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Reno Rodeo Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Foster Care, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: The Reno Rodeo Foundation is committed to enhancing and enriching the lives of Northern Nevada families by aiding children with extraordinary needs, building community partnerships, providing grants and scholarships to eligible Northern Nevada high school graduates.

Target demographics: Enhancing and enriching the lives of kids with extraordinary needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 80,000 children with extraordinary needs

Geographic areas served: 14 Northern Nevada Counties

Programs: Denim Drive, Reading Rooms, Educational Scholarships, Grants, Community Collaborations, Reno Rodeo Wish & Holiday Toy Distribution

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming from a poorer family my only option to go to school was to take out large amounts of loans. Without the help from the Reno Rodeo Foundation I would not be able to finish my degree because of my financial status. Thankfully with their help I be one step closer to obtaining my dream.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Reno Rodeo Foundation (RRF) is a tremendous asset to our community. They provide clothing, backpacks, toys, hygiene items, and books to children in need. The Second Judicial District Court, Reno, began a Reading Room project to provide a book to children who come to court. The Reading Room project is successful because of RRF. Through their hard work fundraising, the Court is able to give a book to every child who comes to court. Children look forward to picking out a book and they are delighted to leave with their own new book. In an otherwise stressful situation of coming to court, the books have also provided opportunities to open conversation between a child and the Court. During the last holiday season, RRF donated toys for children who came to court. The toys spread joy to all the kids and families, as well as to a lot of court staff!, throughout the entire holiday season. In the last few months, RRF started donating teddy bears to give to children who come to court. This is a wonderful gift and children love the teddy bears!

We are so fortunate to have such an incredible partnership with Reno Rodeo Foundation. Their dedication to helping children is amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Greetings, I am writing in support of the tremendous benefits provided by the Reno Rodeo Foundation to families and children, in the Reno community. Frankly, I discovered them almost by accident. I work with an organization that wanted to make a donation in honor of my deceased wife. They asked me to find an Community Foundation that would address her passion to help children dealing with challenging health or family circumstances, so that they could experience Greater Joy and Happiness, Laughter and Love in their lives and for their families.
My wife rode in the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive for nearly a decade and I remember her telling me a portion of the fees she paid, benefitted local children. After doing my due diligence and speaking with Clara Andriola, I soon realized the tremendous benefits and programs supported by the Reno Rodeo Foundation. I called my client to inform them and we agreed that there was no better way to honor Annie, and support families and children in need than by donating to the Reno Rodeo Foundation. I am so impressed by the work Clara and her team do in Reno. This is EXACTLY where my wife, Annie Welch would want her Memorial Donation to be invested and utilized. Ride on Clara and keep up your good works.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rodeo Foundation runs the Denim Drive which provides money to purchase clothes and receive contributions of clothes for kids who are separated from their parents and placed in foster homes and kids for whom no homes can be found and are placed in the "Kids Kottage". This is an amazing effort. I am one of the volunteers who purchases clothes for these special kids. We are able to fill bags with pajamas, jeans, shirts, socks and underwear for each child. A teddy bear and handmade blanket are usually included. 100% of the denim drive money is used for this purpose. Not many organizations can say that.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Clara and the team at the Reno Rodeo Foundation are exceptional! Thanks to the Reno Rodeo Foundation for always reaching out to support the patients at Renown Children's Hospital. The Reno Rodeo Foundation provides significant support to families in need of financial assistance during their most difficult times. Thank you, Reno Rodeo Foundation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years I have worked with the Foundation. Under Clara's tutelage this organization has grown and steadfastly supported the Reno Rodeo , it's members and it's beneficiaries. Currently , they offer a number of scholarships . Our foundation had the pleasure of sponsoring the Al Evans Silver Spur scholarship. It was Al's true pleasure to also work with this most worthy organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been evolved with the RR Foundation for 25 years... it is by far the best charitable foundation. They are always looking for ways to give and ways to improve the community for our youth. Reaching out to a lot of Counties to help them as well in Northern Nevada. Helping the less privileged children and students with donations, food, cloths, even scholarships for students to improve their lives. I have helped them with events to make our Community aware of the needs of our children. Denim drive... is prime example of a very successful event... giving everything back to the Community it was donated in.
With Sincerity, Debbie Sprague

