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Supporting earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

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March 3, 2015

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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 […]

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20th Anniversary Celebration with Sal Khan

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August 10, 2014

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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 […]

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Taking local action: One Napa Valley Initiative

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August 1, 2013

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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 […]

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Tackling big problems together

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July 7, 2013

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sparking dialogue on key issues and trends

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June 4, 2013

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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 […]

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Backing new and effective programs

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May 21, 2013

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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 […]

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