Citizenship Ceremony in Napa, California on March 31, 2016

Citizenship Ceremony in Napa, California on March 31, 2016

When we had the opportunity to host the first-ever United States Naturalization oath ceremony in Napa, we were proud to watch 21 people–representing 12 nations–sworn in as U.S. Citizens. More than 150 people were in attendance for the historic moment.  If you couldn’t attend, watch the video below for highlights of […]

 

Creating a stronger community one new citizen at a time

Creating a stronger community one new citizen at a time

When our immigration study revealed that Napa County has 9,000 citizenship-eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), aka Green Card holders, but many were not taking the important step towards achieving citizenship due to an absence of a robust legal services infrastructure, we launched the One Napa Valley Initiative (ONVI), a three-year campaign to create new […]

 

Helping donors pursue their passions

Helping donors pursue their passions

When Peggy became a part-time resident of Napa Valley, she decided to create a Donor Advised Fund at NVCF.  Our staff works at the intersection of Peggy’s charitable interests and local nonprofits’ programs, bringing forth carefully vetted funding ideas for her to consider.  As she says in this short video, “I use […]

 

What is a community foundation?

What is a community foundation?

So what is a community foundation and what have we accomplished in the last 20 years?  Watch the video to find out!

 

Helping Quake victims: one year later

Helping Quake victims: one year later

  On August 24, 2014, we were deeply shaken by a powerful earthquake. Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged in the largest seismic event the Bay Area has seen since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, mostly in and around the City of Napa.  More than 250 people were injured; […]

 

Supporting Valley Fire Relief Efforts

Supporting Valley Fire Relief Efforts

The Valley Fire caused widespread devastation and hardship for thousands of victims and evacuees in Lake County. The latest reports indicate that the 76,000-acre blaze is 97 percent contained, and has destroyed 1,280 homes, 27 multi-family structures, 66 commercial properties and 585 other minor structures, such as outbuildings and sheds.  […]

 

Supporting earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

Supporting earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has caused widespread devastation and hardship. The latest reports indicate that approximately 3 million people have been displaced, more than 10,000 have been injured, and that the death toll of 5,000 will continue to climb. Even as we learn more about the logistical and […]

 

20th Anniversary Celebration with Sal Khan

20th Anniversary Celebration with Sal Khan

Neither rain nor hail nor thunder and lightning stayed our faithful attendees who came to see Sal Khan speak and celebrate our 20th birthday with us. Audience members listened to the world-renowned education innovator, and founder of Khan Academy, speak by the light of their iPhones when the power went […]

 

Helping students succeed in college

Helping students succeed in college

When our donors want to help students in Napa Valley achieve their full potential, they open a Scholarship Fund at NVCF. Our donors have chosen the types of students they wish to support, and NVCF currently has Scholarship Funds that help: military veterans; high school students who are first in their families to […]

 

Taking local action: One Napa Valley Initiative

Taking local action: One Napa Valley Initiative

When immigration became a polarizing issue in other parts of the country, we brought two dozen donors together to fund a nonpartisan study on the economic and fiscal impact of immigration in Napa Valley.  We shared the results of our study with nearly 2,000 residents, encouraging civil dialogue based on […]

 

Tackling big problems together

Tackling big problems together

When the economy faltered and the housing bubble burst, we brought 35 donors together to create a program for local families at risk of losing their homes. So far, more than 1,200 households have benefited from bilingual foreclosure education workshops, personalized financial assessments, and re-housing services—all free of charge.  Our […]

 

Supporting innovative partnerships

Supporting innovative partnerships

When a group of nonprofits wanted to launch a public-private initiative to connect low-income households without bank accounts to affordable, mainstream financial services, we engaged 36 donors to help. In Napa County, it’s estimated that more than 2,000 households are “unbanked,” which means they use expensive check-cashing or pay-day lending […]

 

Sparking dialogue on key issues and trends

Sparking dialogue on key issues and trends

When a groundbreaking book was published about the sweeping demographic changes taking place across the nation, we invited the author, Paul Taylor, to Napa to talk about this important topic. We convened a group of local donors and stakeholders to meet with Paul and discuss his findings, which are based […]

 

Backing new and effective programs

Backing new and effective programs

When Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS) wanted to try a different approach to helping victims of domestic violence, we engaged one of our donors to provide seed funding. NEWS developed a team that delivers crisis intervention services immediately, on the scene of a domestic dispute, and connects victims to help from […]

 
 
 
 

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