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Donation FAQs

Donation FAQs

Thank you so much for your generosity! Your willingness to help to support students and schools makes all the difference!

I am looking to donate to the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund.

The Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund has transitioned to the Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund as our community transitions from emergency relief to long-term disaster recovery.

The Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund is a charitable fund of the North Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

I would like to make a donation to the Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund.

The Butte County Office of Education established the Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund to provide a centralized location for individuals and organizations to financially support students and schools impacted by the Camp Fire. Funds collected will be used for programs and services that help restore “normal and routine” activities to school communities and student lives.

The Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund is a charitable fund of the North Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

Send checks to: NVCF Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund, c/o Butte County Office of Education, 1859 Bird Street, Oroville, CA 95965

I made a contribution in honor of someone else: Click here to download a letter.

My company / foundation wants to make a donation to the Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund.

Corporate gifts and foundation grants to the Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund are very much appreciated given the vast need for support in Butte County and surrounding areas at this time. Please take a moment to review the following information before contacting North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) regarding your gift:

The Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund is a charitable fund of the North Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, Tax ID 68-0161455. Please download documentation as needed for your due diligence.

NVCF W9 2018

NVCF IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

NVCF will designate 1% of all recovery fund donations to administration and management of the fund.

NVCF will happily accept contributions of $100,000 or greater via ACH or paper check. Please contact CFO Chris Hayashida-Knight at chknight@nvcf.org for ACH bank routing and account information. Smaller amounts may be submitted via credit card or check to: NVCF Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund, 240 Main Street, Suite 260, Chico CA 95928.

Please assist both NVCF and BCOE staff by pre-filling all donation application paperwork possible using the information available on this website. Both NVCF and BCOE are stretched to capacity responding to individuals, agencies, media, nationwide and international donors. Thank you for your help!

If your company is interested in setting up its own charitable fund with NVCF in order to track and provide matching dollars for employee donations, NVCF is happy to accommodate companies that will guarantee a $10,000 minimum corporate contribution to that fund. Contact Bill Hubbard, Director of Gift Planning at bhubbard@nvcf.org for this option.

Please note! Such funds cannot directly specify individuals (such as affected employees) to receive distributions. An independent committee must be established to review applications and make recommendations to NVCF for distribution. If this is the purpose your company has in mind, donations would not be tax-deductible.

I want to host an event / start a GoFundMe / raise money at my school, office, church, or social group.

Donations made to GoFundMe, Crowdrise, Facebook, and other third-parties are not tax-deductible for the individual gift-giver, as those businesses are not charitable organizations designated by the IRS. Vendors may charge a fee on donations, as well. Funds you raise via fundraising platforms and send to NVCF Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund will be recorded as a tax-deductible gift from you. The best way for individuals interested in tax-deductible donations is to give directly to the NVCF Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund. The Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund is a charitable fund of the North Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) will designate 1% of all recovery fund donations to help cover the cost of administration and management of the fund.

NVCF will happily accept contributions of $100,000 or greater via ACH/wire transfer. Please contact CFO Chris Hayashida-Knight at chknight@nvcf.org for bank routing and account information. Smaller amounts may be submitted via check to: NVCF Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund, 240 Main Street, Suite 260, Chico CA 95928.

While we are truly impressed by the outpouring of support from so many generous donors, NVCF does not have the capacity at this time to promote individual, private fundraising events. There is no need to notify NVCF of your event, though we ask that anyone promoting the Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund clearly indicate to donors that unless they donate to NVCF directly, their donations are not tax-deductible. Please know that your efforts are deeply appreciated by both BCOE and NVCF and the thousands of students and school staff impacted by the Camp Fire.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes! All online donations and all check donations of $250 or more will receive a tax receipt from North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF), tax ID 68-0161455, per IRS regulations.

Can I mail you a check?
Yes! Send to NVCF Butte County Schools Long-Term Recovery Fund, c/o Butte County Office of Education, 1859 Bird Street, Oroville, CA 95965.

Can I make my donation online?

Yes! Go to nvcf.org/fund/butte-county-schools-fire-relief-fund/ and click Donate Now. Please note that credit card donations are charged a ~2.5% processing fee.

How much of my donation goes to Butte County schools?
Credit card donations are charged a ~2.5% processing fee. 1% of your gift is used by North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) to put a small dent in the cost of processing, documenting, and most importantly, distributing your funds to the people who need it. All the rest is granted out to meet the needs of students, programs and schools impacted by the Camp Fire.

I didn’t get a receipt. Can you send me one?
Double check your email spam folder for your receipt. If you can’t find it, email Carolyn Engstrom, Operations Manager at cengstrom@nvcf.org to request a duplicate.

How will donors’ money be spent?
The Butte County Office of Education has formed a committee of board members that consider requests and approve grants that will be used for programs and services to help restore “normal and routine” activities to school communities and student lives. However, our more important role will be to work with school leaders to determine needs and best uses of funds for recovery efforts. This will be evolving over the next few months and will include collaboration with key funders, local and regional agencies, and direct service providers.

I would like to make a large wire transfer or a gift of stock.
Contact CFO Chris Hayashida-Knight at chknight@nvcf.org for bank routing information on gifts of $100,000 or more only. All gift amounts are welcome by check. For stock gifts, please see: Donating Stock

My company will match my donation. Can you fill out this form / click this link / call this number to verify my gift?
Yes, but it may take a while. The best thing for our small staff is for you to facilitate the process by communicating directly with your company’s giving contact and filling out the paperwork for us. That means we’ll spend more time getting resources to students/schools and less time doing paperwork.

I have gift cards / clothing / school supplies / food / other items to donate.
Gift cards can be mailed/delivered to Sierra North Valley Realtors, 1160 E 1st Ave, Chico, CA 95926. Please visit HelpCentral.org to find out what additional supplies or resources are needed and how and where to deliver them. Shelf stable food items can be donated directly to the North State Food Bank located at 2640 S. 5th Avenue, Unit #8, Oroville, CA weekdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. BCOE and North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) are only accepting monetary donations at this time.

Are there other school-related programs that I can donate to?

Yes! The Butte County Office of Education offers several different funds in which you can donate that support school-related programs. Click here for a list of those funds.

Where else can I find information regarding the donation of non-monetary items?

Hope Center: https://www.orovillehopecenter.org/services/camp-fire-donations/

Butte County Recovers: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/