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Parasol awards $55,000 in grants to Tahoe-area nonprofits

Megan Weiss
Special to the Bonanza

Children enjoy kayaking on Lake Tahoe during the SOS Outreach summer programs.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — For the fourth year in a row, the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation awarded unrestricted grant funding to support people, programs and everything in between in the areas of arts & culture, education, environment, human services and community leadership.

"We'd like to express our deepest gratitude to our generous donors," said Claudia Andersen, CEO of the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. "Whether you're able to give a small or large amount, you're helping to improve our Tahoe Basin by supporting our community programs."

This year's recipients have proven their impact in the Tahoe Basin and continue to provide quality programs and services to improve lives and create valuable experiences in the place we call home.

Below is a list of the six programs and nonprofits that received a total of $55,000 in funding this year:

Incline Elementary School Science & Outdoor Education Program awarded $20,000: The program critical thinking and environmental stewardship in all IES students through a hands-on, inquiry based curriculum with a special emphasis on the science and long-term health of the Tahoe Basin.

Tahoe Turning Point awarded $10,000: It's been serving the children and families of California and Nevada since 1980 through residential group homes, independent living programs, outpatient services, and parenting skills programs.

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Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum awarded $10,000: This hands-on museum is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, art, math and the world around us.

SOS Outreach awarded $5,000: This youth development non-profit fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision making in underserved youth, through engagement in adventure sports.

Tahoe Family Solutions awarded $5,000: The nonprofit provides key resources and enhances skills for families in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Education, mental health and youth development are TFS's primary focus areas.

Tahoe Prosperity Center awarded $5,000: The center will measure, track and publicize progress on a variety of community and economic indicators in order to determine the health of the Lake Tahoe Basin's economy and inform the work that is essential for the growth and long-term sustainability of our region.

Megan Weiss is the Director of Programs & Services for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Visit parasol.org to learn more.