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MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

It’s been a very busy time of year for us!

In 2019 we held our inaugural “Give Where You Live” Faire. It was a gathering where we presented the history of the Foundation and what we were currently working on to help improve our Gilroy community. After three years of unprecedented events, Board President Karen La Corte thought it was time to gather again and present not just our history, but how the past 30 months challenged our Board of Directors and staff. Our work with the Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Fund, overlapping with the Covid-19 Pandemic were indeed challenging for us, but we persevered and thrived.

We welcomed nearly 100 guests on May 19 for wine and appetizers and then sat down to hear from a panel made up of David Cox, St. Joseph’s Family Center Executive Director and nonprofit investment partner; Edwin Diaz, Chair of the Latino Family Fund; Jane Tovar, a 2020 scholarship winner attending UC Berkeley, Mattie Scariot, Director of the Poppy Jasper International Film Center and grant recipient; and Ted Becker, Chair of our Fund Development Committee and family fund donor.  Whitney Pintello, our emcee, asked them to explain the effect Gilroy Foundation has had on them during the past three years.

Guests visited Information Tables after the panel discussion and talked with Board members and Staff about different offerings of the Foundation. We heard from several who attended that they learned so much from the evening and did not realize that Gilroy Foundation was such an “umbrella” organization for our community.

We just completed our 2022 Grant Cycle, distributing a total of $470,629 to nonprofits who are running programs to benefit our Gilroy community.

We completed our annual Scholarship Program. We were able to award 95 scholarships ranging from $250 to $50,000, for a total of $519,550.

We send greetings to all our friends, partners, and supporters and hope for good health for all.

Thank you all!

~Donna Pray

“Give Where You Live”

SUSTAINING SPONSORS

We are proud that five local businesses continue to support Gilroy’s community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Pinnacle Bank, Recology, RAC Services, LLC, and Blaettler Accountancy for your commitment to our community and the programs of Gilroy Foundation!

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