Charitable Options

If you’re looking to make a powerful impact through donor contributions, Pasadena Community Foundation can help you meet your philanthropic goals in Pasadena and beyond.

PCF’s multiple options offer flexibility, simplicity, and financial benefits, as well as options for what and how to give (check, credit card, stock, real estate, and a variety of other assets.)

Become a PCF Friend or Fellow

Friends & Fellows gifts support PCF operations or may be directed to PCF Endowment Builder Funds that generate support for local nonprofits. Enable PCF to continue its important work in the community with an annual contribution.

Donate to an Existing Fund

PCF manages more than 340 funds that have been established over the decades by people just like you. They support Pasadena itself, and a variety of causes and areas of interest. Our fund search page includes a complete list of PCF funds that can be viewed in alphabetical order, or searched by name, or by the areas of interest PCF supports (arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, youth, scholarships, or seniors.)

Create a Named Endowment

Be 1” of PCF’s Endowment Builders by setting up a named fund to benefit Pasadena in perpetuity. With an affordable commitment of $10,000, you can be assured that the impact you have today will grow in the years to come. Endowment Builders automatically become Esteemed Fellows of the Foundation. View our Endowment Builders list.

Establish a Donor Advised Fund

Donor Advised Funds direct money to any qualified non-profit in the United States. Donor Advised Funds can be expendable, invested, or endowed, depending on your needs and your giving horizon.

Plan a Future Gift

Planned Giving is a wonderful way to promote positive change beyond your lifetime. Planned Giving can also be a smart financial move, with the potential to lessen the tax burden on your estate. PCF works closely with your legal and financial advisors to help create charitable giving plans that support your legacy and strengthen the local community. If you make a bequest and let us know about the future gift, you will be listed as a member of PCF’s Legacy Society.

Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA) — The Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) is licensed to offer charitable gift annuities to benefit both PCF and other local charities.  Click here to find out more about CGAs at PCF.

If you have questions about any of the charitable options that PCF offers, please call us today at (626) 796-2097. We look forward to speaking with you.


“PCF ensures that our assets are directed to the issues we care about most.”

— John & Margaret McAustin