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Making a Positive Impact in the Truckee/Tahoe Community

Through the generous donations of Martis Camp Members, MCCF is making a positive impact in Truckee/North Lake Tahoe. Use the drop-down menus below to read our latest press releases about how funds are being applied as community grants and scholarships, and also distributed as assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you letters received from local organizations are also included.

Martis Camp Community Foundation Awards over $200,000 in Scholarships to North Tahoe/Truckee Students

June 16, 2020 – TRUCKEE, CA – Eight graduating seniors from Truckee High School and North Tahoe High School will be headed to college this fall, thanks to more than $200,000 in funds granted from the Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF). The MCCF, the charitable arm of the Martis Camp community, has been awarding scholarships to deserving area students since 2010. In total, the Foundation has awarded over $2.2 million to local non-profits and high-achieving high school students. The final scholarship choices for 2020, made from more than 120 applicants, were made after much deliberation on financial need, academics, extracurricular activities and the quality of the student essays.

“We are so pleased to help these amazing students pursue their academic dreams. Some scholarship winners are the first in their family to attend college and Martis Camp members are extremely happy to be able to help these motivated students. We are thrilled to bring this good financial news to these scholarship recipients during these very uncertain times,” stated Ann Burchill, chair of the MCCF Scholarship Committee.

MCCF is pleased to announce these 2020 Scholarship Recipients:

Nicole Heredia, $60,000 MCCF Scholarship. Attending UC Santa Cruz, where she will study human biology and work toward getting a degree as a Physician Assistant. Her biggest dream is working for Doctors Without Borders.

Octavio Diaz, $24,000 MCCF Scholarship. Attending Santa Clara University to study structural engineering, business and mathematics. An exceptional candidate, Octavio received significant funding from Santa Clara University but the MCCF felt he was deserving of additional funds to enable him to cover all his expenses.

Ilse Ruiz-Castro, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship. Headed to CSU Long Beach and planning to major in journalism.

Anaka Hudson, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship. Majoring in psychology at California Baptist College, Anaka hopes to work with children and animals together as a therapist.

Jaquelyne Velazquez-Gutierrez, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship. The first in her family to attend college, planning to major in biology at CSU Long Beach and study to become a veterinarian.

Chloe Schaecher, $20,000 Ambition Scholarship. Involved in environmental volunteerism since childhood, Chloe will continue on this path at UC Davis.

Jayda Walsh, $20,000 Denise Martinez Scholarship. Attending UC San Diego, working toward a teaching credential in chemistry.
Benito Gonzalez, $20,000 Denise Martinez Scholarship. Headed to UC Davis, majoring in
engineering.

The scholarship awards come on top of $230,000 in charitable grants made by the MCCF this spring in answer to the COVID 19 pandemic. Shortly after Governor Newsom’s shelter-in-place request, the MCCF Board anticipated that emergency funds would be needed by many of its regularly funded charities. A request to Martis Camp families went out and was answered in short order. The funds were then at the ready when called for. “The hospital needed funds for personal protective equipment, Sierra Community House saw need for their services spiking, the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe was trying to supply meals to families, and the Emergency Warming Center opened a facility at the Veteran’s Hall to provide showers, breakfasts and lunches” said Linda Trocki, chair of MCCF. “Our members are spending more time in their homes here. We love Truckee and North Tahoe and want to do whatever we can to soften the impact of the pandemic on the businesses, workers and citizens who make this such a beautiful place to live and work.”

Emergency funding requests continue to come in, and the MCCF is answering them as best they can while keeping in mind they have another regular grant cycle to fund this fall. The Resilience Fund – Sierra, the vision of another Martis Camp member, received $100,000 to provide revolving loans to help local businesses survive and keep people employed. Mountain Gateway Center received $10,000 toward an academic retention program for at-risk youth who are not doing well with remote learning forced on them through COVID school shutdowns.

“MCCF donations enhance local quality of life and support the region’s year-round sustainability,” said Trocki. “Our community grants and scholarships positively affect not only the organizations and individuals receiving them but also the many people connected to the recipients through business, community and family relationships.”

MCCF Contributed $665K in all of 2019

MCCF has now donated over $2.2 MM to Truckee/North Tahoe Since Founding in 2010

May 7, 2020 – TRUCKEE, CA – The Martis Camp Community Foundation, the philanthropic, member-funded foundation of Martis Camp families, has donated over $430,000 to the Truckee/North Tahoe community in March and April. Monies have been directed towards the hospital, human services, small business, and college scholarships.

