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Significant Growth Projected for TTCF

On June 15th, TTCF held a Fundholders Luncheon on the Lake. It was a perfect summer day with a sweeping view of Lake Tahoe from Gar Wood’s second floor windows. TTCF fundholders gathered alongside Board Members, staff, and consultants to reconnect over delicious food and learn about new investment strategies TTCF is undertaking.

Brian Sharpes, CIMA and UBS Senior Institutional Consultant, advises TTCF’s Investment Committee and presented on the future of TTCF’s potential growth. He shared that his team, who works primarily with institutions, projects a foundation’s endowment will grow exponentially when it reaches approximately $25 million. He said this was for a myriad of reasons including increased capacity, widespread attention, and funder confidence that a foundation can handle larger grants and donations.

TTCF’s assets are approximately $27 million and growing quickly. Naturally, this was exciting news to a room full of people who are deeply invested in both TTCF and our region. Brian went on to speak to the importance of a diverse portfolio of investments and the evolution of impact investing.

Stacy Caldwell, TTCF CEO, then took the stage to translate what this exponential growth could mean for our greater region. Presenting the Impact Agenda, Stacy shared TTCF’s goal of attracting $100 Million to North Tahoe – Truckee. She spoke to the tried and true approaches that TTCF has used in our nearly twenty years to serve our community, our five year strategic plan, and how we see how $100 Million could impact different areas including: Housing, Impact Investing, Families, and Forest Stewardship.

Linda Brown, Donor Engagement Consultant, finished the luncheon speaking to the power of planned giving and the opportunity we all have to leave a legacy we can be proud of. You can read the incredible story Linda told about how one woman left a gift that would impact a whole community.

It was a wonderful luncheon and we are so happy that many of our fundholders were able to join us. If you are interested in learning more about TTCF’s bright future, call us at (530) 587-1776. We would love to chat. You can also email Kathy Whitlow at Kathy@ttcf.net.

Have you seen the Impact Agenda?? You don’t want to miss it.

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Supporting our Youth, Together – $264,250 in Scholarships

Knowing it would mean missing her own high school graduation, Hailey finished school early so she could teach in a remote village in Nepal for four months before starting University.

Emma has a growing interest in politics and a deep desire to advocate “for everyone to be on equal standing in a world that has, for hundreds of years, advocated against their humanity so that no one has to be scared of who they are anymore.”

When Isela couldn’t coax her friends into volunteering with her, she went by herself. She says that through volunteering, she found herself and now wants to pay it forward.

Freddy, the first person in his family to graduate high school, is pursuing cinematography and has already been mentored by current National Geographic, Telemundo, BBC, and History Channel cinematographers.

These are just a few of the scholarship recipients that we can all proudly call a part of our community. Once again, this year’s scholarship applications and essays swept through our offices exposing the perseverance, kindness, intelligence, and unique personalities of our local young people. These kids speak of the parents, teachers, educational staff, nonprofit and youth programs, coaches and instructors who have changed the course of their lives. It’s undeniably one of the best times of year when we are able to see just how well our mountain village is doing in the raising of our children.

We are happy to announce that twenty-six graduating seniors received a total of  $114,000 in TTCF facilitated scholarships. This year was even more exciting thanks to the generosity of TTCF’s Board of Directors, aligned donors, and collaborative partners who worked together so TTCF could secure a three year subscription to AwardSpring software. The entire scholarship process was streamlined to make it easier for students, review committees, and administrators and we reached more young people than ever before.

Here are some of the numbers:

  • 120 total applicants (over twice as many as TTCF saw last year)
  • $114,000 – TTCF facilitated scholarships
  • $264,250 – total scholarships awarded through participating partners
  • 27 first generation college students
  • 18 first generation high school graduates

Some of our scholarship recipients.

Scholarships are all thanks to the generosity of you –  our donors, scholarship administrators, and grants committee volunteers. If you are interested in supporting our young neighbors please consider Donating Now and indicating the TTCF Community Scholarship Grant Fund. You may also donate an existing scholarship on the TTCF Scholarships page.  Call or email Phyllis McConn, Community Impact Officer at phyllis@ttcf.net, to discuss it more in depth. TTCF (530) 587-1776.

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Leaving a Legacy

The power of legacy giving is immeasurable.  When donors leave a bequest through their wills and trusts, incredible things happen.  Ruth Ivy Frishman, a former Truckee attorney, is a model for us all.

Ruth was an early TTCF Legacy Society donor.  In 2004, she lost her battle with cancer.  When her Legacy gift of $700,000 was passed on to the charity of her choice, the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, Executive Director Stephanie Nistler said, “She never told us that she intended to leave any of her estate to our organization, so to say we were surprised is an understatement!”

