Six schoolchildren stand happily together in an outdoor breezeway at a local PUSD elementary school.

Youth & Education


Youth & Education is one of PCF’s six areas of impact for local grantmaking. PCF’s grantmaking in education focuses on four priorities: Early Learning, Academic Interventions, Youth Development, and College Success. Its grantmaking for youth focuses on afterschool and summer programs that provide enrichment and leadership development and supports unique populations, including the needs of foster youth.

This area of interest is made possible by PCF Endowment Builders who are passionate about education and enrichment opportunities for local students.


PCF Education Grant Program
In 2022, PCF launched a new iteration of its Education Grant Program following its successful K-12 Education Grant Program, which awarded annually between 2013-2021. The new Education Grant Program focuses on four priorities, all designed to provide support from a very young age through college.


Emily, a 2021-22 PCF Scholar with Pasadena Community Foundation.
Emily, a 2021-22 PCF Scholar


Yes Virginia Holiday Grants
Since 1994, the Yes, Virginia Fund has supported children in need in the Pasadena community at the holidays. The fund provides grants to local nonprofit agencies to provide toys, books, gifts, and special experiences to help all children feel valued and supported in their lives.


Impact in the area of Youth & Education

Since its founding in1953, PCF has awarded more than $14 million to community organizations that specifically provide services in Youth & Education.

   In 2022, PCF awarded a total of $821,000 in grant funding in the area of Youth & Education.

   PCF’s 2022 Capital Grants included awards to two organizations for a total of $45,000.

   In 2021, PCF awarded $250,000 in Educational Equity Grants to organizations that strengthen educational opportunities for local Black and Latinx students.

   Since its inception in 2019, the PCF Scholars Program has supported 37 students as they pursue their education at Pasadena City College with financial aid and wrap-around services.

   In 2022, PCF helped fund 75 college scholarships for Pasadena-area students.

   During the 2022 holiday season, the Yes Virginia Holiday Grant Program funded gifts and festive experiences for more 2,500 children from 12 local nonprofit organizations.

Five young children play as large snowflakes fall during a holiday party hosted by Door of Hope in Pasadena, CA.
Children play in a Winter Family Fun Festival, a party hosted at an Altadena park by Door of Hope, December 2022. The event was supported with a PCF Yes Virginia Grant.


PCF works with community members to establish endowments that support local grantmaking, including those in the Youth & Education 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 and the reasons they created a PCF endowment for Youth & Education.

Become a PCF Endowment Builder for the areas you care about – learn more.

Related News & Features

“PCF Scholar Lands Research Fellowship at Caltech.” September 2023. Read article.

“Ready, Set, Kindergarten! PCF Grant Prepares Families for School.” September 2023. Read article.

“Graduating PCF Scholars Reflect on Their Educational Journeys.” May 2023. Read article.

“Math Power Hour Bolsters Kids’ Math Aptitude and Attitude.” March 2023. Read article.

“PCF Announces 2022 Education Grant Recipients.” December 2022. Read article.

“Yes, Virginia Grants Make Holiday Bright for 2,500 Local Children.” December 2022. Read article.

“The Math Pays Off for Math Academy Graduates.” August 2022. Read article.

STEAM:CODERS Paves a Path for Pasadena Youth. July 2022. Read article.

College Women’s Club Awards Scholarships to 14 Local Women. May 2022. Read article.

Two Veterans Receive Welcome Home Scholarship. April 2022. Read article.

2021 Yes, Virginia Grants Bring Holiday Joy to 1,700 Local Families.” December 2021. Read article.

“An Uplifting End to 2021 for PCF Scholars.” December 2021. Read article.

“Back to School for PCF Scholars.” August 2021. Read article.

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