The Ann Dobson Barrett & Olin Barrett Endowment supports Pasadena Community Foundation’s grantmaking in the areas of Arts & Culture. This is a Fund for Pasadena, which will benefit local organizations working to sustain and uplift our community.
Ann and Olin Barrett* shared a passion for the arts. They both served in volunteer leadership positions with numerous nonprofit agencies that enrich our community through visual and performing arts and arts education.
Olin served on the board of directors of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music for many years and led the organization’s capital campaigns to renovate the campus. They couple has been active supporters of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, where Olin served on the Board of Overseers. Ann is a longtime member of the Pasadena Art Alliance and Art Center 100, and a past board member of the Armory Center for the Arts. Olin and Ann have a long history with Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, where Olin served as a trustee. Ann is a founder of Kidspace Children’s Museum.
In 2015, Ann completed a 10-year term on the board of directors of the Pasadena Community Foundation. During the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary year, Ann and Olin created the Ann Dobson Barrett & Olin Barrett Endowment for Arts and Culture, which generates annual grants to local arts organizations. The Barrett’s fund is one of several at PCF that provide a permanent source of funding for Pasadena’s many artistic and cultural organizations.
*Olin Barrett passed away in October 2021
The Power of Endowment
Endowments are the cornerstone of PCF’s mission to build hometown legacies. The corpus of each endowed fund is invested with PCF’s portfolio for long-term growth. Each year, the endowments generate the funds that support PCF’s local grantmaking, which enriches the arts community, protects our environment, provides health care and critical social services, and bolsters public education in Pasadena. Endowments are permanent legacies for our community; these funds will continue to grow and provide philanthropic support forever.