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2021 Annual Report

The mission of the Martis Camp Foundation is to enhance the
quality of life in the Truckee/North Tahoe community.

Martis Camp Foundation Values:
Community • Family • Outdoor Lifestyle and Recreation
Connection to the Truckee/North Tahoe Community
Helping Others • Access to Quality Education

Your Impact Through the MCF


Serving the
Truckee/North Tahoe community
since 2010


Donated to the
Truckee/North Tahoe community
since 2010


The number of
nonprofit organizations
supported in 2021


Grants to local
nonprofit partners
in 2021


College scholarships
awarded to local high school
in 2021


Education scholarships
awarded to Martis Camp
in 2021

Your Donations at Work

Donations to the Martis Camp Foundation go back into the Truckee/North Tahoe community in three ways: Community Grants, College Scholarships and Ambassador Scholarships. Community grants are given to nonprofit organizations working in the region. College scholarships are awarded to deserving local graduates in need who aspire to attend college. Ambassador scholarships are awarded to eligible Martis Camp employees and their children to assist with continuing education, tutoring and tuition assistance. Read on for more details!

Community Grants

In 2021, 43 nonprofit partners (listed below) received an average grant of $10,372 from the MCF. MCF community grants totaled $446,000, awarded in the areas of Youth Development, Education, Human Services and Recreation. This total also includes two special grants provided to assist victims of the Dixie and Caldor fires. Many grant recipients have shared messages of thanks with the MCF, some of which are included below.

Youth Development
Adventure Risk Challenge
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Northern Sierra
Boys & Girls Club NLT
Cast Hope
Girls on the Run
KidZone Museum
SOS Outreach
Tahoe Truckee School of Music
Toys for Tots

Northstar Team Foundation
Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Assoc.
Trails & Vistas
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Truckee Trails Foundation

Aim High
Arts for the Schools
Friends of the Truckee Library
Gateway Mountain Center
Glenshire Special Friends
Headwaters Science Institute/TTUSD
La Fuerza Latina
Pathways to Aviation
Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
Sierra Avalanche Center
Tahoe Expedition Academy
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Truckee Roundhouse

Human Services
Granite Wellness Center
High Fives Foundation
Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
North Tahoe Truckee Homeless Services
Send It Foundation
Sierra Community House
Sierra Senior Services
Slow Food Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Ability Program
Tahoe Food Hub
Truckee Community Christmas
Wampler Foundation

Fire Relief Grants
Barton Foundation
(Caldor fire)
North Valley Community Foundation
(Dixie fire)

Messages of Thanks from MCF Community Grant Recipients

High Fives Foundation

High Fives Foundation
Category: Human Services

“We restore hope and provide direct and immediate support to life-changing injury survivors as well as 100% free programs and resources, breaking down barriers and bridging the gap between an individual’s ambitions for recovery and achieving those goals in a timely manner. Thank you for supporting us.”
— Roy Tuscany, Founder and CEO

La Fuerza Latina

La Fuerza Latina
Category: Education

“It takes much more than innate ability and ambition for local first-gen kids to go from sharing two-bedroom trailer homes with their large immigrant families to pursing their dreams on campuses like UCLA and USC; it takes leadership, generosity, and vision for community responsibility. Those traits are what Martis Camp has always been about and the La Fuerza scholars are deeply grateful for MCF’s shared belief that in our community, when the sun rises, it rises for everyone.”
— Craig Rowe, Director

Truckee Tahoe School of Music

Tahoe Truckee School of Music
Category: Youth Development

“Thank you so much for your support. It made a huge difference.”
— Ben Martin, Executive Director

Truckee Trails Foundation

Truckee Trails Foundation
Category: Recreation

“We’ve been around since 2002 just making sure that we have well-built, well connected, sustainable trails for everyone to enjoy. We are hugely thankful for your support in allowing us to focus on this mission.”
— Allison Pedley, Executive Director

College Scholarships

The Martis Camp Foundation is the largest grantor of college scholarships in the Truckee/North Tahoe region. In 2021, the MCF awarded $288,000 to 10 local high school graduates. Congratulations to all!

