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Stories of Philanthropy and Giving

Fresno Regional Foundation works to improve lives in our community by encouraging philanthropy. We provide unique opportunities for individual donors, families, businesses, and other foundations to invest in programs that address a wide spectrum of economic, social, educational, cultural and environmental needs.

Giving stories

A medium for kindness

Thanks to the generosity of a Fresno Regional Foundation donor, a grant of $100,000 was made to ReadFresno, an organization whose vision is to have every child reading at or above grade level by the end third grade. Some of the staff and board members of the Fresno Regional Foundation are now volunteer readers.     Read more...

An advocate for leadership

A friend of Fresno Regional Foundation and the entire community, David Masumoto, is making a gift to open a field of interest fund designed to support community education and leadership training. Since opening the fund in September 2007, the fund has grown from other gifts.     Read more...

A community steward

In response to an article in the Fresno Bee about the McLane High School Triathlon Team, a Fresno resident and owner of a Fresno Regional Foundation donor advised fund requested we make a grant from her family fund for $3,000. This grant allowed the team to purchase new equipment and clothing, and to pay fees and travel expenses to compete in races in San Francisco.     Read more...

Grantmaking stories

Investing in the MET

In 2007, Fresno Regional Foundation granted $25,500 to the Fresno Philharmonic. Some of the grants were made possible through donor advised funds and some were awarded through our competitive grant application process. Six thousand children had the opportunity to learn about and experience the wonders of classical music through theMozart’s Magnificent Voyage program.     Read more...

Donor advised funds

Mrs. Evelyn Ducoff opened an endowed Donor Advised Fund with the intention of recommending grants to the Chawanakee Unified School District in Madera County to support art and education programs.     Read more...

Helping children read

ReadFresno is a project of One by One Leadership with the vision that every child will read at grade level by third grade. Through ReadFresno, children participating in reading improvement programs receive new books, encouragement and opportunities to thrive.     Read more...

Expanding music's reach

In 2007, Fresno Regional Foundation granted $25,500 to the Fresno Philharmonic. Some of the grants were made possible through donor advised funds and some were awarded through our competitive grant application process. Six thousand children had the opportunity to learn about and experience the wonders of classical music through theMozart’s Magnificent Voyage program.     Read more...

Community impact stories

Promoting arts and culture

Mort Rosenstein and Dan DeSantis, Fresno Regional Foundation CEO, present $50,000 to Nancy Marquez, the longtime director of Arte Americas. The funds will support the expansion project for this iconic cultural center and art museum.     Read more...

Providing opportunities

Sisterhood of Survivors is one of several start-up community projects that have asked Fresno Regional Foundation to be their fiscal agent. The Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations on behalf of the Sisterhood of Survivors and performs the due-diligence and accounting services to insure that disbursements from the group's fund are used to advance its mission.     Read more...

Fighting hunger

In response to an immediate need at the Community Food Bank in November 2007, Dan DeSantis hands a $10,000 check to Dana Wilkie, executive director of the Community Food Bank. Dana had previously had to cancel orders for chickens to be delivered for the Thanksgiving meals, but this gift allowed her to call the vendors and ask them to proceed with shipping the orders. This $10,000 gift was made possible by the Foundation's Fund for the Common Good.     Read more...

Support for schools and students

The Sunnyside High School Photography Program was awarded $5,000 for new photo equipment and field trip expenses as a result of their grant application in 2007. This program inspires at-risk students to attend school every day and envision themselves going on to a higher education.     Read more...

Giving through the Foundation

Fresno Regional Foundation helps donors achieve their charitable goals, and we serve as a bridge connecting philanthropy to community-based organizations that provide programs and services throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

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