Napa Valley Vintners Healthy Community Fund

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Location: Po Box 141, Saint Helena, 94574 CA

EIN: 91-1813537

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1Culturally incompetent1Difficult to work with1Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Required attachments are fairly standard1Large grants1Positive leader in the field

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Napa Valley Vintners Healthy Community Fund

Jun 15, 2023

Reviewer 2992 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The application is very cumbersome -- make sure to allow time to review all the questions multiple times (including pop-up questions), and especially data-related questions where the funder's categories may not match up with the data you have on hand. Also, be prepared for requests on short notice from foundation staff-- in my experience, this ranged from requesting our attendance at donor events, to requests for info (i.e. cumulative data/testimonials about our programs) that could have been gleaned from the existing information we've submitted to the foundation. Contact with the foundation staff was difficult, as it seemed like there were always one or two people wearing a lot of hats. That said, they're a dedicated funder and good about renewal grants.

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Aug 23, 2021

Reviewer 1364 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Set up meeting with Program Officer. Be prepared to pitch multiple programs. Cite how you will leverage additional funds, and evaluate the programs.


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent

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Feb 09, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

We are grateful to have had Napa Valley Vintners as a consistent funder for the past few years. Susan Duke has been our primary point of contact and is wonderful to work with and incredibly responsive. On the whole, Napa Valley Vintners is very thoughtful and detailed and requires specific outputs and outcomes for funding proposals, along with meticulous evaluation methods. The proposals and reports are very time-consuming, but they have remained one of our strongest funder relationships. Currently, they are revamping their strategic framework to shift from solely being a 'funder' to a comprehensive investor. They are working with existing grantees to ask for feedback in a really inclusive way.


Required attachments are fairly standard, Large grants, Positive leader in the field

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