Lahontan Community Foundation

Lahontan Community Foundation

Lahontan Community Foundation (LCF) was founded in 2002 by the members, homeowners and employees of the Lahontan Community.  We believe that the privilege we share of living, working and playing at Lahontan also brings a responsibility to give back to the larger local community we all enjoy so much.

Our mission is to bring the Lahontan community together, to have fun and raise as much money as we can to support the educational goals of Lahontan employees and the good works of local non-profit organizations making a difference in the Truckee-North Tahoe region.

19 Years of Giving
LCF has raised over $1.8 million in support of the LCF Community Grants, LCF Community Service Projects and Lahontan Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program since its inception in 2002.

The LCF Community Cup is our primary fundraising event each year.  This event started as a small golf tournament and has grown in scope over the years.  In addition to the Golf Tournament, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Live Auction and Family Style Dinner, we gather for a Summer Stroll Sip and Shop event as well as the annual Pinewood Derby for Kids. 

LCF Community Grants
LCF Community Grants offers an annual competitive grants cycle in the spring of each year. Applications are received each March and reviewed and evaluated by the Grants Committee of the LCF Board, with support and guidance from the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.  The grants are usually awarded and announced in June of each calendar year. These grants are usually given out in the areas of: health and human services, education and youth development, environment, recreation and animal welfare and arts, culture, and civic life. 

However, t
his year, in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic greatly affecting our Tahoe community, we  gave out give six emergency  grants in March, totaling $113,500 to help those local organizations providing food, shelter, medical and mental health services to at risk local residents." We are hopeful we can grant out more money during the summer as the pandemic continues to affect the Tahoe community.

  • $50,000 to the Tahoe Forest Hospital for their Covid 19 Fund.
  • $20,000 to the Sierra Community House for emergency food and other developing critical services for the North Lake Tahoe region. 
  • $5,000 to the Sierra Seniors for emergency shelf stable food.
  • $15,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe for emergency food and online learning for needy kids at home while the schools are closed.
  • $13,500 to Gateway Mountain Center for now critical counseling services for at-risk youth.
  • $10,000 to the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe for emergency  pet food delivery and pop-up services to help keep pets out of shelters as many pet owners struggle to afford their pets.

Lahontan Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program  
The dedicated and talented staff at Lahontan is our greatest asset, and the members of LCF are delighted to support them in achieving their educational goals.  Full and part-time employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement annually upon the successful completion of college courses. 

LCF Annual Community Service Projects  
Breakfast to Benefit Sierra Seniors
The first Sunday of every August is Lahontan Day at the Sierra Senior Center. The LCF Pancake Breakfast to Support the Sierra Seniors raises money which goes directly to the Sierra Senior Center for needed improvements. Additionally the cost of the food is contributed annually by a Lahontan member. Lahontan members, led by Darla Whitehead, give generously of their time and energy as well as financially to make every year’s event a true success.

Truckee Day
Truckee Day is each and every year on the first Saturday in June. Rain, snow or shine, Lahontan members are among the attendees who show up to help clean the streets of Truckee and are rewarded with a barbecue lunch afterwards. Truckee Day provides an opportunity for everyone to be part of something positive and constructive. In 2015, Lahontan participants were among the 500+ volunteers who cleared nearly 2 tons of trash from local streets!

LCF Board of Directors
Suzanne Smith, President
Colleen Chapman, Vice President
Jeanette Humphreys, Secretary 
Jeff Cobain, Treasurer
Vicki Duffy
Sherrin Fielder
Cheryl Hansford
Beth Hopper
Christine Lindner
Donna Lovas
Janet Lowell
Cindy Salontai
Maja Thaler
Suzanne Thornton

LCF Honorary Board
Richard Bennett
Jeff Berkley
Miesje Corbo
Virginia Donica 
Ed Ferrera
Lynn Madonna

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

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.

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.

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