Lahontan Community Foundation

Lahontan Community Foundation

We make a living by what we get ~
~ we make a life by what we give.   -Winston Churchill

For more than 20 years, the Lahontan Community Foundation, (LCF) has raised funds to give back to the larger local community we all enjoy so much. Thanks to the generous support of Lahontan members, the LCF has awarded grants to nonprofits for: health and human services, education and youth development, environment, recreation, animal welfare, arts, culture, and civic life.

These grants ensure that seniors have food security, kids are mentored and tutored, mental health services continue, new trails are built and maintained, veterinary services are provided, the disabled have medical services and activities, and children have access to music and the outdoors.

Our mission is to bring the Lahontan community together, to have fun, and raise funds to support the good works of local non-profit organizations making a difference in the Truckee-North Tahoe region.

Decades of Giving
Since its inception in 2002, the LCF has raised over $2.8million in support of the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe community.

The LCF Community 
Cup, held in early August, is the primary fundraising event. This event started as a small golf tournament and has grown in scope over the years to also include a pickleball tournament, auctions, and a family-style dinner with dancing under the stars.

In June, the LCF sponsors the Summer Stroll. This designer fashion show and luncheon is held at the Lodge and features fashion presentations, shopping opportunities with vendors, and a raffle of select items donated by our vendors.

On the 4thof July,
at Camp Lahontan, the LCF sponsors the annual running of the Pinewood Derby, a mini wooden car race.

All proceeds from the LCF sponsored fundraisers ensure that our local community services remain available to those in need.
The Lahontan Community Foundation Fund is held at The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the entire Tahoe Region. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax ID# 88-0362053.

For those who would like to support the mission of the LCF, we
also feature a Fund A Need option. Lahontan community members who would like to make the LCF a part of their charitable giving are able to directly give in two ways:

  • Charge your Lahontan account — email Michelle at 
  • Pay by check — made payable to “Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation” with LCF noted on the check, and mailed to: Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Attention Laura Roche, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451

Each Spring, the LCF reviews and awards grants to the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe nonprofits.

The grant recipients for 2024:
Achieve Tahoe
Adventure Risk Challenge
Aim High for High School
Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe
Clean up the Lake
Gateway Mountain Center
High Fives Foundation
Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe
KidZone Museum
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Pet Network Humane Society
Positively Rolling
Read With Me
Safe Talk for Teens
Sagehen Outdoor Education (Truckee)
Send It Foundation
Sierra Community House
Sierra Senior Services
SOS Outreach
Tahoe Food Hub
Tahoe’s Connection for Families
Tahoe Truckee School of Music
Truckee Community Cares
Truckee Day
Truckee Excellence in Music

LCF Board of Directors                                                                               
Janet Lowell, President 
Suzanne Smith, Vice President
Betsy Chovanes ,Secretary
David Mickaelian, Treasurer
Colleen Chapman
Cheryl Hansford
Beth Hopper
Jeanette Humphreys,
MaryAlice Keaton
Christine  Lindner
Donna Lovas
Melanie Nangle
Cindy Salontai
Suzanne Thornton

LCF Honorary Board
Virginia Donica 
Lynn Madonna

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is a donor service provider, grant maker, and convener serving a range of charitable needs and interests throughout the Tahoe region and beyond. LCF is a committee advised fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation and the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of LCF events.

To find out more about the Lahontan Community Foundation and how you can help, please contact Board President Janet Lowell at