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Fresno Regional Foundation grants $65,000 for River Restoration and Education


December 17, 2012

Media Contacts:  

Dan DeSantis, Chief Executive Officer, 559-226-5600 x101; [email protected]

Natalie Garcia, Program Officer, 559-226-5600 x104, 559-301-8224 (cell); [email protected]


Fresno Regional Foundation grants 

$65,000 for River Restoration and Education

Grantees will focus on San Joaquin and Kings rivers 
restoration and youth education.

Fresno, Calif. – Four Community Benefit Organizations are being recognized with a grant award at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, December 20, at Fresno Regional Foundation’s office in Fresno, Calif. The Board of Directors at the Fresno Regional Foundation (FRF) has approved four grants totaling $64,779 to advance work on restoration of the San Joaquin and Kings rivers, as well as resources to engage and educate children about the importance of Valley rivers. 

“Our rivers are a tremendous natural resource whose value must be respected, conserved and understood by all Valley residents,” said FRF’s Chief Executive Officer Dan DeSantis. “In addition to supporting direct activities, like removal of non-native plants and restoration of fish habitat, we must prepare our next generation to become stewards of these vital waterways.”

A list of the grantees, their projects and the grant amounts are included below.

  • San Joaquin River Stewardship Program: $24,998 to engage 360 underserved Hmong and Latino youth through trips, clean-ups and restoration efforts along the river.
  • California State University, Fresno; Biology Department: $23,633 to assess management actions needed to reduce the effects of juvenile Chinook salmon predation from warm water fish species in the San Joaquin River.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County: $9,848 for two Boys & Girls Clubs in Sanger to engage 70 youth, ages 6 to 18, in hands-on activities to learn about the importance of river systems and riparian habitats.
  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo: $6,300 to train 50 teens to serve as educational presenters for zoo guests. The teens are trained to share information that promotes stewardship through everyday consumer actions linked to improving water quality and reducing urban runoff pollution and reducing human impacts on aquatic habitats.
  • Award Reception Information

    Time and Date: 4:30-6:00 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2012 

    Location: Fresno Regional Foundation office, 5250 N. Palm Ave. Suite 424, Fresno, CA 93704 

    Members of the media are invited to attend. Grantees and FRF’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan DeSantis, will be present and available for interviews. Check presentation will start at 4:45 pm.

    About the Fresno Regional Foundation

    Founded in 1966, FRF improves the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley through philanthropy. It serves Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare and Kings counties. 

    FRF is the trusted link between donors and organizations investing in permanent, high-impact solutions for the San Joaquin Valley. The Foundation holds assets of nearly $60 million and awarded $6 million in grants in 2012.

    For more information about the Fresno Regional Foundation, please visit or call 559-226-5600.

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