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Message from our Executive Director

Three Little Words: Gilroy Garlic Festival.  What an impact this annual event makes on our Gilroy Community!

Each year, Gilroy Foundation’s Wine Booth at the Festival brings returning friends and customers!  People stop by for a glass of wine or Sangria or Mimosa and love to share their stories about coming to Gilroy for the Festival and what they love about it. New attendees want to learn about what the Foundation is for and love our stories of scholarship recipients and the great programs our grants fund.

This year, we’re adding something new to our menu: Rosé wine.  You know what they say: “Rosé all day”!  Please come by to enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage and say hi to our many volunteers!

On Thursday, August 9, Gilroy Foundation will be hosting the Chamber of Commerce Mixer here in our offices and beautiful courtyard.  Starting at 5:30, we will have appetizers prepared by Garlic Festival winning top chef Carlos Pineda and our Ambassadors will be serving wine and our famous Festival Sangria.  Please join us!

We’re busy sending scholarship awards to colleges at this time of year and wish our best to our Gilroy graduates who will be starting a new chapter in their lives!

We are truly blessed in this community to have so many donors who make this happen!

~Donna Pray

“Give Where You Live”



We are proud that three local businesses continue to support Gilroy's community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Gilroy Toyota and Pinnacle Bank for your commitment to our community and the programs of the Gilroy Foundation!






       Our Guiding Principles

  • Our mission is to invest charitable gifts into a lasting legacy and mobilize funding to serve the vital needs of the Gilroy community.
  • Our vision is to mobilize public and private financial support in order to grow the endowment and facilitate pass-through funding, thereby increasing grant giving.
  • Our goal is to become widely known as Gilroy’s foremost charity and problem-solving resource.
  • Our desire is to foster unity and cooperation between the Foundation and other grant-giving organizations.
  • Our intent is to provide expertise to other groups in need.
  • Our heart lies in allowing philanthropy to occur that can make a real difference in people’s lives.