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Grantee Spotlight: Headwaters Science Institute receives accolades

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Published on July 25, 2019

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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.