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Celebrating the 2024 YES Fund Grant Recipients

June 13, 2024

The latest recipients of the YES Fund grants are young leaders whose proposals demonstrated exceptional dedication and creativity, each aiming to make a significant impact in our community.

Twentieth Century Club announces over $25,000 in Legacy Awards to support local non-profits

May 28, 2024

The women of the Twentieth Century Club (TCC) gathered to celebrate their 130th charter year and present the 2024 TCC Legacy Awards to four local nonprofits totaling $26,598.

River Justice: Truckee River Fund supports efforts with downstream cultural benefits

April 23, 2024

Environmental challenges demand collective action and with the support of the Truckee River Fund, the efforts of the Healing Water Institute’s River Justice program are catalyzing change along the river corridor, fostering partnerships, organizing clean-ups, and nurturing cultural sustainability.

Disaster Relief - Taiwan Earthquake

April 04, 2024

Serious damage has been reported throughout the island, and intense rescue efforts are still underway to find those missing, especially in the hard-hit mountainous inland. We have prepared a list of carefully vetted organizations addressing the most pressing needs which include emergency shelters, medical care, and essential supplies for those affected.

Extending Konner's legacy: Nearly $150K in Grants to support Washoe County schools

March 26, 2024

The Konner Robison Scholastic Gateway Fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada awarded $146,756 in grants to 13 Washoe County School District (WCSD) schools to purchase technology tools for their students, furthering Konner’s commitment to empowering students and bridging educational gaps.

Seema Donahoe named Director of Communications and Donor Relations Strategies

March 12, 2024

Seema Donahoe recently joined the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada as Director of Communications and Donor Relations Strategies. This is a new...

PRESS RELEASE: Better Business Bureau® Leader of Preventing Financial Scams Initiative

December 12, 2023

The BBB will utilize grant funding from the Community Foundation and the Washoe County Reinvestment Grant to distribute guidebooks, tip sheets, and educational videos about common scams in our community to further the initiative and help increase awareness of this prevalent issue.

Empowering Change: Highlights from the 2023 High School Giving Circle

December 11, 2023

24 teens from various high schools in northern Nevada dedicated 10 weeks to exploring the world of philanthropy, showing that anyone in our community can make a lasting impact.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless: A Transformative and Inspiring Tail

December 07, 2023

In 2008, a small idea sparked a remarkable initiative that has touched the lives of countless individuals and their pets.

Remembering Philanthropist Konner Robison

November 17, 2023

In loving memory of Konner Robison, we reflect on his remarkable journey and lasting impact on our community.

PRESS RELEASE: 116 Nonprofits Awarded for Exemplary Board Giving

November 15, 2023

116 nonprofits in northern Nevada received the 2023 100% Giving Board Award from the Community Foundation for exemplary board contributions totaling $8.4 million.

Transforming Lives Through Education: A Look at Dan Lofrese's Philanthropic Journey

October 26, 2023

Education is the cornerstone of opportunity and progress. It has the power to transform lives, opening doors to a world of possibilities regardless of one's background. No one believes this more than Dan Lofrese.

Humanitarian Support for Civilians Affected by Violence in Israel and Palestine

October 16, 2023

Resources from Philanthropic Advisor, Lauren Renda to provide humanitarian support for civilians affected by violence in Israel and Palestine.

Celebrate Diversity with Lilliana Trinchero

September 15, 2023

Lilliana Trinchero established a donor-advised fund with the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada in 2004, leading to a 20-year partnership that supported various philanthropic causes, particularly anti-bullying efforts and LGBTQ+ youth support, leaving a lasting legacy in her community.

Helping Morocco and Libya: Reliable Resources for Earthquake and Flood Relief

September 14, 2023

When disaster strikes, people from all walks of life come together to offer their support and assistance. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada regularly recommends organizations to support where your gifts will make the most significant impact.

Ann Silver and the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce: Community Engagement through Philanthropy

August 17, 2023

Ann Silver, Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce CEO, bridges business and community. Learn about her volunteer experience with the Community Foundation and The Chamber's donor-advised fund, which fosters regional growth.

Community Foundation awards over $190K to programs that increase mental health capacity

August 14, 2023

The Community Foundation has named seven Northern Nevada Endowment Fund grant recipients. This year, the focus was to improve mental health outcomes in Northern Nevada by supporting organizations that provide crucial mental health resources across our region. As part of these efforts, we partnered with the University of Nevada, Reno - Community Behavioral Health Collaborative, with the shared goal of enhancing mental health services and fostering the growth of qualified clinical mental health professionals.

PBS Reno and Kurt Mische: Focusing on the Community in Community Television

July 11, 2023

PBS Reno partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada to launch the Family Estate Planning Series and expand their impact through educational programs, endowment funds, and community collaborations.

From Passion to Action: My Internship Experience with the Community Foundation

May 09, 2023

Ashley Martinez reflects on her internship experience at a Community Foundation where she gained valuable experience in public relations, marketing, and philanthropy, which broadened her understanding and empowered her to continue connecting with her community professionally and personally.

Coming Soon! A New Online Portal

May 04, 2023

The Community Foundation is upgrading DonorCentral to a new portal that aims to provide a better user experience for fund advisors by streamlining fund management, offering transparent contributions and grants, effortless grant recommendations, seamless integration, and support, ultimately empowering fund advisors to make a more significant impact in their philanthropic endeavors. You will also see upgrades to our donation features for all users.

Dixie Fire Fund Update

April 13, 2023

In July 2021, the Dixie Fire spread through Northeastern California. The fire consumed homes and businesses across five California counties and into the Sierras, burning nearly one million acres. The fire displaced residents and destroyed buildings, but a sense of community remained. 

Make An Impact At Any Age

March 17, 2023

Each year a generous donor gifts $10,000 to be granted to local nonprofits through the High School Giving Circle (HSGC). The HSGC serves to bring students together who want to support their community by learning and practicing philanthropy. Participating in the program is more than another activity to add to their resume, and it means a chance to make a difference in their community.

Teri Miller Joins the Community Foundation as CFO

March 17, 2023

The Community Foundation welcomes a new CEO to its leadership team.

PRESS RELEASE: Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Reaches 25 Years, Highlights Achievements

February 28, 2023

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada turns 25 and celebrates local impact.

Disaster Relief - Ways to Help Support Turkey and Syria (February 2023)

February 08, 2023

Lauren Renda regularly publishes information about current global disaster relief efforts. This month, her focus is on ways to aid Turkey and Syria in the aftermath of the destructive earthquake.

