Since February 2006, more than 1,300 women have raised over $1.3 million! These funds are held in an endowed fund at TTCF. Every year, that $1.3 million funds a grant cycle of $60,000. It will serve our region forever.
$700,000+ in grants to local nonprofits
$75,000 to help establish a local chapter of Aim High
150+ local senior citizens “adopted” every year to brighten the holiday season in TTCF’s Senior Gifts Program
Grant Educate Motivate Serve
The Queen of Hearts Women's Fund has four areas to which it grants. At the annual GEMS (Grant Educate Motivate Serve) Event, supporters gather to hear grant presentations from finalists. The recorded presentations and vote process is online so supporters vote from anywhere.
Health and Human Services
“Community” means standing beside one another in moments of need. These grants shelter our neighbors, defend their rights, and empower them to create brighter futures.
Education and Youth Development
These grants connect young people with their true potential. Grantees include after-school programs, mentoring, and literacy initiatives.
Arts, Culture, and Community Benefit
These grants add vibrancy to our region and explore our sense of community and self. Grantees include public art projects, intellectual cultural experiences, and performance arts.
Environment, Recreation, and Animal Welfare
These grants contribute to those things at the center of our community culture: open spaces, wilderness, recreation, and wild and domestic animals.
Listen to "Women in Philanthropy" Podcast
Stacy Caldwell, CEO, interviews three women about the Queen of Hearts, Girls Giving Back, and women in philanthropy
Partnering with Sierra Senior Services, the Fund fulfills the holiday wishlists of local seniors. Supporters go above and beyond to care for our elders.
The power of a thousand women
In February 2006, women who love North Tahoe-Truckee came together with a similar dream. The goal was to attract 1000 community-minded women to donate $1000 each to raise $1 million within a single year.
To date, over 1,300 supporters have raised $1.3 million and granted $691,518 to local nonprofits.
The fund has sponsored women to join, jumpstarted a major youth education program, and have hosted and funded educational films.
Do you believe in the power of women acting together?
GGB members review grant proposals focused on youth benefit. They disclose conflicts of interest, argue for their favorites, and come to a vote.
Making a difference on their terms
At the practical level, GGB members learn hands-on how to:
Write and evaluate grant proposals
Deliberate and award a grant
Through mentorship and friendships, participants develop skills and their own voices in decision-making rooms. Participants become empowered as they step into adulthood.
An early GGB grant supported the Bigs in Blue mentorship program. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is for police officers to mentor young boys.
Creating a better world for local youth
Since 2014, GGB has awarded an annual grant of $2500 to youth-focused projects. Often times, through fundraising events, they receive matching grants from donors. This increases grant sizes for recipients!
Grants have included:
Bigs in Blue Mentorship Program for Boys
Purchasing uniforms for the high school marching band
Lake Tahoe Music Festival Youth Mentoring Program
STEM Education for Girls
We make a bigger difference together. Click below to join the Queen of Hearts Women's Fund with an initial $1,000 donation. You can also donate to support the Fund's grantmaking!