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Caring & sharing: Check out the 8th annual Lake Tahoe Nonprofit Wish List

Jean Eick
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, in partnership with the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, presents the 2016 Wish List to kick off the Giving Season at Lake Tahoe.

This is the eighth year we have provided a Wish List during the holiday season to inspire the generosity and philanthropy of our community.

We prepared this list for you to use as a guide to become familiar with the organizations and their programs that are supported by donations.

Consider your passions and what local organizations you want to impact. You can choose to support through monetary gifts, volunteering or attending a fundraiser, and all will help the organization fulfill its mission.

To make a donation to one of the organizations on the Wish List, follow the "How to Donate" instructions. All organizations selected for the 2016 Wish List are verified public charities and help make a difference in our communities.

The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation do not endorse any of the organizations on the list.

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The Nonprofit: Achieve Tahoe (formerly Disabled Sports USA Far West)

About the Nonprofit: Committed to serving participants with disabilities and their families by providing first-class opportunities to achieve independence through sport.

Donations Support: Equipment such as mono-skis or bi-skis and outriggers or lessons for snow and water skiing.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 8339, Truckee, CA 96162 or visit http://www.achievetahoe.org

The Nonprofit: American Red Cross of Northern Nevada

About the Nonprofit: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Donations Support: Disaster relief, America's military families, lifesaving blood, health and safety services and international services.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 4750 Longley Lane, Suite 101, Reno, NV 89502-5981 or visit http://www.redcross.org/local/nevada/northern-nevada

The Nonprofit: Barton Foundation

About the Nonprofit: Committed to improving the health of the South Lake Tahoe area now and into the future.

Donations Support: Emergency/Level III Trauma Center, Family Birthing Center, Cancer Fund, Cardiology Fund, Community Health Endowment, Susie Marchini Diabetes Fund, Equipment Fund, A Friend in Need Program, Health Resource Center, Hospice Fund and Bereavement Camp Program, Skilled Nursing Fund, Physical Therapy Fund, Wellness Fund.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 9578, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 or visit http://www.bartonhealth.org/tahoe/foundation.aspx

The Nonprofit: Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe

About the Nonprofit: Provides a safe, structured and positive environment for young people before and after school, during holidays and summer vacation.

Donations Support: Early Learning Preschool Center, Kinder Club, Chop Shop, Musical Theater, Lego Robotics, Powder Hounds, Futsal, Messy Science, Noize Chemiztz, Tech Deck Club, Image Makes Photography Club, Torch Club, Teen Center.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 1617, Kings Beach, CA 96143 or visit http://www.bgcnlt.org/page-one.aspx

The Nonprofit: Boys & Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe

About the Nonprofit: Provides children and teens a safe, positive and welcoming environment where they can have fun, enhance their education and experiences.

Donations Support: After school program of art, ceramics, music appreciation, Reading with My Buddy, health and wellness programs, dance and girls groups as well as summer programs, summer camps and field trips.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 17846, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.bgclt.org/donate/

The Nonprofit: Child Advocates El Dorado County

About the Nonprofit: The heart of this program is the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), specially trained and supervised community volunteers, appointed by a juvenile court judge. The advocates take only one case at a time, working with the kids, gathering facts, reporting to the judge to make decisions about services and support that are in the best interest of the child.

Donations Support: CASA Program.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 347 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667 or visit http://www.casaeldorado.org/donate/

The Nonprofit: Classical Tahoe

About the Nonprofit: Celebrates the cultural, educational and economic vitality of the Lake Tahoe Basin with extraordinary classical music.

Donations Support: The 2017 Concert Season.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.classicaltahoe.org

The Nonprofit: Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation

About the Nonprofit: Offers an affordable, challenging and fun training program to foster a life-long love for the sport of skiing.

Donations Support: Equipment, Training, Coaches for the Diamond Peak Ski Team.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 5591, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit http://www.dpskiteam@dpsef.org

The Nonprofit: El Dorado County Library at South Lake Tahoe

About the Nonprofit: Provides print, electronic and educational resources to the community.

