The Pasadena Community Foundation helps donors maximize the impact of their charitable contributions — strengthening the community, preserving cultural resources, and assisting those in need.

Fundraiser: College Women's Club of Pasadena Scholarship Foundation

The College Women’s Club of Pasadena Scholarship Foundation allocates financial aid to approximately 10 full-time students each year who need financial help completing their college or graduate education at schools in the greater Pasadena area.

The Club's Annual Fundraiser is underway now!

Big Heart Small Film

The Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) in partnership with Alibaba Pictures (AP) is calling for current and recent graduate filmmaking students to compete in a short film festival about philanthropy and “doing good in Pasadena”. Filmmakers entering the competition will be charged with telling a story about how local non-profits and/or philanthropy impact and benefit the Pasadena community.

Enter the Big Heart Small Film Competition today!

What we’ve done, together

Thanks to the generosity of philanthropists who call our community home, PCF continues to thrive and expand its influence.

  • 60+

    years of prudent stewardship

  • $50M

    charitable assets through 2014

  • 56%

    growth of assets 2012-2014

  • 300+

    number of active funds

  • $71M

    awarded to non-profits

News & Events

PCF Helps Carnegie Observatories Make the Stars Portable

The scientists and astronomers at Carnegie Observatories, based here in Pasadena, wanted to find a way to bring the wonders of the night sky to the public, no matter the weather or time of year. Their idea for a solution? Acquire a portable, inflatable planetarium and state-of-the-art digital projector. In 2017, Carnegie Observatory applied for…

Bonnie Baha Memorial Scholarship Fund to Provide Scholarships to Women Pursuing Careers in Finance

PASADENA, CA, March 20, 2018 – The Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bonnie Baha Memorial Scholarship Fund, a charitable fund of PCF to provide scholarships for women pursuing financial careers. Bonnie Baha was a senior portfolio manager and partner of DoubleLine Capital LP, an asset manager where she…

Academy of Music for the Blind Makes Music-Creation Accessible with PCF Grant

Founded by David and Gayle Pinto more than a decade ago, Academy of Music for the Blind is dedicated to addressing the unique talents and challenges of blind youth by developing their musical, creative, cognitive, physical and social skills through education in music and the performing arts – regardless of their ability to pay. In…


“If you love your community, there is no better place to make a philanthropic investment than the Pasadena Community Foundation.”

— Bob Carlson, Past Board Chair