$561,000 in PCF Capital Grant Funding Heading to Local Nonprofits

A group of 13 people stand in pose on the front porch of the historic Gamble House in Pasadena CA. They are grouped loosely in a line and surrounded by wooden craftsman architecture. The Gamble House Conservancy will use its PCF Capital Grant funding for a water intrusion mitigation project.

Pasadena Community Foundation proudly announces that 24 Pasadena-area nonprofit organizations have received funding from the Capital Grants Program, the foundation’s largest annual grant investment. This year, the grant awards total more than one-half million dollars in support of facility improvements and equipment purchases at local organizations.

Two $50K Capital Campaign Grants Will Yield Long-term Benefits

PCF is especially proud to award $50,000 Capital Campaign Grants to Mount Wilson Institute (MWI) and to Cancer Support Community San Gabriel Valley (CSCSGV). PCF’s funding will help MWI launch the Second Century Campaign to make the mountain site safer, more welcoming, and more accessible for its 95,000 annual visitors.

“As the site of the most significant astronomical discoveries of the first half of the 20th Century, Mount Wilson Observatory is part of everybody’s cultural legacy,” says the MWI Board of Trustees. “We are incredibly grateful to the Pasadena Community Foundation for this generous grant. It will support the Institute’s mission ‘to manage and promote the Observatory for scientific research, historic preservation, education, public engagement, and the arts.’”

PCF staff and board toured the historic telescopes and facilities of Mount Wilson Observatory during a site visit in late August.

In Sierra Madre, CSCSGV is settling into its new permanent facility, and PCF’s Capital Campaign Grant will provide funding to install solar panels, one of the last projects of the organization’s Be the Key Capital Campaign.

“We are thrilled to receive a $50,000 capital grant from the Pasadena Community Foundation toward solar panels,” says CSCSGV’s Executive Director Patricia Ostiller. “PCF’s gift will yield benefits for decades to come thanks to the utility savings that can be directed to Cancer Support Community’s programs. PCF’s partnership with CSCSGV and other nonprofits in the area is priceless and precious to us. We couldn’t do what we do without PCF being a crucial part of the ‘wind beneath our wings’.”

A group of 16 exuberant adults gather tightly together in an outdoor parking lot under a banner that reads Grand Opening! One of them, in a pink dress, has an oversized pair of scissors that she is using to cut the red ribbon.
Cancer Support Community San Gabriel Valley will use PCF’s grant award of $50,000 to install solar panels on its new permanent home in Sierra Madre.

Capital Grants will support a broad range of projects at local nonprofits

The remaining $461,000 in PCF’s Capital Grant funding will support a broad range of projects at 22 Pasadena-area nonprofits, including:

  • CHAPCare: Improving optometry care for uninsured children.
  • Frostig Center for Educational Therapy: Replacement of playground equipment and ground cover.
  • Gamble House: Mitigation of a persistent water intrusion problem.
  • Pasadena Community Orchestra: Purchase of sheet music, percussion instruments, and music stands.
  • Ride On LA: Conversion of space at Hahamongna Park for an adaptive, therapeutic horse-riding program for people with disabilities.
  • Ronald McDonald House Pasadena: House revitalization and repainting.
  • Soul Force Project: Purchase of a professional camera package to amplify its mission of promoting social justice through global arts and music.
  • Sycamores: Refurbishment of the Art/Rec room at the El Nido Campus.
  • Union Station Homeless Services: Renovations of 15 Euclid Villa family apartment kitchens.
  • Villa Esperanza: Support of the second phase of its Hope Moves Forward campus improvement project.

2023 PCF Capital Grant Awards

$50,000 Capital Campaign Grantees

Cancer Support Community Greater San Gabriel Valley
Mt. Wilson Institute

Capital Grantee Organizations

Abode Communities
Amigos de los Rios
Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAPCare)
Five Acres – The Boys & Girls Aid Society of Los Angeles County
Foothill Family Service
Frostig Center for Educational Therapy
Gamble House Conservancy
The Gooden Center
Grandview Foundation
Pasadena Audubon Society
Pasadena Community Orchestra
Impact House
Ride On LA
Ronald McDonald House Pasadena
Soul Force Project
St. Vincent de Paul – St. Elizabeth Conference
Union Station Homeless Services
Villa Esperanza Services
YMCA Pasadena-Sierra Madre
Young & Healthy

Visit our Shutterfly Gallery to see photos of PCF’s Capital Grantee site visits.