Foundation Committees

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Foundation board members and community leaders, serving on our committees, offer their expert advice on programs and operational issues affecting the Foundation. We're always looking for dedicated and knowledgeable

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Our Committees

Grants Committee

Made up of San Benito County community-oriented residents, this committee meets once a month and researches grant requests and determines the dispersal of grant monies to local nonprofit organizations.

Committee Members:

Nancy Bareilles, Richard Bianchi, Gretchen Blatter, Gary Byrne, Alan Clark, Marie Hoffman, Dohn Larson, Curt Mead, Susan Schwabacher Modic, Jim Parker, Allison Rohnert, Trino Serrano, Will Sutton, Chris Sypek, Susan Thompson, Gerry Wright, and Gene Zanger

Women’s Fund Advisory Committee

Made up of board members, our Development Director and community volunteers, the Women’s Fund Advisory committee actively enhances the lives and opportunities for women and girls living in our county through programs and services.

Committee Members:

Stephanie Hicks, Mary McCullough, Beverley Meamber, Rebecca Medeiros Wolf, Laura Munoz-Velazquez, Barbara Shackelton, Linda Smith, Christy Trevino, Mary White, and Edwina Young

Latino Generations Committee

The Latino Generations committee supports efforts to increase Latino participation, leadership, and effective engagement by empowering individuals. Made up of Latino community leaders, the committee meets the last Tuesday of every month.

Committee Members:

Enrique Arreola, Vince Brigantino, Al Castaneda, Ana Maria De Alba, Kathy Flores, Lupe Maldonado, Diane Ortiz, Trino Serrano, Pauline Valdivia, Ricardo Vasques, and Jose Zepeda

National Philanthropy Day Committee

Made up of Community Foundation board members and local nonprofit leaders, this committee is responsible for producing our signature event, National Philanthropy Day Awards Dinner. This event allows area nonprofit organizations to honor philanthropists who give so much of their time and talent back to our community. This committee meets once a month beginning in April.

Committee Members:

Gary Byrne, Donnette Carter, Raul Ceja, Nenette Corotto, Esther Curtice, Vicki Fortino, Amy Grames, Beverley Meamber, Becca King Reed, Sharon Trafford, Sharlene Van Rooy, and Brenda Weatherly

12-Days of Giving Committee

The 12 Days of Giving Committee, created in 2011, is a collaborative fundraising nonprofit group made up of six organizations who provide "safety net" services to San Benito County residents. This committee meets monthly and prepares for an annual holiday fundraising campaign.

Committee Members:

Lori Arnold, Gary Byrne, Denise Cauthen-Wright, Esther Curtice, Vicki Fortino, Patrick Ellis, Patrice Kuerschner, Mark Paxton, Caleb Montes, Maria Thomas, and Bob Tiffany

Asset Development Committee

Comprised of rotating board members, the CEO, and our Development Director, the Asset Development Committee creates strategies and practices that advance the growth of the Community Foundation’s Endowment Funds.

Committee Members:

Christine Breen, Phil Fortino, Stephanie Hicks, Steve Hudner, Anne Morris, and Bob Tiffany

Finance Committee

These community leaders play a critical role in protecting and growing the Community Foundation’s investment portfolio and ensuring it’s managed prudently for the good of the community.

Committee Members:

Gary Byrne, Alan Clark, Arnold Fontes, Mike Grace, Mark Robinson, Marla Pleyte, and Ed Stephenson

Audit Committee

Acting on behalf of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee oversees all material aspects of the organization’s financial reporting, internal control, and audit functions.

Committee Members:

Gary Byrne, Ron Dominguez, Kay Filice, Fernando Gonzalez, and Mike Grace