Puppy adoptions, Give Back Tahoe Campaign highlight Giving Tuesday

From raising funds to adopting more than a dozen puppies, organizations and individuals were in the giving spirit on Tuesday, taking part in the global event geared toward generosity.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe said within 5 minutes is received more than 100 adoption questionnaires for its 15 puppies up for adoption on Giving Tuesday. The humane society also said it’s raised more than $50,000 of a goal of $75,000, which will go toward continuing its programs. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar for the remainder of the day and can be made at

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundations kicked off Giving Tuesday by beginning its annual Give Back Tahoe Campaign. Through Dec. 15, donations can be made to a nonprofit of choice, which go toward the foundations challenge grants. The Give Back Tahoe challenge grants award nonprofits additional funding for pulling in the most money raised through the campaign. As of Tuesday, Achieve Tahoe leads the large organization category, Truckee Roundhouse is in first in the medium tier, and Headwaters Science Institute holds the top spot in the small organization branch. To donate to a nonprofit, visit

“This year we’re just really trying to stress that any amount can make a difference,” said Caroline Craffey, communications manager during Tuesday’s North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club forum. “We just know it’s been a tough year for the nonprfts and they can really use our help.”

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association also has a Giving Tuesday campaign, which will be matched up to $5,000. Donations, which go toward maintain and building trails in the Tahoe Basin, can be made at

The League to Save Lake Tahoe also has a fundraiser going on today. Every dollar raised today, up to $30,000, will be matched and go toward the league’s restoration programs, combatting pollution, and halting invasive species. Donations can be made at

The Tahoe Forest Health System is also joining in Giving Tuesday. For a $25 donation or more through the remainder of the day, Tahoe Forest is offering a chance to win an Epic Tahoe Local Pass for the upcoming ski season. To donate, visit

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at or 530-550-2643.

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