Planting the Seeds of Philanthropy

From their eight-acre plot of land, Megan and Grant Long, and their children—ages seven and five—have turned a family project into a full-fledged philanthropic endeavor.

Megan and Grant started a garden as a way for their kids to learn the responsibilities of planting, tending, and harvesting. The garden evolved with the addition of chickens and fruit trees, and the family built a farmstand to sell the bounty. That in turn became another valuable life lesson: giving back to the community.

“We decided to donate the proceeds to community nonprofit organizations,” explains Megan, “and have the kids use the Napa Valley Give!Guide as their research resource. Each time we’ve made $500 in sales, the kids choose an organization to donate to. We’ve supported nine organizations so far, mostly focused on kids, families, and animals, but recently my son said, “I want to donate to older people who need help. So we went through the Give!Guide and he picked Collabria Care for our next donation.

“To us, the importance of role modeling a commitment to hard work is just as important and rewarding as teaching our children to share what they have with others, particularly in the community that they call home,” says Megan. “Knowing that the food we grow and eat is also enjoyed by neighbors who frequent our farmstand and makes donations to our local community possible, is really the icing on the cake.”

Give!Guide 2021

We are honored to be selected for Napa Valley CanDo’s 2021 Give!Guide campaign! This annual program raises crucial funds for dozens of local nonprofit organizations, including Collabria Care. This year’s efforts run from November 15- December 31, 2021 and we hope you will get involved!

This year, our business partners are  Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company and La Boheme Resale Shop and we are deeply grateful for their support! These local businesses have generously donated gift certificates for our weekly Give!Guide donor drawing. Each Monday in December one winner will be randomly selected to receive a wonderful gift! In addition, all donors who support Collabria Care through this year’s Give!Guide will receive a 10% discount at La Boheme through January 31, 2022.

Questions or want to learn more? Contact Kate Bunnell – kbunnell@collabriacare.org.