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About Gilroy Foundation

"Give Where You Live"

Gilroy Foundation was founded in 1980 to help meet the needs of the community in the specific areas of Health, Education, Recreation, Technology, Culture, and Civic Services. The concept is simple. The Foundation provides a way for individuals, families and corporations, who share a common commitment to the future prosperity and well-being of the community, to come together to build an endowment that will last in perpetuity. Gilroy Foundation currently has assets of over $12.8 million.

We are grateful for those people who had the vision to create our community foundation.  This group, the “Founders Circle”, whose foresight and determination to provide for the future of the Gilroy community, was instrumental to the good works Gilroy Foundation has done in our community.

Gilroy Foundation awards annual grants to non-profit organizations that provide vital programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation also awards scholarships to local students in high school, college, or vocational schools.  Since 1982, Gilroy Foundation has awarded over $14 million in grants and scholarships. Foundation grants have made a positive and powerful difference in every sphere of life in the community.

Gilroy Foundation also serves the Gilroy community by providing funding of Special Projects, Pass-Through Grants and Scholarships, as well as assisting groups in establishing their own nonprofit status

Gilroy Foundation is governed by a Board of eleven local community leaders and advised by an Emeritus Board and the Ambassadors of Gilroy Foundation. Gilroy Foundation's endowment is invested with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), the nation’s largest community foundation with about $13.5 billion in assets. SVCF also provides financial and legal assistance to our Board of Directors and donors.

Gilroy Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation designated by the I.R.S. as 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible (Federal Tax ID #94-2719281).

Our Guiding Principles

  • Our MISSION is to establish a legacy of giving, Gilroy Foundation links charitable gifts from donors to the vital needs of the community. 
  • Our VISION - By engaging all aspects of the community, Gilroy Foundation is the recognized leader in connecting resources to community needs.
  • Our VALUES are transparent, responsive, compassionate, inclusive, enduring.