Besides our General Grantmaking Fund, there are many opportunities to donate to Gilroy Foundation. Consult the List of Funds; simply make a donation by clicking on the “Make A Donation” button. Whether you pay with a credit or debit card, or your PayPal account, you can type in your choice of funds in the “Where should we direct your donation?” box.
Below is a list of funds/scholarships/programs for which active fundraising is currently taking place.
AVIS AND JAN KELLEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Long time and beloved Gilroy High School Coach, Avis Kelley, passed away on December 21st. Avis was born January 12th, 1934.
In 1964, Avis began teaching biology and as Head Football Coach at Gilroy High School (‘65-‘69). In 1965, he became Head Track Coach, retiring in 1992. Avis and Jan together founded the Gilroy Invitational Track Meet, later named “The Avis Kelley Invitational,” which celebrates its 50th year in 2023. During his coaching tenure, Avis was twice voted “Coach of the Year” for the Central Coast Section.
To make a donation to the Avis and Jan Kelley Scholarship Fund, please click here.
RALPH SANTOS, JR. FAMILY FUND
One of our Family Fund Donors, Ralph Santos, Jr., passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2022. Besides Gilroy Foundation, Ralph was very involved in the Gilroy and South County community his entire life. He will truly be missed. To make a donation in his memory to the Ralph Santos, Jr. Family Fund, please click here. His family will be notified. Thank you.
JANICE KRAHENBUHL MEMORIAL FUND FOR TEACHERS/STUDENT CLASSROOM SUPPLIES
CLICK HERE to donate to a fund in honor of the life and career of Janice Laughlin Krahenbuhl (1936-2018), who taught in the Gilroy Unified School District for 38 years, and was honored at retirement by the district and by the California legislature as Educator of the Year. Recent changes in federal tax law have eliminated educators’ deductions for classroom supplies. This fund will supply small grants to schools for vitally needed teacher and student resources.
GILROY ASSISTANCE LEAGUE YOUTH FUND
The Gilroy Assistance League is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the welfare and development of youth in South Santa Clara County through its annual grant cycle. The group began in 1959 with 15 women as a chapter of Children’s Home Society, involved in adoptive services. In 1984, the name changed to Gilroy Assistance League or GALs, and the group decided to concentrate all fundraising efforts on the local community. GALs is still a small group of 35 active members focused on local youth causes and needs. To help them add to their endowment for grantmaking, click here.
“WE ARE ALL CONNECTED” SCHOLARSHIP
Donate to this program to take action in our community by donating toward scholarships to help outstanding graduates from Gilroy who believe in being involved, who are change-makers, who amplify equality, and who dream of continuing their education. To donate
SARAH VILLAR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT FUND
Sarah Villar was an exceptional female scholar-athlete who attended Gilroy High School and graduated in 2006. After High School, College, and Graduate School, Sarah pursued a career as a Pediatric Physical Therapist working with children and families in our local community. On June 20th, 2021, Sarah tragically lost her life far too soon. Sarah leaves behind a legacy of leadership, determination, and a love for helping the families of children who are developmentally delayed. This Memorial Scholarship and Grant fund is being established to honor her memory and help local college-bound female scholar-athletes and local families with special needs children. Each year a local college-bound female athlete will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship, and a grant of $1,000 will be given to a non-profit agency that helps local special needs children. To donate.
LATINO FAMILY FUND
To donate to the Latino Family Fund.
To see our Membership opportunities.