Helping students succeed in college


When our donors want to help students in Napa Valley achieve their full potential, they open a Scholarship Fund at NVCF. Our donors have chosen the types of students they wish to support, and NVCF currently has Scholarship Funds that help: military veterans; high school students who are first in their families to pursue college, or have faced…

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Citizenship Ceremony in Napa, California on March 31, 2016


When we had the opportunity to host the first-ever United States Naturalization oath ceremony in Napa, we were proud to watch 21 people--representing 12 nations--sworn in as U.S. Citizens. More than 150 people were in attendance for the historic moment.  If you couldn't attend, watch the video below for highlights of the special day. Click here…

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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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