“COVID-19 has a disproportionately negative impact on communities whose main industry is tourism,” stated Linda Trocki, Chair of Martis Camp Community Foundation. “Most Martis Camp families do not live in Truckee full time, but all of us love the community and want to do whatever we can to help.”

“Martis Camp families have responded quickly and generously to our plea for immediate help for Truckee,” continued Trocki. “Our generous members are helping the communities where they live full time, but also want to help the community where they spend their vacations, their summers and where many hope to retire. We love Truckee and North Tahoe and want to do whatever we can to soften the impact of the pandemic on the businesses, workers and citizens who give so much to us.”

In early April, MCCF distributed $110,000 in grants to the Tahoe Forest Hospital System Foundation, the Sierra Community House, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, and the Emergency Warming Center.

On April 24, the MCCF board approved granting $100,000 to the Resilience Fund – Sierra. This unique fund, the brain-child of a Martis Camp member, will directly lend to small businesses located in the Truckee Tahoe Airport District to help them with employee payroll and business continuity and other urgent needs during the pandemic. The fund will be administered by the Sierra Business Council. For more information on the fund and to donate, please visit: https://resiliencefund.org

Also during the MCCF board meeting last week, over $200,000 in college scholarships were approved to be awarded to accomplished Tahoe Truckee High School and North Tahoe High School students. More information on the scholarship winners will be announced soon.

“We are so pleased to help these amazing students pursue their academic dreams. Some scholarship winners are the first in their family to attend college and Martis Camp members are extremely happy to be able to help these motivated students,” stated Ann Burchill, Chair, Scholarship Committee, MCCF. “We had over 120 worthy applicants and we are thrilled to bring this good financial news to these scholarship winners during these very uncertain times.”

For the past two years, MCCF has raised about 60% of its funds through its summer auction, but this year’s auction has been cancelled because of uncertainty while we shelter in place. Martis Camp members have answered the call for emergency assistance and already contributed over $400k to help the greater Truckee/North Tahoe community.

ABOUT MCCF: The Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF) was created in 2010 to support the Truckee/North Tahoe community. Initially funded by Martis Camp developers and various annual club events, the MCCF is now funded from voluntary contributions and run by the members of Martis Camp. It is separate from the Martis Fund, which is funded by real estate transfer taxes.  Since 2011, the MCCF has raised $2.6 million and granted more than $2.2 million to local nonprofit organizations and students in need.

April 23, 2020

“As the President of the Board for the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, which supports our local non-profit health system, I would like to share a few updates with you.

Two weeks ago, our Eastern Nevada County region reported the highest percentage of COVID-19 cases compared to our population and was designated a ‘hot spot.’ The good news is that it seems the number of cases is subsiding, with only three new cases in the last week.

What I find most uplifting and inspiring is the enormous support we’ve received from the local community, as well as from our second homeowners. I want to personally thank all of you who have supported the Tahoe Forest Health System. We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of community support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had contributions of N95 masks, do-it-yourself face shields, words of encouragement, over 800 delicious meals (so far), treats by the hundreds, and even caffeine. All of these thoughtful gestures have helped our Health System strengthen provisions for the rapidly evolving needs of our patients, while raising the spirits of our dedicated team members.

With just over $200K in life-saving donations, our Tahoe Forest Health System has had the capacity to supplement the critical need for added equipment, supplies, laboratory and diagnostic services, and clinical operations. Additionally, the Foundation is greatly appreciative to both the Lahontan Community Foundation and the Martis Camp Community Foundation for each of their $50K grants for the Tahoe Forest Health System COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. This vital funding directly helped with surplus personal protective equipment for staff, the COVID-19 Drive-By Clinic, emergency staffing, and many other targeted areas of need. THANK YOU!”

April 15th, 2020

Dear Martis Camp Community Foundation,

I hope that this finds you and your colleagues healthy and safe in this unprecedented time.

We are incredibly grateful for your recent support of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Your gift of $25,000.00, which we received on April 14, 2020, will be used immediately to support children and families in the North Tahoe and Truckee region with crucial relief services.

