Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation celebrates 10 years with $20 million milestone |

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation celebrates 10 years with $20 million milestone

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun
Courtesy Graphic/Truckee Tahoe Community FoundatioThe foundation has garnered more than $20 million in grants and donations in its 10-year history, including $1.7 million in 2009, its second-best year ever.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Itand#8217;s been 10 years since William Hewlett, co-founder of the popular computer brand Hewlett Packard, began Tahoeand#8217;s first community foundation with a $1 million check.

Today, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has grown from a fledgling organization to a philanthropic powerhouse, generating more than $1.7 million for grants in 2009.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s pretty amazing when you look back,and#8221; said Lisa Dobey, head of the foundation. and#8220;Since 1998, we have received more than $20 million in gifts from more than 3,000 donors.and#8221;

In 2009 Dobey said the foundation awarded 200 grants and organized two major campaigns to better the community: Speak Your Peace, which promotes peaceful public discussion; and Call to Action, a campaign which raises funds for basic human services.

Dobey describes the foundation as the and#8220;largest grant maker in North Lake Tahoe and the only philanthropic organization in the region solely devoted to the common good of the Truckee North Tahoe region.and#8221;

As such, Dobey said the foundation has numerous responsibilities, ranging from hosting town hall meetings, to sponsoring community projects and activities, to helping families create their own foundations.

and#8220;Since its establishment, TTCF has awarded over $12 million into the community,and#8221; said Dobey, pointing to Call to Action as one of the many highlights in 2009. and#8220;Our 200-plus volunteers raised about $125,000 in three hours. It was such a great community wide effort to help people in need.and#8221;

The North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Kings Beach and the Family Resource Center of Truckee were each awarded $5,500 to support families.

Emilio Vaca, NTFRC executive director, said the grant money was named the Esperanza Fund (or Fund of Hope), because it was able to help many families with basic transportation, housing and food needs.

and#8220;Our association is grateful that their foundation was able to look outside the box and see what people needed,and#8221; Vaca said.

Other nonprofit groups benefiting from Call to Action included Sierra Senior Services, KidZone, Sierra Family Services, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and Project MANA.

Within the next 10 to 30 years Dobey said she expects the foundation to receive an estimated $25 million in funding. In 2010, Dobey said the organization will continue its mission to generate more resources for families and individuals in need.

and#8220;We encourage individuals of both modest and substantial means to contribute to TTCFand#8217;s permanent endowment that addresses the changing needs and opportunities of our region.and#8221; she said.

and#8220;Together, we can do more than we can do individually.and#8221;

To learn more about the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, visit, or call (530) 587-1776.

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