Stephanie went on to say, “There were no specific instructions but she had told the executor of her estate as well as many local people that she hoped it could help us build a new animal shelter.  This gift brought together two of the things she valued most in life…this community and animals.  She was a staunch animal advocate who believed the people in our community could have a great/positive impact on the lives of homeless pets.

“At the time we were a small, grass roots organization with one employee and many dedicated volunteers.  (With her help) we launched our campaign in 2008 and completed payment on the project (our new facility) in 2015.

“What is different today because of her legacy gift?  We have an awesome animal shelter that helped over 1,000 animals just last year.  While it is likely we would have eventually launched our campaign, I can assure you it would have taken many more years before we were in a position to pull it off.  It’s safe to say her legacy gift has given life to thousands of homeless pets who wouldn’t have otherwise received a second chance.  Our gratitude for Ruth runs deep.”


You love this place… so do we. Let us help you leave the legacy that honors your relationship with North Tahoe – Truckee. You are just a phone call away from learning how you can achieve your philanthropic goals, and we are waiting on the other line. Call (530) 587-1776 to speak to Stacy Caldwell, TTCF CEO, today. You can also email her at Stacy@ttcf.net

Are you a financial advisor? Stacy Caldwell, TTCF CEO, and Linda Brown, Donor Engagement Consultant, are scheduling meetings with financial advisors to ensure you have the information you need to help your clients meet their legacy goals. Call (530) 587-1776 today or email Linda to set up an appointment at Linda@ttcf.net

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Our Summer Reading List

We here at TTCF are voracious readers and are always sharing excerpts and ideas from fiction and nonfiction, sector-related and passion-related alike. Inspired by the Community Collaborative’s book club (see below) we decided to share what we’re reading with our community members. The list will be growing throughout the summer, so check in whenever you need inspiration.

Conscious Collaboration: Re-Thinking The Way We Work Together, For Good by Ben Emmens. “Some of the most successful collaborations have been begun by a group of unusual suspects, not kindred spirits,” (Emmens). In this quick-read, the author lays out the practices and compromises necessary for unlike-minded people to create intentional community change. Ashley, our resident Storyteller, loves how this book channels awareness practices into impact.

In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis by David Madden and Peter Marcuse. Stacy, our CEO, is intrigued by the way the book’s authors explore housing as a universal necessity of life. Without it, one cannot participate in social, political, or economic life. Housing confirms one’s agency, cultural identity, individuality, and creative powers. It is the precondition for work and leisure.

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers. The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) is in the midst of its inaugural Mental Health Awareness Month Book Club. The intention is to align with efforts of CCTT and the broader community to increase collective knowledge of supporting youth and adults with mental health challenges. Stuck in a snow delay to visit her son at Wyoming State, Phyllis, our Community Impact Officer, read this and two other books in three days!

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leafe Christian. A guide of practical information distilled from numerous firsthand sources on how to establish an intentional community. From interpersonal and leadership issues to vision statements and legal structures, Christian shares how people can work together in pursuit of a common ideal. Itzi, our CFO, loves the idea of communal living and shared responsibility to create an intentional living experience.

Get to know our staff members a little better by reading our bios! You can let us know what you’re reading by emailing Ashley at ashley@ttcf.net.

Did you know that Word After Word Bookshop in historic downtown Truckee will order books for you? Visit their wonderful staff and #shoplocal. 10118 Donner Pass Road  Truckee, CA  96161. Phone: 530-536-5099.

Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee Kicks Off

The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee (MHC) kicked off their commitment to accelerating regional housing solutions on April 29th. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) hosted the community housing event to celebrate the work to-date and kick-off the next phase of collaborative action.

The event was well attending by the community with many more people tuning in through Tahoe Truckee Community Television’s livestream. The April 29th gathering started with with three local leaders sharing personal stories of community members struggling with housing in the North Tahoe – Truckee region. After firmly rooting the audience in the everyday realities of our local families and workforce, Stacy Caldwell, TTCF CEO, took the stage to present highlights of the findings of the 2016 Regional Housing Study conducted by Bay Area Economics (BAE). The Study brought to light the hard data of North Tahoe – Truckee’s housing issues that affect not only low-income residents, but all of us from employers, first responders, teachers, and second homeowners. From there, the screen lit up with one of the premiere episodes of the storytelling film series Housing for the People produced by Elevate Tahoe, a partnership between Moonshine Ink, TTCF, and SBS Media House. View the videos as they are released throughout May here

Stacy Caldwell shared the recommendations that came out of the Housing Study  which included establishing a regional housing agenda and a housing entity. Since the Study was released last August, local leaders have been coalescing under TTCF’s leadership to follow through on these recommendations and form the Mountain Housing Council.