Shari Netzel named Vice President of Donor Relations for the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

January 09, 2023

Shari Netzel has been selected as the Vice President of Donor Relations for the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada. Shari brings over 20 years of experience in comprehensive campaigns, donor relations, foundation, and corporate relations, planned giving, board development, and volunteer training to the Community Foundation.

Work Ethic and Technology Set Aspen Earthworks and owner Ryan Dustin Apart

December 12, 2022

The newest member of the Corporate Philanthropy Partners program, now coming up on two years, is Aspen Earthworks, owned and operated by Ryan Dustin.

Corporate Philanthropy Spotlight: Susan Lowe and Chase International

October 21, 2022

One company. One heart. One planet. That is the company motto for Chase International, a real estate company based in Reno with 14...

Disaster Relief - Ways to Help (Fall 2022)

September 27, 2022

Lauren Renda regularly publishes ways our community can help with disaster relief worldwide.

Corporate Philanthropy Spotlight: Estipona Group

September 15, 2022

Having recently celebrated 29 years in business, The Estipona Group now boasts 12 employees, including founder and CEO Edward Estipona. Learn about the heart behind the Estipona Group and the many ways they give back to our community.

College Scholarships Tips

September 08, 2022

Finding and being awarded scholarships to pay for tuition is a goal shared by just about every person with dreams of going to college, and it requires a game plan.

Entertain Your Curiosity with PBS Reno

August 26, 2022

PBS Reno is a staple in our community and one of the Community Foundation's Corporate Philanthropy Partners. President and CEO Kurt Mische shares how COVID-19 impacted PBS and the importance of staying connected with the community.

Community Foundation Adds New Advisory Board Members in July 2022

July 29, 2022

We are very grateful for our Board members who generously donate their time and skills to strengthen the Community Foundation. They work on committees, serve as ambassadors, give to our operating fund, help advance the Community Foundation – the list goes on and on. We are excited to introduce you to four new Advisory Board members, who started their term this July.

Corporate Philanthropy Partners Spotlight: Constantly Learning, Going Above and Beyond and Cultivating Relationships are Hallmarks of Dickson Realty

July 28, 2022

One of the leading full-service real estate companies in the area is Dickson Realty, having been in business 49 years. Leading the company is Beau Keenan, who has been a realtor, manager and now president/co-owner for the past 10 years.

Thanking the Community Foundation's Investment Committee

May 27, 2022

I want to thank our colleagues who sit on our Investment Committee, helping us select and evaluate our portfolio of Financial Advisors to ensure we chart an effective mix of offense and defense through this challenging time. We have a sharp team assembled across our Board, Consultants, and Advisors with centuries of collective experience managing portfolios, and I am confident we have the right team and processes in place to ensure the best returns for your (or your clients’) charitable aims.

Mark and Carol Steingard: An ArrowCreek Love Story

May 02, 2022

It all began as a blind date set up by friends. Those matchmakers apparently knew what they were doing, as the couple...

Meet the Community Foundation's New CEO and Newest Fundholder, Eaton Dunkelberger

April 28, 2022

April 25, 2022, marked the first day under the Community Foundation’s new leadership with President and CEO, Eaton Dunkelberger. Eaton and his wife, Kate, celebrated the new role by starting a Donor Advised Fund with the Community Foundation.

Spring Cleaning: Is Your Financial House in Order?

March 26, 2022

Springtime is that traditional season for yardwork and gardening, and to tackle that list of annual chores as we emerge from winter. It's also a perfect time to check on your financial and tax planning. Here are some questions to get you off and running early in the year, with plenty of time to start fresh or adjust before year-end "suddenly" arrives.

Resources for Humanitarian Support for Ukraine

March 18, 2022

The military invasion of Ukraine by Russia that began Feb. 24 continues to devastate that sovereign nation, with death and destruction mounting daily. Here are some resources for those who wish to help with humanitarian aid.

Community Foundation Offers a Useful Resource for Connecting with Our Nonprofit Community

March 12, 2022

The Nonprofit Connections page on our website lists eight categories of nonprofit organizations that align with passions for fundholders, members of the community, and professional advisors. It’s a great resource for aligning fundholders’ passions with their philanthropic goals and planning.

Exciting News! Eaton Dunkelberger Selected as Community Foundation's New President & CEO

March 04, 2022

Eaton Dunkelberger has been named as the Community Foundation’s new President and CEO effective April 25. The announcement was made by Board Chair Kevin Melcher on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

Community Foundation's Tips and Videos Help People Avoid Scams

February 25, 2022

Being victimized by a scam can be devastating. You can help the Community Foundation spread the word about its Preventing Financial Scams initiative to help people avoid getting scammed. Eleven free public service videos, averaging 90 seconds each, were recently produced by the Community Foundation’s Preventing Financial Scams Initiative in collaboration with the Better Business Bureau. Please share the videos and resources with those you care about.

Free Family Estate Planning Series: Expertise and Peace of Mind

February 18, 2022

It's common for people to put off getting serious about estate planning until they're in their advanced years. Sadly, people may not ever attend to it, and their families are left dealing with avoidable problems. And the earlier that people put their life's affairs in order, the more years of peace of mind they can enjoy. Free help is on the way beginning March 16, with the Spring 2022 edition of the Family Estate Planning Series, co-presented by the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada and PBS Reno.

What Fund is Right For You? We're Here to Help

February 11, 2022

With a wide variety of fund options that can be tailored to your precise financial, tax, life and charitable goals, the Community Foundation can help you establish a fund that evolves with you, your family, and your needs.

You Can Help: Let Students Know About Our Scholarship Funds

February 04, 2022

It's scholarship season at the Community Foundation. It's a great opportunity for higher-education-bound graduating students. Help us spread the word!

As a Remarkable Era Closes, an Exciting New Era Awaits

January 28, 2022

On Friday, January 28, one era ended, and a new one began. Longtime Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Askin retired after nearly 22 years. As the search is underway to name a successor in the coming weeks, there is so much to be excited about. We are well positioned financially, in our resources, and most importantly, in the commitment of our skilled and talented people. 

It’s Been an Honor

January 21, 2022

Since joining the Community Foundation as its sole staff member on June 15, 2000, helping design, envision, grow, develop, and build the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada has been the honor of my life. This will be my last week and my last column. I see nothing but the most amazing future for the Foundation, for the Community, and for the Askins as well.

The State of the Community Foundation: Very Strong for 2022

January 14, 2022

With the new year already off to a great start, I’m very pleased to share that last year was amazing and impactful for philanthropy in our community – a link in our strong chain of growth. Here are a few highlights from the year just past, along with an advance glimpse ahead at 2022 for giving, granting, growth, and impact.

