January is for Dreamers and February is for Doers
February 2023
February is for Doers!

Maybe it's just us here at Gilroy Foundation, but when something comes up in November, our canned response is "let's take care of it in January"! Then, in January, all those To Dos that have piled up as so staggering that we find ourselves in February--the shortest month of the year--trying to tie up all of those loose ends.

So, here we are "doing" a LOT in February....read all about it here!


Many of Gilroy Foundation scholarships use the Gilroy Unified School District “Common Application.”

In addition, a few of the scholarships that the Foundation offer have their own application, so the GUSD Common Application or Gavilan Application will not be accepted. 

Here is a list of those scholarships, whose application forms are available on Gilroy Foundation's website’s Scholarship Page.
  • Stephen Michael Stramback $2,000 Golf Scholarship – applications are due March 3, 2023.
  • Sontag $1,000 Scholarship – applications are due March 3, 2023.
  • Terri Ortiz Family $1,000 Scholarship – applications are due March 3, 2023.
  • Jacob Vasquez $500 Scholarship – applications are due March 3, 2023.
  • Gilroy Foundation $1,000 Technical Career Scholarship – applications are due May 15, 2023.
  • Louise Regional Hospital $1,000 Scholarship – applications are due May 15, 2023.
~Donna Pray
“Give Where You Live”
Executive Director Search and Application Process

Applications are now being accepted by NPAG, the Search Firm that the Transition Committee and Board of Directors is working with to accept applications. The Job Description and application process can be found here.
LATINO FAMILY FUND: 2022 Chamber Nonprofit of the Year!

Take a look at where Youth In Philanthropy went in February
and mark your calendars for some exciting events that will be coming up!
LFF Youth in Philanthropy travels to Netflix!

Join us in celebrating our Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) students as they went on an exciting corporate field trip to Netflix!

The students were given a special behind-the-scenes tour of the company, and had the opportunity to meet with Netflix employees and executives to learn about their philanthropic efforts.

 It was an incredible experience for our YIP students, who gained valuable insights into the world of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Thank you to Netflix for hosting our YIP students and inspiring the next generation of philanthropic leaders!

In addition to learning about community involvement and leadership, Gilroy Foundation's Youth Board is also taking a hands-on approach to learning about philanthropy.

Gilroy Foundation's Youth Board is given $1,000 annually by the Board of Directors to award a grant. Their focus areas are on youth, therapeutic animals services, rescue animal services and senior citizen community programs. They set up interviews with representatives from prospective grantees. At their January meeting, Youth Board members listened to these presentations, and at the February meeting, they voted on who the 2023 Youth Board grant would be awarded to. Stay tuned in March to hear how that vote went!

Also on the agenda at the February meeting was a presentation to the students by Mayor Marie Blankley. The curriculum for 2022-23 included various speakers from different community agencies so that students could learn more about local important topics.

Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month.

Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over form Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.
"Give Where You Live"

Thank you to our Sustaining Sponsors

We are proud that five local businesses continue to support Gilroy's community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor.

Thank you to:
Christopher Ranch
Pinnacle Bank,
Recology South Valley
RAC Services LLC
Blaettler Accountancy

for your commitment to our community and the work of Gilroy Foundation.
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