Give Where You Live

Make Your Difference!

At Gilroy Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering you to make a meaningful impact in the community. That’s why we provide a diverse range of opportunities for you to give back. Whether your contribution is grand or humble, we believe that every gift has the power to create positive change. Together, let’s shape a better future for Gilroy through the act of giving.

Become a member

Gilroy Foundation members are at the core of our impactful work!

By making an annual gift ranging from $100 to $1,000, our members play a vital role in shaping our community’s future. As a member, you have the power to allocate your gift to our general unrestricted endowment for grant giving or to the Community Needs Funds that resonate with your philanthropic vision. Additionally, five percent of year-end balances from these investment funds contribute to our annual grant-making cycle.

Through their unwavering commitment, our members ensure the financial strength of Gilroy Foundation, enabling us to provide significant support to local students and nonprofits each year. Join our community of dedicated members who return year after year, maximizing our collective impact and making a lasting difference together.

Donate to a fund (or open your own!)

Want to make a one-time donation? We’d love that! Donate any amount to our General Grantmaking Fund, or choose a specific cause from our list of current funds. We value and appreciate every contribution, big or small, as we understand the impact that every penny can make. Your support, regardless of the amount, holds the power to create meaningful change and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

If you’d like to make a significant one-time gift, then we invite you to start your own fund! Through your donation, you can open an endowed or non-endowed fund that focuses on the causes you care about most. Start an unrestricted fund to support the community’s current needs, or designate a specific field of interest or charity to receive your donations. We also offer donor-advised funds and more.

Looking to establish a meaningful philanthropic legacy for your family? Consider leaving a lasting impact by making a gift from your estate. By honoring your family name and supporting the causes close to your heart, you can create a powerful and enduring legacy of generosity.

Customized Giving Options for Your Impactful Contribution

At Gilroy Foundation, we understand that giving is a personal experience. That’s why we offer a range of special projects and tailored giving opportunities to match your unique philanthropic goals. With over 40 years of experience, we have evolved to provide personalized fee-based philanthropy options that empower donors to make a lasting impact on the causes they care about. Discover the perfect way to give back and create a meaningful difference in our community.

Ask us about:

  • Nonprofit investment partnerships
  • Pass-through gifts and grants
  • Scholarship fund administration
  • Fiscal sponsorships for soon-to-be 501c3 organizations

We embrace a wide range of giving options beyond traditional cash donations. In addition to accepting gifts of cash via check or credit card, we also welcome contributions in the form of stock, real estate, and even cryptocurrency. By diversifying your giving, you can maximize your impact and support our mission in ways that align with your financial goals. Explore the various avenues available to make a difference and join us in transforming lives and communities.

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Our family gives because we are committed to the future health of Gilroy and its residents. Gilroy Foundation’s grant-giving process is a fair and efficient means of distributing funds. It gives us confidence that our unrestricted family fund is being used wisely to address the many needs of our community.

— Paula Goldsmith Fund Donor
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Our personal family values, beliefs, and the ability to give has enabled us to donate to Gilroy Foundation. We share those values with the foundation which delivers result-oriented benefits to those in most need in our community. We are confident our donations are reaching the intended recipients.

— Rachel and John Perez Chair Latino Family Fund
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Frequently asked questions about giving

Can I make a one-time donation?

Absolutely! We gladly accept donations of any amount, and you can select your preferred fund when making your donation. If you don’t have a preference, we’d always appreciate a gift to our General Grantmaking Fund, which goes toward local students and nonprofits each year. Donate now.

I have a cause I care about, but I’m not sure how to make an impact. Can you help?

We’d love to. Our staff is here to help you navigate the many options available and help you choose the one that best fits your situation and priorities. No matter what cause you care about, we can identify or create a vehicle to maximize your impact. Please contact us to discuss the many ways you can give back to Gilroy.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

Gilroy members receive special benefits and recognition, including a listing on our website and invitations to special events (depending on the membership level).

Can I give anonymously?

Yes. Whether you’re making a one-time donation or are making grants from your own fund, you can remain anonymous if you so choose.

What about matching gifts?

Add even more value to your gift! Matching Gifts provide you with an easy way to potentially double—if not triple—your original donation. Many businesses/employers supplement their employees’ contributions. In fact, your company, a spouse’s company, the company whose board you serve, or even a company you retired from may match your gift.

By simply asking your Human Resource Officer about your company’s policy, completing a simple form (online or on paper), you may be able to double—or even triple—the impact of your gift to Gilroy Foundation.

Have other questions? Please contact us at any time!