Napa Valley Community Foundation Announces $331,000 in Funding for Napa County Animal Welfare Organizations

Thursday, March 30, 2023, Napa, CA – Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) announced today the fourth round of annual grants from The David and Jane Gotelli Family Fund, which was created through a generous bequest from the late David and Jane Gotelli to support small animals in Napa Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Gotelli were longtime Napa residents who both passed away at age 87.  The endowed Fund creates a permanent income stream to support yearly grants to organizations dedicated to the health, welfare, humane treatment and adoption and care of small animals. Since the first grants were distributed in 2020, the Fund has provided $861,000 in funding to care for small animals in the community.

Grants for 2023 have been made to nine nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose missions are to improve or sustain the welfare of small animals throughout Napa County, including: Humane Society of Napa County & SPCA Inc. (aka Napa Humane);  Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (dba Jameson Humane); Napa Bunnies; Napa County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center; Ripple Effect Animal Project; Waggin Trails Rescue Foundation; We Care Animal Rescue; Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County; and Wine Country Animal Lovers. In total, the $331,000 in grants will provide programs – like rescue and adoption, medical care and spay/neuter – to benefit more than 10,000 small animals and their people.

“The Gotellis are a beautiful example of carefully saving for a legacy that reflects your values,” said Dawnine Dyer, Chair of NVCF’s Board of Directors. “Our job is to ensure that their wishes are carried out thoughtfully, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to do that for the last four years.”

The next round of grants will be made from the Fund in early 2024 to qualified nonprofits and public agencies that seek to improve or sustain the welfare of small companion animals throughout Napa County.

For more information on the request for proposal/grant application process for The David and Jane Gotelli Family Fund, contact NVCF Senior Director of Programs & Philanthropy, Rejane Brito at  rejane@napavalleycf.org or 707.254.9565, ext. 22. For information about legacy giving through a will or trust to support your own charitable goals, contact NVCF President, Terence Mulligan, at terence@napavalleycf.org or 707.254.9565, ext. 11.

 About Napa Valley Community Foundation

Napa Valley Community Foundation works side-by-side with local donors and nonprofits to tackle the most important challenges our Valley faces. Now celebrating 29 years of service to the community, the Foundation has distributed more than $90 million in grants to improve the quality of life for residents of the region, and currently serves as the philanthropic partner to thousands of individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and corporations in Napa Valley and beyond.



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