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Donations gathered for community programs

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Terry Finney has vision.

After serving on the El Dorado Community Foundation’s board of directors for five years, the retired El Dorado County Superior Court judge was more and more impressed with the good work of the foundation. He was also convinced that his community of South Lake Tahoe would be greatly benefited by an endowed South Lake Tahoe Area Fund at the Community Foundation.

Finney brought together community leaders, formed a South Lake Tahoe Cabinet and a partnership began with the foundation.

In order to create their own permanently endowed Agency Funds, South Lake Tahoe nonprofit organizations were offered matching funds by the Community Foundation. Many community leaders stepped forward and created their own “Family Advised Fund” as well.

Finney’s vision has resulted in the gathering of more than $400,000 from donors in creating permanently endowed funds. South Lake Tahoe residents will decide how these funds can best be used. The foundation is proud to be working with members of our South Lake Tahoe Cabinet: Mark Acri, Wendy David, Kerry David, Terry Finney, De-Anne Hooper, Bob Novasel and Gene Rasmussen.

Funds currently held at the Community Foundation to benefit the people of South Lake Tahoe are:

Agency Funds – Acri Family Fund for CASA, Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Fund, Family Resource Center Fund, Sierra Recovery Center Fund, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center Fund and Tahoe Heritage Foundation Fund.

Family Advised Funds – David Family Fund, Finney Family Fund, Meyer Family Trust, Novasel Family Fund and Rasmussen Family Fund.

Many generous people have also donated to the South Lake Tahoe Area Fund, which is a permanently endowed fund, the earnings from which will address needs in the South Lake Tahoe area.

In addition to these very special funds that will benefit local agencies for years to come the El Dorado Community Foundation awarded more than $133,000 to agencies doing great work in the area.

The El Dorado Community Foundation solicits and manages charitable gifts through an endowment fund. Foundation grants are awarded throughout El Dorado County in support of nonprofit services and programs. Individuals and nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about the foundation or how the foundation may be able to help them realize their charitable dreams are asked to contact any of the members of the South Lake Tahoe Cabinet or Stephen M. Healy, executive director, El Dorado Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1288, 3097 Cedar Ravine, Placerville, CA 95667; (530) 622-5621; e-mail; or visit the foundation’s Web site at

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