Gilroy Foundation

"Give Where You Live"

Gilroy, CA   |  www.gilroyfoundation.org

Mission

To establish a legacy of giving, Gilroy Foundation links charitable gifts from donors to the vital needs of the community.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Donna Pray

Main address

P.O. Box 774

Gilroy, CA 95021 USA

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EIN

94-2719281

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Annual requests for grants to Gilroy Foundation average $225K with funding available for $50K for this ask. Our desire is to increase the funds at Gilroy Foundation and to cover more of the needs by bringing assets of Gilroy Foundation from the current $12 Million to $20 Million.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants and Scholarships

Our grants support a wide variety of programs in all nonprofits sectors including but not limited to, Health, Education, Recreation, Technology, Culture, and Civic Services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Gilroy Foundation was founded 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.

1) Increasing Planned Giving by working with financial advisors, wealth managers, lawyers and accountants to make Gilroy Foundation a more visible and viable choice through which to leave a legacy.
2) Continue to make Gilroy Foundation visible in Gilroy as the entity that links charitable gifts to the vital needs of our community.
3) The focus at Gilroy Foundation is donor acquisition and donor retention.

1) An Executive Director who has been at the helm of Gilroy Foundation for 25 years!
2) An active and involved Board of Directors who are well-known and respected in our community.
3) An active Fund Development Committee that sets goals for funding.
4) A Thriving Development Office that works to communicate the need and the successes of Gilroy Foundation to donors and to the community.

Grants and scholarship applications, the main focus of Gilroy Foundation have been accepted according to the annual timeline. Gilroy Foundation continues to be a resource to our community and as our Mission Statement describes: By engaging all aspects of the community, Gilroy Foundation is the recognized leader in connecting resources to community needs.

However, while the day to day business of Gilroy Foundation continued, we have been challenged to convene resources to a community crisis--the July 2019 Garlic Festival shooting. Gilroy Foundation has been the vehicle through which the nearly $1.9 Million collected has been distributed. Nearly 90% of donated funds , held in the Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund and managed by the Oversight Committee, went to the 22 shooting victims and their families. Remaining donations went to hardship victims that were affected by the shooting at the Festival.

Our work continues.....

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Gilroy Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Joel Goldsmith

Retired President/CEO of Goldsmith Seeds, Inc.

Term: 2016 - 2024


Board co-chair

Karen LaCorte

Marx Towing, Inc.

Term: 2017 - 2025

Jay Baksa

City Managers Senior Advisor/Range Rider for Santa Clara County

Carlos Pineda

Program Manager and Chef at the Culinary Academy and Kneaded Bakery at Rebekah Children’s Services

Jennifer Speno

Headstart Nursery

Sal Tomasello

Retired Gilroy Unified School District Educator

Edwin Diaz

Retired Superintendent of Gilroy Unified School District

Lee Blaettler

Retired Financial Services

Ericka Davis

Finance Department, City of Morgan Hill

Vito Mercado

Store Team Leader, Nob Hill Foods

Don DeLorenzo

PGA General Manager, Gilroy and Gavilan Golf Courses

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/29/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data