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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — In just seven years, the Tahoe Women’s Community Fund (TWCF) has distributed $537,018 to nonprofits in the South Lake Tahoe area, with the latest group receiving checks at a celebration on Tuesday
TWCF is a collective giving organization started in 2015 in South Lake Tahoe when Wendy David and Kathy Haven sat down to create a group for the community and made up of the community. Today there are 208 members and a board of directors.
Through a simple grant-making process, annual membership proceeds provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that address pressing issues facing Lake Tahoe communities.
Members vote on a list of goals and impacts for grants each year, then open the grantmaking process to nonprofits that address those goals. Members then vote on which group should receive funding.
In the first year of giving, in 2016, TWCF members donated funds to distribute $22,000 to Bread & Broth ($10,000) and $4,000 each to LTUSD (Bijou, Sierra House and Tahoe Valley ), Tahoe Coalition for Homeless and Tahoe Turning Point.
The following year, $29,000 was distributed, and now, in 2022, that amount has grown to $110,433. This year’s winners:
Targeted subsidies (poverty reduction, housing, basic needs; education and youth):
Elder Options, Inc (Pov/Hous/BN) $9,459
Mt Tallac High (poverty/housing/BN) $10,000
Bread and Broth (Pov/Hous/BN) $10,000
Tahoe Home Connection (poverty/housing/BN) $10,000
CASA El Dorado (Education and Youth) $10,000
SOS awareness (education and youth) $10,000
Gateway Mountain Center (Education/Youth) $9,775
Boys and Girls Club (Education/Youth) $9,266
Literature Lift (Education and Youth) $6,933
Impact Grants (Mental Health; Environment and Animals; Community, Art and Culture):
HERO (Community, Art and Culture) Scholarship $2,000
Pathways for Veterans (Community, Art and Culture) $5,000
Tahoe Art League (community, art and culture) $3,000
Tahoe Youth & Family Services (mental health) $5,000
EDCF- Drugstore Project (Mental Health) $5,000
Humane Society of Tahoe (environment and animals) $5,000
TWCF membership is open to anyone (men and women) with a minimum annual donation of $100. All members have equal voting privileges, regardless of donation. For more information, visit http://www.tahoewomenscommunityfund.org/.