If it matters to the community, it matters to us.
As we reflect on the past quarter, we are excited to share the remarkable progress and achievements that your support has made possible. Your dedication to our mission has enabled us to address critical issues in our region, bringing us closer to our vision of a resilient and thriving community.
We are deeply grateful for your continued support, which has allowed us to make a profound difference in the community. As you reflect on this past year and consider how the Tahoe Truckee region fits into your end-of-year giving, we hope that you consider an unrestricted gift to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation to help us continue to deliver on our mission for a more resilient community.
Your friends at the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Preserving Tahoe’s Legacy with TTCF’s Legacy Society
Planned giving holds the key to long-term community resource building. Through your estate planning, you can create a lasting impact that transcends generations. Your planned gift becomes a vital resource for community grantmaking and scholarships. It ensures we have the flexible, nimble capital needed to address our region’s most pressing challenges.
Your legacy can become a cornerstone of Tahoe’s future. Through the Legacy Society, we offer a range of options for legacy giving, including:
- Bequests with gifts of cash, securities, life insurance, and retirement assets: Choose the method that best suits your legacy vision.
- Charitable remainder unitrusts: Create a trust that provides income to loved ones while supporting TTCF.
- Charitable lead trusts: Leave a legacy while reducing estate taxes.
Contact us to learn more about our Legacy Society and TTCF’s unique stewardship opportunities.
With support from a Legacy Gift, the Community Foundation has hired a consulting firm to facilitate an important, collaborative, and regional effort to explore solutions for unhoused people in our region. This effort is led by a newly formed Tahoe Truckee Homeless Advisory Committee which evolved from a working group of the Mountain Housing Council. The committee will develop a shared vision, implementation strategies, and a Homeless Services Action Plan for homeless services in the Tahoe Truckee region. It is chaired by Nevada County Supervisor Hardy Bullock and comprised of leadership from the Town of Truckee, Placer County, Nevada County, Tahoe Forest Hospital System, Sierra Community House, and United for Action.
I’m thankful this committee has been formed. Homelessness is a systemic issue and won’t go away on its own, it needs to be addressed proactively. I believe a regional vision and shared responsibility for our unhoused neighbors is the only way to stabilize vital safety net services and continue to prevent, and end, homelessness.
Program Director, North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services
To better meet the needs of families in our community, the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) is convening partners to address insufficient childcare for children under the age of 5. Meetings have focused on supporting current providers through trainings and enhanced networking opportunities, and on workforce recruitment strategies to expand qualified and bilingual staff. Partners will work to align resources and agencies in Placer and Nevada County, and support in-home caregivers.
Leveraged Funding Amount
Acres of Land Impacted
Forest Futures has received grant reports from its first round of grantees. We are excited to share the powerful impacts of those funds. Key takeaways include:
- Flexible use of philanthropic funding helps fill in the gaps of more restrictive public funds and supports capacity building that is critical to success
- Funding for housing stipends has captured the attention of other stakeholders and is paving the way for a new partnership
- Most grants focus on shovel-ready projects, but we learned that our planning dollars were essential for keeping project work moving forward and enabling acceleration of projects on Forest Service land
The feedback from grantees has validated our Impact Strategy to advance wildfire prevention and forest health goals in our region.
The Forest Futures Salon Series continued with September’s topic “Woody Biomass Utilization for Healthier Forests: Local Solutions in Development”. Speakers focused on the undeniable need for biomass outlets in our region and what projects and partnerships are currently underway to accelerate the opening of local outlets. Representatives from each of these proposed biomass facilities, partnerships, and research projects shared updates and anticipated timelines for their work.
Units Unlocked Through Lease to Locals (as of October 1, 2023)
Units Preserved Through Deed Restriction (Placer County only)
New Achievable Local Housing Units Completed
The Mountain Housing Council (MHC) has recently concluded its latest update to the Regional Workforce Housing Needs Assessment. The assessment continues to encourage regional coordination, stimulate local discussions, and encourage innovative approaches to accelerate housing needs.