We are currently providing over 1,500 dinners a week to families in Incline Village, Kings Beach, and in Truckee. Additionally we are providing children with online “Virtual Club” content to keep them engaged and involved while school is out. Activity packs that complement these videos are also being distributed so that kids have exciting hands-on projects to do at home. Lastly, we are reaching out to all of our Club families to assess their current and future challenges so that we can anticipate any needs in the community and respond as necessary.

Thank you for supporting these efforts and for all that you do year after year in our great community. Stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,

Mindy Carbajal
Chief Executive Officer

TRUCKEE, CA – APRIL 7, 2020 – The word of the day is “WOW!” As shelter-in-place became reality in California, the Martis Camp Community Foundation Board mobilized to help regional non-profits working in health and human services. An appeal for funds went out to Martis Camp Members electronically as well as by mail. Response has been phenomenal! By the first week of April — less than two weeks after our “ask” — we were able to award the following grants:

The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, $50,000
These funds supplied by MCCF (and matched by the Lahontan Community Foundaiton) will support purchase of personal protective equipment, patient ventilators, and other medical supplies/equipment for treating COVID-19. The funds will help with the COVID-19 Drive By Clinic as well as address emergency staffing.

The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, $25,000
With funding granted by MCCF, the B&G Club is gearing up to make grab-and-go dinners for kids who rely on free dinner programs previously offered by nonprofits that are now unable to operate under the quarantine.

Sierra Community House, $25,000
SCH is a combination of 4 nonprofits that have consolidated the local food bank, prevention and treatment of domestic violence, and legal and psychological counseling. Their goal with these MCCF funds is to expand off-site contact with domestic violence and child abuse victims since walk-in appointments are not possible at this time. They also are providing housing assistance funds for families who have been furloughed earlier than the seasonal norm.

Truckee’s Emergency Warming Center, $10,000
At a time when they would normally be closed, the Emergency Warming Center will use MCCF funds to continue to provide showers, food and aid to the chronically homeless and people who are losing their homes. They are expanding beyond just cold weather options through some innovative thinking and using other town facilities that are currently shut down.

With your monetary support, we are working with other regional foundations to help the most people that we can. We encourage any Members who have not yet donated to make their contribution today by visiting our donation page and using the online form at martiscamp.com.

In addition, our members have a wealth of experience in law, finance, technology, food & beverage operations, corporate affairs and medical practices. If you have time to (virtually) mentor some regional small businesses on how to survive a downturn, please send an email to mccf@martiscamp.com listing your expertise.

You may also contact mccf@martiscamp.com and pledge any amount. We are a 501(c)(3), so your donation is tax deductible. You are making a difference! We will keep you posted on the assistance that is granted to these Truckee/Tahoe organizations, as well as any other needs that arise.

“Thank You to the Lahontan Community Foundation and the Martis Camp Community Foundation for the $50k donations!”

The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation is thrilled to announce that the Lahontan Community Foundation and the Martis Camp Community Foundation have each very generously granted the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation $50K for their COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

Their charitable contributions will help dramatically increase the Health System’s ability to address the critical need for added equipment, supplies, laboratory and diagnostic services, and clinical operations to help combat this pervasive virus. Specifically, these grants will directly assist with the purchase of patient ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff, the COVID-19 Drive-By Clinic, emergency staffing, and many other targeted areas of need.

Every gift, regardless of size, will help during this time of need. 100% of each dollar raised will go directly toward focusing on our local needs while facing this global pandemic.

If you are able to help those who help you, please visit the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund page and donate now.

Thank you for the outpouring community support during this challenging time. As always, please feel free to reach out to me.

Karli Epstein
Executive Director
Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation

Total of $645,000 Awarded to Charitable Organizations and Scholarships in 2019

TRUCKEE, CA – NOVEMBER 22, 2019 – The Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF) today announced that they awarded $290,000 in grants to Truckee/North Tahoe charitable organizations in its 2019 competitive grant cycle. The grants were typically in the $3,000 – $10,000 range. Nearly 40% of this year’s grantees are first-time recipients.

“As our Martis Camp families begin to learn more about the great work that the Martis Camp Community Association is doing, more of our families are giving more to support our efforts,” stated Linda Trocki, Chair of the Martis Camp Community Foundation. “On top of the $220,000 we awarded in college scholarships, and $135,000 awarded for strategic grants in June, this is a record year for MCCF grants. Martis Camp members love Truckee, we love North Tahoe and we want to help as many of the great organizations and great people that are doing such impactful work in our community.”

