Our Mission

The Pasadena Foundation was formed in 1953 to address “current needs unmet and future needs unforeseen” in Pasadena. Now organized as the Pasadena Community Foundation, PCF continues to meet this original directive by partnering with local individuals, families, and organizations to provide enduring support for its mission: to improve and enrich the lives of people in the greater Pasadena area.

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Pasadena Community Foundation

Serves as a leader and catalyst to build permanently endowed charitable funds

Provides grants to strengthen community organizations

Promotes and participates in community partnerships

Enables donors to meet their philanthropic goals

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Our History

Established as the Pasadena Foundation in 1953 by noted philanthropist Louis A. Webb, the organization changed its name in 2005 to better reflect its identity and its mission.

Historical Highlights

  • 1953

    Louis and Marion Webb establish the Pasadena Foundation as a community trust.

  • 1954

    The Foundation awards first grants totaling $9,874, with $1,288.94 in discretionary grants to 12 organizations and $8,585.45 in donor advised gifts.

  • 1966

    Louis Webb dies and half of the Webb’s estate, $600,000, goes to establish the Louis Webb Trust as a fund of the Foundation.

  • 1970

    The Foundation grants $45,265 to 25 organizations and $8,332 in donor advised gifts to 11 charities.

  • 1972

    On her death in 1972, Marion Webb leaves $1.8 million to create the Marion Webb Trust.

  • 1978

    The Pasadena Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary! Assets reach $4,042,483.

  • 1991

    Assets of the Foundation surpass $10 million.

  • 1996

    The Fellows Program launched: “Give $2000 by 2000.”

    The $950,000 Eaton Endowment is established, enabling the launch of the Foundation’s Senior Grants Program.

  • 2003

    Pasadena Foundation celebrates 50 years of service, having distributed over $25 million in grants to charitable organizations over that time.

  • 2005

    Foundation reorganizes from a trust to a corporation and changes its name to Pasadena Community Foundation.

    PARAID merges with PCF and brings with it 150 donor advised funds.

  • 2008

    PCF announces largest ever grant of $450,000 to support PUSD’s John Muir Reinvention Plan.

  • 2013

    PCF receives an anonymous gift of a $1,000,000 endowment in honor of its 60th anniversary.

    Announcement of new Education Grants program.

  • 2015

    PCF surpasses $50,000,000 in assets!

    Announcement of updated Senior Grants Program, awarding grants to nonprofits serving the frail elderly.

  • 2016

    PCF surpasses $60,000,000 in assets!

    Pasadena Child Health Foundation becomes a fund of PCF. The $6 million fund is the largest gift PCF has ever received.

    PCF grows the number of named endowments from 75 to 100 with the Be 1 in 100 campaign.

Noteworthy

“It is not the instrument of any one institution or person or of any group of persons. Rather, it is the charitable instrument of the community as a whole.”

— Louis Webb, PCF Founder, “Pasadena Star-News” 1956