Generosity and a passion for helping others is almost a daily routine at Tahoe. Each year when the holiday season rolls around charitable organizations reach out to encourage donations to support their work. With so many great causes to choose from, it is hard for donors to decide who to support. For nine years the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza have collaborated during the Giving Season to provide a list of non-profit organizations and we are pleased to present the 2017 Nonprofit Wish List.
The non-profit organizations included on the Wish List contribute to making the Tahoe region a better place to live. Please take time to read about the organizations and what donations will support to see if they match the causes you care about. No matter what amount you give, your gift will help. To make your donation, please follow the How to Donate instructions for each charity.
All organizations are verified 501 (c)(3) public charities or school organizations.
The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation do not endorse any of the non-profits on the list.
The Nonprofit: American Red Cross of Northern Nevada
About the Nonprofit: A lifeline for people who face emergencies and disasters across the nation and around the world.
Donations Support: Disaster assistance, national disaster response, community preparedness training, youth services, service to the armed forces, reconnecting families.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 4750 Longley Lane, Suite 101, Reno, NV 89502-5981 or visit www.redcross.org/local/nevada/northern-nevada
The Nonprofit: Animal Coalition of Tahoe
About the Nonprofit: An all-volunteer organization that spends virtually all funds raised on veterinary bills for the spay/neuter program, with 10% going to the El Dorado County animal shelter.
Donations Support: The adoption, care and well-being of companion animals in the South Tahoe area.
How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 18021, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit www.tahoeanimals.org
The Nonprofit: Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation
About the Nonprofit: Committed to improving the health of the South Lake Tahoe area and to moving Barton Health into the future.
Donations Support: Emergency/Level III Trauma Center, Family Birthing Center, Cancer Fund, Cardiology Fund, Community Health Endowment, Susie Marchini Diabetes Fund, Equipment Fund, A Friend in Need Program, Health Resource Center, Hospice Fund and Bereavement Camp Program, Skilled Nursing Fund, Physical Therapy Fund, Wellness Fund.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Ste. 600, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.bartonhealth.org/tahoe/foundation.aspx
The Nonprofit: Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe
About the Nonprofit: A cornerstone of the North Lake Tahoe community serving 1,500 youth annually in a safe, structured and positive environment before and after school, during holidays and summer vacation.
Donations Support: Early Learning Preschool Center, Kinder Club, Programs for 1st – 6th graders, and the Teen Center.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 1617, Kings Beach, CA 96143 or visit www.bgcnlt.org/page-one.aspx
About the Nonprofit: The heart of this program is the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a specially trained and supervised community volunteer, appointed by a juvenile court judge. The advocates take only one case at a time, working with the kids, gathering facts, reporting to the judge to make decisions about services and support that are in the best interest of the child.
Donations Support: CASA Program to help change a child's life
How to Donate: Mail checks to 347 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667 or visit www.casaeldorado.org/donation/
The Nonprofit: Classical Tahoe
About the Nonprofit: Celebrates the cultural, educational and economic vitality of the Lake Tahoe Basin with extraordinary classical music performances by musicians from the best orchestras in the world.
Donations Support: The 2018 Season
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.classicaltahoe.org/donate
The Nonprofit: Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation
About the Nonprofit: Provides developmental and racing programs for all levels and abilities of skier and snowboarder ages 6 -18.
Donations Support: Equipment, Training, Coaches, Diamond Peak Ski Team
The Nonprofit: Food Bank of El Dorado County
About the Nonprofit: A collaborative network fighting to transform the lives of people in need by providing nutritious food.
Donations Support: No Vet Goes Hungry, Mobile Pantry, Free Farmer's Market, Senior Staples, Holiday Outreach and Emergency Food Assistance Program.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 4550 Business Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682 or visit www.foodbankedc.org/give-help
The Nonprofit: Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Inc.
About the Nonprofit: Provides emergency food services to families through a network of more than 140 partner agencies in northern Nevada including Incline Village.
Donations Support: Families, children, seniors and veterans to have access to the food they need.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 550 Italy Drive, McCarran, NV 89434 or visit
The Nonprofit: Girls on the Run - Sierras
About the Nonprofit: A physical activity based youth development program where girls meet in small teams to learn life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running.
Donations Support: Scholarships, running shoes, nutritional snacks to change the lives of girls throughout the Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe region.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 140 Washington St, Ste 220, Reno, NV 89503 or visit www.girlsontherunsierras.org/Donate
The Nonprofit: Holiday Bucks for Books
About the Nonprofit: Provides new books to every student at Incline Elementary School to experience the gift of literacy at home.