The mission of the Martis Camp Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Truckee community by making a positive impact in the areas of education, youth development, human services and recreation. The MCCF is guided by the values of: Community, Family, Outdoor Lifestyle and Recreation, Access to Quality Education and Housing, and Connection to the Greater Truckee Community.

Grants in 2019 were awarded to:
Achieve Tahoe • Adventure Risk Challenge • Aim High
Art for the Schools • Boys & Girls Clubs NLT• Girls on the Run – Sierras
Big Brothers / Big Sisters NLT • Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
Cast Hope • Choices Person Centered Services • Emergency Warming Center
Friends of the Library • Granite Wellness Center • Glenshire Special Friends
Headwaters Science Institute • High Fives • Humane Society of Tahoe/Truckee
KidZone Museum • La Fuerza Latina • North Tahoe Arts • Pathways to Aviation
Placer County Chaplaincy • Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
Sierra Community House • Slow Food Lake Tahoe • SOS Outreach
Tahoe Cross Country • Tahoe Food Hub • Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences
Tahoe School of Music • Toys for Tots • Truckee Community Theater
Truckee Bike Park • Truckee Community Christmas• Truckee Excellence in Music
Truckee Roundhouse • Truckee Trails Foundation
UC Davis Environmental Research Center

“We are so pleased that we’ve been able to contribute to the success of these great organizations,” said Liz McDermott, Chair of the MCCF Grants Committee. “We know that these organizations do great work for our community and we are happy to support them.”

The Martis Camp Community Foundation awards community grants on an annual basis each fall. Grants are evaluated based on their alignment with the mission of the MCCF. To apply for a grant, download our Grant Application, provide the requested information and email the completed application to the MCCF.

TRUCKEE, CA – AUGUST 9, 2019 – The Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF) today announced that they awarded $305,000 in grants to Truckee/North Tahoe non-profits in the past twelve months. $170,000 of the grants were typically in the $5,000 – $10,000 range. As MCCF raised more money from Martis Camp families this past year, there was an additional $135,000 in “transformational” grants made to a handful of deserving non-profits. Transformational grants were up to $30,000 and were in addition to the grants made in the normal grant cycle.

“We are thrilled that Martis Camp families are recognizing all the great work that our area nonprofits are doing,” stated Linda Trocki, Chair of the Martis Camp Community Foundation. “This is a record year for MCCF grants on top of the $220,000 we awarded in college scholarships. We all want to make the communities that we live in more vibrant and welcoming and Martis Camp families have really stepped up to show that we love Truckee, we love North Tahoe and we want to give generously to help those great organizations and great people that are doing such impactful work in our community.”

The mission of the Martis Camp Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Truckee community by making a positive impact in the areas of education, youth development, human services and recreation. The MCCF is guided by the values of: Community, Family, Outdoor Lifestyle and Recreation, Access to Quality Education and Housing, and Connection to the Greater Truckee Community.

Grants in 2018 were awarded to:
1. Achieve Tahoe
2. Adventure Risk Challenge
3. Aim High
4. Arts for the Schools
5. Big Brothers / Big Sisters of NLT
6. Boys & Girls Clubs NLT
7. Cold Weather Emergency Warming Center
8. Family Resource Center of Truckee
9. Gateway Mountain Center
10. Girls on the Run – Sierras
11. Glenshire Special Friends
12. Headwaters Science Institute
13. KidZone Museum
14. La Fuerza Latina
15. North Tahoe Family Resource Center
16. North Tahoe Drama Club
17. Project MANA
18. Rocker Memorial Skate Park
19. Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
20. Sierra Community House
21. Slow Food Tahoe
22. SOS Outreach
23. Tahoe Food Hub
24. Tahoe Safe Alliance
25. Truckee Community Pavilion and Ice Arena
26. Truckee Bike Park
27. Truckee Community Christmas
28. Truckee Roundhouse
29. Truckee Trails Foundation

“We are excited that we’ve been able to contribute to the success of these great organizations,” said Liz McDermott, Chair of the MCCF Grants Committee. “We hope that these organizations and more apply for our 2019 grants cycle. The deadline for application is September 3 and we expect to have a similar amount of monies to distribute this year.”

The Martis Camp Community Foundation awards community grants on an annual basis each fall. The 2019 application deadline is September 3rd and grant awards will be announced by December 1st. Grants are evaluated based on their alignment with the mission of the MCCF. To apply for a grant, download our Grant Application, provide the requested information and email the completed application to the MCCF. To apply for a Martis Camp Community Foundation, please visit: www.martiscamp.com/community-grants/

$220,000 Awarded to 2019 Tahoe-Truckee Graduates

TRUCKEE, CA – JUNE 21, 2019 – The Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF) was created in 2010 to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Truckee community. Initially funded by Martis Camp developers and annual Martis Club events, the MCCF is now funded and run by the members of Martis Camp. Since 2011, the MCCF has raised almost $1.5 million and granted nearly $1.3 million to charitable causes.

“Investment in our region’s youth especially motivates all Martis Camp members,” said Linda Trocki, President of the Martis Camp Community Foundation. “Since we awarded our first scholarship in 2012, MCCF has awarded $440,000 to 19 students who graduated from Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District high schools. This includes $220,000 to eight new scholars we are proud to announce today. Outside of scholarship funding, we are active in supporting nonprofits in the Tahoe/Truckee region that better the quality of life for all community members.”

The Denise Martinez Scholarship honors the spirit of Martis Camp’s beloved first head golf professional. The scholarship is awarded to students who embody Denise’s qualities – hard work, fair play, kindness and integrity. Two $20,000 scholarships have been awarded to:

  • Aiden Kane who will attend Cal and major in business management. He was active in junior varsity football, the Northstar snowboard team, and earned the California Seal of Biliteracy.
  • Drew Wingard who will attend Endicott College in Massachusetts. Drew is an exceptional athlete who has skied all over the world with the Squaw Valley Ski Team, competed on the Tahoe Truckee Golf Tour for three seasons, and was an outstanding high school football player.

The MCCF Scholarship, funded by an anonymous Martis Camp member, supports students who demonstrate academic and leadership skills to “change the world.” Awards range from $30,000 to $60,000. Three MCCF Scholarships have been awarded to:

  • Zach Larson who is a brilliant student, top athlete, and active in community and school. He is one of only 4.3% of applicants who were accepted at Stanford. His dream is to build a smaller, more powerful, more efficient battery.
  • Jillian Ferre who will attend the University of Arizona nursing program. She is active in leadership, a contributor to the North Lake Tahoe School Newspaper, participates in Far West ski racing, was runner-up in the state cross country running championship, and is active in the community.
  • Jacquelyn Campos-Araujo who is an outstanding leader and scholar heading to Pitzer College. Jacqui was active in the Teen Peace Club and La Fuerza Latina, a college access program for high achieving, under-represented Latino students. Her interest in STEM got her involved in the Girls Who Code club and mentoring middle school students. Jacqui plans to return to Truckee to make a positive impact in her community.

In 2019, MCCF established the Ambition Scholarship, initiated by an anonymous donor with a passion to support foster children. Three Ambition Scholarships of $20,000 have been awarded to:

  • Arturo Colmenares who enters UNR in the fall to major in Early Childhood Education with the intention of becoming a kindergarten teacher so he can help abused children. He’s worked to create supportive role models for younger boys at the Boys & Girls Club.
  • Dillon Hudson who will attend UCLA to major in chemistry. He would like to go into the healthcare industry and develop new technologies and materials to make advancements in health and medicine.
  • Brian Wolfe who is a Model UN President voted Hardest Working Student. He will attend UCLA to major in Political Sciences and Government. He received AP Scholar with Distinction and the California Seal of Biliteracy. His goal is to someday be the governor of California.

Martis Camp Community Foundation is proud to support these outstanding students as they pursue their education goals and future paths in life.

About Martis Camp Community Foundation: The mission of Martis Camp Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the Truckee/North Tahoe community by making a positive impact in the areas of education, youth development, human services and recreation. Initially funded by Martis Camp developers and annual Club events, the MCCF is now funded and run by the members of Martis Camp. Since 2011, the MCCF has raised almost $1.5 million and granted nearly $1.3 million to charitable causes and academic scholarships. For more information about MCCF, visit www.martiscamp.com/mccf or contact MCCF President Linda Trocki at mccf@martiscamp.com.

About Martis Camp: Martis Camp is a private community located in the Martis Valley between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. www.martiscamp.com

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