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A little magic can make all the difference.

South Lake Tahoe is a close-knit, mountain community with a diverse population of working families. Unfortunately, many local families with children are currently experiencing a crisis for basic essential needs. Families may struggle financially because of a job loss, an illness or accident, a death or family status change.

The Tahoe Magic mission is to help these families with one-time financial support to ensure their essential needs such as electricity, heat and food continue. One unexpected crisis can put a family at risk of losing housing or having their utilities shut off. Tahoe Magic is here to help and for more than 30-years, the nonprofit continues to make a difference in our community.

Tahoe Magic is a unique nonprofit reliant on donations, working in collaboration with referral agency partners, schools, library, County, and socially supportive nonprofits to verify and ensure all donations go directly to those who need it most.

Learn more about our annual results and history.

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“I wanted to thank you for giving me a platform to make a donation to our community. I have been in this area since 1989. I was a cocktail waitress back in the day and I understand how this must be affecting families here at this time.”

Christia donor during the COVID-19 crisis

“Thank you so much. I do not know what South Lake Tahoe would do without Tahoe Magic. It makes all the difference in the world to our clients.”

Nonprofit partner to Tahoe Magic

”Hello, I’m Nellie. Thank you for helping mom with the rent and all the other bills she had. I don’t know who you are but you are a sweet, loving and awesome person. “Godbless” you and may repay you. With the money that was left, my mom could buy me and my brother new shoes that we needed.”


“Thanks for all you are doing for our community and our social services partners.”

Donor to Tahoe Magic

”No words can describe how thankful we are.”

A mom who had to take time off from work to be with her 10 year old daughter who had a brain tumor

“Tahoe Magic is the one nonprofit that we can turn to for emergency shelter assistance. It is what our clients worry the most about above all else, not having a place to live during this traumatic time.”

Nonprofit partner to Tahoe Magic

“Thank you so very much during this time. It was very hard for us after having a newborn with so many unexpected expenses. We need more programs & people like this in the world. Thank you so much; you’ll never know how much it meant to us.”

Shauntyaha, Gerardo and Gresha

We’re In This Together

If you want to help families with one time financial relief, please CONTRIBUTE HERE

100% of your contribution will go to assisting those in our community who are in financial crisis (0% to administrative or overhead costs)

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“30 years of private donations and local grants from our giving and caring community allow us to continue to reach out and help our neighbors when they are in a crisis. Tahoe Magic gives us each a chance to be there for each other.” –Wendy David, Founder & Board Director, Tahoe Magic

Since 1994, Tahoe Magic has responded to thousands of local families who are in financial crisis, providing essential needs such as heat and power, food, medical, and transportation. The nonprofit organization continues its mission to assist our neighbors who are in dire need. We have dispersed hundreds of thousands of dollars across the South Shore area to these community members.

Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00 One Time

To mail a check: Tahoe Magic, PO Box 13070, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151

Download the 990 Tax form:  990-EZ

Helping Families in Crisis

Lake Tahoe – For some it is paradise, for others it is “poverty with a view.”

Tahoe Magic is a leading local nonprofit organization that responds immediately with respect and acts to help families who are experiencing a sudden or unexpected crisis. In this way, we are a community who cares for each other.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, Tahoe Magic assists families in need with one-time crisis funding upon referral from one of our partner agencies. A little magic can make all the difference.

woman holding baby in air, standing at the shores