Message from our Executive Director

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Continuing with the work of our mission….with the Gilroy Garlic Festival tragedy last July, and then the Pandemic hitting us this past spring, our work schedule had to be adjusted.  But now, we are moving on with our work.

Donors have started new Funds and donors have donated stock to add to their existing funds – some getting corporate matches from their employers.

Scholarship checks are being sent in July and August to the colleges of our recipients.  We wish them well in this new chapter of their lives.

With the postponement of the Garlic Festival this year, many nonprofits in Gilroy will be missing out on the money they would have made from their volunteers working in Gourmet Alley and other Festival committees.  Other nonprofits have vendor booths – like the Foundation’s Wine Booth – which we won’t have this year.  Think of those nonprofits that will be struggling so, if possible, consider supporting them.  Maybe write a check of any amount or help them via their websites.  Again, we need to come together as a community and support each other.  #GilroyStrong

Lastly, I did my first podcast!  Karen La Corte, our Board Vice President, and I did one with Michelle Fries of Silicon Valley Community Foundation about our response to Covid-19, as well as all the challenges the Foundation has been through these past 11 months.  It’s a short listen…Click here to get to our news page.

~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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