Community Foundation for San Benito County

Education was a lifelong passion for Hollister native, Fulton “Bumpy” Picetti. He had a great love for his family, community, and the schools that impacted his life. Before passing away in 2012, Bumpy wisely planned for the future in order to ensure that his legacy would continue to make a difference in San Benito County long after he was gone.

Born in 1916, Bumpy Picetti was raised in San Benito County and was a graduate of Southside Grammar School in 1930, Hollister High School in 1934, San Benito County Junior College in 1936, and received his bachelor’s in economics from Stanford University in 1939.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Bumpy came back to Hollister and entered the insurance business.  He was a member of numerous local community organizations and enjoyed participating in Hollister and San Benito County business and political activities. He was well known and widely respected.

But it was Bumpy’s caring and concern for the schools that led him to plan ahead and leave a legacy bequest to help advance local education and educational programs. Three funds were established benefiting three Hollister schools:  San Benito High School Baler Booster Fund, the Fulton Picetti Southside School Parent Club Fund, and the Sacred Heart Parish School Endowment Fund. All three of these funds will be managed through the Community Foundation for San Benito County.

“This gift is a wonderful example of how the Community Foundation can serve our community through planned giving. We know that Bumpy’s generosity will forever impact these schools for generations to come, and we are honored to fulfill Bumpy’s wishes,” said Gary Byrne, president/CEO of the Community Foundation for San Benito County.

To learn more about planned giving, contact the Community Foundation at 831-630-1924 or visit its website at

Do you need to make plans for the future but don’t know where to start?

The Community Foundation can help with an easy-to-use tool. Our “Wills Guide” is a fill-in-the-blank booklet that can help you organize all of the information an estate planning attorney will need to create your will or trust plan. We are offering this guide as our gift to you because we believe it will help you create a successful and satisfying future. To request your free copy, please call or email us. You can also click here to visit our Wills Guide directly.