Jean Eick
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June 6, 2012
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The center that collaboration built: Incline's Parasol building turns 10 years old

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Many residents in Incline Village are very familiar with the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, even though they may refer to it as the “Parasol” building.

The history of the collaboration that created this unique facility, however, likely is not as familiar.

“It is because of the vision of three collaborating organizations that this community asset exists,” said Claudia Andersen, CEO of the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

The center was a collaborative venture started in 1999 when The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation joined with the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation to design and build a 32,000 square-foot community center to house and support a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Construction of the center was made possible by a generous $6.6 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. And the Incline Village General Improvement District provided the opportunity to lease a 2.36-acre lot to Parasol for the building. The three entities began a process that culminated with the construction and opening of the building in the summer of 2002.

“I was asked to be involved because of my building industry experience,” Crystal Bay resident Stuart Yount explained. “I agreed because the unique concept of Parasol was, and is, very worthwhile and a real asset to our community.”

Now, as the center celebrates its 10th anniversary, it provides office space for 16 nonprofit organizations as well as centralized services, communication channels, meeting rooms, storage space and even virtual offices. More than 50 additional nonprofit community agencies use the building because it is a vibrant community center for nonprofit meetings and activities.

Community celebrations such as Kids for Conservation, the annual Trail of Treats and Terror as well as meetings for Incline’s Relay for Life, Tahoe Prosperity Center and Red, White and Tahoe Blue — plus blood drives and training sessions for both the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association — all are held at the center.

It is also home of the community food shelf, Project MANA, and its weekly food distributions to those in need and , he annual community distribution of toys and clothing during the holidays.

“The number of times I pass through the Parasol Building each week tell me that this place is the nexus of the Incline community, and in many ways, reaches far beyond in positively affecting the lives of so many here,” said Incline resident and Chase real estate agent Kurt Carlstedt. “It’s a model for the lake and all who volunteer.”

The center fosters a “one-stop” service delivery system for clients, volunteers and service providers. It provides an opportunity to access a variety of programs from human services and individual/family support to education support services as well as arts and cultural events. It allows nonprofits the opportunity to reduce their overhead expenses and increase their efficiency, effectiveness and capacity.

Even small nonprofits like the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club are able to use the center for monthly board meetings. Not only is the center a wonderful space to use, said Jack Schroeder, president of the organization, but it allows board members who are unable to attend meetings the ability to participate through its conference call system.

Another well-kept secret of the building is the Smallwood Collaboration Resource Center. This room is open to all nonprofit organizations as well as the community to access a comprehensive grant research database. This online database is available during regular business hours Monday through Friday and offers a wealth of information on grants and grant makers through online Foundation Directory.

To learn more about the history of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, visit www.parasol.org.

— Jean Eick is the communications manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.


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