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Letter from the CEO & Board Chair

The beauty of philanthropy is its ever-changing nature. As humans, we may gravitate towards routine, but philanthropic work requires the ability to stay nimble and responsive. While our small community foundation is accustomed to rapid change, the Tahoe Truckee community has recently faced challenges we never could have imagined. Just like many other resort communities throughout the pandemic, our population grew while resources became even more limited. When we finally found some reprieve from COVID-19, fires surrounded our community and we lived through the worst fire season on record. Though it can be hard to see as we persevere through difficult days, so much change in so little time has developed an undeniable community resiliency

During this time of growth, TTCF’s strategic plan has been our guiding light. It has served us through unexpected challenges that forced us to innovate to get to places we never dreamed we would go. With a growing Staff and Board of Directors, we are expanding our capacity to think bigger and take action.

Recently, we adopted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Value Statement to encompass the just society we strive for throughout governance, operations and programming. In the following update, you will see details on our progress in supporting community diversity, disaster preparedness, rapid response, collaboration and network building. We have continually turned challenges into opportunities to better serve the Tahoe Truckee community during times of crisis. 

All of this incredible work is informed by our trusted partners on the ground and fueled by our generous donors who trusted us and kept an open mind to the possibilities for our region.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.

Stacy Caldwell, CEO & Hannah Sullivan, Board Chair


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At TTCF, we celebrate our community’s diversity in the data we capture, the scholarship applications we review, and the constituents of many of our nonprofits. In 2020, our nation witnessed the murder of George Floyd and the growing momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement. We saw this moment as an opportunity to look inward as a community foundation and explore ways that we could better shape our mission to be more inclusive in order to ensure equitable access to resources and decision-making. With the creation of a dedicated Board Ad-Hoc committee and the ability to learn from our on-the-ground partners in the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee and the League of California Community Foundations, we have made some positive strides. These include embracing a learning journey across operations and governance that has covered broad and deep conversations to inform our efforts.  We have invested in translation services for community meetings and events, facilitated a leadership program focused on minority professionals, disaggregated data and ensured diverse representation for our programmatic efforts. We recognize the need for continuous improvement in this work to ensure that we serve our whole community.

I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.

Maya Angelou

Collective Giving

Community Grant Cycle

Community Grant Cycle

In addition to the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and our region’s housing crisis, 2021 was our worst fire season on record with catastrophic wildfires surrounding the community. Nonprofit programming and fundraising efforts were impacted by power outages and evacuation preparations, however, those challenges were met with a tremendous amount of innovation, creativity and collaboration. As the need for disaster preparedness and rapid response grows, trust-based philanthropy is more important than ever. On top of these new practices, nonprofits continued to place an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce.

  • $460,400 to 48 Organizations
  • 6 Impact Areas
  • Open Competitive, Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund & Nature Fund
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Grantee List

The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation in California had practiced elements of this trust-based philanthropy for more than a decade, including providing funds to strengthen organizations’ management as well as unrestricted support. When Covid-19 hit, it was in a good position to get money out the door within a few weeks, trusting grantees would know how to use it best.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy



With nearly a year of virtual learning under their belt, the graduating class of 2021 proved how determined they are to not let any obstacles get in the way of their dreams. If anything, it taught them how precious time can be and the importance in pursuing a meaningful life. Multiple scholarship committees collaborated to ensure an equitable process which resulted in $1,351,917 awarded to 121 local students, a 30% increase from 2020. Read the recap.



The 7th annual Give Back Tahoe campaign raised a record $529,863 from 2,013 donors, surpassing last year’s total by $100,000. Since 2014, TTCF has sponsored this fundraiser to raise awareness and flexible dollars for local nonprofits during a popular time for philanthropy. serves as a guide to more than 60 nonprofits all year long, with extra incentives for donations made during the challenge grant period. Read the recap.

Truckee Tahoe Airport District Agency Partnership Program

Truckee Tahoe Airport District Agency Partnership Program

TTCF submitted a proposal and won the bid to administer the Truckee Tahoe Airport District (TTAD)’s Agency Partnership Program. The program supports larger projects that benefit constituents district-wide through partnerships with local agencies and nonprofits. There were two rounds of submissions between September and October and the TTCF Committee worked alongside the TTAD Board of Directors to make funding decisions. Having TTCF administer this program ensures a transparent and equitable process for applicants. 

  • 1st year
  • Record $626,673 awarded

Working with the knowledgeable staff at the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has been a pleasure. Their industry expertise has helped bring a level of professionalism to the application process of the Airport District’s popular community benefit Agency Partnership program

Marc Lamb, Truckee Tahoe Airport District’s Aviation & Community Services Manager

Donor Advised Funds

$828,098 Awarded | 120 Funds

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Nonprofit Training

Nonprofit capacity building workshops provide our local nonprofits with important education opportunities to increase the impact of their missions. Throughout January and February we offered a five-part training series that included action-based elements, adapting strategies for remote work, Q&A sessions and turnkey tools and templates. All sessions were recorded.