CEO Chris Askin Set to Retire January 28, 2022

January 06, 2022

After nearly 22 years of building, advancing and leading the Community Foundation, Chris Askin will begin a new chapter effective Jan. 28.

Your Community Foundation Staff: The Year Past, the Year Ahead

January 01, 2022

In honor of the New Year, here are some reflections and aspirations from our team at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada. We wish you all the best in 2022!

The Spirit of a Special Season

December 21, 2021

We bring our time and treasure together to serve the people of our region. It is what fuels our drive and determination. For the Community Foundation, that is the true meaning of Christmas and the holidays.

What’s So Important About Assets?

December 17, 2021

From time to time, people question why the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada talks about how large our assets have become. It’s for good reason. Asset size is an easy and accurate way of conveying how our growth helps make our community stronger and better.

Community Housing Land Trust: A New Tool in the Affordable Housing Toolbox

December 10, 2021

Like many areas of the country, our region is experiencing shortages in affordable housing. The Community Foundation is working to create innovative solutions, including homeownership, through our Community Housing Land Trust.

Educating the Community: Estate Planning Series Going Strong in its 12th Year

December 03, 2021

The Fall 2021 edition of the Family Estate Planning Series just wrapped up, and surveys continue to reflect the power and popularity of the program as we prepare for the next round in the spring. It is co-presented by the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada and PBS Reno, with the invaluable support of more than a dozen nonprofit sponsors.

8 Ways to Reflect Thankfulness Throughout this Holiday Season

November 23, 2021

Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday season. Here are a few ideas to help extend that grateful spirit throughout the holidays by "giving back," which is what philanthropy is all about.

Year-End Tax Planning

November 19, 2021

Just days away now, December is a great time to think about charitable needs and to make charitable gifts that provide financial benefits back to the donor. The Community Foundation partners with hundreds of families in incorporating these strategies and has the resources and structure to help families with tax-wise gifts of any size or type.

Selling Income Property + Charitable Passion = Zero Tax Sale

November 11, 2021

Financial and life goals, coupled with a passion for a cause, often motivate people to look into their assets to find something they can turn into charitable dollars. The Community Foundation explores solutions together to help make the most of their gifts. One example is called the “Zero Tax Sale.” 

Giving Back During a Pandemic

November 05, 2021

The Pandemic had a major impact on charitable giving by affluent families. Through a study conducted by the Lilly School of Philanthropy, we can see what those changes were and how they are reshaping the landscape of philanthropy and charitable giving.

Planned Giving: Understanding What is Often Misunderstood

October 28, 2021

Planned gifts require more planning, negotiation, and counsel than many other gifts, and are associated with a number of state and federal tax benefits. Several "realities" highlight why it is important for individuals and professional advisors to talk about planned giving.

Ideas Worth Considering: Charitable Gifts of Life Insurance

October 22, 2021

Charitable giving can and does include the use of insurance products, and the Community Foundation has experience in establishing and maintaining these types of gifts.

Community Foundation’s 100% Giving Award Reflects 100% Commitment

October 15, 2021

Each year, the Community Foundation's 100% Giving Board Award recognizes those nonprofit organizations for having each of their board members financially support that organization’s work in the region. These stellar organizations are well governed by boards whose members lead by example. While this year’s Nov. 1 deadline is fast approaching, there is still time for your nonprofit to become part of the 2021 program.

Donor-Advised Funds – a GREAT Way to Give

October 08, 2021

What are known as Donor-Advised Funds are popular because they don't require a tremendous amount of money yet offer tax advantages to everyone. People with wealth find these funds are less expensive and require less administration compared to setting up a private foundation. There are key advantages of setting up your Donor-Advised Fund through the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada – advantages you won’t find through commercial funds or national charities. [Click to read the full blog post.]

Time for a Checkup? Annual Physicals Help Keep Charities Healthy

October 01, 2021

Over many years, the Community Foundation has developed tools to ensure our organization's good health, akin to a person who completes a physical exam. Tools also exist for assessing the performance of charities, whether as a donor, professional advisor, or nonprofit operator. The Community Foundation's Philanthropic Services staff performs similar physicals on dozens of charities each year as part of our due diligence for the grant process.

A Special Column, A Special Announcement

September 24, 2021

After nearly 22 years leading the Community Foundation, President and CEO Chris Askin will retire Jan. 28, 2022. The search for his successor is underway. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada is in great hands with the teamwork of its 11-person staff, dynamic Professional Advisors Council, and dedicated members within the Board, committees, and Ambassadors. The entire Community Foundation team will continue to make our community better for generations to come.

Selling a Business or Investment Property? Learn about the Zero Tax Sale

September 17, 2021

Selling a business or investment property all too often results in needlessly giving money away to the government, especially when charitable giving is a goal. The Community Foundation can combine such transactions with funding a charitable trust, establishing a family foundation or a scholarship fund, and many other ideas. For those who visit with us, we can help them achieve philanthropic goals and often significantly limit their capital gains tax.

Help Spread the Word about Our – Your – Community Foundation

September 11, 2021

While the reach and profile of the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada have grown year by year, many in our community are still not aware all that we offer. We continue to enlist your help in getting the word out about the depth, breadth and value of services we provide. Plus a special 9/11 note of remembrance.

United in Resilience: Join the Virtual 2021 Statewide Philanthropy Summit Sept. 17

September 03, 2021

The Moonridge Group based in Las Vegas will hold its annual Philanthropy Leaders’ Summit on Friday, September 17, 8:30 -11:30 a.m. The event this year is virtual and highly recommended for fundholders and those wanting to learn about the world of philanthropic giving. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada has helped support this event to educate and engage an ever-growing audience in philanthropy.

Effective Estate Planning Takes Work, Endurance and Expert Help Along the Way

August 27, 2021

Philanthropic services offered at the Community Foundation can help you learn more about your charitable interests. We help people figure out if they want to concentrate their philanthropy on a focus area or restrict it to a single project or program as part of their overall estate plan. We also work with donors to give to charity, AND provide an income stream to their heirs.

Charitable Lead Trusts: A Tool for Your Family’s Financial Future

August 20, 2021

A Charitable Lead Trust is a wonderful tool to help pass along wealth and teach about philanthropy. How much you put in the lead trust, and for how many years, can be part of your estate planning. It can help you limit taxes and pass along as much as possible to your heirs to improve the quality of their lives as well.

