Message from our Executive Director

Photo of Executive Director, Donna Pray                                  Night-Sky-Photo-General-Twitch-Banner

Gilroy Foundation was founded in 1980 and we are celebrating our 40th anniversary.  Also this year, we are having our 30thDay in the Country” on Saturday, September 26.  However, this will be our first “virtual” fundraising event.  We’re very excited about this new adventure. For the first time, we don’t have to worry about being sold out and having to turn people away, as we can have hundreds and hundreds of people join us for this live streaming event!  We hope to see you then!

Lastly, I am honored to celebrate my 25th anniversary of serving as the Foundation’s Executive Director.  As I always say, no one has a better job than I have.  Fulfilling donors wishes to support their causes and this community, and then working with those programs and groups they have chosen, has been a very rewarding experience.  I continue to look forward to our work here at Gilroy Foundation….connecting donor resources to community needs.

As we continue through these trying times, we move forward with our work as best we can.  We are proud to report that our 2020 scholarship cycle has awarded $493,500 to local graduates.  We have been sending checks to these graduates’ new schools and wish them well.  This year, these college freshmen will be experiencing their first higher education experience in a way no one imagined, but, our scholarship recipients are smart, community-oriented and resilient young people and we know they will be #GilroyStrong in accepting the challenges this year is bringing them.

Please register now for our FREE “virtual” Day in the Country!

~Donna Pray

“Give Where You Live”


We are proud that four local businesses continue to support Gilroy’s community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Pinnacle BankGilroy Toyota, and Recology for your commitment to our community and the programs of Gilroy Foundation!

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