The Lahontan Community Foundation brings local people together to have fun and raise money to support local programs. Since 2002, this dynamic group of individuals has raised over $1.7 million dollars to benefit our communities in the Truckee and North Tahoe region.
Last year the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund, held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, awarded over $110,000 in grants to support 18 organizations. Here’s a peek at those grant funds at work in our community…
Health and human services are at the core of the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund’s support. Sierra Senior Services was awarded over $18,000 last year, helping to provide over 4,000 meals to at-risk seniors living in Washoe, Nevada and Placer County.
The Family Resource Center of Truckee was able to operate its Family Room program 5 days a week this school year with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund. The Family Room program is dedicated to encouraging the development of literacy and school readiness in families with children under the age of five years.
Seven high-need youth suffering from a serious onset of mental illness symptoms, emotional disturbance, and/or substance use disorder issues were treated through the Gateway Mountain Center program with the help of a $7,500 grant.
Animal welfare remains a constant priority as well. The Pet Network Humane Society purchased and installed a wrought iron fence around its shelter thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund. This fence filled a huge need, providing a barrier between the animals and the main lobby area, ensuring a secured, way to move the animals into the play yard safely without disturbing business or customers.
A $5,000 grant to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe helped the organization to prepare nearly 30 pets for adoption, with funding going towards disease testing, medical treatment, vaccinations and sterilization surgeries.
Education and youth development drives much of the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund’s grantmaking.
SOS Outreach earned a $5,000 grant to support its Academy and University curriculums, uniquely positioned to use adventure sports to engage participants for future success and take advantage of our community’s natural outdoor playgrounds. SOS Outreach programs aim to increase protective factors for underserved youth while helping them identify positive adults in their community, find value in achievement and develop hope for the future.
Aim High was granted $7,5000 to help serve over 117 students through the organization’s summer program where 84% of students completed the program with the feeling that their reading, writing, math and science skills had improved.
The Lahontan Community Foundation Fund balances their interests by also supporting arts & culture and the environment. Over 500 students benefited from Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s InterACT Program funded by a $5,000 grant. The InterACT program is an interactive, humanities-based workshop series expertly taught by the education director and teaching artists of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.
The Sugar Pine Foundation was awarded $3,400 to expand its educational and outdoor planting experience to include over 200 students in the Truckee and North Tahoe region, planting over 600 new sugar pine seedlings in the area.
Lake Tahoe Music Festival received $2,500 for its youth mentoring program, introducing art through music instruction to up to 35 grade-school youth.
This is just a small sampling of ALL the good work that was funded by the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund with the help of our generous community members.
This year, the Lahontan Community Foundation awarded more than $128,000 in grants to 23 organizations listed below! Stay tuned for the incredible changes that funding will make next year!
2017 Lahontan Community Foundation Fund Grant Recipients