“The foundation has a strong track record of filling gaps and addressing urgent needs,” Dodd, D-Napa, said in a news release. “Its work following the North Bay fires is an excellent example. So is the program it started five years ago that’s helped nearly 1,000 Napa Valley residents become U.S. citizens.”

The foundation has distributed more than $50 million since its inception 24 years ago.

Napa Valley Community Foundation has been a bridge between philanthropic families and hard-working nonprofit agencies since 1994. It the philanthropic partner to 100 individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and corporations in Napa Valley.

The foundation manages the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, established after the 2014 Napa earthquake with a $10 million gift from Napa Valley Vintners. In the wake of the 2017 October wildfires, the fund was used to raise another $15 million to help recovery efforts. The money has enabled 15,000 fire survivors to receive relief services like temporary housing, meals and medical care. Another 2,000 households suffering economic hardship as a result of the disasters received direct cash assistance totaling nearly $2.3 million.