly and declined 8% as workers fled to find jobs elsewhere. Reviving wood-based industries in will create living-wage jobs and more vibrant rural  communities.

Legacy infrastructure exists in many rural areas: old abandoned sawmills and biomass facilities. If small biomass processing facilities were locally-owned and/or cooperatively owned, that anchor infrastructure could provide the stability for these locations to become testing grounds for new products — hubs or campuses for the production of innovative wood products, building demand and a pipeline for the trees that otherwise sit, like kindling, on our public lands. 

The touch-stone project of the Forest Futures gathering was the 200-acre Loyalton Biomass Facility and Resource-Regen Campus. Loyalton’s biomass facility closed ten years ago, and with it fell Loyalton’s population. Two years ago, American Renewable Power bought the biomass plant. In consort with Sierra Business Council, ARP is moving towards a campus model. The vision is to engage entrepreneurs and businesses with wood-products, to match with Impact Investors, to  offer job training and residences on site, create a campus of innovation and entrepreneurship, powered by renewable energy, heat and steam processed on-site and supported by lightning fast gigabit fiber already in place.

Markets: From Electricity to Advanced Structural Wood Products

Biochar, a by-product of pyrolisis and a currently nascent-stage market in California, has been the darling of many advocates for its carbon sequestration potential. However, markets for biochar remain stagnant for a variety of reasons related to displacement of fertilizers and ecological and economic challenges in scaling. Throughout the conversations there was a tension between structural wood products and the shift thinking away from power and energy and toward profitable advanced wood products like small diameter wood processing, cross-laminated timber (CLT), oriented strand board (OSB) and bioplastics.  Discussions reflected the need to think of several end-markets and product categories along a combined supply chain in order to increase the efficiency and economics of processing — in other words, a symbiotic processing relationship between biomass to electrical energy which enables the lower cost production of value added wood products through co-generated power

Not only do these advanced structural wood products sequester carbon for a long period of time, they also replace the use of carbon-intensive steel and concrete. With supportive policy shifts, such as requiring new public sector buildings and incentivizing housing developers to use California-produced wood products, we could see these products play a big role in restoring our forests, helping California meet its ambitious climate goals.  Imagine our small-diameter trees, the high hazard fuels that currently put us at risk, playing a significant role in our State’s housing crisis and decreasing the risk of catastrophic fire in the process.


Innovative financing and blended capital is critical to to breaking through the uncertainty that curtails private capital investment and unlocking reliable, long-term public funding. Public, private, and philanthropic leaders must leverage collective resources and think creatively about opportunities to scale solutions cooperatively. 

Pre-development financing is critical to decreasing uncertainty for public land managers and harvesting and contracting businesses. Blue Forest Conservation’s Forest Resiliency Bond is one such model – a public-private partnership to provide upfront funding for approved forest management projects in the form of a bond, which then provides a modest return to investors after public financing is complete. This may be, for example, a wise and low-risk investment for insurance companies, Institutional investors and others who stand to benefit from increased ecological resilience (by fulfilling fewer claims) as a result. The financing is repaid to investors – with interest from ecosystem services co-benefits – by public utilities, state agencies, and flood control districts. 

Reliable investment in end-market products is also needed to scale ecological forestry and secure any ‘wood innovation campus model’. One option may be a diversified Opportunity Zone fund which is de-risked through real estate and land investments in peri-urban Opportunity Zones while putting significant capital toward kick-starting structural wood businesses and processing infrastructure for high hazard fuels in California.


Decreasing catastrophic fire in our state may be the motivation for swift action and increased funding, but it’s the co-benefits and avoided costs, both in dollars and carbon, behind these strategies which is truly exciting.  These strategies can save the communities we love, reduce the spread of toxic air in our urban communities, increase biodiversity, reduce mudslides, maintain (and possibly improve) healthy watersheds for the entire state, and the list goes on. 

Together, we envisioned what these benefits might look like 20 years from now:

  • California is able to compete in national and international sustainable wood markets by tapping our State’s cutting edge tech sector and translating it to our wood-use industries. 
  • California is a more equitable economy by all measures. 
  • Fire and health insurance are readily available to rural residents.
  • Kids from rural communities can live- and raise their families – on living-wage jobs.
  • Our State is invested in education and jobs that focus on rural California — resulting in the growth of economic value of our rural regions and is seen as a critical component of the ecosystem services of our urban regions. 
  • Forest carbon is accounted for, effectively, in California’s carbon markets.
  • There is a “big rowdy party” every year, celebrating California as the #1 lowest carbon economy in the world


To move this work forward, we need policy makers to continue to engage, local leaders to advocate, entrepreneurs to innovate, and donors and investors to give and invest. If you would like to learn more about this work, please contact us. 

Stacy Caldwell, CEO- Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation: stacy@ttcf.net

Steve Frisch– Director, Sierra Business Council: sfrisch@sierrabusiness.org

Kevin Lee– CEO, American Renewable Power: kevin.lee@amerpower.com

Teal Brown– Galvanize Partners: teal@galvanizepartners.com

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TTCF announces partnership with the National Forest Foundation

TTCF is proud to share that we recently awarded the National Forest Foundation (NFF)  a grant as part of our efforts to protect our forests. The NFF is producing an educational video to showcase different forest health and fuel reduction treatments such as hand thinning, biomass removal, and mastication— as well as demonstrate how these methods protect our communities. The video will follow the Big Jack East Project, located in Placer County, California and south of the Town of Truckee. Big Jack East, a collaborative project between the NFF and the United States Forest Service, will treat approximately 2,000 acres with the following goals:

  1. Reduce fuel loadings and the risk of wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) 
  2. Create conditions that would improve forest resiliency to fire, insects, disease, drought and climate change.

