Emergency Relief in Nevada County

The Nevada County Relief Fund directs vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors impacted by disasters.


How do I donate to the Nevada County Relief Fund?

You may donate online with a credit card or by check. Please make checks payable to: Nevada County Relief Fund c/o SNMH Foundation P.O. Box 1810 Grass Valley, CA 95945.

For other ways to give, such as stock or other gifts, please contact Sandra Barrington, Executive Director, at SNMH Foundation by phone at (530) 477-9700 or by email.


Is my donation to the Nevada County Relief Fund tax-deductible?

Yes, your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The fiscal sponsor for the Nevada County Relief Fund is Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. All activities associated with the Nevada County Relief Fund must comply with the requirements of its nonprofit status. If you have concerns, it is advisable you check with a tax professional for your specific needs.


Who will manage the donations for the Nevada County Relief Fund?

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) Foundation is collecting and managing donations. SNMH Foundation shall only take reimbursement for credit card fees and direct expenses of the Nevada County Relief Fund. A separate Relief Fund bank account has been established at River Valley Community Bank.

Tax ID: 68-0005930


What are the eligibility criteria for the Relief Fund?

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) has established eligibility guidelines. See our Eligibility page to learn more about how funds may be disbursed.


Will the funds be restricted in use?

Donations will be 100% restricted to the Nevada County Relief Fund.

Any excess funds raised in response to a declared local emergency may roll over for subsequent emergencies.


How will these funds make a difference?

It is our hope that providing relief funds will help survivors ease their burden and allow them to recover more quickly.


What is the Community Advisory Council?

The Relief Fund’s founding group (the County CEO’s office, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council), recruited well-respected community volunteers to serve on the Nevada County Relief Fund’s “Community Advisory Council” (CAC).

The CAC members work to engage partners, articulate community needs, and lead high-level fundraising efforts.

The CAC will review and approve funding recommendations in the amount of $500 or more provided by assigned case workers. Caseworkers will distribute gift cards, review applications, vet edibility and need, and prepare recommendations to the CAC. CAC decisions are based on a simple majority and are not appealable. The CAC will also determine when it is closing funding on a locally declared disaster.

(Please note that the CAC will have no governance or fiduciary role with the SNMH Foundation. Ultimate oversight and approval are a governance role for SNMH Foundation, who are fiduciaries of the funds.)