As of the April 29th event, thirteen local organizations have committed their time and resources to participating in the MHC and accelerating housing solutions for the people of North Tahoe – Truckee. Representatives from ten of these organizations took to the stage to publicly state their commitments, a moment that was undoubtedly a milestone in our region’s willingness to tackle this crisis together.

“Based upon the positive momentum and support that created the Housing Council I am convinced it will result in real housing opportunities for our local residents,” said Tony Lashbrook, Town of Truckee Town Manager.

The event ended with a Solutions Slam. Audience members stepped up to the mic and shared their ideas for creative housing solutions. All ideas were recorded and will be brought to the first MHC session. The event ended as all Saturday morning events should, with a buzz of excitement and plenty of time to get out into the spring sunshine.

Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee Partners To-Date

  • Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CA-TT)
  • Family Resource Center of Truckee
  • Nevada County
  • North Tahoe Family Resource Center
  • Placer County
  • Squaw Valley
  • Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Tahoe Donner Homeowners Association
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital District
  • Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
  • Town of Truckee
  • Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce
  • Truckee Donner Public Utility District
  • Truckee Tahoe Airport District
  • Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation
  • Vail Resorts: Northstar California Resort

For more information, visit www.mountainhousingcouncil.org.

Watch the recorded event.

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Girls Giving Back Awards Third Annual Grant Cycle!

Girls Giving Back (GGB) is a youth philanthropy project of TTCF’s Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund (QoH). GGB members are young women under eighteen who are interested in shaping their community through philanthropy. By facilitating their own youth grant cycles, the Girls learn how to fund raise through local events, evaluate grant proposals, and select as a collective a local youth nonprofit to receive a grant. In a supported environment, these young women learn the intricacies of philanthropy and develop a unique set of tools that prepares them to grow into effective community changemakers.

GGB has had yet another successful year. Thanks to our leadership team, local business partners, and all of  who demonstrated support at three fantastic fundraising events, GGB has completed their third annual grant cycle.  We are happy to announce that the recipient of the $2500 GGB Grant was Lake Tahoe Music Festival’s Youth Mentoring Program. This free program connects high school mentors with grade school students to provide music education and increase grade school participation in music events including rehearsals, orchestra performances, and concerts.

Join us in congratulating our always impressive GGB!

If you are interested in participating in GGB or know a young woman who would benefit from the project, contact Alison Elder at Tahoe@alisonelder.com or queenofhearts@ttcf.net.

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You’re invited to a Community Housing Event: April 29th

Building on the momentum of stakeholders from across the region, the newly formed Mountain Housing Council of Truckee Tahoe will host a Community Housing Event on April 29.

For the last eighteen months, North Tahoe – Truckee has been focused on identifying our regional housing issues and potential solutions. The 2016 Regional Housing Study was truly a community undertaking that engaged local businesses, public agencies, nonprofits, and community members. Now, provided with a framework and recommendations to move forward, our region is ready to work together to accelerate solutions.

The April 29 event marks the official kick-off of the Mountain Housing Council and an opportunity to celebrate the progress we have made so far as a community. Council representatives will share their commitments to solving the local housing issues and co-create a regional housing agenda to guide local leaders towards measurable impact.

“We are excited to bring everybody together to work on the critical issue of housing in our region. And we look forward to the community joining us in this process. ” – Stacy Caldwell, CEO Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Elevate Tahoe will also premiere its film series, “Housing for the People.” The storytelling series captures the conditions that have created North Tahoe – Truckee’s current housing climate, as well as the stories of individuals, families, and businesses who live with these realities on a daily basis.

For those ready to accelerate housing solutions for our community, please join the Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee on Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Truckee High School.  Space is limited, RSVP at: bit.ly/mountainhousingevent.

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What do you want in a local library? Take the survey.

Nevada County residents recently voted for an increased sales tax to benefit local libraries! These Measure A dollars will provide and continue to improve library services. Voters also decided to allocate the dollars across certain areas.

To determine exactly how to use the increased budget, Nevada County wants community input! Please help your community shape the future of the Truckee Library by filling out the survey below and sharing it with your friends and neighbors.

The survey focuses on three specific areas: hours of operation, children and teen programming, and information and technology. The survey is due April 10, 2017. Thank you!

