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Fresno Regional Foundation to give $100,000 To Youth Programs at the Grizzlies Game


June 28, 2010

Media Contacts:

Dan DeSantis, Chief Executive Officer; [email protected] and

Sandra Flores, Sr. Program Officer; [email protected]; 559-226-5600

Fresno, CA – Eleven Youth Serving Organizations are being recognized with a Grant Award before the Grizzlies game on Tuesday evening at Chukchansi Park.  The Board of Directors at the Fresno Regional Foundation has approved the grants totaling $100,000 in support of youth programs addressing social, educational, and health challenges in the community. 

The eleven organizations receiving grants are: Parent Institute for Quality Education, New Horizon Charter, Junior Achievement of Northern California, Tri-This, The Innocent Justice Foundation, Westside Youth, Girl Scouts of Central California South, Madera Coalition for Community Justice, Sierra Chamber Opera, Central Valley Children’s Partnership, and Valley Teen Ranch. 

Fresno Regional Foundation’s Youth funding goals focused on programs that address the social, education, and health challenges in the community, empower youth, promote youth civic engagement and service-learning in the community, and invest in programming strategies that help the organizations remain vital and relevant.  There was also special consideration given for charter school petition development. 

Funding for this grant cycle came from a number of different funding streams managed by the Fresno Regional Foundation:  the Fresno Regional Foundation’s endowment fund, The James Irvine Foundation, The Board’s Fund for the Common Good, and the Arts to Zoo Fund.  Wells Fargo has generously agreed to add an additional $5,000 for the Central Valley’ Children’s Partnership afterschool program. 

About the Fresno Regional Foundation:

The Fresno Regional Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation whose purpose is to improve the quality of life in the Central San Joaquin Valley through philanthropy. It is the channel through which individuals, families, businesses, private foundations, and anonymous donors give in order to obtain maximum impact of their philanthropy. The Foundation’s grantmaking has four focus areas: Arts & Culture, Youth, Human Services, and Environment.

Since 1966, the Foundation has been enriching the artistic, cultural and natural beauty of the region, addressing social issues, and through the continued support of local community benefit organizations, improving conditions for the community it serves. Currently, Foundation assets total $50 million, with grants over $9 million in 2009.

The Fresno Regional Foundation is an affiliate of the National Council on Foundations and a member of the League of California Community Foundations. For more information about the Fresno Regional Foundation, please visit or call 559-226-5600.

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