The Lahontan Community Foundation Fund provides support for charitable programs, services and activities in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region. 

Since 2002, the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund has strengthened our community by providing funding to local organizations in the areas of arts and culture; education and youth development; the environment, recreation, and animal welfare; and health and human services.

“We have donated in excess of $1.8 million and will continue to give back to our local community,” said the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund Board President, Suzanne Smith. “Like the words of Winston S. Churchill, we make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

In 2018, the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund awarded more than $138,000 to 17 organizations. This grant funding provided critical support to organizations such as Sierra Senior Services, allowing the organization to purchase $10,000 worth of food for its senior programs, as well as enable them to purchase a new meal-delivery vehicle to ensure that the meals get to those in need, and the volunteers remain safe while delivering.

B & G Club LahontanThe Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe was awarded funding to contract transportation to take 84 children from Truckee to Kings Beach to attend the Boys and Girls Club Summer Program. 

“The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is extremely grateful for the invaluable support the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund provides the youth in our communities. The Lahontan Community Foundation Fund’s support ensures that over the summer months Truckee youth have transportation to and from the Club's summer program,” said Mindy Carbajal, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.

The Truckee River Watershed Council received funding for the second year in a row to support phase two of the Truckee Meadows Restoration Project to restore the degraded wetland in the heart of Truckee.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance recently relocated its Truckee office to a larger space to better serve the community. The Lahontan Community Foundation Fund helped to fund moving related expenses, including important upgrades to ensure safety and confidentiality. In addition, Tahoe SAFE Alliance received funding for much-needed technology upgrades and continuing education for staff to help better serve their clients.

Tahoe’s Connection for Families received first-time funding from the Lahontan Community Foundation to provide free support services for women and families suffering from grief after miscarriage or infertility challenges.

KidZone Lahontan

“Helping growing families and encouraging them to connect with our community is a passion for Tahoe’s Connection for Families,” said the organization’s Executive Director, Kim Warren Holscher. “We are truly thankful we can offer these needed, free support groups to our community and we owe this ability to the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund.”

This year, the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund will award up to $140,000! The 2019 grant cycle grant is now open. For details, eligibility requirements, and to apply please visit www.parasol.org/lcfgrants.

The Lahontan Community Foundation Fund is held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Donations to the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. For information on how to donate to the Lahontan Community Foundation Fund and be a part of making a difference in the Truckee and North Tahoe Region, please contact Megan Weiss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 775.298.0188.