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Napa Valley Vintners Report to Community: Auction Napa Valley Funding Assists More Than 90,000 Napa County Residents

St. Helena, CA – More than 90,000 local residents were served by Napa County nonprofits in 2013 as a result of investments by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) through Auction Napa Valley proceeds, according to a newly released report to the community from the nonprofit wine trade association.

In 2012, following two years of research and in-depth assessment of its Auction grant program, the NVV shifted its funding to invest deeply rather than broadly to have a meaningful, measurable impact on the community. The new strategy was implemented beginning in calendar year 2013. Over the past several months, with the help of csb consulting of Oakland, an independent authority on grantmaking, NVV has been analyzing the results of the new strategy and is making the findings available to the community.

“Our priority is to help build strong, stable organizations in Napa County that can adapt and respond to community needs,” said Linda Reiff, president and CEO of the NVV. “Through our Community Support Fund, we contribute annually to a core group of about 25 local nonprofits using this model. We’re thrilled to see such substantial results from the first year alone of this new approach and we’re excited to share those results with our neighbors.”

In 2013, the NVV granted more than $5 million from its Community Support Fund to 25 nonprofit organizations specializing in community health and children’s education services in Napa County. Results of these investments include:

  • 90,199 clients were served in Napa County overall by nonprofits including Clinic Ole, the local Boys & Girls Clubs, Aldea Children & Family Services, Children’s Health Initiative and more (includes some overlap for those receiving services from multiple organizations)

  • 7,895 clients, volunteers or providers were trained to prevent or reduce the risk of illness at more than 600 training sessions

  • 252 classrooms benefitted from teacher training and support resulting in improved academic performance for 78% of preschool participants and an increase in schoolwork engagement for 77% of elementary, middle and high school students

    "I have been impressed with the level of services that our local agencies provide throughout the community," notes Howard Himes, director of health and human services for Napa County. "Many of these agencies have received funding from Auction Napa Valley proceeds which has allowed them to meet the growing and changing needs of children and families in Napa County. The partnership between community organizations and the NVV is unique and indicates an overall commitment to make Napa County a great place to live."

    Several of the nonprofit agencies reported an increased demand for services, challenges in collecting and maintaining data, and the ongoing effects of government cutbacks during the year. However, the majority of the agencies still met or exceeded established goals for serving the community.

    A summary of the Grant Report is available for review at The NVV will announce its most recent Community Support Fund investments in early 2015.

    About the Napa Valley Vintners
    The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence for 70 years by inspiring its 500 members to produce consistent quality wines, provide environmental leadership and care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at

    About Auction Napa Valley
    Auction Napa Valley is the NVV's annual community fundraiser that for nearly 35 years has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to raise funds to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa Valley community. To date, the NVV has invested more than $130 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in Napa County nonprofit organizations.