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: 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!

Get Started

These steps will help you identify the type of NVCF fund or program that can best serve your needs.

An easy way to get involved in positive community change

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Set the scope and strategic plan for your social endeavor

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Start making a difference!

Individual & Family Funds

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 care about.

Special Project Fund

These funds are typically created to ensure that 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.

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. You can create a scholarship as a memorial to someone special, selecting eligibility criteria that exemplify that person’s values or your own. Our program staff tracks performance to ensure students continue to meet the terms for scholarship support.

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.

Endowment Fund

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.

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.

The Benefits of NVCF

The North Valley Community Foundation is your social bank. You can expect several distinct advantages as you make strategic philanthropy decisions that maximize your charitable investment for the greatest community impact. Whether you want to restructure your giving or utilize the resources of NVCF to fully engage your dream for social change, a strategic partnership with NVCF offers you:

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.

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 is a network of social entrepreneurs, donors, community activists and influencers who desire to be a part of making our community better. You don’t have to make social change alone!


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.

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.