An arched, brown metal sign reading Arlington Garden spans an entry pathway to the gardens. Trees and shrubs can be seen throughout the photo.
A girl aged approximately 10 years old and wearing a royal-blue tshirt stands facing a gray pit bull dog sitting in profile on a raised platform. It looks intently at her as she raises two fingers in a command.

Environment & Animal Welfare

Environment and Animal Welfare is one of PCF’s six areas of impact for local grantmaking. PCF’s grantmaking in this area of interest supports parks, gardens, urban open space and trees, and the natural spaces in the surrounding foothills, including the Arroyo Seco. Grantmaking in this area also supports the biodiversity and welfare of both domestic and wildlife animals. This area of interest is made possible by PCF Endowment Builders who are passionate about protecting the Pasadena-area environment and well-being of animals.

Animal Welfare Grant Program – The Animal Welfare Grant Program was created from a bequest from the estate of Doris Gilbert Sloan in 2021. It supports organizations that serve the needs of both domestic and wildlife animals. As of the end of 2023, the program has awarded $125,000 to nonprofit organizations in support of animals.

PCF Capital Grant Program – Over the years, the PCF Capital Grant Program has supported environmental spaces, tree planting, purchase of land for wildlife corridors, and water-wise gardens.

Impact in the Area of Environment & Animal Welfare

   K9 Youth Alliance – In 2023, PCF helped fund a program that brings shelter dogs together with local Boys & Girls Club youth for an intensive, afterschool three-week training period.

   San Gabriel Foothills Monarch Recovery Project – PCF awarded $21,000 to Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy in 2021 and 2022 for its project to plant native milkweed in foothill communities, on AFC-owned properties, and on the properties of conservation partners – all in an effort to restore monarch populations.

   Pasadena Beautiful Cherry Tree Planting – PCF awarded a $16,000 Capital Grant to Pasadena Beautiful Foundation in 2021 to plant 25 new cherry trees in the city’s Victory Park. The project commemorates the city’s Japanese community and bolsters the park’s urban canopy. Watch a short video about the Cherry Tree project.

  Recent Capital Grants – In 2023, PCF awarded $34,000 in Capital Grants to two local organizations in the Environment & Animal Welfare area of interest: Amigos de los Rios and Pasadena Humane.

A large group of PCF staff and members of Pasadena Beautiful Foundation pose together outdoors in front of pink-flowering, newly planted cherry trees in Victory Park.
PCF staff and members of Pasadena Beautiful Foundation visit the newly planted cherry trees in Victory Park. March 2022.

Supporting Funds

PCF works with community members to establish endowments that support local grantmaking, including those in the Environment & Animal Welfare area of interest. As a community foundation, PCF always honors donor intent. Our grants reflect any donor restrictions regarding their designated causes.

Visit these links to learn more about our donors who chose to create a PCF endowment for issues related to the Environment or Animal Welfare.

Christopher & Virginia Orndorff Endowment for the Environment
Matthew & Jennifer DeVoll Endowment for the Environment
Garfield Gilbert Family Endowment
The Elvis Endowment

Become a PCF Endowment Builder for the areas you care aboutlearn more.

Related News & Features

“PCF “Feathers a New Nest” for Pasadena Audubon Society.” December 2023. Read article.

“Pasadena Humane Grows Pet Food Pantry with PCF Funding.” August 2023. Read article.

“PCF Grantee Spotlight: K9 Youth Alliance.” May 2023. Read article.

“PCF Grant Brings Springtime Blossoms to Victory Park.” March 2022.   Read article.

“Partners for the Birds: Pasadena Audubon Society Receives PCF Wildlife Welfare Grant.” May 2022.  Read article.

Recent Grantee Organizations

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