As we continued to battle a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Collaborative worked tirelessly to provide critical support to the community against a backdrop of ongoing workforce shortages and significant community need. We were also challenged with wildfire relief efforts, evacuation planning and power outage preparation. The response of the agencies in the Community Collaborative was quick and effective, and highlighted our need to build the necessary infrastructure ahead of future disasters.


  • Convened more than 71 meetings, including Resource Sharing Meetings, with 230 participants from 45 different agencies and nonprofits to address timely issues such as COVID-19, race and equity, suicide prevention, child abuse, community wellness, housing assistance and more
  • Increased diversity of Collaborative membership by providing English/Spanish interpretation and translation at monthly membership meetings
  • Collected and disseminated data on housing, health, hunger relief and childcare on a quarterly basis in order to address community needs and attract critical funding to strengthen Safety Net services

Community Organizations Active in Disaster

Community Organizations Active in Disaster

With a seed grant from the League of California Community Foundations, we have designed a blueprint for a local COAD, or “Community Organizations Active in Disaster.” Over the course of the last year, more than 30 different community organizations, public agencies and service networks have engaged in the exploration of how we can be better prepared for a disaster, aligned during a crisis and coordinated throughout recovery. This past year made it clear how important strong community partnerships are, as well as efficient processes and communication tools.

Focus on Behavioral Health

Focus on Behavioral Health

It is no secret that our mountain community is challenged with ensuring that families and individuals have the right support system when dealing with behavioral health issues. For more than a decade, we have been working to develop a strategy to identify gaps and opportunities in the spectrum of services available within our community. With continued support from the Katz Amsterdam Foundation, the Tahoe Truckee Behavioral Health Roadmap is complete and identifies the top 10 community priorities to leverage funding and policy changes for the well-being of our community members. The Roadmap is also available in Spanish.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

With a commitment to improve this important work, our Board and Staff continued to prioritize our learning journey with our on-the-ground partners. Together, we launched the 4th year of the On the Verge Leadership program but with a new approach that for the first time focused on advancing leadership opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of color (BIPOC) and removing barriers to leadership positions. Additionally, based on this important institutional focus, the TTCF Board passed their DEI Statement of Value.


The Forest Futures campaign focuses on protecting communities, building a forest economy and accelerating market solutions to scale and speed forest management. With 2021 being the worst fire season on record, we are approaching this urgent issue both strategically for community protection and opportunistically for the future of our forests and our region’s economic development.

In the last two years, TTCF’s approach to grantmaking has evolved. With an emphasis on trusted relationships, we have developed strong on-the-ground partnerships with regional environmental organizations and began deploying funds in the Spring of 2022 to projects with the most immediate impact.




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The housing crisis continued to worsen in 2021, forcing more and more locals to leave the region and posing a real threat to our business community. In June, Mountain Housing Council partners called an emergency meeting to discuss immediate solutions that would help prevent an economic collapse, ultimately deciding to declare an Emergency Proclamation in July. From this, working groups and tiger teams were formed to explore a portfolio of solutions that would provide the greatest impact. Meanwhile, we maintained a focus on the long-term strategy for our region to accelerate housing solutions.


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The Tahoe50 Giving Club is designed for donors with a shared love for the Tahoe Truckee community and all that this beautiful region has to offer. With the addition of Homewood Mountain Resort, 2021 members had fully-transferable and unrestricted passes to 11 resorts. Thanks to these partner resorts, 100% of pass proceeds have gone back into the community in support of TTCF’s mission.


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Leadership & Board


Stacy Caldwell

Chief Executive Officer

Phyllis McConn

Community Impact Officer
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Kathy Whitlow

Foundation Services Director
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Alison Schwedner

Community Collaborative Director

Tara Zuardo

Mountain Housing Council Director

Nicole Lutkemuller

Forest Futures Director

Sache Cantu

Director of Impact Investing

Kristina Kind

CCTT & MHC Coordinator
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Deb Ryan

Resident Wise Woman

Timea Griset

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Caroline Craffey

Communications Manager

Board of Directors

Hannah Sullivan

Board Chair

Co-Founder and Partner of Emerald Bay Wealth Management


Geoff Edelstein

Vice Chair

Lauren OBrien

Immediate Past Board Chair

VP of Sales & Marketing, Cloudastructure, Inc.


Bob Richards


Kelley R. Carroll


Walter Auerbach

Owner of Auerbach Engineering Corp
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Bill Austin

Founder of Pacific Crest Wealth Planning
TTCF Board Member

Emily Anne Gendron

Director Of Leadership Development, OwlHub, Inc
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Jerusha Hall

Northstar California, Environmental Planner

Erin Kilmer Neel

Executive Director and Chief Impact Officer of Beneficial State Foundation
TTCF Board Member

Alex Mourelatos

Owner of Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort
Kristin York

Kristin York

Sierra Business Council, Vice President of Economic Empowerment