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Message from our Executive Director

"Let our lives be full of both "thanks " and "giving".

We give thanks for our Board of Directors. This dedicated group of 11 individuals is a hands-on, working Board who is dedicated in making our community better every day.

We give thanks to our Ambassadors, who not only spread the word of Gilroy Foundation's mission and vision, but also serve on various committees making the work of the Foundation run smoothly.

We give thanks to our Youth Board, who is learning philanthropy and volunteerism every day.

We give thanks to our Emeritus Board Members, who helped to grow this Foundation to be a driving force of change and improvement in our community.

And, we give thanks to all our members and volunteers, of whose support we are so grateful.

We appreciate all the giving that happens at this time of year. There are so many worthy organizations to support through end-of-year giving, and we are so fortunate to be the choice of so many individuals, families and businesses.

With the Holiday Giving time quickly approaching, we sometimes fall into the trap of “getting” more than “giving.” #GivingTuesday is a global movement that has been built in order to come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We, at Gilroy Foundation, are proud to join these millions of people and ask you, our supporters, to consider #GivingTuesday a way to make YOUR end of year gift.

After the “getting” of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, let #GivingTuesday, Tuesday, November 27, be the opening day of the giving season. Follow this link to make your donation.

Thank you all!

~Donna Pray

"Give Where You Live"



We are proud that three local businesses continue to support Gilroy's community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Gilroy Toyota and Pinnacle Bank for your commitment to our community and the programs of the Gilroy Foundation!






       Our Guiding Principles

  • Our mission is to invest charitable gifts into a lasting legacy and mobilize funding to serve the vital needs of the Gilroy community.
  • Our vision is to mobilize public and private financial support in order to grow the endowment and facilitate pass-through funding, thereby increasing grant giving.
  • Our goal is to become widely known as Gilroy’s foremost charity and problem-solving resource.
  • Our desire is to foster unity and cooperation between the Foundation and other grant-giving organizations.
  • Our intent is to provide expertise to other groups in need.
  • Our heart lies in allowing philanthropy to occur that can make a real difference in people’s lives.