Bastiaan Schouten Memorial Fund

Bastiaan Schouten was born on October 22, 1942 in Delft, The Netherlands to Hendrik and Maria (Visser) Schouten. Along with his parents and siblings, he emigrated to the United States in 1950, where the family settled in Portland, Oregon.

Bastiaan spent most of his career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working and living overseas with his wife Priscilla (also a Foreign Service Officer) and raising their two sons, Hendrik and Andrew.

During his career, Bastiaan earned a reputation as an innovative strategist and brilliant economist who improved the lives and futures of millions of people around the world by helping them lift themselves out of poverty.

In 2000, Bastiaan and Priscilla retired to Oro Loma, where Priscilla was raised as a child. Bastiaan held a special place in his heart for the children of immigrants, along with their families who work so hard and sacrifice so much to provide their children with greater opportunity and success in their new homeland, and he continued to support the local immigrant community during his years in Ora Loma. Bastiaan passionately believed that education was the key to a better future for people and for nations.

To honor his belief, his immigrant experience, and his love of love of the San Joaquin Valley, the family established the Bastiaan Schouten Memorial Fund administered by the Central Valley Community Foundation, with donations to help San Joaquin Valley immigrants, children of immigrants, and/or children of farm workers achieve their post-secondary educational goals.

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Central Valley Community Foundation.
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Central Valley Community Foundation
5260 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 122
Fresno, CA 93704


Central Valley Community Foundation is a 501c-3 non-profit, tax ID# 77-0478025, any contribution is considered a tax-deductible gift.