President and CEO // Napa Valley Community Foundation

Philanthropy in Napa Valley

As president and CEO of the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) since 2004, Terence Mulligan leads his team of  colleagues and a group of volunteer board and committee members in pursuit of the Foundation’s mission – to tackle the  most critical challenges that Napa Valley faces. One such challenge most recently faced – the devastating financial impact of COVID-19 for which NVCF  has released $3.5 million from its Disaster Relief Fund to support immediate community health needs and emergency financial assistance for low- to moderate- income workers. “Every day, we gather generous hearts and bright minds to  solve the problems that lie just beneath the surface of this beautiful place we call home,” said Mulligan, a  native  of the Sacramento Valley who holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School. Before joining the Napa Valley Community Foundation, Mulligan spent three years at the Peninsula Community Foundation in Silicon Valley, helping to raise more than $100 million from individuals, families, and corporations. “I think we have a well-earned reputation for taking-on things that are difficult, and for making a significant difference; things like workforce housing, immigration, and disasters, to name a few.” Mulligan works with his board to assess where financial focus should be placed. He spends time with local non- profits to more deeply understand what  it is each does for the community, and to determine emerging issues that might not be receiving enough attention. He works with his team in taking great care of existing donors, and in recruiting new donors to support the Foundation. “We are here to harness the power of peoples’ collective generosity,” said Mulligan, father to a 14-year-old son and 12-year- old daughter. “As one of my favorite donors recently said, ‘What happens outside of Napa County is beyond my control, but when I work with Napa  Valley  Community Foundation, I feel like a force for good.’”


Article By: Fran Miller