Individuals & Families

We believe that people want to make a positive contribution to their community. And we believe that there is one solution to every challenge facing our community; that solution is a human response. The community foundation is committed to mobilizing local people and resources to meet those ever-changing needs. With integrity, quality and community as our compass it is absolutely possible! 

Donor Advised Fund

Operating much like a personal or family foundation, donors can contribute to their fund when it is most convenient and then recommend gifts over time for charitable purposes. Donors select a fund name and investment strategy (i.e., endowment or pass-through fund) and then makes grants to organizations committed to the causes they cares about.

Designated Fund

Funds typically created to ensure the support will be provided to one or more specific charitable organizations named by the donor. The Foundation ensures that disbursements are made to appropriate charitable agencies as specified.

Social Venture

For social entrepreneurs who have an idea or cause but are not fully ready to launch a nonprofit organization outright, this service provides the tools and expertise you may need to launch your initiative while not having to deal with the hassle of starting your own organization.

Scholarship Fund

We can help you establish a scholarship or award program that could work with public or private educational institutions around the focus and priorities of your strategic philanthropy goals.

Endowment Funds

Endowments invest in the marketplace so as to grow the fund while also allowing annual disbursements to the priorities designated by the donor.

Giving Circles

Giving Circles are formed when individuals come together and pool funds, decide together where to give the money, and learn together about their community and philanthropy. This can be a great team-building tool for employee teams.

Memorial Fund

A Memorial Fund is a meaningful way to honor a loved one. Usually named after the person being honored, the Memorial Fund is used for charitable purposes to honor the life of your loved one.

Get Started

Let us know your idea! NVCF is excited to partner with you in your charitable endeavor. The following steps are designed to walk together through the process of discernment to see the best type of fund or program that may be best for you.

Step 1

Fill out an Application Form

Step 2

Set up an Appointment with NVCF staff

Step 3

Set the scope and strategic plan for your social endeavor

Step 4

Start making a difference!

Get Started

Benefits of NVCF

The North Valley Community Foundation serves as your social bank where you can expect several distinct advantages as you make strategic philanthropy decisions that maximizes your charitable investment for greater community impact. Whether you want to restructure your giving or utilize the resources of NVCF to fully engage your dream for social change, there are many distinct advantages to a strategic partnership with NVCF:

Streamlined Process

NVCF facilitates a process that focuses on your charitable goals and realizing your dreams for social impact.  Creating a charitable fund at NVCF is an easy, low-cost alternative to forming and administering a private foundation or nonprofit organization. Our professional program staff can help you understand community needs, assess local organizations, and direct gift dollars to high-impact areas.

Tax Benefits

NVCF offers maximum federal and state tax benefits. As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donors may deduct contributions as provided in IRC 170 of the U.S. Tax Code. Donor receipts are distributed on a quarterly basis.


NVCF accepts a wide variety of gifts – including cash, stocks, real estate, and other assets. We can help you create a fund that addresses virtually any charitable purpose.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving is an important means to transfer personal or family resources (wealth/ assets) into philanthropy for the benefit of charitable causes and nonprofits—locally, nationally, or internationally. NVCF can facilitate this process.

Strategic Philanthropy

The North Valley Community Foundation specializes in helping individuals, families, and businesses create strategic philanthropy plans, working to help you identify the scope of your giving to maximize community impact. Our process of facilitation results in a plan that identifies your giving mission, scope, interests, and procedures. Through this process, we harness your ideas to create grant processes, ventures, and initiatives that lead to tangible outcomes.

Community Engagement

One of the most powerful advantages NVCF has to offer is an inspiring experience of philanthropy. NVCF includes a network of highly engaged and passionate community members. You don’t have to make social change alone. NVCF is a network of social entrepreneurs, donors, community activists and influencers who desire to be a part of making our community better. This network is involved in both international and social ventures seeking to make a difference in a myriad of ways.

Cost Savings

Due to the economies of scale and the charitable mission of the community foundation, we offer these services and products at the lowest cost to the donor.