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Reno Rodeo Foundation has been rewarding to Elko County Family and Juvenile Court. Reno Rodeo Foundation has been extremely generous in sharing the love of reading to youth and their families in Elko County. They provided funding for our Reading Room which allows children to take a book and a stuffed animal home with them when their families appear in court. This makes the courtroom less traumatic for children and spreads the love of reading. The children are entertained during court procedures, allowing the parents and families to focus on issues at hand rather than calming an upset child. We love to see their excited faces as they see our Reading Room created with them in mind. The children love to browse and choose their own books, and they feel special when they get to take the book home. The generosity that Reno Rodeo Foundation has shown to the Elko County Family and Juvenile Court is immeasurable. Clara Andriola and her staff have gone above and beyond to ensure that the children who come to our courtroom leave with a smile, and for that we are grateful. Thank you for allowing us to share the love of reading with our local families. The smiles on their faces are eternally rewarding as there is true magic in the smile of a child.

1 Shawn Murphey C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I nominated little girl diagnosed with leukemia . She spent 3 years battling the disease undergoing chemotherapy and many hospitalizations. She was always sweet, brave and stoic. Many times she had to travel to Oakland Children's Hospital to receive her treatments since the services she required were not available to her in Reno. Her loving family consisted of her mother, 4 siblings and grandmother. She and all her siblings had been foster children and then adopted by their foster mother. Even after missing over a 1.5 years of school she returned and made straight A's!

The Reno Rodeo Foundation awarded her and her family a check to take a well deserved fun vacation this past summer after her treatments were all complete. I was so amazed at the Reno Rodeo Foundation and their kindness, organization, caring and generosity.

Clare Andriola was so wonderful! She shows so much passion for her job. She quickly rearranged the presentation since the child was in the hospital at the time and made it all work out well.

Thank you Reno Rodeo Foundation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is such a feel-good entity for our town, as well as outlying areas. Kids are blessed in receiving grants/scholarships to aid in upper levels of education. We have an amazingly beautiful TIER ONE college, UNR, and it’s so nice to be able to keep local talent local w the aid of this foundations scholarships.
Some not on the college path (yet) are aided w clothing, toys, and necessities for living. Some of These kids have had to deal w abuse, neglect, abandonment, you name it. And to see them light up when they get to choose clean, new items at the denim drive, is really something.
The projects of the foundation trickle into all parts of our community. It really is hard to find someone who hasn’t helped or been helped w their projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization has emotionally and financially supported me through my college endeavors and I could never thank them enough for that. It's full of caring people who yearn to see students succeed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reno Rodeo Foundation works tirelessly to constantly help give back to our community. They have a denim drive that gives directly to 14 counties in Nevada and helps cloth kids in need. These kids are usually in situations they don’t understand and the Reno Rodeo Foundation gives them a sense of self by giving them their own suitcase and items. Clara Andriola is such an inspiration to our community! Thank you for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Reno Rodeo Foundation has been so generous to me. They have given me a scholarship to help me be able to afford college. Without them college would be so much more stressful and I am so lucky to have received a scholarship from them. They are kind and helpful and really want us to succeed. I couldn’t do it without them.

1 Faria A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello! My names Faria Teyana and Reno Rodeo scholarship awarded me not only helped me with college tuition but they made me feel welcome at the Reno Rodeo Luncheon. They had good food and amazing sponsors who were very friendly. The scholarship was automatically added to my tuition and I didn’t have to do a single thing.

