Success Stories

The North Valley Community Foundation helps connect people with good hearts to good causes. We also remove barriers to help people with dreams for social good become reality.

Scroll down to see some of our success stories. 


Purses for Primates


Allison Boyer was in the seventh grade when she became heartbroken over the plight of orangutans. Many orangutans are displaced from their habitats due to deforestation caused by the rapid growth of the palm oil plantation industry. She wanted to help.

She approached NVCF with her idea to start a nonprofit called Purses for Primates. She collects new and slightly used purses to sell at events. She has raised more than $27,000 for her favorite orangutan organization, Orangutan Outreach. Orangutan Outreach uses the funds she donates to transport orangutans from rescue centers into protected forests once they are ready to live in the wild.  


Chico Children's Museum


A group of residents had an idea to fill a void noticed by parents of young children in Chico, so they set out to start a children’s museum. Rather than going through the time-consuming and often-difficult task of starting a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the organizers met with NVCF and decided to open the Chico Children’s Museum Fund through the NVCF where individuals and organizations could make tax-deductible donations. 


After years of fundraising, planning and building, the museum opened to rave reviews from children (and their parents) in January 2019. 


Disaster Relief Funds

The NVCF has for years opened disaster relief funds for local, national and international events, such as a mass shooting in Rancho Tehama, the Oroville spillway evacuation, Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. We open disaster relief funds because local people want to help but don’t know which organizations to give money to. We then vet the local organizations at the site of the tragedy and send the donations to them, knowing they will get the disaster relief funds in the right hand.

The tables turned in a different direction on Nov. 8, 2018, when the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history hit Paradise, Magalia, Concow and other unincorporated parts of Butte County. That same day, we opened the Camp Fire Relief Fund so that people locally and nationwide could contribute to the relief and recovery efforts. We have raised millions of dollars and issued more than $30 million in grants to organizations working with survivors.

Celebration Foundation


The Celebration Foundation exists under the umbrella of NVCF. The fashion show fundraiser showcases the beauty, grace, and resilience of life beyond breast cancer. Celebration Foundation presents up to 40 breast cancer survivors in an empowering and inspirational show of courage, fashion, hope and talent.


First presented in 2009 by Butte/Glenn Medical Society Alliance, the Celebration has donated $116,500 to cancer treatment centers and cancer support funds.


The Alex Project

After the tragic suicide of his teenage son, Dan Strauss approached NVCF knowing he wanted to do something to turn his son’s death into a positive – but he wasn’t sure what. After consulting with NVCF, they dreamed up the Alex Project. It tries to address what was a surprising deficiency and a contributor to teen suicide: that youths in distress could not reach help by texting. Youths will text when they won’t talk. Texting is familiar, discreet, and available.


The Alex Project promotes text messaging access to lifesaving crisis center services. The Alex Project financially supports the pioneering work of crisis centers with text messaging counselors.