Our 2023 Annual Report: A Letter from our President & Chair

This past year was our 29th year of operation, and like a young adult on the cusp of a milestone birthday, we’ve taken this opportunity to reflect on our history while looking optimistically towards the future. In doing so, three themes have emerged related to giving, planning, and growth. Giving is hyperlocal. Grants from the…

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After the Fires: Back Home with Wanda Hudspeth

When Wanda Hudspeth lost her Pope Valley home in the 2020 LNU Complex Fire, she didn’t know how she’d be able to recover. A master gardener living in a small home that had been in her family since the 1950s, Wanda had few financial resources, but endless faith in people. She turned to UpValley Family…

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Meet our Donors: Dann and Susan Boeschen

When Dann and Susan Boeschen moved to St. Helena in 1999 from their home in Issaquah, Washington, they planned to retire. “We really flunked retirement big time,” shares Susan. A few years into their idyllic Napa lifestyle, they went from dreams of planting a rose garden to building a winery — eventually opening Boeschen Vineyards.…

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A Beacon of Hope in the Housing Crisis

We believe that our Valley is only as strong as its most vulnerable residents. Unfortunately, significant barriers—like the high cost of housing—stand in the way of local families’ ability to thrive. Napa Sonoma ADU Center exemplifies our entrepreneurial approach to bringing new solutions to local challenges. We launched the ADU Center in 2020, with co-funding…

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Leaving a Legacy: Elaine Honig

When Elaine Honig turned 50, she realized she was, someday — hopefully long in the future — going to die. “I started really thinking about what this all means. I’m just on this planet for this brief time,” says Elaine. “I’ve worked hard. I’ve been a good saver. Thinking about my resources going to something…

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One Napa Valley, Many Stories: Championing Citizenship

We believe that our community and our democracy are more vibrant when everyone participates in the decisions we make about our future. But all too often, certain segments of our population face obstacles to civic engagement—like the lack of affordable legal services to obtain citizenship, or the dearth of local journalism. Over a decade ago,…

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Grant Spotlight: AVID

We believe that all young people have the potential to become confident and contributing adults. However, while gifts and talents are evenly distributed, access and opportunities are not. Mariela Rivera’s college dreams were first ignited in eighth grade by her teacher, Mr. Norris, who encouraged Mariela to join the college preparatory class AVID (Advancement Via…

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Meet our Donors: Larry Turley and Suzanne Chambers

Suzanne Chambers and Larry Turley first met at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival in Maui more than 30 years ago. They discovered a shared passion for wine and helping others, a commitment they continue to embrace today. “My parents were teachers, and Suzanne’s parents understood the value of education. It’s hard to do well…

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