Presidents Message

I am honored to serve as the 2019-2020 President of the Board for the Visalia Rotary Community Foundation.  

As the Visalia Rotary Community Foundation approaches its 27th year, we are mindful of the connection between the past and the future.  Having started in 1992, the principal of the Foundation’s assets hit $250,000 by 1997.  This afforded the foundation the opportunity to provide our first grant to the Good New Center, now the Bethlehem Center, in the amount of $7,000.  Due to the generosity of our local Rotarians and those in our surrounding communities, our Foundation has provided in excess of $1,300,000 in grants and scholarships since our beginning 27 years ago.  

The Foundation aspires to provide the infrastructure for individuals and organizations to maintain and expand their philanthropic efforts.  Through our various funds we have provided vital support to non-profit organizations, offered tuition assistance to college-bound students, and stimulated development for community projects.

The Visalia Rotary Community Foundation encourages you to make a gift to your community and to your neighbors.  Together we can make today better and tomorrow the best.

Sincerely,

Ryan Purkiss

President VRCF

President Ryan Purkiss