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Martis Camp Community Foundation

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For the charitable organizations in the Tahoe Truckee area, 2020 was a year like no other. Essential fundraising galas were canceled, social distancing was enforced. Jobs were lost or reconfigured. Social programs were restructured to deliver services in a totally unexpected way. These organizations saw their lists of assistance requests getting longer … and longer …. and longer.  But in stepped the members of Martis Camp, who through the Martis Camp Community Foundation generously contributed to the MCCF, allowing continuation of our mission to assist the greater Tahoe Truckee region through grants to local nonprofits.
In the spring, as COVID-19 was impacting families and businesses in North Tahoe, the Foundation gave $176,200 to local nonprofits to support their efforts to react to the pandemic. This included large grants to Tahoe Forest Hospital System Foundation and the Sierra Business Council to support their heroic efforts to serve the community as COVID-19 was changing their service landscape in unprecedented ways. This fall, an additional 34 grants were made, totaling $277,350. The over $450,000 in donations in 2020 provided much needed funds in the areas of human services, education, youth development and recreation in North Lake Tahoe.
This grant process, which has taken place annually since 2015, begins when applications are submitted by area organizations. The MCCF Grants Committee members pore over the grant requests and reach out to each applicant. This year was particularly difficult, as on-site visits were constrained and some organizations were still not fully operational from their regular locations. But with a bit of diligence and a lot of follow-up, the committee was able to make their recommendations to the full MCCF Board by its October meeting. Grants were announced at the beginning of November.
Youth Development

  • Adventure Risk Challenge
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club NLT
  • Girls on the Run
  • SOS Outreach
  • Cast Hope
  • Tahoe Truckee School of Music
  • Toys for Tots


  • Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
  • Headwaters Science Institute
  • Glenshire Special Friend
  • Aim High
  • Arts for the Schools
  • La Fuerza Latina
  • Truckee Roundhouse
  • Slow Food Lake Tahoe
  • Gateway Mountain Center
  • Pathways to Aviation
  • Friends of the Library
  • Sierra Avalanche Center
  • Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences

Human Services

  • Tahoe Forest Hospital System Foundation
  • Sierra Business Council
  • Truckee Community Christmas
  • Tahoe Food Hub
  • Emergency Warming Center
  • Granite Wellness Center
  • High Fives
  • Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee
  • Sierra Community House


  • Biking for a Better World-Truckee Bike Park
  • Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation
  • Truckee Trails Foundation
  • Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association
  • Northstar Team Foundation

We applaud all of you who took the time to make a donation. Now take a moment and check out the organizations above, and see what good you did!
We are able to succeed in all our endeavors only through the generous support of foundations like the Martis Camp Community Foundation. Thank you for having a compassionate heart.”
– Stephanie Nistler, Executive Director, Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee
“Receiving your grant is very encouraging because we had lost other funding. With your grant we hope to provide a rich, engaging outdoor education and science program to all fifth graders in the Tahoe Truckee School District.”
– Kathy Echols, Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
“We appreciate your support of our efforts to help fellow neighbors enjoy the traditions of the holidays. This year, we expect the needs to be great and with your help we will be able to serve everyone in need.”
– Truckee Community Christmas
“Your generous donation will go directly to helping children and families right here in our community. The long-term benefits affect the entire community and ultimately our world – one child – one life at a time.”
– Brenda Frachiseur, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra
“We are very excited and grateful for your support. We are continuing to teach online and will be offering online and in-person classes. Thank you very much for helping us provide this critical public education for local kids.”
– Eve McEneaney, Chief Executive Officer, Arts For The Schools
For more information or to donate to MCCF:
Martis Camp Community Foundation
c/o Martis Camp Club
7951 Fleur du Lac, Truckee, CA 96161