The Gavilan College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit auxiliary organization formed to generate philanthropic support Gavilan College. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who are an enthusiastic and committed group of volunteer business and community leaders who donate their time, resources and energy to positively impact educational access in Gilroy and the surrounding communities. The board's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible college education for all having the desire to succeed.
Like other educational institutions, our college needs charitable gifts to endow scholarships and to support educational programs and capital improvements, which can mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary programs and services for student success. Through annual giving, special events and scholarship programs, the foundation provides the college with crucial private financial resources.
Contributions of cash, real estate, bequests and other legacy gifts enable the college to provide specialized educational programs and perform beyond the achievement level that tax dollars alone can support. Each year, the foundation grants funds to support college programs.
The Foundation encourages inquiries about the wide variety of college programs and opportunities supported through generous donations.
Making a Difference
Established in 1987, the Foundation is designated to receive gifts for the college from individuals, corporations and foundations. Just as it is with other educational institutions, our college needs charitable gifts to endow scholarships and support educational programs and capital improvements that can mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary programs and services for student success.
It is vital that we maintain our high standard of excellence in education. California's community colleges educate 73 percent of the state's citizens, yet they receive only 11 percent of the per-student state dollars for education. Clearly, your generosity has never been more important. With the help of our contributors and our continued success, Gavilan College will remain a pillar in the community, educating everyone interested in learning, and supporting programs that enhance the education process.
The Gavilan College Educational Foundation's Mission is to serve as advocates for Gavilan College and to seek additional financial resources for college services to meet the needs of its faculty, students and services.
The Gavilan College Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to raise donations in support of Gavilan College programs. Monetary support is used for student scholarships, research and educational programs, faculty and departmental support, facilities, and equipment.
Our Foundation Has
- Raised more than $23 million cumulatively over the last 25 years to assist programs and students.
- Established more than 200 scholarships that are awarded annually.
- Generated more than $5 million toward the University Center and Culinary Arts Capital Campaigns.
- Raised more than $1 million for endowed scholarships through the Osher initiative.
- Granted more than $255,000 over the last five years in mini grants to fund innovative projects and academic programs.
- Established the Alumni and Athletic Halls of Fame.
- Established endowments for the Arts, the Library and the Athletic Track.
- Provided funding to build the Cougar Den outdoor meeting area adjacent to the stadium.