Eight Pasadena-area nonprofits recently received a total of $185,000 in grant funding from Pasadena Community Foundation. The awards support Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students and their families in four priority areas: Early learning and school readiness; academic interventions in math and literacy; youth development; and college access and success. At the heart of the annual program is a commitment to educational equity.
PCF’s Education Grant Program began in 2013 to help bolster student success in the greater Pasadena area. In 2022, PCF reassessed its education funding priorities with the help of a committee formed with local educational experts. As a result, the program grew to include early learning and school readiness.
Six of the eight 2023 education grants are renewed funding from the 2022 cycle – a decision PCF made to ensure the grantee organizations can continue to refine and grow their vital educational programs without interruption. “PCF staff spend a great deal of time out in our community each year, visiting local nonprofits and seeing their programs in action,” notes PCF President & CEO Jennifer DeVoll. “This engagement gives PCF the opportunity to build long-term relationships with nonprofit leaders and understand their mission goals – something that in this case aided our decision to renew funding.”
The 2023 funding will help, for example, expand a child-centered approach to learning at Families Forward Learning Center; empower girls in the classrooms at YWCA Glendale & Pasadena; strengthen mentoring and afterschool programs at Stars; bolster parent readiness and engagement through Pasadena Education Network; and enhance Project Learn, a youth development program at Boys & Girls Club Pasadena.
2023 Education Grantee Organizations
- Boys & Girls Club Pasadena
- College Access Plan
- Families Forward Learning Center
- Partnership for Success!
- Pasadena Education Network
- Reading Partners
- YWCA Glendale & Pasadena