“Problem-solving” PCF Scholar Ready for New Life Chapter

For college-bound Anjolie, facing difficult challenges with determination and resiliency is a family trait. When her mother recently had to take a leave from her job for health reasons, the family banded together and made the reduced finances work. “We relied on our brother to help make ends meet,” says Anjolie who also has two…

Orchestra US Creates Musical Connections, Transforms Lives

A new nonprofit organization is tapping into the power of performing arts to change the lives of young talented musicians and residents living in underserved rural communities — and PCF is helping to make this artistic vision a reality. Launched under the leadership of Paul Jan Zdunek, former CEO of the Pasadena Symphony Association, Orchestra…

PCF’s New Look

If you’ve visited the Pasadena Community Foundation in the past, our new look will be evident. The most significant changes: more imagery, a new color scheme and an easier navigation process. “We didn’t need to start from scratch because the website built in 2015 had good bones,” says Mike deHilster, Program Officer for Pasadena Community…

PCF Fund Helps Armory Center Continue Free Summer Programming

“Art has a way of keeping our souls full,” says Leslie Ito, Executive Director of the Armory Center for the Arts, one of the five art organizations that recently received a Rowe & Gayle Giesen Trust grant, a Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) fund that supports visual arts experiences for children and youth. During a typical…