May 21, 2013

Backing new and effective programs

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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 other agencies. Their program shifted the focus of police response from perpetrator to victim, and this model—considered a best practice by law enforcement and advocates—was supported by a $50,000 grant from a Napa Valley Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund. We structured this investment as a challenge grant, which resulted in an additional $50,000 towards the program from the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

 

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