$1 million grant awarded to community foundation | SierraSun.com

$1 million grant awarded to community foundation

The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation has been searching for ways to support and sustain the Community Collaborative of Truckee Tahoe ” an umbrella organization that strives to generate resources and connect the region’s philanthropic agencies to promote a safe and healthy community.

Thanks to a recent grant endowment totaling $1 million from the S.H. Cowell Foundation, the organization will now be able to make permanent and perpetual changes for low-income families in the Truckee-North Tahoe area.

“With these funds, we can change the lives of children, families and individuals with limited means in our community,” said Fred Ilfeld, board chairman of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, in a news release.

Over the past seven years, the Cowell Foundation has contributed more than $4.7 million to family resource organizations across the region, including the recent grant for the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, said Lisa Dobey, chief executive officer of the foundation.

“In searching for a way to sustain the work of the collaborative, we explored a number of options with the Cowell Foundation staff,” Dobey said. “As we considered various options, the smartest move seemed to be to permanently endow this work so that time could be spent focusing on results rather than fundraising.”

Grant funds will assist other nonprofits serving families and children in the region such as the Truckee Family Resource Center, Tahoe Women’s Services, Project MANA and the Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council by building their capacity, expanding resources and providing a voice for underrepresented families, Dobey said.

The endowment will also support a part-time director position for the Community Collaborative, which was recently vacated by former director Stephanie Rogerson who left to pursue personal goals, Dobey said.

The Cowell Foundation works to fight poverty among children in Northern California, and has been aiding the region’s charitable organizations ” like Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe ” over the past decade.

“We wouldn’t have been able to expand services to the Truckee-Tahoe area without the grant,” Dena Valin, Big Brothers Big Sisters executive director, said of a $75,000 grant received from the Cowell Foundation in 2007, which subsidized new headquarters in Truckee.

“Cowell’s approach is very strategic,” Valin said. “They’re giving funding to organizations in our region that can serve together to benefit the whole family.”

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