1 Morgan M.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love the Reno Rodeo Foundation! It is truly amazing to see how they help our community members and families! ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a foster parent for many years in our community and want to give the most heartfelt thank you to Reno Rodeo Foundation and a special thanks to the Executive Director Clara Andriola. Their tireless efforts throughout our community are first class. The countless amount of hours and dollars given by the Reno Rodeo Foundation to our community is immeasurable. I am so grateful for all this organization has done and continues to do with the foster children within our community from clothing to gifts along with the Reading Roundup program as the members travel to the elementary schools to make an impact on the importance of reading to their partnering with Artown and the local non-profit junior rodoeo organization to help promote awareness in the next generation of rodeo. The foundation provides grants and scholarships for further education and also promotes breast cancer awareness at local hospitals. All of the members are a driving force within the community assisting with so many programs and organizations to reach out and make things happen! Thank you Clara Andriola and the Reno Rodeo Foundation for all you have done and continue to do within our community. I am truly honored and humbled to be a very small part in all your amazing efforts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel incredibly thankful and blessed to have received the support and help of the Reno Rodeo Foundation this year (2018). They are truly an amazing organization that goes out of their way to help kids and families in their community. They are positive, kind, generous, and caring. I know of no other community organization that we have had experience with that shows such a outpouring of love to so many. Our son has been fighting long term health issues related to a rare form of a rare disease called Autoimmune Encephalitis with a resulting Autoimmune Epilepsy. He has many doctors visits, immunotherapy infusion treatments, and we travel 8 hours to get the specialized health care that he needs. The Reno Rodeo Foundation helped lift the spirits of our son and gave us an overwhelming feeling of support as we continue on this hard journey. Words cannot truly express how much their actions make a difference in the lives of others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Reno Rodeo Foundation is AMAZING. They have helped build a gymnasium with a computer lab and classroom on the Kids Kampus. They hold clothing drives throughout the year that help clothe kids who are placed into foster care throughout the community. These kids come in with only the clothing on their back and leave with a bag full of new clothes that help them restart their life -from having nothing to having something nice. Additionally, they treat kids to rodeo events every year and have nominated several kids with special needs to be a part of the special kids rodeo- which is an AMAZING experience for them. I can't say enough about the good things that the Reno Rodeo does for kids in our community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for having such a great organization in our community. My family received $10,000 from the Reno Rodeo Foundation this year and their help has greatly improved our ability to cover travel expenses and to safely transport our girls to see their healthcare specialists in California. Not only did the foundation staff help us with travel expenses, they also brought us along to participate during the Reno Rodeo parade and throughout the Rodeo events. Thanks so much for being awesome and we look forward to seeing you at the Rodeo next year to say hi.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From Carson Tahoe Cancer Center-The Reno Rodeo Foundation is an amazing nonprofit in our community! Clara Andriola and Bill Summy as well as the entire Rodeo Foundation have impacted our community and patients in a major way. At this years event one of our younger patients, William, was the recipient of the Reno Rodeo Wish. William is a warm-hearted, caring, loving, funny and courageous boy that we are blessed to know. He has a dedicated, supportive and loving family that advocates for him daily. The Reno Rodeo Wish award allowed William and his family to spend quality time outside of the hospitals and not have to worry as much about the numerous concerns and obligation of treatments. This wish was the perfect example of giving back and advocating for a family who deserved the extra support. It proves that they are not fighting a battle alone and are supported by a larger community. It was an honor to work alongside the Reno Rodeo Foundation to surprise William and his family with such a wonderful gift. Clara and Bill took time out of their busy schedules to come and visit William while being treated in the Cancer Center. The amount of support that these two individuals displayed to William and his family is only a small amount of the time and dedication they provide to the community. The Carson Tahoe Cancer Center's Ambulatory Infusion Center and entire Carson Tahoe Health will forever be thankful to the Reno Rodeo Foundation for their generosity and commitment to our community.

1 Vickie C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnering and volunteering with the Reno Rodeo Foundation on some projects has been so rewarding, Seeing the miles on the kids faces are worth their weight in gold. The foundation brings so much to children in our community, from Art Town, to Denim drive, to supporting and providing grants to other non profit organizations and scholarships for those kids moving into college. You will always find the Reno Rodeo foundation in the forefront of promoting the sport of rodeo throughout our community and giving a hand up to rodeo kids and foster kids at every opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reno Rodeo Foundation is incredible. The services and outreach they provide helps so many of our youth in our area. From the denim drive to the storytelling in the park they go above and beyond to help as many children as possible. I really enjoyed watching the children enjoy their day in the park. I truly believe in this foundation and all do.

1 CTHNews

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From Carson Tahoe Health - A special thank you to the Reno Rodeo Foundation as they presented a check for $6,500 to one of our AIC patients, 10-year old William Strange. William, who has gone through extensive treatment for last 2 years. He was nominated by Carson Tahoe nurse, Maria Sampang, and then chosen by the Reno Rodeo Foundation to receive the money. William’s mom, dad, and three brothers used the money to take a camping trip this summer in between William’s treatments. Additionally, William and his family were able to attend the Reno Rodeo Parade as VIP guests!

Throughout the process, the Reno Rodeo Foundation has been wonderful with keeping the hospital notified, as well as showing great empathy and care for the Strange family. We are so grateful to have worked with this organization to help one of our patients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been fostering for over 15 years . During this time the one constant that has supported families the greatest has been Reno Rodeo Foundation! My kids have been so blessed over the years with new clothes and toys and the Special Kids Rodeo as well as attending the regular rodeo as a family! We have adopted 9 kids and I guarantee that the Denim Distribution and the Rodeo have been huge highlights for them! Clara and all of the fabulous volunteers do their job tirelessly year after year and always with a smile on their face and love in their hearts . We can’t thank you enough ! The Fredeens

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the County now for over twenty years. One of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of my career will always be the foster family outreach and support we have been able to provide solely because of our partnership with the Reno Rodeo Foundation. I am guessing that we are quickly approaching the millions mark in terms of the number of children they have outfitted over the years. They never stop asking, "How can we do more to serve, what is needed most, how about we add (x) so that families and children will be more supported?"