Donations Support: New books for children at Incline Elementary School.
How to Donate: Mail checks to Parasol with Holiday Bucks for Books in memo line, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.parasol.org/donate
The Nonprofit: Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
About the Nonprofit: Dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoptions, community spay/neuter services and humane education programs.
Donations Support: Spay and neuter programs, vaccinations, pet assisted therapy, dog training, animal shelter and more.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 10961 Stevens Lane, Truckee, CA 96161 or visit www.hstt.org/donate
The Nonprofit: Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation
About the Nonprofit: Assists the Incline Village Community Hospital in delivering optimal health care services, improve community awareness and involve community residents in developing a long-term vision for health care.
Donations Support: Technology and equipment upgrades for the Incline Village Community Hospital prioritized as critical for hospital operations and providing the highest quality health care in our rural community.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.tfhd.com/ivch/ways-give-our-hospital
The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation
About the Nonprofit: The Foundation supports education excellence by assisting and encouraging investment in the development and growth of educational opportunities at Lake Tahoe Community College.
Donations Support: Student scholarships, program equipment, staff development and unique educational opportunities for students and community members.
How to Donate: Mail checks to One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit www.ltcc.edu/giving/index.php
The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Historical Society
About the Nonprofit: Preserves the artifacts and archives of the Lake Tahoe Basin. This includes the Historic Log Cabin Museum and the Osgood Toll House.
Donations Support: The continuing effort to identify, preserve and present the history of Lake Tahoe.
How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 18501, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.laketahoemuseum.org
The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Music Festival
About the Nonprofit: Presents diverse and quality classic musical experiences in unique outdoor settings and creates educational and performance opportunities for aspiring young musicians.
Donations Support: Lake Tahoe Music Festival 2018 programs.
How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 7, Truckee, CA 96160 or visit www.laketahoehumanesociety.com
The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Science Fund
About the Nonprofit: UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center leads research on the water quality, physical processes and ecology of Lake Tahoe and its watershed. UC Davis TERC provides critical scientific information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Donations Support: The Center's science education and research at Lake Tahoe and its watershed.
How to Donate: Mail checks to, Parasol with Lake Tahoe Science Fund in the memo line, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.parasol.org/donate
The Nonprofit: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
About the Nonprofit: The Festival plans, produces and advocates the finest cultural events at Lake Tahoe while educating future generations on the importance of theater, music and art in their everyday lives.
Donations Support: Bringing the world's greatest plays to Lake Tahoe and supporting educational opportunities for Tahoe region's students.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.laketahoeshakespeare.com
The Nonprofit: League to Save Lake Tahoe
About the Nonprofit: Dedicated to protecting and restoring the environmental health, sustainability and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe basin. Focus is on water quality and its clarity for the preservation of a pristine lake for future generations.
Donations Support: The League's work centers around four main campaigns: combatting pollution, promoting restoration, tackling invasive species and protecting the shoreline.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 2608 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.keeptahoeblue.org
The Nonprofit: Live Violence Free
About the Nonprofit: Promotes a violence free community through education and advocacy to address domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and basic needs.
Donations Support: Programs and services for local survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.liveviolencefree.org/donate/
The Nonprofit: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) El Dorado County
About the Nonprofit: Provides emotional support, education, awareness and resources for families whose lives have been affected by mental illness.
Donations Support: Education, training and programs
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 393, El Dorado, CA 95623 or visit www.namieldorado.org
The Nonprofit: Nevada Animal Fund
About the Nonprofit: Addresses the overpopulation of domestic dogs and cats by sterilization, providing funding to assist organizations with these services. The NAF is set up as an endowment which means that the NAF will provide sterilizations in perpetuity and continue to grow over time.
Donations Support: Financial and in-kind support for spay and neuter program to local organizations offering quality services to animals.
How to Donate: Mail checks to Parasol with Nevada Animal Fund in the memo line, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.parasol.org/donate
The Nonprofit: Nevada Discovery Museum
About the Nonprofit: Provides a broad range of opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEM) concepts through hands-on exhibits and educational programming not offered anywhere else in Northern Nevada.
Donations Support: A wide range of exhibits and educational programs.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 490 S Center St., Reno, NV 89501 or visit www.nvdm.org
The Nonprofit: Nevada Museum of Art
About the Nonprofit: Offers meaningful art and cultural experiences and fosters new knowledge in the visual arts by encouraging interdisciplinary investigation while serving as an educational resource for everyone.