En Noviembre, los residentes del condado de Nevada votaron para aumentar los dólares para la Medida A para beneficiar nuestras bibliotecas locales. La votación para ampliar la Biblioteca de Truckee es aproximadamente tres veces su tamaño anterior. El impuesto de ventas se aplicará específicamente a continuar proporcionando y expandiendo los servicios, específicamente en estas tres áreas:

*Horas de operación
*Programación para Niños y Adolescentes
*Acceso a la tecnología

Es una prioridad del Condado de Nevada usar la contribución de la comunidad para asignar el aumento del presupuesto. Por favor, ayúdenos rellenando la encuesta y compartiéndola con los que conoce.

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70 Local Scholarships, Application Deadline April 3, 2017

Application deadline: April 3, 2017

Apply Now (hint: hit “submit” early to make sure you qualify for all eligible scholarships)

Thanks to the generosity of TTCF’s Board of Directors, aligned donors, and the collaborative nature of our community partners, TTCF has secured a three year subscription to the software AwardSpring. AwardSpring streamlines the entire scholarship process from application through administration to make it easier for students, review committees, and administrators. 

Over 60 local scholarships have already been uploaded to AwardSpring with the total funding equal to over $240,000 and counting. To be considered for most scholarships, all that is required is the submission of a single common application. In real time, the software reviews the student’s application, determines eligibility, and prompts them to provide any supplemental materials for scholarships that require more information. 

When a student logs on to AwardSpring, they can also learn more about each scholarship. Donors and scholarship facilitators have a space to share the story behind the scholarship or to honor a person being memorialized. Because behind every scholarship, there is a story worth telling.

“In prior years, students were filling out the same information over and over again to apply to many different scholarships. It was common for students to miss out on scholarships simply because they weren’t aware of them, missed a deadline, or didn’t provide all of the required paper work. It was frustrating for students and for the review committees. This streamlined process gives all kids a chance to achieve their dreams with the help of community scholarships.” -Phyllis McConn, TTCF Community Impact Officer

More information on scholarships or donating to a TTCF facilitated scholarship: www.ttcf.net or (530) 587-1776

Apply at: ttcf.awardspring.com

On the Verge: Emerging Leader Pilot Project Wraps up Year-Long Training Program

It is no secret that nonprofit organizations have high employee burn-out rates. Long hours and historically humble wages, as well as deeply involved work, makes it difficult to hold onto staff or develop leaders. Last week, ten local nonprofit executives completed a year-long program designed to develop and retain emerging leaders in the family-strengthening field. The On the Verge (OTV) program occurred simultaneously in six communities in California, all of which wanted to provide an incubator for developing solutions to community problems. Until now, there have been no leadership programs focused on the family strengthening field in the context of real, community work.

The Tahoe Truckee cohort was made up of a diverse group of leaders representing eight local nonprofits. The program was led by trained facilitators Alison Schwedner, Director of the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (a TTCF program), and Amy Kelley, Executive Director of the North Tahoe Family Resource Center.

Throughout the year, leaders worked collaboratively to define regional needs on specific issues and implement community-based projects. The nature of working collaboratively in a time intensive curriculum also served to nurture the individual development of these young leaders while creating successful cross-sector partnerships.

“The On the Verge Leadership model emphasizes the personal, interpersonal and professional development of the participants. We know that working in family strengthening can be stressful and the pay is modest. This model acknowledges that in order to retain talent in this work, we must help emerging leaders develop essential hard skills, fortify their networks of trusted colleagues, and help them grow personally. The year format allows us to do this over time and, most importantly, enables the participants to experience first hand what it means to be part of a high functioning team”. – Alison Schwedner

The following outcomes were identified as priorities throughout the last year:

  • Provide Leadership Development for New and Emerging Leaders
  • Improve Retention of Brightest Leaders: On The Verge offers leaders the opportunity to renew their passion and develop coping skills, to sustain their leadership over time and prevent burn-out.
  • Build the Family Resource Center (FRC) leadership pipeline by creating more opportunities for professional advancement: On The Verge will support leaders to step into new organizational roles and professional growth.
  • Cultivate interdependent teams across intervening systems: On The Verge is the only leadership development program building interdependent, interdisciplinary teams to transform communities.
  • Create innovative community solutions to long-entrenched problems: FRC leaders will engage in ongoing conversations and research to better understand the underlying causes of inequity in their community, while piloting innovative strategies to address those underlying factors.

The OTV program was funded by the State of California, Office of Child Abuse Prevention and the S.H. Cowell Foundation, a long time partner committed to the family strengthening field in the Tahoe Truckee community.

The other incubator communities involved include:

Fresno County
Humboldt County
San Jose

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