Memberships & Affiliations

National certification is our highest credential: your assurance that Napa Valley Community Foundation is ethical, trustworthy and operationally sound. National and state memberships demonstrate our commitment to professionalism in philanthropy.

Higher standards

Napa Valley Community Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.

The National Standards Seal indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.

Administered by the Council on Foundations, National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 41 National Standards require Napa Valley Community Foundation to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, Napa Valley Community Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review.


The Community Foundation is a member of the following nationally-recognized organizations:

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is a network of foundations working on a wide range of immigration and immigrant integration issues.  GCIR provides resources that foundations need to address the challenges facing newcomers and their host communities and to strengthen society as a whole.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders. CEP’s mission is to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness – and, as a result, their intended impact.

League of California Community Foundations

The League of California Community Foundations (LCCF) builds and strengthens California’s communities by fostering collaboration among the state’s community foundations.  More than two dozen community foundations across the state are addressing the current and future need of our communities: from the environment to the arts, from housing and job development to education, transportation and health.

National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA)

The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) advances the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. We are dedicated to supporting the needs of professionals administering scholarships in colleges and universities, non-profits, foundations, and businesses.”


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