Become an Endowment Builder with Pasadena Community Foundation

Published on May 27, 2021

“Philanthropist” is an imposing word, one we might associate with Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, or, more recently, Warren Buffet, Bill & Melinda Gates, or MacKenzie Scott. Here in the Pasadena area, we have countless philanthropists – generous people just like you – who donate what time and funds they can to support their passions in a wealth of causes.  

This spring, Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) invites you to become a PCF Endowment Builder and leverage your personal philanthropy to shape a vibrant future for the greater Pasadena area. 

A Helping Hand in Pasadena since 1953

The past year has taught all of us that “community” is a delicate ecosystem that takes our collective helping hands to nurture and strengthen residents, organizations, and businesses. PCF has long been a helping hand in the greater Pasadena area. Since 1953, its mission has been to build perpetual support for our community through endowment funds. 

Endowed funds (or “endowments”) are designed to keep the principal amount intact while using the investment income for charitable efforts. Endowments are long-lasting and sustainable, ensuring perpetual support for the causes you love. These “forever gifts” provide flexibility for the Foundation’s robust grant making to local nonprofit organizations and the long-term sustainability that ensures PCF can meet not only today’s needs but future needs as well. 

Those with charitable intent can create their own endowment for as little as $10,000 (or $5,000 over two years). Endowments can be in your own name, honor someone who has passed, or celebrate an important milestone in your life. 

Transform Your Passions into Long-term Support for Pasadena 

Reflect for a moment on what is important to you. Do you want to support vulnerable populations or champion the arts? Protect the environment or create affordable housing? Uplift seniors or empower our Pasadena youth to accomplish their educational goals? 

PCF Endowment Builders can focus on any of these causes to support, thanks to the Foundation’s six Fields of Interest: Arts & Culture, Youth & Education, Environment & Animal Welfare, Health & Safety, Human Services, and Community & Economic Development. Endowment Builders can designate one or more of these fields and create a philanthropy that is personal, meaningful, and fulfilling. 

Join PCF’s Family of Endowment Builders

With its longstanding community involvement and leadership, PCF can help you align your values, life experiences, and interests to benefit the causes closest to your heart.  This spring, leverage your passion for local philanthropy and join PCF’s family of Endowment Builders. 


For more information, visit  or call 626.796.2097 x.2

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