BofA: Where great visions are made
October 31, 2005
I went to a strategic planning meeting last week. You know the kind: Bar of America on Friday afternoon where you and your friends strategize how to fix everything in Truckee.You can probably guess the topics. Some of us tried to convince the bartender to extend the length of happy hour until after 6 p.m. so that we could still make happy hour without having to pay for parking. Some had a lively discussion on the other Truckee Follies – roundabouts. Soon local politicians began arriving and the topics changed to Taco Bell signs and who an “elected representative” actually represents.No matter what the topic, the Bar of America crowd has a vision on how the right way to solve it.Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation can help that vision become a reality. Every week TTCF receives calls from thoughtful and caring people who are looking for help in their quest to do something good in our region.Some people implement their vision by establishing endowed, grant-making funds. The earnings from these funds directly contribute to an increased quality of life, based on the design and vision of donors who contribute or establish funds.Through small donations and major gifts, the people of Truckee and Tahoe are strategically planning for our future by giving through Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. These funds are professionally managed by UBS and under the review of TTCF’s Board of Directors. Each of our directors (who serve without compensation) cares deeply about the quality of life here and of the responsibility to be good stewards of donors’ gifts. The earnings on the investments are returned to the community in the form of grant dollars to worthwhile projects, purposes, and people throughout the region.To mention a few examples: If you have adopted a homeless dog or cat from the Humane Society’s adoption days, then you and your pet have directly benefited from donors to Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. If you have ever hiked the Rim Trail, the Donner Lake Trail, or the Martis Trail, or rode your bike following the bike signs, then you have benefited from endowments maintained by Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation and created by many donors. If you have ever marveled at the triumph of the human spirit over tragedy and sadness, then you have at least indirectly benefited from grants to Tahoe Women’s Services, Tahoe Forest Hospice, and Tahoe Adaptive Ski School. Participants in these programs directly benefit from the vision of our neighbors who wisely and compassionately choose to find purpose through philanthropy.No matter your vision, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation can assist you. As a public charity, we are uniquely positioned to help you create and implement your philanthropic strategies. Your contribution is tax deductible, no matter the funds to which you donate. If your vision is that of a major donor and you have identified an area of community betterment, your gift to establish an endowed fund may further benefit from special tax advantages when you give appreciated assets.And, if you don’t have a vision, there are plenty of people at the Bar of America who will try to persuade you to adopt their view.Lisa Dobey is the CEO of Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. Reach her at 530-587-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.