For more than fifty years, the Bonadelle family has been a philanthropic leader in Fresno and Clovis. Today, John and Lisa Bonadelle remain engaged and dedicated to the community — and their generosity extends far beyond monetary donations.
The Bonadelles and their children are passionate about donating their time and talents to improving life in the Fresno and Clovis area. Their genuine concern is demonstrated by the ways in which they have helped improve our community.
“We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to help, and we want to give back to others in a way that truly makes a difference,” Lisa Bonadelle says.
John and Lisa Bonadelle are strong supporters of education in the Central Valley, as evidenced by their donations to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, San Joaquin Memorial High School and California State University, Fresno. They also support the medical community by giving to Saint Agnes Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Central California.
The Bonadelles’ concern and care for the Central Valley’s children is further reflected in their contributions to the Craycroft Youth Center, the Boys and Girls Club, Central Valley Childrens' Partnership and Fresno Chaffee Zoo, where they’ve sponsored the Winged Wonders Bird Show. Fresno’s cultural landscape has also been improved by the Bonadelles’ contributions to the Catholic Diocese of Fresno and local museums.
Lisa Bonadelle serves on the foundation board of directors at Children’s Hospital Central California and has served on the board of directors for San Joaquin Memorial High School. She is a founding member of the Catholic Charities Ministers of Presence Guild. Lisa has also served as an advisor for Catholic Charities Junior Ministers of Presence Guild for high school students at San Joaquin Memorial.
John Bonadelle is a founding member of the Coalition for Urban Renewal Excellence, where he led efforts to purchase homes, rehabilitate them and provide deserving families with the opportunity of first-time home ownership. John also lends his expertise to charitable construction projects, including St. Anthony’s Community Center, and is a member of the board of directors for Catholic Charities.
Both John and Lisa Bonadelle are founding members of the Corporate Council of Children’s Hospital Central California. They’re also strong supporters of Fresno State Athletics and are proud Bulldog Foundation members.
The Bonadelles’ children have inherited the family’s altruistic spirit. The Bonadelle’s older daughter, Bianca, helps with winter clothing drives for Catholic Charities and is an altar server at the Bonadelles’ parish. Their son, John, has worked with the Junior Ministers of Presence Guild and was among the first to volunteer for the organization’s coat drive. Now in college, John plans to continue his philanthropic efforts through new endeavors.
“This is a wonderful town, and we find happiness in giving back,” Lisa Bonadelle says. “We believe it’s important for our entire family to be socially responsible. It’s what we’re called to do, and we will continue to give back.”