Fresno Regional Foundation is the leading philanthropic resource for communities throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. We serve six counties, with a population of more than two million people, covering 17,000 square miles:
The San Joaquin Valley, which runs from the shared delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers in the north to the Tehachapi Mountains in the south, makes up the southern part of the broad, flat valley which dominates California. As one of the world's most productive agricultural regions, the Central Valley's primary industry is farming. Food crops such as tomatoes, apricots, grapes and asparagus, as well as cotton, make up a significant portion of the region's economy.
The San Joaquin Valley is also home to several colleges and universities, including California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) and University of the Pacific, as well as University of California campuses and many community colleges.
In recent years, population in the Central Valley has grown exponentially, and current needs in the region include addressing problems such as poor air quality and related health care issues, affordable housing, teenage pregnancy, violent crime, and high rates of poverty.