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Message from our Executive Director

“Let our lives be full of both thanks and giving.

We give thanks for our Board of Directors.  This dedicated group of 11 individuals are a hands-on, working Board who are dedicated to making our community better every day.  We give thanks to our Ambassadors, who not only spread the word of Gilroy Foundation’s mission and vision, but also serve on various committees making the work of the Foundation run smoothly.  We give thanks to our Youth Board, who is learning philanthropy and volunteerism every day.  We give thanks to our Emeritus Board Members, who helped  to grow this Foundation to be a driving force of change and improvement in our community.  And, we give thanks to all our members and volunteers, of whose support we are so grateful.

We appreciate all the giving that happens at this time of year.  There are so many worthy organizations to support through end-of-year giving, and we are so fortunate to be the choice of so many individuals, families and businesses.

Thank you all!

~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.