11/17/2022 - Saint Helena, CA - Today the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) announces its latest in community support with $4.6 million in giving. For more than 40 years, the NVV has invested more than $225 million in the health and wellbeing of its community.
“We’re grateful to be able to support so many essential programs and services provided by nonprofits in our community. Napa Valley is fortunate to have so many supporters here at home and around the world that make it possible for us to give deeply. We’re humbled to be able to make a real impact on those who live and work here year after year,” said Donna Walker, grants review committee chair for the Napa Valley Vintners and proprietor of Pulido~Walker Estate Vineyard and Winery.
Receiving funding this year are 21 nonprofits who serve more than 100,000 community members each year.
$1.8 million given in the areas of mental and physical health for critical services that help maintain a healthy community.
$1.4 million given to family resource centers that serve as one-stop-shops for resources, referrals and direct services for communities.
$1.3 million given to help close the opportunity gap, giving Napa County youth the best chance to succeed in life.
Commenting on the impact of NVV giving, Trent Yaconelli, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga had this to say, “Napa Valley Vintners funding provides scholarship support so no child is ever turned away from any of our programs. This covers membership fees, sports teams, teen retreats, STEM Lab, homework tutors, college and career tours and field trips. The work the Vintners do every day in our communities' changes lives.”
In 2020, NVV sunset its long-running Auction Napa Valley fundraiser. To ensure continuity of community services, NVV pledged to give $15 million to the community over three years (2021 to 2023) from reserve funds that were raised through Auction Napa Valley. In 2021 NVV gave $5.9 million to local nonprofits followed by this year’s $4.6 million in giving.
“We’re pleased to be in a position to continue giving at this level during the transition to our new fundraising platform,” said Walker. “This is made possible by the strategic planning of our vintner and community leaders who had the foresight to set aside funds over many years.”
Since 2020, NVV has worked to create a new philanthropy program, Collective Napa Valley, that launched in January 2022. Two fundraising campaigns in June and November were held this year under the new Collective Napa Valley umbrella.
Community members and wine enthusiasts around the world are invited to take part in Collective Napa Valley. Throughout the year, there are opportunities to interact with winemakers through tastings and events while raising money for the benefit of the community. Joining is free and is the best way to stay up to date on how fundraising makes a difference in Napa Valley.
About Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its nearly 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, provide environmental leadership and care for the extraordinary place they call home. Since 1981, the NVV has invested more than $225 million in its community to provide equitable access to healthcare and opportunity for advancement in children’s education. NVV is dedicated to improving diversity and championing inclusivity in its community and in the wine industry. Learn more at napavintners.com.
Contact: Teresa Wall, Senior Director of Communications - 707-968-4210, email@example.com