Professional Advisors: Partners in Service and Impact in Our Region

August 13, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada is privileged to have some 60 attorneys, CPAs, financial advisors, and other advisors listed among our Professional Advisor Council (PAC). These individuals are instrumental to connecting tax-wise and charitably minded clients to the resources and abilities of the Community Foundation. More than half of the gifts received through the Community Foundation are from Professional Advisor referrals. Our team is grateful for our region's many, valued Professional Advisors.

For So Many Reasons, a Donor Advised Fund May Be Right for You

August 06, 2021

Donor Advised Funds offer many benefits: You don't have to make large gifts, you can add to the fund anytime, and there are tax advantages. And, our helpful experts at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada are here to assist you in setting up the fund. For these and other reasons, many people find the popular funds to be the right choice for them as individuals, for their families, or for their business. 

National Standards: The Bedrock of an Exceptional Community Foundation

July 30, 2021

Today’s community foundations are similar in many ways, and it is no accident. Thanks to a national effort by the Council on Foundations two decades ago, the level of services, and operating structure, of community foundations across the country was greatly improved. The adoption of national standards by most foundations was the change that made this happen. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada transcends national standards in our services, systems, and operations.

Community Foundation of Northern Nevada: At Every Step, Protecting Your Confidentiality

July 23, 2021

The Community Foundation has many advantages when it comes to charitable gift planning. Privacy is especially noteworthy. We meticulously take steps at every stage to ensure the complete privacy and absolute confidentiality in our relationships with donors and fundholders. Total privacy is a key reason we have become so trusted for more than two decades, not only by the people who give to and through the Foundation, but with their professional advisors as well.

Questions and Considerations to Achieve Thoughtful and Informed Charitable Giving

July 17, 2021

Each of us is unique in how we approach charitable giving. Informed, thoughtful consideration can help you have a much more meaningful experience from charitable giving. Here are some questions and considerations to help bring about a great deal of satisfaction and positive feelings associated with giving.

Community Foundation’s Shareholders’ Gathering ‘Connects People’ in a Special Way

July 10, 2021

Planning is underway for the 2021 edition the Community Foundation’s Shareholders’ Gathering this fall. The event is held for those individuals who have personally invested in the Community Foundation, through a gift, establishing a Fund, setting up estate gift “legacy” arrangements, or through the referral of a client.

Margaret Stewart: Two Decades of Growth and Change

July 02, 2021

Margaret Stewart retired as the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada's Director of Communications as of June 30, 2021. CEO Chris Askin – who hired Margaret 21 years ago – reflects on their work together in shaping and growing the organization over the years.

Fresh, New Redesigned with You in Mind

June 28, 2021

Months ago, we listened to feedback and set out to create a website that encourages visitors to explore the possibilities of philanthropy. We redesigned with you in mind. We welcome your comments, reviews and suggestions.

Goodbye Margaret, Welcome David

June 25, 2021

After nearly 21 years as Communications Director, Margaret Stewart retired from the Community Foundation as of June 30, 2021. Yet she is among the first to say that making this a bit easier to weather is the addition of David Stipech, the new Director of Communications and Marketing.

Let's Talk about Milestones

June 18, 2021

At the Community Foundation Board and Staff Annual Retreat, we spend a few minutes talking about the year's milestones. This year we recognized five achievements and events that encapsulated the Community Foundation's evolution in 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic's Impact on Philanthropy

June 11, 2021

A study published by the Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found donors responded generously to mitigate Pandemic created needs while continuing to support favorite charities.

Community Foundation Trustee Bonnie Read is a Woman of Achievement

May 28, 2021

Bonnie Read, Community Foundation Trustee, was honored for her achievements during the Nevada Women’s Fund’s “Salute to the Women of Achievement” on...

Wider Variety of Gifting Options with a Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund

May 21, 2021

Community Foundation donor advised funds accept many more tax-advantageous gifts like real estate than are accepted at commercial funds.

Meggin McIntosh Knows Donor Advised Funds Enhance Giving

May 16, 2021

It was not always easy for me, and I knew early on after I paid off my student loans that I wanted to be able to give back. I like to give a boost to women who do not give up – to let them know that somebody sees them and cares.

A Mother's Gift

May 07, 2021

On May 9, we thank, celebrate, and appreciate moms everywhere. I am visiting with my mom today, on Friday, and couldn't be more thankful for all she has done for me.

Finding Charitable Gift Information is Easier than Finding Waldo

April 30, 2021

Even though the internet contains so much information available at our fingertips, it can still be hard to find exactly the answers you need.

Welcome David Brokaski Community Foundation Chief Financial Officer

April 22, 2021

Dave joined our staff two months ago as Controller, and then upon the departure of Melissa Tschanz, has been promoted to CFO, a position for which he is highly qualified.

Thank You Melissa Tschanz

April 15, 2021

From our beginnings, in 1998, there have been monumental moments in the history of the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, and one...

Plans for the Next Two Years

April 02, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada’s 5-Year Strategic Plan culminated in 2020. I am delighted to share that we did well in achieving...

Pitching In at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

March 26, 2021

Northern Nevadans have a history of giving back and pitching in, driven by a desire to create a caring community. The Community Foundation...

Giving Anonymously to Those You Do Not Know is the Highest Level of Giving

March 18, 2021

Sometimes, because I work at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, I feel like I am wearing rose-colored glasses. Although I am exposed...

Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Leadership for Today and Tomorrow

March 12, 2021

Pictured above: Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Board in 2019 Community Foundation leadership, evident in our work with donors and stewardship of gifts...

Legacy Society Members Make an Impact Close to Home and Far Away

March 05, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada sends most grants to organizations relatively close to home. We enjoy and cultivate relationships with local...

Community Foundation Marks 23rd Anniversary with Gratitude to Founders

February 26, 2021

It is a weekend of grand celebration for me as the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada celebrates our 23rd Anniversary! So light the...

Contributing to the Community Endowment is Powerful Giving

February 18, 2021

The Community Endowment has reached more than $4.7 million. Since 2017 it has generated annual grants totaling more than $115,000. These numbers are...

Professional Advisor Referrals Initiate Trust and Real Estate Charitable Gifts

February 12, 2021

Two separate clients are working with me to set up Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUTS). Establishing a CRUT with the Community Foundation is a...

Donor Advised Fund Grants Created a Legacy for Donors

February 05, 2021

I love true feel-good stories. Today I have a story about a couple who gave back to our region in a transformational way. ...

Nine Goals for Your Philanthropy Experience

January 22, 2021

As I prepare for the annual Community Foundation staff and board retreat next week, I have been thinking about goals. Goals for community...

The Community Foundation Serving Northern Nevada

January 15, 2021

We anticipate that people seeking philanthropic services will recognize us more easily and understand the range of our region by our new name, Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.