Donations Support: Classes, instructional programs and research assistance.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.eldoradolibrary.org

The Nonprofit: Firefly Yoga International

About the Nonprofit: Offers specialized, trauma-informed yoga classes directly through agencies where survivors already access counseling and other services, including domestic violence shelters, residential homes for youth with a history of trauma, sexual assault centers, support groups for veterans, health centers for people living with HIV and/or chronic sexually transmitted infections and more.

Donations Support: Yoga programs for survivors of trauma.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 757 Tallac Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.fireflyyogainternational.org/donate

The Nonprofit: Food Bank of El Dorado County

About the Nonprofit: A collaborative network fighting to end hunger.

Donations Support: Food distribution to sites in South Lake Tahoe.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 4550 Business Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682 or visit http://www.foodbankedc.org/give-help

The Nonprofit: Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Inc.

About the Nonprofit: Provides emergency food services to families through a network of more than 140 partner agencies in northern Nevada including Incline Village.

Donations Support: Food donations supporting families, children, seniors and veterans.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 550 Italy Drive, McCarran, NV 89434 or visit http://www.fbnn.org

The Nonprofit: Girls on the Run – Sierras

About the Nonprofit: A physical activity based youth development program where girls meet in small teams to learn life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.

Donations Support: Scholarships for girls, running shoes and nutritional snacks.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.girlsontherunsierras.org/get-involved/donate

The Program: Holiday Bucks for Books Program

About the Program: The goal is to provide new books to every student at Incline Elementary School to experience the gift of literacy at home .

Donations Support: New books for children at Incline Elementary School.

How to Donate: Mail checks to Parasol with Holiday Bucks for Books in the memo line, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.parasol.org/donate

The Nonprofit: Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation

About the Nonprofit: Provides financial resources to the Incline Village Community Hospital.

Donations Support: Incline Village Health Clinic and Incline Village Emergency Services.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.tfhd.com/ivchfoundation.asp.

The Nonprofit: Incline Village Library

About the Nonprofit: Serves a diverse community of local and visiting patrons with books, DVDs, audio-books, music CDs, newspapers and magazines.

Donations Support: Tahoe Talks, toddler programs, story time, Lifescapes, Paws 2 Read program.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 845 Alder Ave, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.washoecountylibrary.us/about/support.php

The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Historical Society

About the Nonprofit: Support for the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum located in the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Donations Support: Community programs and costs of maintaining the museum and its collection.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 18501, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.laketahoemuseum.org

The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA

About the Nonprofit: Serving the needs of Tahoe pets in need.

Donations Support: Spay and neuter program, Purple Paws Project.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 or visit http://www.laketahoehumanesociety.com

The Program: Lake Tahoe Science Fund

About the Program: UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center leads research on the water quality, physical processes and ecology of Lake Tahoe and its watershed. UC Davis TERC provides critical scientific information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Donations Support: Supports the center's science education and research at Lake Tahoe and its watershed.

How to Donate: Mail checks to, Parasol with Lake Tahoe Science Fund in the memo line, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.parasol.org/donate

The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

About the Nonprofit: Plans, produces and advocates for the finest cultural events at Lake Tahoe while educating future generations on the importance of theater, music and art in their everyday lives.

Donations Support: Professional productions, Midsummer Theater Camps, D. G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program and InterAct in-school residency for schools throughout the region.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com

The Nonprofit: League to Save Lake Tahoe

About the Nonprofit: Dedicated to protecting and restoring the environmental health, sustainability, and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin, focusing on water quality and its clarity.

Donations Support: Pipe Keepers, Shorezone Protection and other current projects.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 2608 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.keeptahoeblue.org

The Nonprofit: Live Violence Free

About the Nonprofit: Addresses domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and basic needs through education and advocacy.

Donations Support: Programs and services for local survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.liveviolencefree.org/donate/

The Nonprofit: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) El Dorado County

About the Nonprofit: Nation's largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization. Dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness.

Donations Support: Education, training and programs

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 393, El Dorado, CA 95623 or visit http://www.nami.org

The Program: Nevada Animal Fund

About the Program: Addresses the overpopulation of domestic dogs and cats by sterilization, providing funding to assist organizations with these services. The NAF is set up as an endowment which means that the NAF will provide sterilizations in perpetuity and continue to grow over time.

Donations Support: Animals in need by providing financial and in-kind support to local organizations offering quality services to animals.