Donations Support: Exhibitions and educational programs of the Museum.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 160 West Liberty St., Reno, NV 89501 or visit www.nevadaart.org
The Nonprofit: North Tahoe Arts
About the Nonprofit: Supports the visual arts in the North Tahoe communities through exposure, education and participation.
Donations Support: North Tahoe Arts programs including Kids Art Saturdays, workshops and ARTour.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 6354, Tahoe City, CA 96145 or visit www.northtahoearts.com
The Nonprofit: North Tahoe Family Resource Center
About the Nonprofit: North Tahoe's central link between individuals and families and the services and programs available to them.
Donations Support: Programs and resources to assist families.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 2810, Kings Beach, CA 96143 or visit www.norththaoefrc.org
The Nonprofit: Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
About the Nonprofit: The area's oldest and largest community foundation, dedicated to building prosperity through leadership, partnership and philanthropy.
Donations Support: All donations, small and large, support not just one cause, but many—education, the environment, arts and culture, human services and so much more! Every single penny makes a difference to your friends and neighbors in the Tahoe region.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.parasol.org/donate
The Nonprofit: Pet Network Humane Society
About the Nonprofit: Rescues adoptable animals from euthanasia, connects abandoned animals with loving families, instills respect for animals through humane education and enhances lives through animal companionship.
Donations Support: Cat medical fund, dog medical fund, humane education, facility improvements and saving animals.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 401 Village Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.petnetwork.org
The Nonprofit: Saint Joseph Community Land Trust, Inc.
About the Nonprofit: Improving the quality of life for individuals and families who cannot otherwise afford housing by acquiring real estate and developing programs to benefit individuals and families at Lake Tahoe.
Donations Support: Fund management and expenses as well as providing affordable homes for Lake Tahoe residents.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 1041 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.saintjosephclt.org
The Nonprofit: Sierra Avalanche Center
About the Nonprofit: Informs and educates the public about backcountry avalanche conditions in the greater Lake Tahoe area.
Donations Support: Avalanche awareness, safety and educational programs to support winter recreation across the Lake Tahoe Region as well as equipment and funds for field observers collecting information and data.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 11260 Donner Pass Rd., Ste.C1 – PMB 401, Truckee, CA 96161 or visit www.sierraavalanchecenter.org
The Nonprofit: Sierra Nevada College
About the Nonprofit: Combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum which emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational responsibility.
Donations Support: Support students, faculty and programs.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.sierranevada.edu
The Nonprofit: Sierra Senior Services
About the Nonprofit: Provides home-delivered meals, community dining and social connection and coordinates additional support services that empower seniors to continue living independently.
Donations Support: Home delivered meals for at-risk and isolated seniors.
How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 4152, Truckee, CA 96160 or visit www.sierraseniors.org
The Nonprofit: Simmaron Research
About the Nonprofit: Developing scientific research to improve diagnosis, treatment and medical understanding of CFS/ME and other neuroimmune diseases.
Donations Support: Research
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.simmaronresearch.com
The Nonprofit: SOS Outreach
About the Nonprofit: Programs inspire youth to make positive decisions for healthy and successful lives.
Donations Support: Programs for Tahoe's underserved youth through outdoor experiential learning, character development, community service, value's based leadership development, social justice advocacy and peer mentoring.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.sosoutreach.org
The Nonprofit: South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center
About the Nonprofit: Enables individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability, to develop resilience in both parents and children, and to allow families to become a contributing part of the community.
Donations Support: ESL classes, weekly parent groups and children's therapy groups.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 3501-B Spruce Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.tahoefrc.org
The Nonprofit: Sugar Pine Foundation
About the Nonprofit: Dedicated to saving Lake Tahoe's sugar pines and other white pines from blister rust by educating and involving the local community in hands-on forest stewardship.
Donations Support: Preservation, protection and restoration of forests at Lake Tahoe through plantings of Sugar Pine Trees and educational efforts in local schools.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 1458 Mt. Rainier Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.sugarpinefoundation.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Art League
About the Nonprofit: Supports and enhances South Lake Tahoe as a vibrant arts community for the cultural and economic benefit and quality of life for local artists and the community.
Donations Support: Scholarships and community efforts
How to Donate: Mail checks to 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.talart.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Arts Project
About the Nonprofit: Provides cultural enrichment and diversity for the South Lake Tahoe Community through the arts and education with a focus on youth programs.
