A Grant for Mount Wilson Institute’s Second Century

A large telescope painted bright blue stands in the middle of a domed observatory.

Mount Wilson Observatory (MWO) has watched over the Pasadena area since its opening in 1917, peeking out among the trees, keeping company with the looming telecommunications towers nearby. The Observatory has been the site of impressive scientific discoveries — it featured the most important scientific telescopes and astronomical instruments of the first half of the…

$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.

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…

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! PCF Grant Prepares Families for School

A group of eight Latinas stand posed together, loosely in a line, inside a classroom. Six of them wear red and white nametags.

Writing your name, holding scissors, counting to 10, sitting quietly in a group, dressing yourself – for children, learning these skills is a big deal when Kindergarten is just around the corner. With the help of a Pasadena Community Foundation Education Grant, families across the Pasadena area have kiddos that have practiced these skills all…

Pasadena Humane Grows Pet Food Pantry with PCF Funding

Two women stand at a table with large pet food bags conversing. One is wearing a green shirt that says Pasadena Humane, and the other is facing her, holding a number of bags.

Preventing shelter surrender is an important goal at Pasadena Humane. Thanks to a recent Animal Welfare Grant from Pasadena Community Foundation, the organization can help keep pets with the people who love them by expanding the reserves of its Helping Paws Pet Food Pantry. The Helping Paws program distributes free pet food and supplies –…

Transformative Literary Arts Program Debuts at PUSD This Fall 

A young Black man in glasses stands at a podium inside a library. Bookshelves are visible behind him. He is addressing a group of younger students.

With help from a recent PCF Arts & Culture Grant, local arts nonprofit Light Bringer Project (LBP) will debut a powerful literary arts program, Locavore Lit, at three Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools this fall. LBP was one of 18 organizations that received funding from PCF’s inaugural Arts & Culture Grant Program. LBP is…