Reasons to give
One of the biggest headlines in the history of philanthropy will surely be Warren Buffet’s arresting $31 billion contribution to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From our point of view, the extraordinary thing about this gift isn’t its size, but that Mr. Buffet decided to invest in an existing foundation rather than start one of his own.
We’re honored when people decide to partner with us and invest in Napa Valley Community Foundation instead of going it alone. Decide to use our research in support of their charitable goals. Decide to share our staff with others. Decide to make this community more vibrant by collaborating with their neighbors—generous donors, like you, who are interested in making a difference. So, why would a donor choose us?
We are your advocate. We evaluate each project before distributing grant dollars to ensure the organization is viable and its leadership is effective. We believe in transparency—that nonprofits, including ours, shouldn’t be a mystery to donors.
We offer impact. Once you open a fund, we can help you develop a strategy for giving. We also can connect you to other donors so your investment can go further.
We are dedicated to Napa County, and here to serve you. You have access to our in-depth knowledge of local charitable organizations, their leadership, programs and projects.
We offer maximum tax benefit. When you work with a public charity, such as ours, you can receive a larger charitable income-tax deduction than if you set up your own foundation.
View a comparison (PDF) of community and private foundations, as well as charitable gift funds.