After many years of MHC conversations among partners, ‘The Housing Hub’ has been launched, a social enterprise that will support achievable housing goals through strategic collaboration with property owners, housing developers and government agencies in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region. The Housing Hub will begin with two programs: support to increase Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) development, and coordination with public agencies to reduce or backfill development and impact fees for qualifying workforce housing projects. TTCF, Martis Fund and the North Tahoe Community Alliance have come together to fund the first two years of this effort.
Applications Submitted and Reviewed
Organizations Funded with 7 Public Agency Partners
The Truckee Tahoe Airport District (TTAD) Agency Partnership Program is an annual competitive cycle supporting TTAD’s mission “to provide a high level of benefit and value to all Airport District constituents, in keeping with its public purpose.” Since 2021, TTCF has administered the annual TTAD Agency Partnership Program and supported the distribution of over $1M to local organizations. In the effort to be good stewards of this public process and adhere to the intentions of the TTAD Board, the TTCF team takes very subjective information from applicants and runs it through an objective scoring rubric and committee review process. As stewards of public funds, the committee centers outcomes around transparency and equity.
The 2023 results have just been released with eight local agencies and qualifying non-profits receiving awards totaling $434,893.
This year’s recipients include:
- Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue: NCSSAR Truckee Rapid Response Mobile Command Vehicle
- Friends of the Truckee Library: The Truckee Regional Library Project
- Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships: Tahoe Truckee Emission Reduction Partnership, Phase 3
- North Tahoe Fire Protection District: Wildland Web Gear
- Biking for a Better World: Opening Rebuild Project and associated equipment purchases
- Aim High: 2024 Summer Magic: Joyful, Enriching Learning in Tahoe Truckee
- Gateway Mountain Center: Gateway Workforce Housing to Retain Critical Behavioral Health Professionals
Nancy Wallis, Volunteer Extraordinaire
At TTCF, we’re fortunate to have some incredibly talented, incredibly generous people who help fuel our mission. Truly, without their efforts we couldn’t serve the community in all the ways that we do.
We recently caught up with volunteer extraordinaire, Nancy Wallis, to learn more about the many ways she gives back and what’s motivated her to make this shift in her life.
TTCF: When and how did you become involved with TTCF?
NANCY: I became involved with TTCF in 2014, a year after my husband and I had retired and moved to Truckee from San Diego. I no longer wanted to focus on my career, and I wasn’t interested in consulting, yet with 40 years of experience in healthcare administration and an LCSW social work license, I felt there was a lot I could contribute. I met with Stacy and Phyllis to learn what volunteer roles were available and soon began helping TTCF on a variety of committees.
I’ve had a long and successful career so I’m happy to give back.
TTCF: What are some of the groups and initiatives that you’re involved with?
NANCY: I helped TTCF when they received their first mental health services funding. I’ve been a part of several selection and recommendation committees, including scholarships, Nature Fund, Martis Fund, and the TTAD Agency Partnership program. Having worked with the homeless in San Diego, I am volunteering with the Emergency Warming Center. I’m a docent at Donner Memorial State Park, a member of Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, and on the board of Truckee River Watershed Council.
It’s nice to be on the other side of the grant process. And, it’s very rewarding to be part of the Community Foundation programs. They are organized and well-run.
When Nancy isn’t volunteering you can find her outdoors– kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, and spending time with her husband and HSTT rescue dog, Boomer.
Give Back Tahoe
Give Back Tahoe is an online giving event that supports nonprofits serving the Tahoe Truckee area. This year’s event takes place Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 2023.
Queen of Hearts
Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund has helped grow our Adopt-A-Senior Holiday program to ensure that the Seniors in our community receive a thoughtful gift card as a symbol of our gratitude.
Connect with us if you’d like to learn more about donating, or if you know a senior who could use some holiday cheer.
- November 16: The Truckee North Tahoe Forest Management Program (TNTFMP) private forest landowner workshop
- November 28 – December 31, 2023: Give Back Tahoe online giving event
- November 29: Forest Futures Salon