How to Donate: Mail checks to Parasol with Nevada Animal Fund in the memo line, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.parasol.org/donate

The Nonprofit: North Tahoe Arts

About the Nonprofit: Supports the visual arts in the North Tahoe communities through exposure, education and participation.

Donations Support: Programs including Kids Art Saturdays, workshops and ARTour.

How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 6354, Tahoe City, CA 96145 or visit http://www.northtahoearts.com

The Nonprofit: North Tahoe Family Resource Center

About the Nonprofit: Informs, engages and empowers community members with resources that enable them to meet their needs and become self-sufficient.

Donations Support: Programs for parents, moms and babies, legal assistance and mediation.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 2810, Kings Beach, CA 96143 or visit http://www.norththaoefrc.org

The Nonprofit: Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation

About the Nonprofit: The area's oldest and largest community foundation, dedicated to building prosperity through leadership, partnership and philanthropy.

Donations Support: Donation, small and large, will support not just one cause, but many — education, the environment, arts and culture, human services and so much more! Every single penny makes a difference to your friends and neighbors in the Tahoe region.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.parasol.org/donate

The Nonprofit: Pet Network Humane Society

About the Nonprofit: Rescues adoptable animals from euthanasia, connects abandoned animals with loving families, instills respect for animals through education and promotes quality of life through animal companionship.

Donations Support: Programs include cat medical fund, dog medical fund, humane education, facility improvements and more.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 401 Village Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.petnetwork.org

The Nonprofit: Saint Joseph Community Land Trust, Inc.

About the Nonprofit: Improves the quality of life for individuals and families who cannot otherwise afford housing by acquiring real estate and developing programs to benefit individuals and families.

Donations Support: Programs supporting affordable rental homes and residential loan fund.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 1041 Lyons Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.saintjosephclt.org

The Nonprofit: Sierra Avalanche Center

About the Nonprofit: Inform and educate the public about backcountry avalanche conditions in the greater Lake Tahoe area.

Donations Support: Programs to educate about avalanche awareness and snow safety for winter recreation in the Lake Tahoe Region.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 3725, Truckee, CA 96160 or visit http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org

The Nonprofit: Sierra Nevada College

About the Nonprofit: Combines liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.

Donations Support: Programs to equip students with skills that will enable them to adapt and thrive.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 999 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.sierranevada.edu

The Nonprofit: Sierra Senior Services

About the Nonprofit: Provides home-delivered meals, community dining, social contact and coordinates support services that help seniors to continue living independently.

Donations Support: Local Meals on Wheels program and other support services for local seniors.

How to Donate: Mail checks to P O Box 4152, Truckee, CA 96161 or visit http://www.sierraseniors.org

The Nonprofit: Simmaron Research

About the Nonprofit: Dedicated to advancing scientific research, potentially leading to the discovery of diagnostic markers and effective treatments that will ultimately improve the quality of life for people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and related neuroimmune disorders.

Donations Support: Programs for CFS/Me and related neuroimmune disorders.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.simmaronresearch.com

The Nonprofit: SOS Outreach Lake Tahoe

About the Nonprofit: Programs inspire youth to make positive decisions for healthy and successful lives and provide more opportunities for Tahoe's underserved youth through outdoor experiential learning, character development, community service, values-based leadership development, social justice advocacy and peer mentoring.

Donations Support: SOS youth programs.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.sosoutreach.org

The Nonprofit: South Lake Tahoe Cancer League

About the Nonprofit: Supporting local cancer patients.

Donations Support: Local cancer patients by providing services and aid.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 17962, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.sltcancerleague.org

The Nonprofit: South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center

About the Nonprofit: Enables individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability, to develop resilience in both parents and children, and to allow families to become a contributing party of the community.

Donations Support: ESL classes, weekly parent groups and children's therapy groups.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 3501-B Spruce Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.tahoefrc.org

The Nonprofit: Sugar Pine Foundation

About the Nonprofit: Dedicated to saving Lake Tahoe's sugar pines and other white pines from blister rust by educating and involving the local community in hands-on forest stewardship.

