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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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Tahoe Donner Public Utility District Pole Replacement Project

Tahoe Donner Public Utility District Pole Replacement Project

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) is replacing poles in Tahoe Donner through the end of 2013 for maintenance and to allow for additional equipment on the poles. Work and schedules will be weather dependent. There are two main projects: 1) Starting from Lausanne Way, along the east side of Northwoods Blvd., ending at the Northwoods Clubhouse. 2)  Starting at Alder Creek Rd., along the east side of Fjord Rd., continuing along the southeast side of Northwoods Blvd., continuing along the north side of Slalom Way, ending near the ski area parking lots. There are no anticipated road closures due to this work but, for everyone’s safety, please be aware and cautious when crews are on the road.

October 28, 2013

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Rain or Shine: It's a Tahoe Donner Block Party



“Public Services Together…One Neighborhood at a Time” visits Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner residents and homeowners, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and plan to attend this FREE event to learn about the various programs and services offered by local public agencies.

NOTE: This event will happen rain or shine.

Come to Northwoods Clubhouse and meet local public agency staff and get direct access to programs from:

  • Truckee Donner PUD
  • Truckee Sanitary District
  • Tahoe Forest Health System
  • Truckee River Watershed Council
  • Nevada County
  • Town of Truckee
  • Truckee Police Department
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District
  • Truckee Tahoe Airport District
  • Truckee Fire Protection District

Walk away informed with money-saving measures that could improve your home:

  • Pick up FREE light bulbs, blue bags and a new bike helmet for your kids;
  • Feel what it’s like to fly in the Sierra Nevada with the Airport’s flight simulator;
  • Bring old electronics including TVs and computers and recycle them for free; and
  • Learn about rebates available for improving your landscaping, purchasing energy star appliances and switching out that old water guzzling toilet.

There will be a free barbecue lunch, too.  We hope to see you Saturday, September 21, at the Northwoods Clubhouse to take advantage of all the free services and important information that local public agencies have available for you! This program was developed as a collaborative effort to provide our community with better access to important programs and services.  Click here to view a flyer with more details. For more information, call 530-582-3931.

 

August 21, 2013

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Wildlife Best Practices

Management urges all members and guests to respect our wildlife neighbors including bears, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, etc. and protect them as well as your homes and yourself by limiting interaction with them and not unknowingly or knowingly inviting them into your home, garage or decks.  Follow a few key best practices to reducing conflict with the wildlife here in Tahoe Donner:

  1. Keep all garbage, food and other items like laundry detergent, lotions, etc. locked in enclosed containers
  2. Clean out food and food wrappers from cars and secure vehicle and close windows
  3. Secure house at all times and do not leave your garage door open with trash and/or other items available for animals
  4. Keep barbecue grills clean;
  5. Keep bird feeders off decks and inaccessible to bears

For more bear and wildlife awareness information you can visit, Town of Truckee’s Bear Awareness site www.townoftruckee.com/index.aspx?page=1277 and Tahoe Wild Bear Council’s site www.tahoewildbears.org/.

July 3, 2013

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Be Bear Aware



Bear Awareness

Spring is here, which means bears have risen from their deep winter slumber and are out on the prowl in search for food. Be prepared and bear aware. Take precautions to protect your home from bear intrusions by following a few important tips:

  • Never put trash and recycling out at the curb prior to collection day.
  • If the property uses a shared dumpster for trash and recycling, or if the property is commercial, make sure to close, latch and lock the dumpster lid. Never leave dumpster lids open and unsecured.
  • Periodically disinfect trash containers to remove odors.
  • Always remove the key from a bear enclosure after making sure the enclosure is properly secured.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Do not store pet food outside.
  • Bears are very attracted to bird-feeders. Hang feeders at least 10 feet from the ground and four feet from anything an animal can climb.
  • Raccoons, skunks, bears, and other animals may look for denning places under your house. To prevent this, close off crawl spaces beneath decks and screen culverts.
  • Keep doors and windows locked when you are away from the property.
  • Do not store any food items or discarded food containers in vehicles. Bears can climb in and will cause damage, and may come back looking for more.

The “Bear” Facts

The current Tahoe Donner Association rules regarding garbage can enclosures are listed below:

  • Trash may be put out overnight only if placed in an Architectural Standards Committee (ASC) approved animal-resistant Garbage Can Enclosure (GCE).
  • All new home construction requires installation of an ASC approved animal-resistant GCE.
  • When an old wooden GCE is destroyed, it is required that it be replaced with an ASC-approved animal resistant GCE. A property owner may also request an exemption from the animal resistant GCE requirement, but the old wooden GCE (including all posts, concrete piers, etc.) must be removed entirely.
  • Any property owner can request an exemption to the animal resistant GCE requirement as long as that property does not contribute to the trash problem. To receive an exemption, a property owner must commit to manage trash in a manner that avoids contact with animals and acknowledge that the exemption will be revoked for failure to uphold this commitment.

Contact the Architectural Standards Office for more information or questions regarding the Tahoe Donner Tahoe Donner Association rules regarding Garbage Can Enclosures.

Architectural Standards Office
Phone: 530-587-9406
Email: compliance@tahoedonner.com

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