The Pasadena Community Foundation announced the recipients of its 2022 Senior Grants, its annual grant program launched in 2007 in support of “frail elderly” who face physical, mental, or economic struggles.
This year, six local nonprofit organizations that focus on senior care received a total of $64,000 in funding from PCF:
- Armenian Relief Society
- Huntington Hospital
- National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
- Pacific Clinics
- Pasadena Senior Center
- Pasadena Village
Pasadena Community Foundation focuses on six “areas of interest” for its grantmaking, and the Senior Grant Program is part of Human Services area. The other areas are Arts & Culture, Community & Economic Development, Health & Safety, Human Services, and Youth & Culture.
In 2007, the Foundation established its annual Senior Grant Program, which to date has awarded 82 grants to 21 unduplicated organizations for an impressive total of $700,000.
Pasadena-area residents are instrumental in partnering with PCF to grow its grantmaking assets. PCF works with community members to establish endowments that support local grantmaking, and two endowments in particular were instrumental in creating and sustaining the Senior Grants: The Cornelia Eaton Endowment for the Assistance to the Elderly and the Bill & Betsy Rawn Endowment Fund for Seniors in Need.
Grantee Spotlight: Pasadena Senior Center
A $10,000 Senior Grant award to Pasadena Senior Center will help support its Social Services Program, managed by staff member Carmen Macias. Macias notes that the center’s monthly food distribution event for low-income seniors is a critical component of the Social Services Program and assists an average of 200 seniors at each event. In total, the Social Services Program serves more than 5,000 unduplicated individuals per year – the majority of whom live below the federal poverty line.
Staff from Pasadena Community Foundation visited the Senior Center’s June 3 food distribution and watched the event unfold with the help of numerous smiling volunteers from the LA Food Bank, Pasadena Lions, American Legion, and students from South Pasadena High School. Read more about the Senior Grant Program and the food distribution event on PCF’s website.
Founded in 1953, Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Pasadena. Managing nearly $160 million in charitable assets, PCF works with individuals, families, and organizations to establish philanthropic funds, create and build endowment funds, and distribute charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations.