Winiarski Family Foundation: Grants for Northern California

OVERVIEW: The Winiarski Family Foundation supports education, conservation and preservation, and human services in Northern California and the Napa Valley region.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, conservation and preservation, human services

IP TAKE: Explore the funder’s evolving website for updated information about grantmaking guidelines, deadlines and priorities.

PROFILE: Established in 2007, the Winiarski Family Foundation (WFF) is an independent foundation based in Napa, California. Napa Valley winemaker Warren Winiarski founded WFF following his success as the founder and proprietor of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Winiarski was born in Chicago, moved to the Napa Valley in the 1960s, and also owns and operates Arcadia Vineyards. Winiarski serves as the foundation’s president, and family members serve as the other officers and directors. Grantmaking includes education, conservation and preservation, and human services.

While WFF maintains a sparse website, the funder has generously supported education and local causes in the Napa Valley region in recent years. Past grantees include the Land Trust of Napa County, the Napa County Open Space District, the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Preservation Fund, and the University of California, Davis.

Foundation grants range between $5,000 and $25,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is largely focused on the Napa Valley region of Northern California. Other grantees are located in Davis and Yountville, California.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 707-224-8822.


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