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More than $529,000 raised during Give Back Tahoe

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Published on January 11, 2022

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Another record-breaking fundraising campaign for Tahoe Truckee nonprofits

The 2021 Give Back Tahoe campaign raised a record $529,863 from 2,013 donors, surpassing last year’s total by $100,000. Since 2014, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) has sponsored this fundraiser to raise awareness and flexible dollars for local nonprofits during a popular time for philanthropy. Givebacktahoe.org serves as a guide to more than 60 nonprofits all year long, with extra incentives for donations made during the challenge grant period. By making a donation during the challenge grant period, donors help increase the odds of nonprofits winning a challenge grant of up to $3,500 from TTCF. In real time, the website reflects how much money has been raised, how many people have donated and where each organization stands on the Challenge Grant leaderboards.

It was fascinating to watch the funds raised quickly grow on the Give Back Tahoe homepage as community members made their donations. There was such creative messaging from the organizations to encourage new donors and work hard for a spot on the leaderboard. We are thrilled by the outpouring of support from the Tahoe Truckee community that helped to grow this fundraiser and give back to the nonprofits that are so vital to the health of our community.

-Kate Frankfurt, Chief Philanthropy Officer of TTCF

Congratulations to the nonprofits who received a TTCF Challenge Grant for having the most donors in their size category:

Giving Tuesday (November 30) Winners: $27,000 in total distributed

Large Organizations:

  1. Achieve Tahoe
  2. Stephen J. Wampler Foundation
  3. Sierra Nevada Alliance

Medium Organizations:

  1. Headwaters Science Institute 
  2. Truckee Roundhouse
  3. Mountain Area Preservation

Small Organizations:

  1. Lake Tahoe Dance Collective
  2. Truckee Tahoe Swim Team
  3. Friends of the Truckee Library

Grand Challenge (November 30-December 14) Winners: $19,500 in total distributed

Large Organizations:

  1. Sierra Community House
  2. North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services
  3. Sierra Business Council

Medium Organizations:

  1. North Tahoe Arts
  2. Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education
  3. Tahoe Ability Program & Arts for the Schools

Small Organizations:

  1. Slow Food Lake Tahoe
  2. Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus
  3. SNOW Sports Museum

TTCF also chose an additional six organizations at random to win a non-competitive grant of $1,000 just for participating. The winners of a non-competitive grant were Truckee Donner Land Trust, Gateway Mountain Center, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, Clean up the Lake, Rocker Memorial Skatepark and I*School.