Donations Support: Preservation, protection and restoration of forests at Lake Tahoe through plantings of Sugar Pine Trees and educational efforts in local schools.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 1458 Mt. Rainier Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.sugarpinefoundation.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Art League

About the Nonprofit: Promotes visual fine arts and art education in the South Lake Tahoe community.

Donations Support: Art demonstrations, workshops, classes and exhibits.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.talart.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Arts Project

About the Nonprofit: Provides cultural enrichment and diversity for the South Lake Tahoe Community through the arts and education with particular focus on youth programs.

Donations Support: Provide performing arts programs and activities for children in grades K-12 and Music on the Beach.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 14281, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.tahoeartsproject.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Chamber Music Society

About the Nonprofit: Enriches the Tahoe Region with its summer chamber music concerts during July and August.

Donations Support: Educational outreach and free summer concerts for the community.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way or visit http://www.tahoechambermusic.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Family Solutions

About the Nonprofit: Provides education, mental health and youth development services to children and families in the Tahoe area.

Donations Support: Camp Explore, Homework Help Club and mental health programs.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.tahoefamily.org

The Nonprofit: The Tahoe Fund

About the Nonprofit: Provides broad support and funding for projects and programs that restore and enhance the natural environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

Donations Support: Current projects including the Incline to Sand Harbor Bike Path.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.tahoefund.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

About the Nonprofit: Advances the natural history, conservation and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education and outreach.

Donations Support: School programs, nature camps, and Citizen Science projects.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or Visit http://www.tinsweb.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Magic

About the Nonprofit: Assists families in need with one-time crisis funding.

Donations Support: Help for South Lake Tahoe families with one time funding for heat, electricity and a roof over their head.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 13070, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.tahoemagic.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Maritime Museum

About the Nonprofit: Preserves Lake Tahoe's maritime history through preservation, interpretation and public education.

Donations Support: Exhibits and educational programs.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 1907, Tahoe City, CA 96145 or visit http://www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team

About the Nonprofit: Conducts fast and safe rescues and helps to educate the public on winter safety.

Donations Support: Winter backcountry training and winter wilderness survival programs for Lake Tahoe area Fourth Grade students.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 7703, Tahoe City, CA 96145 or visit http://www.tahoenordicsar.com

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Prosperity Center

About the Nonprofit: Promotes and sustains the development of a collaborative environment to increase prosperity in the Tahoe Basin.

Donations Support: Current programs, AlertTahoe and Connected Tahoe.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.tahoeprosperity.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

About the Nonprofit: Practice and inspire stewardship to maintain, enhance and preserve the Tahoe Rim Trail system and natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe region.

Donations Support: Projects to preserve, maintain and protect the trail's legacy.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 3267, Stateline, NV 89449 or visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Safe Alliance

About the Nonprofit: Collaborates with local businesses, government agencies, volunteers and supporters to create violence free communities.

Donations Support: Programs assisting survivors of intimate partner/domestic violence and sexual violence and a safe house.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.tahoesafealliance.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Turning Point

About the Nonprofit: Serves the children and families of our community through residential group homes, independent living programs, outpatient services and parenting skills programs.

Donations Support: Substance abuse and addiction Services for the community.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 17509, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.tahoeturningpoint.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe Youth and Family Services

About the Nonprofit: Promotes the healthy development of children, families and individuals through counseling, mentoring and support programs.

Donations Support: Counseling, mentoring, drop in centers and outreach.

How to Donate: Mail checks to 1021 Fremont Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.tahoeyouth.org

The Nonprofit: Tahoe's Connection for Families

About the Nonprofit: A parenting education and childhood play center for children ages Birth – 42 months.

Donations Support: Current enrichment programs like Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Yoga, or Baby Sign Language classes.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 3074, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit http://www.tcfkids.org

The Nonprofit: Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society

About the Nonprofit: Preserves, protects and operates Thunderbird Lodge and Yacht.

Donations Support: Help the Thunderbird Lodge and Yacht to be available to the public and educational programs.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 6812, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit http://www.thunderbirdtahoe.org

The Nonprofit: Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF)

About the Nonprofit: Provides safe and loving homes for animals who would otherwise be destined for euthanasia and education for responsible pet care.

Donations Support: Veterinary care, spays/neuters, boarding, training and food.

How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 5364, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit http://www.tahoewarf.com