Donations Support: Provide performing arts programs and activities for children in grades K-12 throughout the school year consisting of assemblies and public performances.
How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 14281, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit www.tahoeartsproject.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless
About the Nonprofit: Meeting the needs of those experiencing homelessness by providing warm beds and promoting community awareness.
Donations Support: A warm, safe place to sleep with light food and hot drinks, as well as resource referrals, social work visits and mental health outreach to help end homelessness on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 13514, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit www.tahoehomeless.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Family Solutions
About the Nonprofit: Provides low/no cost services to children and families living along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Donations Support: Mental health programs, Camp Explore and Homework Help Club.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 774 Mays Blvd #13, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.tahoefamily.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Fund
About the Nonprofit: Provides broad support and funding for projects and programs that restore and enhance the natural environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Donations Support: Current projects include: Aquatic invasive bottom barrier challenge, Incline Flume Trail, Incline Village to Sand Harbor Bike Path, Kings Beach Trail, Sugar Pine Reforestation, Tahoe in Depth, Take Care Campaign, UC Davis State of the Lake, UV Light Pilot Project.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.tahoefund.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
About the Nonprofit: Advances the natural history, conservation and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education and outreach.
Donations Support: School programs, nature camps, and Citizen Science projects.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.tinsweb.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Magic
About the Nonprofit: Assists families in need with one-time crisis funding.
Donations Support: Help for South Lake Tahoe families with heat, electricity and a roof over their head.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 13070, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit www.tahoemagic.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Maritime Museum, Inc.
About the Nonprofit: Preserves Lake Tahoe's maritime history through preservation, interpretation and public education.
Donations Support: Exhibits and educational programs.
How to Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 1907, Tahoe City, CA 96145 or visit www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team
About the Nonprofit: Conducts fast and safe rescues and helps to educate the public on winter safety.
Donations Support: Winter backcountry training and winter wilderness survival programs for Lake Tahoe area Fourth Grade students.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 7703, Tahoe City, CA 96145 or visit www.tahoenordicsar.com
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Prosperity Center
About the Nonprofit: Creating a prosperous, sustainable, healthy Lake Tahoe Basin by working collaboratively with all the communities around the Lake.
Donations Support: Current projects like: Measuring for Prosperity, Connected Tahoe, AlertTahoe, Housing and Workforce.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.tahoeprosperity.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Rim Trail Association
About the Nonprofit: Practice and inspire stewardship to maintain, enhance and preserve the Tahoe Rim Trail system and natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe region.
Donations Support: Projects to preserve, maintain and protect the trail's legacy.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 3267, Stateline, NV 89449 or visit www.tahoerimtrail.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Safe Alliance
About the Nonprofit: Working to end the incidence and trauma of intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
Donations Support: Crisis counseling, women's support groups, counseling for children, teen educational programs, safe shelter.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit www.tahoesafealliance.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Turning Point, Inc.
About the Nonprofit: Provides structured and consistent therapeutic community atmosphere with both individual and group counseling.
Donations Support: Substance abuse and addiction services for the community.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 17509, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit www.tahoeturningpoint.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe Youth and Family Services
About the Nonprofit: Promotes the healthy development of children, families and individuals through counseling, mentoring and support programs.
Donations Support: Counseling, mentoring, drop in centers and outreach.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 1021 Fremont Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit www.tahoeyouth.org
The Nonprofit: Tahoe's Connection for Families
About the Nonprofit: Provides families with the building blocks they need to develop their children's potential and future success through education and structured developmental play.
Donations Support: Education programs, new equipment, extracurricular offerings, scholarships and staff training.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 3074, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit www.tcfkids.org
The Nonprofit: Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society
About the Nonprofit: Preserves, protects and operates Thunderbird Lodge and Yacht.
Donations Support: Public and educational programs focused on the history of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe and the Incline Village/Crystal Bay community.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 6812, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit www.thunderbirdtahoe.org
The Nonprofit: TOCCATA
About the Nonprofit: Raises awareness and appreciation of classical orchestral and choral music by bringing quality affordable performances to the great Reno-Tahoe Area.
Donations Support: Support TOCCATA concerts and education programs.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 8339, Truckee, CA 96162 or Visit www.achievetahoe.org
The Nonprofit: Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF)
About the Nonprofit: Provides safe and loving homes for animals who would otherwise be destined for euthanasia, and education for responsible pet care.
Donations Support: Veterinary care, spays/neuters, boarding, training and food.
How to Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 5364, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit www.tahoewarf.com