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Gilroy Foundation wants YOU! Since 1980, Gilroy Foundation has awarded over $14 million in grants and scholarships. We need your continued support to respond to the growing needs of our local community, both now and in the future. 

Donors to Gilroy Foundation have various ways to participate in philanthropy in our community:

  • As an annual member with a gift from $100 to $1000, your gift to Gilroy Foundation goes into the general unrestricted endowment for grant giving; five percent of year-end balances of those investment funds support the annual grant-making cycle.
  • By establishing an individual, family or corporate fund that may be designated to a particular charity; or donor-advised, where the donor makes the annual decision on a grant.
  • By choosing a bequest to the Foundation in their estate planning.

Community Needs funds, in the fields of Agriculture, Art, Education, Health and Technology benefit the Competitive Grants Program. Each year, Gilroy Foundation receives grant requests that exceed our grantable dollars by more than 200% and we are working to close that gap. Having the ability to donate to one of these funds allows donors to participate in “giving back” to their community in an area that interests them.

Donations are tracked by the foundation office and if a donor’s annual membership contributions reach a cumulative level of $10,000, a Family Fund may be formed.

All Gilroy Foundation members receive special benefits and recognition. Please choose the membership level that works best for you:

  1. Silver Circle ($100 - $499)
    • Recognition on website and in event programs
  2. Gold Circle ($500 - $999)
    • Recognition on website and in event programs
    • Invitation to Annual Meeting and Charitable Giving Presentation
  3. Platinum Circle ($1000 and up)
    • Recognition on website and in event programs
    • Invitation to Annual Meeting and Charitable Giving Presentation
    • Invitation to Gilroy Foundation Holiday Party
  4. Lifetime Member
    • Our Lifetime Members have a separate Fund with us and receive all benefits of the Platinum Circle in perpetuity.