Good News When We Need It

January 08, 2021

I am happy to report on four pieces of much needed good news this week. The positivity and real impact on our community...

What Will 2021 Bring?

December 31, 2020

Welcome to 2021, perhaps the biggest year of change any of us have seen in our lives. I offer a few notes here...

A New Year Filled With Hope

December 21, 2020

I can't recall ever feeling as hopeful for a New Year as I am right now. I am thinking not about resolutions but...

Pulling Together Through the Holidays

December 18, 2020

There is no doubt that this year is different from any that most of us have experienced in our lives. Distanced and smaller...

Caregiver Email Discussion Group Grows from 7 to 70 members in months

December 11, 2020

The Community Foundation’s Caregiver Support Initiative addresses the needs of unpaid family caregivers. We connect caregivers with resources on and share...

A Rare Gift

December 04, 2020

Once upon a time in a place far, far away (New York City)... a barrister representing a company skillfully, and through his exceptional...

Lyndsey Crossley and Lauren Renda Earn Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Designation

November 27, 2020

Please join me in congratulating Lauren Renda and Lyndsey Crossley for completing a rigorous program to earn the designation, Chartered Advisor in...

Year-End Giving in this Unusual Year

November 20, 2020

This has been a most unusual year, but its challenges have not diminished our desire to give generously at the holidays. Usually, donors...

Community Foundation Week

November 13, 2020

Former President George H.W. Bush first recognized November 12 -19 as National Community Foundation Week in 1989. It is a week to call...

Honoring Nevada's Health Care Workers in a Historic Manner

November 06, 2020

This has been a year in which we have come to understand and appreciate our healthcare workers' heroism. My wife Ann is...

What Legacy Will You Leave to Your Children and Grandchildren?

October 30, 2020

When it comes to perpetuating your family values, the expression “Do as I say, not as I do” clearly doesn’t apply. In just...

The Community Foundation Team

October 23, 2020

I'm sure I don't say it enough, but I am very proud of every individual on our team. As we celebrate tenures of...

100% Giving Board Award Nominations Due November 1

October 15, 2020

The 100% Giving Board Award, a Community Foundation award program since 2008, recognizes the personal financial support each board member commits to...

Guaranteed Income and Guaranteed Charitable Benefits

October 09, 2020

If you are a reader of Consumer Reports or the Nature Conservancy magazines, you are probably familiar with Charitable Gift Annuities (“CGAs”)....

2021 Community Fund Grants will Address Mental Health and Domestic Violence

October 02, 2020

The Pandemic effects in Northern Nevada reach beyond physical health and economic losses. Isolation and anxiety intensify the problem of a lack of...

Recollections of Dementia October 2020 Update

October 02, 2020

"One person caring about another represents life's greatest value." - John Rohn Caregiver Support Initiative Email Discussion Group The Caregiver Support Initiative Email Discussion...

Learning What is Essential

September 25, 2020

When COVID-19 first hit our region, it felt like life changed overnight. As with many office-based businesses, we knew we needed to make...

New to Reno-Sparks? Moving Here Means Giving Here, Also

September 18, 2020

If you are new to the Reno-Sparks area, welcome. By Jamie Klund, Development Associate Northern Nevada has become a hot destination due to...

Giving and Tax Planning in 2020

September 11, 2020

Charities are talking about how the CARES Act provides incentives for donors to make charitable gifts in 2020. Chris Askin, CSPG, CFRE President/CEO[/caption] I...

Virtual Philanthropy Leaders Summit - 2020 Ideas in Action

September 04, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada keeps our board, staff, fundholders, and community informed and engaged in effective philanthropy through ongoing communication. ...

Legacy Funds - What is Your Why

August 27, 2020

Have you ever stopped to take a moment to think about what is most important to you and what your top values...

Community Foundation Adds New Advisory Board Members in 2020

August 21, 2020

The Community Foundation added six new Advisory Board members this summer and it is my pleasure to introduce them to you. Vic Bucher,...

Resident Views about Life at Village on Sage Street

August 07, 2020

Image Damian Knox “About almost a year ago I found myself homeless, I got evicted from my apartment. I was on the streets for...

Village on Sage Street Reaches 100% Occupancy

August 07, 2020

Thanks to fundholders and donors the Village on Sage Street is home this winter to 216 people, many of who were homeless or on the verge of homelessness. A stable and secure home is life-changing. Even better, the Village on Sage Street is a warm and welcoming community.

In Midst of Challenges - Community Foundation Good News

July 31, 2020

We live in an incredible community — beautiful, vibrant, friendly, optimistic and this year, greatly challenged. Our spirits can use a dose...

Community Foundation’s 2020 Scholarship Cycle Looked Different This Year

July 23, 2020

Managing the Community Foundation's scholarship program is always an intense and rewarding annual focus of work from February to July. This year was...

Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Created by Community Foundation Board

July 17, 2020

“We value inclusiveness, diversity, and equity.  Our organization is characterized by a generous and caring spirit." Community Foundation Core Values As our community and...

Taxes and Stock Market are Considerations in Charitable Giving

July 10, 2020

Taxes are expected to go up regardless of the November election’s result as every level of government, nationally, statewide, and locally, faces...

Philanthropic Advising Services Make Sense of Alphabet Soup

July 02, 2020

CRUT, CRAT, CLUT, CLAT, CGA, DAF—there is a lot of alphabet soup when it comes to the myriad of charitable giving vehicles...

Corporate Philanthropy Partners Inspire COVID-19 Small Business Resource Guide

June 26, 2020

The Community Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropy Partners (CPP) provide more than support: they help us build a stronger community. For example, Corporate Philanthropy Partners'...

The Community Foundation Tradition of Service

June 19, 2020

I am proud to share that last Monday marked 20 years for me with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.  My profound...

Leaving a Legacy through Thoughtful Giving

June 12, 2020

Over the past three months, Program Officer Lyndsey Crossley, and I, have been working with a local couple on a bequest arrangement. They...

Our Core Values Guide the Community Foundation

June 05, 2020

As someone who has benefitted from privilege, I did not earn nor deserve, I am embarrassed for myself at times.  I am...

Nevada and National Organizations Working for Social Justice

June 04, 2020

The Community Foundation offers as a resource, the following list of national and Nevada nonprofit organizations working for social justice. As a...

Charitable Giving and Tax Planning in 2020

May 29, 2020

The CARES Act which provides relief for the nation includes provisions to encourage charitable giving. For those who don’t itemize their tax returns,...

