We work for students.
We work for teachers.
We work for tomorrow.



Our mission is to inspire Napa Valley public school students to broaden horizons, deepen knowledge and develop skills to become confident, healthy and successful individuals in the community. The Napa Valley Education Foundation fosters community support and private funding for public school programs that create excellence in College & Career Readiness, Music Education, Youth Wellness, and Classroom Innovation. Through collaborative community partnerships, NVEF programs increase student performance, inspire teacher innovation and build community engagement.
At NVEF, we believe an investment in education is an investment in our future.
NVEF serves all 20,000 students and 1,000 educators in Napa County’s public school system. This includes Napa Valley Unified School District, St. Helena Unified School District, Calistoga Joint Unified School District, Howell Mountain Elementary School District, Pope Valley Union Elementary School District, and Napa County Office of Education.

How we help


NVEF and its community partners create programs that give our students opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise access:
    • NVEF is the lead organization in the Napa Wellness Collaborative — committed to building and sustaining Wellness Centers at all NVUSD campuses.
    • NVEF is the coordinating agency for the Napa Student Wellness Center Crisis Response Project, which provides care for thousands of K–12 students and their families during disasters.
    • NVEF conducts a strategic planning session with NVUSD leaders each year to assess the challenges and needs of local schools. Their input helps the Foundation develop programs that address the priorities and needs of teachers and students.


NVEF gives students experiences beyond the classroom, improving academic, social and emotional growth:
  • Mentor and Internship Programs enable more than 1,500 8th–12th graders to explore careers at 300 local businesses.
  • School Wellness Centers improve behavior and social/emotional functioning for 4,200 students while reducing suspensions by 61%.
  • More than 6,000 4th–12th graders participate in Music Connection camps, workshops and after-school programs throughout the school year.
  • 50% of high school students who participate in the eight-week Summer Mentor Program are hired at the end of their internship


NVEF bolsters programs that inspire creativity, innovative lessons, and transformative experiences for students and teachers:
  • 900 musical instruments are rented to students each year; 71% of which are provided at no/low cost.
  • More than $1.3 million has been awarded to 1st–12th grade teachers at 18 schools for lessons that motivate students and provide real-world experiences.
  • Monthly Music Festival Days bring elementary, middle and high school choral, strings and band students and teachers together for a day of lessons, peer-to-peer mentorship and performance.

Who we help

Together we can change tomorrow

Alta Heights Elementary
Bel Aire Park Elementary
Browns Valley Elementary
Calistoga Elementary
Canyon Oaks Elementary
Donaldson Way Elementary
Howell Mountain Elementary
McPherson Elementary
Napa Junction Elementary
Napa Valley Language Academy
Northwood Elementary
Phillips Elementary
Pope Valley Elementary
Pueblo Vista Elementary
Saint Helena Elementary
Saint Helena Primary
Shearer Elementary
Snow Elementary
Stone Bridge
Vichy Elementary
West Park Elementary
Willow Elementary
American Canyon Middle
Redwood Middle
Robert Louis Stevenson Intermediate
Silverado Middle
Unidos Middle School
Calistoga Jr/Sr High
American Canyon High
Calistoga Junior/Senior High
Camille Creek (NCOE)
Napa High
Napa Valley Independent Studies
New Technology High
Palisades High (Continuation)
Saint Helena High
Valley Oak High
Vintage High

Merger with NapaLearns

In July, 2021, NVEF merged with longtime nonprofit partner NapaLearns. Founded in 2010 NapaLearns focused on seed-funding and scaling successful, innovative teaching and learning strategies across Napa County. In addition to investing millions of dollars into educational programs, NapaLearns also provided tuition fellowships to more than 200 Napa County educators earning their Master’s degrees in Innovative Learning from Touro University of California. Learn more here.