Learn more about the Big Jack East Project on the National Forest Foundation’s website.

TTCF has been exploring market-based solutions to protecting our forests as well as potential avenues to develop a restoration economy for our region. If you’re interested in learning more about the work we’re doing, please reach out! We’d love to hear from you! Contact Emily Vitas, Donor Services Manager, at emily@ttcf.net or by calling (530)587-1776.

Registration open for 2019 Board Training Series

Sign up for the series now!

Behind every successful nonprofit sits a strong and productive board of directors.  The role of board member is one of the most influential volunteer positions in the nonprofit community, and an opportunity to serve a mission to which one is truly dedicated. If you are ready to create positive change in your community and step into a role of leadership, this series gives you the necessary tools and knowledge to do so with confidence.

This four part series on board governance prepares you with the tools and knowledge you need to be able to create real change in your community. If you are ready to step out from the sidelines and into a role of community leadership, this workshop series is for you. If you are already a board member and want to hone your skillset, this series will give you resources and networking opportunities that will strengthen your board service.

We approach the breadth of board governance information by blending several resources and interweaving the most valuable pieces into four (4) workshops. Workshops are delivered in three parts:  Theory, Practice, and Interactive Application.

Community members identified as experts in Nonprofit Boards participate as panelists. Panels are unique to each topic, and the experts are chosen based on their particular breadth of experience.  The workshops are organized under four topics:

Board Training Series

Module 1: Board Responsibility and Board Culture – Learn exactly what responsibilities you take on as a board member and how to co-create a powerful and engaged board of directors.

Module 2:  Financial Stewardship and Legal Compliance – Ensure nonprofit dollars advance the mission. Includes a dive into oversight and fiduciary responsibilities.

Module 3:  Strategic Planning and Evaluation – Learn how to approach the scope of your organization’s work by establishing and adapting a strategic plan.

Module 4:  Fundraising 101 – Receive an overview on the basics of fundraising and how to raise the dollars necessary for nonprofit organizations to achieve their objectives and hit their funding goals. Learn how to form and deliver a request that aligns with potential and existing donors.

Grantee Spotlight: Headwaters Science Institute receives accolades

Based in Truckee, CA, Headwaters Science Institute is an education nonprofit with a vision to create informed citizens— citizens who not only pursue science careers, but blossom when faced with opportunities to positively impact society through engagement, curiosity, and applications of the scientific method. Recently, Headwaters was listed by STEMworks at WestEd as an “accomplished program.” 

Headwaters Science Institute continues to impress with a longline of achievements. TTCF has been a proud supporter of their commitment to serving the young people who live in our region through their mission. In 2017, Headwaters Science Institute vigorously took on the Give Back Tahoe Giving Season, hosted by TTCF, and strategically won multiple Challenge Grants by engaging their donor base across the country. In approximately two weeks, Headwaters raised over $20,000 for their general operating funds. In addition to earning grants from TTCF, Girls Giving Back, TTCF’s youth philanthropy project, awarded Headwaters a grant for their STEM summer camp aimed at empowering girls. Headwaters is also participating in our Jumpstart Accelerator Program which works with nonprofits to identify strengths and weaknesses, match them with appropriate coaching, and increase their capacity. 

In its 2018 Annual Report, Headwaters reported its highlights, including:

  • Working with over 1600 new students
  • Growing its programs by 188%
  • Utilizing 90% of its funds directly for educational programs
  • Engaging through its programs 50% low-income students and 40% minority students

As part of our mission, TTCF strengthens and uplifts our local nonprofit organizations in a number of ways: an annual grant cycle, technical assistance, and capacity building opportunities. We are proud to report to our donors how your dollars are at work in our community.

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Grantee Spotlight: A tiny house on wheels to call their own

Just in time to celebrate its 50th summer, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley is happy to share the story of its Paul Radin Memorial Dream Wagon. Just ten feet wide and mobile, the Dream Wagon acts as offices, a bookstore, and a stage for performers. TTCF is proud to have helped with funding to bring the Dream Wagon to completion.

Even if you consider yourself deeply familiar with iconic Squaw Valley, you may not know much about the weeks of summer workshops the Community of Writers hosts. For 49 summers, in fact, the nonprofit organization has helped writers in refining their craft “and thus, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support, moving them closer to achieving their goals.” 

The workshops bring together poets and prose writers in workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions. With a backdrop that is sure to inspire awe, writers dive into both the craft and business of writing. For years now, the Community of Writers has been in need of more space: to head quarter, to sell books, and to act as a stage. Last summer, it debuted the Dream Wagon. Although the wagon wasn’t yet complete, the response was overwhelmingly positive. 

The majority of the funding was provided by the family of Paul Radin in his memory. Paul Radin was a longtime friend of the Community, an early guest who attended the summer poetry and fiction workshops. Born in Boston, Mr. Radin lived on the Truckee River and as close to Nature as possible. 

Legendary was Radin’s arrival one summer on horseback, wearing his trademark flat-brimmed hat and western boots.  We all remember his dramatic entrance with white horse and enjoyed his recollections of the seminal years of the Conference. (Excerpt taken from Community of Writers’ blog here). 

Thanks to the contributions of Paul Radin’s family as well as the donations, labor, advice, and materials of other community members, attendees of the 50th Anniversary of the Writers Workshops will be able to enjoy the Dream Wagon!

“TTCF is grateful to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley for nurturing the skills and careers of local and visiting writers. Our community has so many dimensions and our local arts and culture field is burgeoning. We want to attract artists of every discipline to make of our mountains a home and a muse, and TTCF seeks to support the nonprofits that cultivate their presence here,” Phyllis McConn, TTCF Community Impact Officer. 

Learn more and sign up for July events here