Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation

Being a major organization in the area, the Tahoe Donner receives many requests for support ranging from ski or golf day passes for fundraisers to monetary grants. We currently support a number of programs in the community primarily through in-kind contributions such as ski passes, dinner coupons and most notably, training facilities for the middle and high school cross country teams. We do not, however, provide monetary grants to worthy causes as we are a mutual benefit corporation and not a typical for-profit corporation.

The Tahoe Donner Board of Directors is looking into creating the Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation (TDACF) in order to:

  • Give Tahoe Donner members a simple, single vehicle for supporting the greater Truckee community with fully tax-deductible contributions
  • Pool resources from Tahoe Donner members to increase the impact of grants
  • Obtain branding on grants to recognize Tahoe Donner member’s support for the community

We propose to partner with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) to streamline the creation and administration of our new foundation. With a long-term goal of securing discretionary resources from many donors to meet changing community needs, TTCF builds philanthropy in North Tahoe/Truckee through its work with donors, non-profits and communities. Established through the vision of William Hewlett and the commitment of community leaders throughout the region, TTCF serves thousands of people who share a common passion for the Tahoe/Truckee region.

“We are really excited to help Tahoe Donner homeowners amplify their passion for this community through philanthropy,” said TTCF’s Executive Director Stacey Caldwell. “By aligning your individual gifts together as a collective, you will be able to have a greater impact in our region.”

TTCF will provide the framework for establishing the Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation, will hold and invest contributions, and provide all accounting and government filing. The Tahoe Donner Association Community Foundation would have separate branding and would operate as a self-directed fund where a committee of Tahoe Donner members would review and approve grant requests. This is a win-win situation where our association members will have a large role in directing the funds without the cost of maintaining an independent foundation.

As a partner in this endeavor, TTCF brings more than 15 years of experience in running a foundation. According to Caldwell, TTCF has a proven track record as a community foundation and knows how to help align resources for the greatest needs and visions for our community.

“We would be honored to support the legal, financial and governance aspects of your work,” Caldwell said.

For more information on TTCF, log on to ttcf.net, or for their annual report, see www.ttcf.net/impact/15-year-impact-report/.

In order to move this forward, a number of key decisions need to be made. We will need to draft governing documents to detail how the charitable contributions will be solicited, what type of causes will be supported, guidelines for grant evaluations, and more. The Tahoe Donner board of directors would like to form a committee of interested Tahoe Donner members to consider these factors and draft the governing documents over the next few months. If you would like to join this committee or comment on the concept, please contact us at board@tahoedonner.com.

March 14, 2014

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