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Message from our Executive Director

The Gilroy Foundation is celebrating its 35th Anniversary! Created in 1980, we are a place-based public charity serving our Gilroy Community. We house over 80 separate funds established by individuals, families, community groups, corporations and non-profit agencies. Anyone with a philanthropic goal can achieve it through the services of the Gilroy Foundation.

The Foundation has assets in excess of $10.7 million and has awarded over $3.7 million in scholarships and grants to deserving organizations and programs.

Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you will contact us if you have any questions and want our help as a potential grantee, a scholarship applicant or as a donor that wants to “Give Where You Live.”

Donna Pray
Executive Director

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.