2020 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 (SSPF Pledge)

$127,000 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

We have partnered with the Native Sons of the Golden West and California State Parks to raise the $1.8 million price tag.  We are pleased to announce the commitment of $634,000 from the State of California as of July 2019.  Restoration of the Pioneer Monument will begin Summer 2020.  We need you to enable the second phase to begin in 2022. 

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

Emerald Bay State Park:


Vikingsholm Forever Endowment Fund

$67,000 Raised to Date

In honor or the 90th anniversary of Vikingsholm, the Vikingsholm Forever Endowment was established in 2019.  Founding Members, at $1,000 or more, have the opportunity to be the leaders that ensure this National Historic Landmark remains the guardian of Emerald Bay…forever!

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

Goal: $157,000

($15,000 raised to date)

This project includes

  • Interior plaster work repairs and painting ($100,000)
  • Replace worn outside porch furniture ($2,000)
  • Continuation of Historic Landscape restoration ($25,000)
  • Repair the North Boathouse rotting wood and create Olympic Heritage Exhibit space. ($25,000)




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.