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Message from our Executive Director

Although our 2019 Competitive Grant Cycle closed on January 31, our 2019 Scholarship Cycle is open until March 1 for most of our scholarships, and a few are open longer. 

We are delighted to be able to report that from 1999 through 2018, Gilroy Foundation has awarded $4,216,000 in scholarships to deserving high school, junior college, and college students in the Gilroy Area.

Please check all the Criteria on our Scholarships page.  Many of our awards use the “Common GUSD Scholarship Application”; however, some, like the Julio Mata $50,000 Scholarship, has its own special application.  

This year, we have $516,000 to award!  Please spread the word, as sometimes a scholarship can truly change a life!

 Thank you all!

~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.