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Message from our Executive Director

The Foundation staff and Board Members and Ambassadors have been very busy this spring.  It’s Grant and Scholarship time!
This time of year is what we work for all year long.  Because of you, our donors, we are able to award grants to organizations in need and award scholarships to deserving students.
Our Competitive Grants Committee is made up of a team of nine people, assisted by our Grants Coordinator, Lissa Gaffney.  Our volunteer readers take the applications and rate them independently.  This process takes many hours and our readers know the responsibility they have on making the best choices for our community.  The group then gets together and allocates restricted and unrestricted grant dollars to the top ranked applications.  The results are then announced. At our Annual Meeting and Charitable Giving Presentation, April 26, we present checks to the winning organizations.  We have two other types of Grants we award at this gathering.  Our Designated Grants are Funds that give an annual grant to a particular charity; while our Donor-Advised Grants are Funds whose donors choose their own grant winners each year.  In 2017, we are awarding $331,605 in grants!
Our Scholarship Applications go up on our website in January and are due back to us in early March.  We are so fortunate to have so many scholarships to award that we now have three “teams” of volunteers reading the students’ applications.  Again, this role is a heavy responsibility as some of our awards, like the Julio Mata Family $50,000 scholarship can truly change a person’s direction in life….possibly the difference between getting a college education or not!  Even our smaller awards are a wonderful way to acknowledge the hard work of our Gilroy youth!
This year we are so happy to be able to award $683,750 in scholarships!
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 have chosen to support Gilroy's community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor for 2017 and beyond.  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.