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 the Community Foundation to help…

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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; almost 20 were admitted to…

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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.  Several hundred Napa Valley residents,…

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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 governmental challenges of helping those…

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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 out at Lincoln Theater in…

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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 local data.  After these discussions,…

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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 funding ($365,000 over 5 years)…

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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 services that can cost each…

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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 on several decades of demographic…

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