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Message from our Executive Director



On Thursday, February 23 Gilroy Foundation, along with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), co-hosted “Community Conversation”.  This was an insightful and informative 90 minutes of information-gathering and sharing in the areas of immigration, housing, education, building strong communities and economic security at the Gilroy Center for the Arts.

Those invited included government leaders; leaders in local business and education; organizations that serve the marginalized including St. Joseph’s Family Center, Community Solutions, Rebekah Children’s Services and Learning and Loving Education Center; representatives from the arts; and local news agencies. 

Questions posed to the 34 attendees, broken into two focus groups were:

  •  What are the most pressing issues in Gilroy?
  •  How can SVCF add value and best engage to help solve the most pressing issues in Gilroy?

There was a wealth of rich feedback and a moving spirit of collaboration in the room that afternoon. SVCF is completing a summary and full proceedings document to summarize key themes and discussion points and we will keep our readers informed when those results become available on their website.


Our Gilroy Foundation Ambassadors have had a busy start to this year.  They have been out visiting 2016 Grant Recipients.  Our Ambassadors were so delighted to be able to see, first hand, what has been accomplished as a result of our Grants Program.  The agencies that received funding were so pleased to show off how their grant money is being used and grateful to our Ambassadors for taking the time to show our continued support of the work they are doing in our community.


~Donna Pray

“Give Where You Live”



We are proud that three local businesses have chosen to support Gilroy's community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor for 2017 and beyond.  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.