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



Our mission is to inspire Napa Valley public school students to broaden their horizons, deepen their knowledge and develop their skills to become confident, healthy and successful individuals in the community. NVEF was founded in 1983 to help fill the critical public funding gap for the Napa Valley Unified School District. NVUSD receives 42% less money per student than students in four nearby districts.
At NVEF, we believe an investment in education is an investment in our future.
Each year, we endeavor to raise nearly $2 million for education. NVEF has extensive partnerships throughout our community and is actively working to support our students, 50% of whom are from low-income families. Currently, due to COVID-19, we expect student need for NVUSD mental health services will increase by at least 50% to serve nearly 7,500 students over the next year.

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

1. Alta Heights Elementary School
2. Bel Aire Park Elementary
3. Browns Valley Elementary School
4. Canyon Oaks Elementary School
5. Donaldson Way Elementary School
6. El Centro Elementary School
7. Irene M. Snow Elementary School
8. McPherson Elementary School
9. Napa Junction Elementary School
10. Napa Valley Language Academy
11. Northwood Elementary School
12. Phillips Elementary School
13. Pueblo Vista Elementary School
14. Salvador Elementary School
15. Shearer Charter Elementary School
16. Stone Bridge School
17. Vichy Elementary School
18. West Park Elementary School
1. American Canyon Middle School
2. Harvest Middle School
3. Redwood Middle School
4. River Middle School
5. Silverado Middle School
1. American Canyon High School
2. Napa High School
3. New Technology High School
4. Valley Oak High School
5. Vintage High School

Our Accomplishments

In August, 2014, the Foundation jumped to respond to the immediate needs of NVUSD teachers by collecting community donations and distributing earthquake grants to teachers within two weeks of the disaster. The Foundation distributed more than $20,000 in grants directly to classrooms to replace school supplies and classroom equipment damaged by the earthquake. In 2015, the Foundation was awarded the certification of Service Enterprise. Staff members completed a two-month training to certify the Foundation through the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. Service Enterprise organizations are trained to engage volunteers in all aspects of their work. Research shows that a $1 investment in volunteer capacity can deliver up to $6 in return.