2019 Funding Priorities

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Workers evaluating the Donner Monument for the restoration project.

Workers evaluating the Donner Monument for the restoration project.

Donner Memorial SP:
The Donner Project.

Goal $450,000

$80,025 Raised to date!

The Pioneer Monument was dedicated on June 6, 1918 and erected in honor of all who made the difficult trek across the western plains and mountains to reach California during the 1840s. Constructed near the site of the cabins that gave shelter to the Donner Party, work on the monument began in 1901. Since then, the monument has stood in testament to the thousands of families and individuals who risked all for a better life, and honors the pioneer spirit of those who came before us.

The monument needs our help.  After nearly 100 Truckee winters it is in dire need of repair.

This project includes:

  • Restoration of the Pioneer Monument

  • Site improvement landscaping

  • Construction of an outdoor community educational pavilion

Donation levels over $1,000 will be recognized on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center foyer. All donation levels over $50 include a one-year membership to the Sierra State Parks Foundation and other “thank you” gifts at various donation levels. We will be pleased to send you our Donner Fundraising Campaign materials or meet with you to share our vision.

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The Donner Project Case Statement

Vikingsholm, historic photo from 1929.

Emerald Bay State Park:
Vikingsholm Restoration Projects

Goal $40,000

($22,345 raised to date)

World famous Vikingsholm Castle is visited by over 100,000 people each year and admired by boat by tens of thousands more. The gardens have fallen fallow and are in dire need of restoration.

This project includes:

    • Outside wood rehabilitation
    • Repair to damaged pointing around the turret
    • Landscaping improvement in the courtyard and lakeside beds
    • Ongoing maintenance of the 79-year-old structure.

Invest in the upkeep of this Tahoe landmark today!

Sugar Pine Point State Park:
Hellman-Ehrman Estate Restoration Projects

Goal: $100,000

($2,678 raised to date)

This project includes

  • Olympic Snow Trails Seasonal Grooming ($8,000)
  • Garden Restoration Project ($26,000)
  • Mercury Boat Restoration ($15,000)
  • Interior plaster work repairs and painting ($49,000)
  • Replace outside porch furniture ($2,000)


Vikingsholm Tour

Park Enhancement Fund

Goal: $50,000

This board designated fund will be used for immediate and impactful needs in the seven California State Parks we serve. 

We gratefully accept memorial and honorarium donations.