Editor’s Notes: Shining a spotlight on our local nonprofits
Hopefully you had the opportunity to read last Saturday’s cover story on the Tahoe Women’s Community Fund (if you didn’t, you can do so at http://bit.ly/2Hk19xg).
For the sake of bringing everyone up to speed, the Tahoe Women’s Community Fund is a nonprofit that uses a GoFundMe-style pool to distribute grants to other nonprofits in the area. The fund identifies areas of need each year, which help guide the organization in its decision making process. This year’s areas include: Poverty & Housing, Children & Youth, Mental Health & Wellness, Education & Literacy and Community & Environment.
Stripped of its vision, mission and goals, the Tahoe Women’s Community Fund is simply a group of community members working to better our community. It is one of many — extra emphasis on many — groups operating for reasons that don’t include making a profit.
All across South Shore there are nonprofits working to make one of the most spectacular places on Earth an even better place to live. Whether it is providing food to our less fortunate neighbors or protecting the environment, it feels as if there is an organization for every specific issue on South Shore, and then some.
I, like many of us, am proud to call this place, a place where so many people selflessly give up their time, home. As our way of sharing the love, the Tribune will be spotlighting one local nonprofit in a front-page feature story each month.
Last Saturday’s story on the Tahoe Women’s Community Fund was our first one of these feature stories, and it should give you an idea of how they will look each month.
As I’ve already iterated, there are many nonprofits on South Shore deserving of the recognition. At the same time, it’s our hope that this recurring feature will help draw attention to our lesser-known nonprofits — the ones that aren’t regularly featured in the Tribune, the ones that don’t have a paid employee handling communications.
That’s not to say we’ll never feature some of our better-known nonprofits, but at least to start we want to bring attention to those organizations that tend to fly under the radar.
You can send your suggestions for nonprofits to feature to email@example.com.
On a more personal level, I’ve been mentally pushing myself to get more involved in the community for some time. If you know an organization that could use a volunteer (preferably one who can help out on the weekends) shoot me an email.
Ryan Hoffman is editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He can be reached at 530-542-8006 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.