Pandemic Anxiety Motivates Estate Planning

May 21, 2020

Just as travel out of the country is often the impetus to get our plans in order, so apparently is a pandemic. Estate...

Charitable Gift Annuity Earns You Steady Income and Benefits Your Favorite Charity

May 15, 2020

It’s Nice to Have Safe Reliable Income. It is even nicer to increase your income and support your favorite charity at the same...

Donor Advised Fund Grants Have Doubled During Pandemic

May 08, 2020

People are curious whether Community Foundation Fundholders are granting more during this crisis.  The answer is yes!  In the first three months...

Expand Giving to include all of Nevada

May 01, 2020

Establishing of the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force by Governor Sisolak is an important strategy to harness our collective...

Support the Charities that Make Nevada our Home

April 24, 2020

How can we sustain the quality of our community life through the crisis and beyond? This pandemic is devastating, and I hope for...

CARES Act Waives the Required Minimum Distribution for IRAs in 2020

April 17, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020, included three provisions for people with IRAs including...

Staying Strong in Uncertain Times

April 10, 2020

I have moments when I wonder if everything has changed forever - if anything will ever be the same as it was. Then...

CARES Act Guide for Nonprofits & Donors

April 03, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law by the President on March 27 includes three distinct loan...

Act with Hope and Compassion

March 27, 2020

Just a month ago I thought life seemed hunky-dory. The Community Foundation had big goals for 2020 based on the investment performance...

COVID-19 Relief Fund is a Way to Respond and Connect with our Community

March 20, 2020

The Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter. We...

2019 Impact Report

March 13, 2020

Your support and involvement in 2019 created an impactful year. Thanks to you, we were able to make 999 grants totaling $13,253,000,...

Scholarship Software: Investment in Community Foundation Fundholder Service

March 06, 2020

The need to update our scholarship software became increasingly clear as the Community Foundation’s scholarship program grew to almost 40 different scholarship...

Numbers Tell a Story of Community Foundation Growth

February 28, 2020

The Community Foundation accounting department closed the books on 2019 this week. The resulting numbers tell a story of generosity and accomplishment. The...

Short Stories About Big Dreams that Made a Great Impact

February 21, 2020

As your Community Foundation, we have the privilege of helping dreams come true. These stories show how working with the Community Foundation helps...

A Legacy Remembered

February 14, 2020

Tommy Livoti was a one of kind and his drive and big personality made an impact on me. The realization of his...

Charity Navigator Rates the Community Foundation a Four Star Charity

February 07, 2020

Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator. As a guide to intelligent giving, their mission is to “make impactful philanthropy...

Update on Youth Network Initiative - Our First Initiative

January 31, 2020

The Community Foundation added the words “and leadership” to our mission statement in 2012 and opened an avenue for collaboration and progress. Board...

Stewardship of a Legacy

January 23, 2020

Rodger “Andy” Anderson made a bequest in 2006 in honor of his wife, Dora De Anderson, who died as a young woman....

The Promise of Community Foundations

January 10, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is multi-faceted.  We perform services like commercial gift funds managed by Fidelity and Vanguard, like trust...

Reflections during the Last Week of 2019

December 27, 2019

There is a lot of white space on the office calendar during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. In some ways,...

A Community is Building at the Village on Sage Street

December 20, 2019

I stopped by the Village on Sage Street one evening last week at about 7 p.m. and it was buzzing. As I drove...

Congratulations to the 2019 Nonprofit Academy Graduates!

December 12, 2019

Please join me in congratulating the 2019 Nonprofit Academy Graduates! New Executive Directors of 17 nonprofits successfully completed the inaugural Nonprofit Academy....

Connecting Business and People to Build Community

December 06, 2019

The Community Foundation’s ability to leverage 20 years’ grantmaking experience and interwoven connections into initiatives is made possible through the support of...

Community Foundation of Western Nevada Earns Respected Designations

November 22, 2019

Astute donors are yearning for greater accountability, transparency, and for concrete results from the charitable sector. You can have confidence when you...

Your Legacy is Left In the People and Community You Love

November 15, 2019

Last week I wrote about the growing Community Endowment.  A resource created, and invested in, by people who believe in our community. ...

Community Endowment Growth is Amazing

November 07, 2019

Have you ever noticed that sometimes something starts and grows, and we don’t notice it until it reaches a certain stage? One...

The Village on Sage Street - Award Winning Community Project.

November 01, 2019

After a year of work, The Village on Sage is being recognized as an innovative project that fills one of Reno's greatest...

Nonprofit Academy Improves Executive Directors' Skills

October 24, 2019

The Community Foundation launched the Nonprofit Academy in 2019 to provide training for Executive Directors and to ultimately strengthen our region. Seventeen Executive...

Is Your Favorite Charity's 2020 Budget in Order?

October 18, 2019

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada budget process for the 2020 year begins toward the end of summer and by fall we...

Women and Philanthropy Forum Provided Meaningful Information

October 11, 2019

Sarah Nathan, PhD Keynote Speaker[/caption] The Twentieth Century Club of Reno hosted the 2019 Northern Nevada Women & Philanthropy Forum on Thursday, to...

Village on Sage Street is Filling Up

October 04, 2019

*photo above: Oscar Delgado leads a tour of dorm building during the August 20, Grand Opening. The Village on Sage Street opened this...

Preventing Financial Scams - Community Foundation New Initiative

September 27, 2019

I am pleased to announce the Community Foundation’s newest initiative: Preventing Financial Scams. Please join me for Breakfast and conversation on November...

Window of Opportunity for Donating Appreciated Stock is Now

September 19, 2019

Fall is the time of year when many of us think about the timing of our charitable gifting. The end of the...

Community Foundation Capacity Equals Impact

September 06, 2019

As an organization like the Community Foundation grows, we have choices to make. The natural choice is to stick with our core...

Professional Advisor Seminar Topics are Timely and Helpful for Everyone

August 29, 2019

Giving Cryptocurrency to Charity / Protecting Digital Assets Join us for an entertaining and informative presentation on giving gifts that are a bit...

Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation has Unique Value

August 23, 2019

Are you aware of the unique benefits of having a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada rather than at...

The Village on Sage Street is Open

August 16, 2019

The Village on Sage Street has just opened and individuals from the waitlist as well as newcomers are moving into their new...

Scholarship Social is a Sweet Celebration of Generosity and Achievement

July 17, 2019

"Being a recipient for this scholarship means so much to me. It has helped me realize that my future plans and goals...

Community Fund Advisory Committee Selects 2019 Grants

July 16, 2019

Lyndsey Crossley Program Officer[/caption] This year’s Community Fund Grant cycle received 89 different grant proposals, each providing a unique service throughout our community....

