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Martis Camp Foundation Grants Over $1 Million to Truckee/North Tahoe Community

(November 10th, 2023) Truckee, CA – Today, more than 50 Truckee/North Tahoe nonprofit executive directors will gather at the Martis Camp Family Barn to be honored for the impactful work they do in our community. They will also be handed  grant checks to continue making  a difference in the areas of education, youth development, human services and recreation. In total, the Martis Camp Foundation (MCF) will grant $1,047,000 dollars to 53 nonprofit partners.

Members of the Martis Camp Foundation community grants committee will be on hand to help celebrate the achievements of the organizations we support. This is the most generous Day of Giving in the MCF’s 12-year history.

The largest grant is $300,000 to the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District to complete the Truckee/Tahoe  Pickleball courts. The complex will have 16 courts, plus a stadium court for professional tournaments. It will be functional — and exceptional.  The courts will be open to the public, for players of all ages and abilities.

The money donated to the MCF comes directly from Martis Camp community members. “We are so pleased that we’ve been able to contribute to the success of all these great organizations,” says Liz McDermott, chair of the MCF Community Grants Committee and co-chair of MCF. “We know that these organizations do great work for our community, and we are happy to support them.”

“We support groups doing impactful work in our local area that Martis Camp Members love so much. We are helping these organizations expand, touch more lives and ultimately thrive,” says Wendy Damonte, MCF executive director.

The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation received a grant to help women with grief counseling. Executive director, Karli Epstein, says this grant will dramatically improve the lives of women who are living through some of their worst days.  “I literally just had a conversation with a patient/mom who lost her baby at 20 weeks, and was trying to get in to see a counselor, but could not afford the out of pocket costs. This is going to help so many people. What an incredible gift to our community.”

Contact: Wendy Damonte, Executive Director MCF –  775-843-7575 –


For 2023, the MCF is partnering with these area nonprofits:

Youth Development:

Adventure Risk Challenge

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra

Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe

Cast Hope

Girls on the Run – Sierras

Little Gems of the Sierra Preschool

SOS Outreach

Tahoe Truckee School of Music

Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus

Truckee Community Theater

Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association


Aim High

Fox Cultural Hall (Arts for the Schools)

Friends of the Truckee Library Inc.

Gateway Mountain Center

Glenshire Special Friends

Headwaters Science Institute/TTUSD

La Fuerza Latina

North Lake Tahoe Snowfest

Positively Rolling

Sagehen Outdoor Education Program

Sierra Avalanche Center

Sierra Nevada Journeys

Soroptomist International of Truckee Donner

Tahoe Expedition Academy

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Truckee Roundhouse

Tahoe Environmental Research Cntr (Tahoe Film)

Human Services:

Elevation Truckee

High Fives

Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe Inc.

North Tahoe Truckee Homeless Services

Send It Foundation

Sierra Community House

Sierra Senior Services

Slow Food Tahoe

Tahoe Ability Program

Tahoe Food Hub

Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation

Truckee Community Cares

Wampler Foundation


Achieve Tahoe

Biking for a Better World

Clean Up the Lake

Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association

Tahoe Fund

Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue

TDRPD Pickeball

Trails & Vistas

Truckee Trails Foundation