Alan Cardenas

Carly Davis
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Jacqueline Garcia

Madeline Hopwood
UC Davis

Tony Mora-Garcilazo

Emma Purdy

Stephanie Sarabia
UC Riverside

Karina Solis
Connecticut College

Lola Tieslau
UC Berkeley

Whitney Wingard
University of New Hampshire

Ambassador Scholarships

Martis Camp Ambassador scholarships provide continuing education, trade school and college tuition assistance to eligible Martis Camp employees. In addition, they provide pre-K through 12th grade, college tuition and tutoring assistance to eligible dependents of employees. In 2021, $55,000 was awarded to 18 Martis Camp Ambassadors and their children. Here’s how they’re applying the funds they received.

Spa Ambassador

With her Ambassador scholarship, Ariana is attending the Nutrition Consultant program at Bauman College.

Golf, Ski & Aquatics Ambassador

Tyler is using his Ambassador scholarship to attend Santa Barbara City College.

Family Barn Ambassador

Amy is using her Ambassador scholarship to attend Westminster College.

  • With his Ambassador scholarship, Mike is attending Truckee Meadows Community College.
  • Abigail is using her Ambassador scholarship to attend San Jose State University.
  • With his scholarship, Juan is pursuing a degree online in Penn State’s Turfgrass Management Program.
  • Devon, a Family Barn Ambassador, is attending California State University, Chico.
  • Jaime applied her Ambassador scholarship to achieve certification with the Community Association Institute.
  • Kathy is using her Ambassador scholarship to assist with school tuition for her daughter.
  • Mia is attending San Jose State University with the help of her Ambassador scholarship.
  • Ethan is using his Ambassador scholarship to attend Sierra College.
  • With his Ambassador scholarship, Justin is attending Northwest Lineman College.
  • Lidia, an Accounting Ambassador, is using her scholarship to assist with her daughter’s school tuition.
  • Lynn is helping both of her daughters attend medical school with her Ambassador scholarships.
  • Nayeli is using her Ambassador scholarship to become an aesthetician at International Academy of Style.

Who We Are

“We know that a vibrant and healthy Truckee benefits all of us, and the Martis Camp Foundation invests in building a stronger community. The MCF focuses on the areas that are important to so many Martis Camp Members: Youth Development, Education, Human Services and Recreation. We are proud to represent the big hearts that so many Martis Camp Members have.”
— Liz McDermott, MCF Co-Chair

MCF Leadership (pictured, from left)
Co-Chair Liz McDermott, 2019
Executive Director Wendy Damonte, 2021
Co-Chair John Earnhardt, 2018

MCF Board of Directors
Todd Achondo, 2019
Dana Bisconti, 2021
Ann Burchill, 2017
Curran Dandurand, 2020
Jeff Dandurand, 2020
Barbara Demmon, 2021
Laura Fenger, 2019
Eileen Fiore, 2019
Jodee Kozlak, 2019
Valerie Lemmon, 2017
Steven Romick, 2015
Sydney Stokes, 2018
Jennifer Walske, 2021
Liz Weingart, 2020
Barbie Witmer, 2018

*Year listed denotes when director’s service began

How We Raise Money

In 2010, the Martis Camp Foundation (MCF) was created as a 501(c)3 public charity to support the Truckee/North Tahoe community. Initially funded by Martis Camp developers and annual Club events, the MCF is now funded and run by Members of Martis Camp.

The majority of the money we turn into community grants and scholarships comes from our Glamp at the Camp auction and dinner held annually during the summer. In 2021, this event raised more than $730,000. This year’s event is Saturday, July 23rd at the Family Barn.

In addition to attending the auction (Members and their guests), we have several ways to easily donate to the MCF:

  1. Email the MCF at
  2. Write a check to the Martis Camp Foundation and mail to:
    c/o Martis Camp Club
    7951 Fleur Du Lac
    Truckee, CA 96161
  3. Contributions can also be made through a donor advised fund (or charitable gift fund). Martis Camp Community Foundation’s EIN is 27-3532704.

All donations to the MCF — a 501(c)3 charitable organization — are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

MCF 2021 Glamp at The Camp Auction Gala
MCF 2021 Glamp at The Camp Auction Gala
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