Support the Donner Project

Creating spaces to learn about our past and dream into the future….

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.

Let’s do something spectacular….repair the monument and create an amazing education pavilion.

Using the Collective Impact Model, SSPF has collaborated with California State Parks and the Native Son of the Golden West to work together to solve a complex problem.

The Donner Project will complete three major objectives:  

  • Restoration of the Pioneer Monument-$630,000 GOAL raised with work to begin May 2022! 

  • Site improvement landscaping- Current fundraising focus: $200,000 required and $60,000 to go!

  • Construction of an outdoor community educational pavilion-Planning phase begun.

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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Learn More with the Donner Project Case Statement

9/14/20 UPDATE: View our ribbon-cutting celebration of reaching a financial milestone! And head to our Celebration blog post to learn more about this milestone! Monument restoration begins in 2022!

Next step update April 2022: Fundraising and planning efforts are now focused on the area surrounding the monument. We will be creating a reflective space that will include walking paths, seating pods in shady areas and plantings to mimic the landscape of the 1800’s. Estimate construction date: Summer 2023.