Help us Honor Jim Pfrommer's Extraordinary Service to the Community

July 12, 2019

Jim Pfrommer was more than an inspirational Board Chair to those close to the Community Foundation. His leadership and influence extended to...

Community Foundation 2019 Board Service Begins July 1

June 28, 2019

Everything happening at the Community Foundation comes under the control of our Board of amazing community leaders, currently made up of 20...

Village on Sage Street Opening Mid-July 2019

June 21, 2019

You may have seen the Village on Sage Street in the news this week.  Reporters were happy to be able to tour...

Stewardship Services Distinguish Community Foundation Charitable Funds

June 07, 2019

One of the important differences between a commercial charitable fund and a fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is the...

Wealth and Wealth Transfer in Nevada

May 31, 2019

According to the study, Wealth Transfer in Nevada, published in 2008 by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, the net wealth of Nevada...

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada's Proud History and Lineage

May 23, 2019

In 2018 we celebrated the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s 20th year. As we have now moved on to the next 20,...

How Do We Determine Impact?

May 17, 2019

The Community Foundation is Debuting Our 2018 Impact Report The Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s community engagement work has significantly grown over the...

Planned Giving Round Table Celebrates 15th Anniversary

May 10, 2019

Time sure does fly.  Fifteen years ago, a group of us gathered at the Community Foundation office to discuss the formation of...

The Power is On at the Village on Sage Street

May 02, 2019

The Village on Sage Street is such a large project that the main street runs within it, with 120 parking spaces and...

Legacy Society are Valued Donors

April 25, 2019

The members of the Legacy Society at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada are our most valued donors. These generous individuals are...

Investment Leads to Impact

April 19, 2019

When thinking about investing, do you think about the stock market and maybe also real property?  Did you know donors to the...

The Read with Me Scholarship Fund is One Man's Legacy

April 12, 2019

I frequently write about legacy funds as plans for the future.  This article is about a gift to our community from Dr....

Giving is Easy when Giving through the Community Foundation

April 04, 2019

One of the most important aspects of giving through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is that we make giving easy, and...

You are Invited to the Campaign for Our Community Launch Party

March 29, 2019

At the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, we believe in what we can accomplish working together. About one year ago, we began...

Family Estate Planning Series Offered Free

March 22, 2019

Over the past decade, more than 1,800 people in our community have taken advantage of the free estate planning classes offered in...

Supporting Caregivers is Good Business

March 15, 2019

The Community Foundation Caregiver Support Initiative is directed at the needs of family caregivers to seniors in Washoe County. Download the Caregiver Employee...

Community Fund 2019 Grant Cycle Begins

March 08, 2019

We believe in our ability to come together and meet community challenges head-on. We believe in the value of investing in the future...

Making Progress at Village on Sage Despite Mud and Snow

March 01, 2019

Neither mud nor snow nor sleet shall keep the dedicated professionals working on the Village on Sage Street from their appointed tasks. ...

It's How, Not What, We Do that Earns Your Trust

February 22, 2019

In the world of professional advisors, taking continuing education that counts towards ethics is an annual requirement.  I’m very glad for this,...

Year 2018 in Review

February 15, 2019

Last week I reflected on the extraordinary life of service and leadership led by our Board Chair, Jim Pfrommer. Today I look...

Jim Pfrommer was a Visionary, a Catalyst, a Leader and our Friend

February 07, 2019

The Community Foundation is grieving for Board Chair Jim Pfrommer, who died Sunday, February 3, 2019. Jim began his service with the  Community...

Announcing Our Financial Abuse Initiative

January 25, 2019

Community engagement work continues to grow at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. In 2018, we expanded our evaluation of some of...

Professional Advisors are Key Connectors to Community Giving

January 18, 2019

Professional Advisors in the photo above attend an interactive seminar focusing on the 2018 tax changes and how they affect charitable giving. Since...

Community Foundation Fundholder Services Increase

January 11, 2019

During 2018 we doubled our staff in Stewardship, now two experts, Lauren Renda and Lyndsey Crossley manage Community Foundation key relationships. Over the...

Predicting Good Outcomes for You and Reno in 2019

January 04, 2019

2019 predictions say the new year will bring 5g ultrahigh speed on our electronic devices, more on our plates than we can...

Spirit of the Season

December 14, 2018

Is it too early to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and the best holiday ever? With the festivities already...

100% Commitment

December 07, 2018

In the United States of America, we value service.  And when we think of service we frequently think of sacrifice.  I know...

Village on Sage Street Waiting List Demographics

November 09, 2018

I am asked about a lot of questions about the Village on Sage Street. While the construction progress and  site amenities are...

Philanthropic Parenting - Family Wealth, Family Values

November 02, 2018

What is most important to pass on to our kids and grandkids, to future generations?  In my experience, our values are more...

Biggest Little Community Foundation

October 12, 2018

Perhaps we are not so little, in fact, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is in the top 150 out of 750...

Recruiting Community Fund Grant Advisory Committee Members

October 05, 2018

Chris Askin, CSPG, CFRE President and CEO[/caption] Perhaps the most auspiciously named fund, THE COMMUNITY FUND is the promise of the future to...

Big Donors with Big Dreams Accomplish Goals through the Community Foundation

April 27, 2018

The Community Foundation is involved in our fundholders’ charitable interests and manages their grants of all sizes, including large-scale philanthropy. Out of...

Community Housing Land Trust Established

April 20, 2018

We established the Community Housing Land Trust, LLC on April 4, and are now exploring an affordable dorm project, but the story...

Tax Benefits of Philanthropy

April 06, 2018

The Tax Benefits of Philanthropy This weekend we are on the cusp of the deadline for filing our taxes.  At the end of...

Community Foundation is Strong on Leadership and Governance

March 29, 2018

I am proud of the outstanding team leading the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.  From our Trustees (many featured in the picture...

Caregivers in the Workforce: Balancing Life, Work, and Policy

March 23, 2018

Through the Caregiver Support Initiative, it has become clear that those of us who care for a family member at home AND...

Bitcoin Given to Community Foundation

January 25, 2018

You and your charitable giving are the primary concern at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.  We are tirelessly devoted to improving...

New Year's Resolutions for the Community Foundation of Western Nevada

December 29, 2017

2017 has been a terrific year for giving and community impact. On behalf of the Board and staff members at the Community...

Charitable Giving Might Be Worth More in 2017

December 20, 2017

Have you been on the fence waiting to see if the tax bill would pass, and then, to see what it would...

