NVCF Launches Chico Children’s Endowment Fund

North Valley Community Foundation has launched the Chico Children’s Endowment Fund with a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor. The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to improve the lives of children living in Chico who are growing up in physically and emotionally adverse conditions by strengthening local service providers, increasing awareness, and funding advocacy, education and access to resources. The Chico Children’s Endowment Fund, with the goal of raising $10 million over the next several years, will provide a perpetual source of funding for organizations in our community addressing those needs.

As part of its launch, the Chico Children’s Endowment Fund is inviting organizations in Butte County with evidence of making a positive difference in the lives of children in vulnerable housing situations to apply for resources from its first grant program.

The purpose of the Youth Development Grant Program is to engage and support community organizations serving children living in vulnerable housing situations. Grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000 and will be determined based on demonstrated results, program or project needs and willingness to engage in a boarder community dialogue around addressing this challenge.

“You can expect to see the Community Foundation play a more active role in addressing the incredible challenges facing many of our communities’ children.  Today we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Chico Children’s Endowment. This fund has been seeded with $1 million from an anonymous donor. Our hope at the Foundation is to match every penny contributed by this donor with community contributions. And, reinvest these monies into the organizations on the frontlines of providing critical services to our children. We plan to invest around $40,000 in this grant cycle, and this is just the beginning.” Alexa Benson-Valavanis, President and CEO of North Valley Community Foundation.


To qualify for participation in the Chico Children Endowment Grant Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Local nonprofit organization or local program with a fiscal receiver providing direct or indirect services to children in and/or around Chico who face a housing crisis.
  • Selected grantees must be willing and able to participate in a quarterly meeting with other grantees to discuss coordinated strategies to help children who face unstable housing environments. 

The grant application opens March 1, 2016 and closes April 30, 2016. Applications can be submitted online at nvcf.org/children

Questions can be directed to Alexa Benson-Valavanis of the North Valley Community Foundation at avalavanis@nvcf.org or by phone at (530) 891-1150 x28.


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