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Announcing the 2008 grant guidelines

March 18, 2008 

Fresno Regional Foundation is pleased to announce the 2008 competitive grants program. The 2008 grantmaking year will serve as a benchmark in the transformation of our community as the Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Central San Joaquin Valley through philanthropy. 

"The Foundation is committed to a more comprehensive grantmaking approach, and demonstrate a more focused funding strategy as we seek to both honor the philanthropic wishes of our donors and meet the needs of our community," said Daniel DeSantis, Fresno Regional Foundation CEO. A new application and guidelines, available for download on the website, inform grantseekers about the intent, focus and volume of the annual grantmaking schedule. 

This year's funding priorities fall into three areas of community life: arts and culture, youth, and human services. Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Angie Cisneros said, "Our goal is to become the philanthropic leader in the Central San Joaquin Valley. We seek to learn more about the organizations we fund, and their dreams for our community." 

The program is funded by local donors and private foundations who have contributed to the Foundation's field of interest funds or the Foundation's unrestricted endowment. This year's grantmaking program is made possible through the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Louis Gundelfinger Memorial Fund, Minnie R. Gundelfinger Fund, Fresno Metropolitan Projects Authority Fund, Arts and Cultural Advancement Fund, Fresno Regional Foundation board members, and funds donated by anonymous donors. These funds will be distributed to a variety of non-profit organizations supporting the Central San Joaquin Valley.

About Fresno Regional Foundation

Established in 1966, Fresno Regional Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation whose purpose is to bring the community together through philanthropic stewardship. It is the channel through which individuals, families, businesses, private foundations and nonprofit organizations give in order to benefit the Central San Joaquin Valley community. Collectively, the Foundation enriches the artistic, cultural and natural beauty of the region, addresses social issues and helps improve conditions through the continued support of local nonprofits and community-focused organizations.

Fresno Regional Foundation is a community foundation, a registered charitable corporation, an affiliate of the National Council on Foundations, and a member of the League of California Community Foundations.


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