Your Donor Advised Fund - Your Causes and Your Community

December 15, 2017

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada makes smart investments with our invested charitable assets, but we also strive to be a smart...

A Rare Opportunity to Save While Giving

December 08, 2017

The word I am hearing from professional advisors and others involved with stock is that it’s not the time to sell, even...

Good Grief, Good Deals, and Goodwill

November 30, 2017

This past Thanksgiving weekend, as I recovered from a food coma, I couldn’t help feeling a bit like Charlie Brown in A...

Engaging Millennials

November 22, 2017

I am not an expert on engaging millennials, though my two kids fit the demographic.  Outside of my family, my relationships with...

Websites, Social Media, Connecting and Communicating

November 10, 2017

The Community Foundation has a long presence online. From our first URL, which launched 16 years ago, to our current website...

Opportunity is Knocking for Rural Nevada Communities

November 03, 2017

The Carson Valley Chamber group, Leadership Douglas County, arranged for me to speak last week about forming a regional community foundation as...

Thinking about a Private Foundation?

October 26, 2017

Consider a fund at the Community Foundation instead. At the Community Foundation, we have the privilege of working with many people who had...

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

October 19, 2017

Last week, Lyndsey Crossley, Community Foundation Associate Program Officer, and I attended the Philanthropy Southwest’s Community Foundations in Incline Village. This association...

100 Percent Club Membership Inspires Confidence in Donors

October 13, 2017

Lauren Renda, Program Officer[/caption] Attention, nonprofits! Do you want to recognize your board for their financial contributions to support your efforts? Attention,...

Extraordinary Philanthropists

October 06, 2017

Monty Hall, host and co-creator of TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” passed away on September 30, at age 96. During...

Great Grants that Affect Us All

September 29, 2017

With more than $100 million in grants distributed for a wide variety of causes by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, it...

Celebrating the Community Foundation's Qualitative and Quantitative Accomplishments

September 22, 2017

By Jesscia Bantham Thomsen Back at the end of August—a whole month ago, now!—I was excited to join the team at the...

Do You Have a Will?

September 08, 2017

Truly a dreaded question, and one we like to avoid.  “I don’t need a will yet; I just got out of college!”...

Release of Washoe Caregivers Website and Guidebook

September 01, 2017

New Resources Aim to Reduce Caregiver Stress Over the last year, we worked with local caregivers to identify and find solutions for some...

Summer is a Good Time for Charitable Gift Planning

August 25, 2017

“When is your busy time of the year?” is a question I am sometimes asked. It is a common assumption that the...

Special Needs Trusts Help Families Provide Care

August 18, 2017

Helping Special Family Members We all likely have relationships with people with various disabilities. Sometimes I think of these individuals as angels, cared...

Lyndsey Crossley Promoted, Felicia Ladson Hired as Executive Assistant

August 11, 2017

Relationships Matter. I recall an unusual question that came up during a conversation with a prospective donor many years ago.  I was asked...

Community Foundation Founders Invested in Community's Future

July 27, 2017

Priming and Starting the Community Foundation “Engine” The perception that the Community Foundation of Western Nevada seemed to suddenly appear and grow belies...

Charitable Investments You Make in Northern Nevada and Beyond

July 21, 2017

It is the greatest privilege in the world to help people with their charitable giving. The word is out now that in...

Community Foundation of Western Nevada Board is the Best in Northern Nevada

July 14, 2017

One of the best ways to tell how well an organization is administered is to look at its Board.  Fortunately, most organization's...

Supporting Endowment Growth

July 07, 2017

I’m pleased to share that the Community Foundation Board recently approved two policy changes which will encourage endowment growth. We are lowering our...

AFP's Donor's Bill of Rights is a Standard of Excellence for Charities

June 23, 2017

Love Your Country, Love Your Fellow Man Giving is patriotic.  The expression of “Love of Mankind,” through philanthropy is such a precious part...

Privacy and Anonymity in the Age of Information Offered by the Community Foundation

June 16, 2017

Have you given up on trying to be a private person? I find it disconcerting to know that our purchases, our travel,...

The Greatest Game - Putt Putt Golf Classic for Charity

June 02, 2017

There are few avid golfers on the Community Foundation of Western Nevada staff, but last Thursday afternoon we took the afternoon off...

Norma Webster, Community Foundation Past Chair honored in Nevada Women's Fund Hall of Fame

May 26, 2017

The Nevada Women’s Fund named Norma Webster into their Hall of Fame at the 2017 Salute to Women of Achievement.  The event...

Big Things are About to Happen from the Caregiver Support Initiative

May 19, 2017

The Caregiver Support Initiative Steering Committee is made up of community leaders,  service providers and experts in aging issues. Most importantly, the...

StreetSmart 4 Youth Restaurant Fundraiser Raised Awareness, Compassion, and Dollars for Struggling Youth

May 11, 2017

Awareness, and compassion, when added to money, increases the good for our community. Streetsmart 4 Youth grant reports are in from the four organizations...

Submit Your Big Idea for Community Foundation Initiative by April 30

April 21, 2017

By Nick Tscheekar, Director of Community Leadership There is one week left to send us Your Big Idea for the Community Foundation’s...

Workforce Housing in Reno and Sparks is Everybody's Concern

April 07, 2017

Is Housing in our Community Their Problem, or Everybody's Problem? I would submit that we all need to be sure that our community...

Community Foundation Helping with Workforce and Affordable Housing

March 10, 2017

In January and March, local leaders and housing experts gathered to learn from an analysis by the Enterprise Group about our acute...

Request for Your Big Idea for Reno-Sparks Initiative

March 03, 2017

What’s Your Big Idea? Big Idea Proposal Form In 2012 the Community Foundation had a big idea to add resident engagement as a...

Community Foundation has a Bright Future

February 17, 2017

Thank you northern Nevada for embracing the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Thank you for the privilege of connecting you, the people who...

Young Americorps VISTAs are Impressive People

February 17, 2017

Just over three years ago we launched the Youth Network Initiative to help youth in Northern Nevada who are experiencing homelessness.  A...

Community Foundation Vision Involves You

February 03, 2017

Having a clear vision is critical to ensuring that everyone on the Board and staff at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada...

Holiday Video Card

December 06, 2016

What Brings You Joy? Filmed in 2015 the message is timeless. Wish we you Peace, Love and Joy. Happy Holidays from the Community Foundation...

Charitable Trusts – Popular and Sensible

March 21, 2014

I’ve been privileged to be a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Nevada for a few years and was delighted...

Endowment Building Takes Committment

March 14, 2014

There are only a dozen charities in our community that have sizable endowments.  Ideally, although it will vary based on the type...