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Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation makes $29,450 in donations

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Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation recently approved its first round of grants totaling $29,450 to a wide variety of local organizations.

“We are extremely pleased to award grants to 14 of the 17 applicants, especially considering this is our first round,” says Linda Brown, member of the grants committee.

Brown hopes to award even more in October when the second round of proposals will be up for consideration. The deadline for the Fall funding cycle is July 15th.

The Wildlife Shelter on Tahoe’s West Shore received $5,000 to purchase a trailer for interns who will provide 24-hour emergency care to injured animals.

The Grossman Family Fund for the Performing Arts donated $3,000 to two applicants, as well as an additional $6,000 to two other projects ongoing in the community.

Last August, Truckee residents Ernie and Tom Grossman donated $250,000 to the foundation at its Founder’s Party as a way to “give back to the community and help ensure its future.”

Donors to an individual Family Fund are given the opportunity to directly target their areas of interest.

Arts for the Schools received $2,000 and the Tahoe International Film Festival received $1,000. The Grossmans also funded $5,000 for the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and $1,000 for the Truckee Youth Theater.

“We are committed to funding a lot of interest areas and we were able to award in several areas,” says Brown.

The foundation’s priorities for funding are based on creative ideas and unmet needs with the hope of improving, investing and preserving the community.

Areas of interest include arts and culture; civic and public benefit; education; environment, conservation and animal welfare; health and human services; recreation; and youth development.

Other April allocations include $3,000 to the Tahoe Rim Trail for volunteer recruitment; $2500 to the TGIF Counseling Program for counseling subsidies; $2,500 to Project MANA for a refrigeration unit to transport perishable food; $2,250 to the Truckee Donner Land Trust for staffing; $1,600 to the Truckee Little League for field improvements; $1,000 each to the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum and the Sierra Watershed Education. Tahoe Forest Hospital received $600 to support workshops for medical professionals.

The Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation was established in March 1998 with a $1 million donation from technology magnate and outdoor enthusiast William Hewlett.

A longtime Donner Summit and Lake Tahoe second homeowner, Mr. Hewlett also gifted $1 million for matching funds. Currently, the endowment has reached $1.8 million.

TTCF is currently in the midst of a campaign to raise $500,000 in endowment funds to complete Mr. Hewlett’s dollar-for-dollar matching grant and a $250,000 campaign for foundation operations.

For information about the foundation or to make donations, contact Lisa Dobey, President, or Linda Brown, Grants Committee Chairwoman, at 587-1776.


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