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Message from our Executive Director

Our Gilroy Foundation Ambassadors have had a busy start to this year.  They have been out visiting 2017 Grant Recipients.  Our Ambassadors were so delighted to be able to see, first hand, what has been accomplished as a result of our Grants Program.  The agencies that received funding were so pleased to show off how their grant money is being used and grateful to our Ambassadors for taking the time to show our continued support of the work they are doing in our community.

Our 2018 Scholarship season is in full force.  Gilroy Foundation is delighted to be able to offer 29 different scholarships to graduating GUSD high school and Gavilan students.  Because many of those 29 scholarships offer multiple awards, we will actually have 82 scholarship winners this year!  The monetary awards range from $250 to $50,000!  Most applications are due on Friday, March 2, but a few are due later in the year.  We wish good luck to all the applicants and are grateful to our Scholarship Selection Committee volunteers for the time it takes to read each application, and the difficult choices they need to make!  Most of all, we are appreciative of our many donors who make these scholarship opportunities possible!

~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.