Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation supports education at all levels, Catholic organizations, medical research, health care, parks and recreation, and youth programs in the East Bay Area of California.

FUNDING AREAS: Education at all levels, Catholic organizations, medical research, health care, parks and recreation, youth programs

IP TAKE: Since the Valley Foundation is terminating soon, the board of directors is approving larger grant awards than usual. Pitch a capital grant proposal to build a new facility or upgrade equipment because these are major components of the wind-down strategy.

PROFILE: Established in 1977, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation supports the East Bay Area of California. Wayne Valley was the founder and majority owner of Citation Builders, a San Leandro developer that became one of the largest single-family homebuilders in California. After Wayne and Gladys passed away, the board of directors unanimously voted in 2003 to terminate the foundation with a wind-down process. To implement this wind-down process, the foundation is awarding grants that are larger than usual. Funding interest areas are education at all levels, Catholic organizations, medical research, health care, parks and recreation, and youth programs.

Valley supports many capital improvement projects to construct new facilities and upgrade equipment. The foundation is accepting proposals for a variety of educational programs, ranging from early childhood education, vocational schools, and public and private universities. As devout Catholics, Wayne and Gladys directed that a good portion of foundation funds be sent to Catholic organizations as well. The foundation awards grants for programs aimed at improving medical research, health care, park recreation, and youth services in the Bay Area, although there is not as much of a budget for these areas of interest.

The foundation has been giving over $27 million annually in recent years. The funder mostly supports nonprofits benefiting Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California. It is based in Oakland, California and awards many grants here.

The Valley Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications via mail. The staff values concise applications and outlines its requirements on the foundation website. Direct general inquiries to the foundation staff at 510-466-6060 or info@wgvalley.org.

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