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NapaLearns, a non-profit dedicated to improving learning outcomes for children attending Napa County’s public schools, was recognized by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) for its Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence at the third annual Heart of Napa Awards ceremony.

This year almost 300 people attended the event to recognize the nominees and award winners. NapaLearns received a glass sculpture by Latchezar Boyadjiev and $5,000 for the organization. This award was sponsored by Kaiser-Permanente, Napa-Solano.

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award is one of six different categories recognized by the CNVL and NapaLearns was selected from 16 organization nominees.

NapaLearns was co-founded by Chuck McMinn, Rick Jones, and other community leaders in 2010. McMinn was previously a general partner at InterWest Partners, a Silicon Valley venture firm, and founder of several technology start-ups. Jones came from executive positions at McKinsey and Company and Safeway.

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“Rick and I have a united vision,” said McMinn. “The quality of Napa Valley schools should be as renown as the quality of the wines we produce. Our kids deserve a top education and our community depends on a well-educated workforce to continue to fuel our economy.”

Since its founding in 2010, NapaLearns has invested more than $8.5 million, training more than 1,000 teachers and impacting more than 20,000 students. The organization has funded Master’s degrees in education for more than 130 teachers.

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