Through the dedication and heart and soul of the non-profit, Executive Director Clara Andriola, foster families are provided clothing, Christmas presents, shoes, rolling back packs, and even events during the annual Reno Rodeo.

Their volunteer base is like nothing I have ever encountered! They are dedicated, hard-working, and most importantly the same people year after year i.e. they LOVE being part of this organization and it is shows as if being part of a family.

I thank all of them for their work in supporting our organization and words can't express what it has meant over the years in serving our families and most importantly our kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Reno Rodeo Foundation is an amazing organization who continually gives to this community. Children in this community are consistently blessed by this organization. The foster children I work with receive clothing, school supplies and even toys during the holidays through the Reno Rodeo Foundation and this is only a small piece of what the good works they do in this community. Always working for the good!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Reno Rodeo Foundation for 25 years or so. After having been Muscular Dystrophy Director for 27 years I realize how very much the Reno Rodeo Foundation does for the youth in our community. From Denim Drive and distribution to the Reading Roundup which I also volunteer with, the Reno Rodeo Foundation is a top notch organization. I love the look in these kids eyes when we do the distribution. Some of these kids have nothing. To be able to provide them with new clothes is a treat for me too. Last year I helped with the Toy Distribution and that was such a fantastic event. I am proud to be a volunteer with this organization. Bill Richards

3 Suzie Capurro M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family Foundation, Louis and Genevieve Capurro Family Foundation, has been lucky enough to be involved with the Reno Rodeo Foundation for several years. It has been our pleasure to witness the great work that they do for our local community. Their Reading Round-up Program offers free books to elementary school children. Some of whom have never been able to have books of their own in their home! The Wish Program gives the opportunity to have simple home care requests to actual family excursions to local children with severe health issues. These "wishes" are such a blessing, not only for the children but also the rest of family that suffers right along with them. The Reno Rodeo Foundation gives so much to our community and we are honored to be involved with all they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a foster/adoptive parent in the Reno/Sparks Community and am so thrilled that the Reno Rodeo Foundation has generously chosen to assist us by collected clothes and toys for children in fostercare. I look forward to the events where we get to chose new clothes for the children we care for but the best part is seeing all the friendly volunteers as they smile and thank us for what we do. This type of acknowledgement means the world to us. This is a phenomenal non-profit and their volunteers are the best!!! Thank you so much for all YOU do!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having retired from a life time of working with children and the agencies that serve them, when I became involved with the Reno Rodeo Foundation I was truly surprised by the depth and commitment of the foundations contribution to the children of northern Nevada. From scholarships for worthy students to toy and clothes distribution directed to foster children, the community has been well served by the foundation. The success of the foundation can be attributed to the number and caliber of volunteers and the leadership of the directer, Clara Andriola. The Reno Rodeo Foundation is an excellent model for other communities to follow.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reno Rodeo Foundation is a wonderful non profit organizing. Not only do all the volunteers collect clothing for our foster youth they also collect toys for hundreds of children in Northern Nevada. When ever I have gone to a drive the volunteers take their time helping you and talking to the children like the child is a family member of their own. Thank you for just being extra kind.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reno Rodeo Foundation is an amazing organization. My daughter had the honor of being a Reno Rodeo foundation wish recipient and we will always cherish this experience. The people are extraordinary and go above and beyond to positively impact our community and the lives of those within it. I can’t think of a more deserving organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Reno Rodeo Foundation for several years now. From Denim Drive and Distribution to Toy Distribution and scholarships as well as Reading Roundup and now the Reading Rooms at the Justice Court the Reno Rodeo Foundation helps so many children in our community. In 14 Northern Nevada Counties to be exact. A fair number of these kids are pulled out of their homes in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their back. The Reno Rodeo Foundation makes certain that these kids have clothes of their own for the first time in some cases. Their toy Distribution last year helped the less fortunate in our community and some were taken to the homeless camps as well so that those who have nothing had some Christmas in their lives. Scholarships allow kids without the means of doing so to seek higher education. Reading Roundup gives 25 Title 1 schools tools to help first graders with literacy. As far as I’m concerned the Reno Rodeo Foundation is the best non-profit organization in Northern Nevada.