Effect Change with a Gift

Donations through San Benito GIVES on Sept. 10 will connect the power of giving with the Community Foundation's commitment to making a difference.

This article was contributed by Community Foundation for San Benito County President/CEO Gary Byrne.

This year, San Benito GIVES takes place on Tuesday, September 10, and the Community Foundation for San Benito County has two causes: the Latino Generations Endowment Fund and the Community Impact Matching Grant Fund.

The Foundation established the Latino Generations Endowment in 2013, a permanent revenue source to invest in the most pressing needs facing the Latino community. Data from the Census Bureau estimates that Latinos make up 60.6% of the population in San Benito County with a median household income close to half that of non-Latinos. The Latino Generations Endowment Fund serves as a sustainable launching platform aimed at helping reduce disparities across the county. Gifts will help close the gap in advancement, achievement, and economic well-being of Latinos, now and into the future.

There are more than 150 nonprofits who provide programs and services in San Benito County, and community members can help them to effect change at a local level with a gift to the Community Impact Matching Grant Fund. Nonprofits have received regular funding from the Community Foundation since 2000, and in the past five years, the foundation has awarded 355 grants totaling $1,352,858. Through these grants, the generosity of donors reaches all fields of interest, and gifts lead to lasting happiness, for the gift-giver and the receiver.

San Benito GIVES is an annual, 24-hour online fundraiser that promotes philanthropic action on a large scale, and is powered by social media and collaboration between nonprofits. More than 1000 donors have participated in the past, connecting their passion with a cause that meets their charitable giving goals. Join us on September 10 for this local day of giving—connect your power of giving with our commitment to making a difference.

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President Gary Byrne

Gary Byrne is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Gary has over 25 years of nonprofit development and management experience. He is a native of Dublin, Ireland and lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and two children.