After 11 years in the Parasol Foundation’s Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center in Incline Village, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has moved its offices to South Lake Tahoe.

The association will now operate out of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency building in Stateline, off of Kingsbury Grade.

The move came after the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, an Incline Village-based charity, declined to renew the nonprofit’s residency grant at the center. The Parasol Foundation’s residency grants cover the majority of the rent and utility expenses for organizations based at the center.


Parasol Foundation CEO Claudia Andersen declined to give the reasons why the trail association’s grant was not renewed.

“As with most funding organizations, Parasol’s policy is to discuss the grant determination process with grant applicant organizations only,” said Andersen.

The move will add operating costs to the trail association’s budget, but it will also mark a return to the association’s previous home in South Lake Tahoe, which could pave the way for more donations and partnerships with businesses on the South Shore, said trail association executive director Mary Bennington. Bennington expected the move to add between $10,000 and $14,000 to the nonprofit’s annual operating costs.

The additional costs are a concern, said association board member Petra Keller.

The association has run deficits of $52,451 and $18,020 during fiscal years 2011 and 2010 respectively, the last two years for which IRS nonprofit financial data is available.

But Keller said she expected the increased costs of moving out of the nonprofit center to be offset by new funding from South Shore businesses.

“Sure there are increased costs, but I think there will be increased support from corporations,” said Keller.

Bennington said one upside to the move is that it opens up space in the Parasol center for a nascent organization.

“It offers that space to newer and more struggling nonprofits than us,” said Bennington.

Bennington said the trail association should be able to continue working with AmeriCorps volunteers, which were based out of the Incline Village center. This specific AmeriCorps program is offered to organizations in Nevada, and by staying on the Nevada side of the state line in South Tahoe, the trail association stays eligible for the volunteer program, she said.

The Tahoe Trim Trail Association’s new office is located at 128 Market St., Suite 3E, in Stateline, Nev. It shares the building with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Ascent Environmental, and Design Workshop.

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