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Leaving a Legacy

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Published on June 22, 2017


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

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