Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Betty Jean Ho Endowment

Betty Jean Ho

The Betty Jean Ho Endowment is a PCF Endowment Builder fund and provides unrestricted support for PCF’s local grantmaking programs in the Pasadena area. Following 10 years of PCF board service (1997-2017) and a lifetime of dedication to community causes, Betty ensured that her support of good work in Pasadena will continue forever.

Betty received her B.S. in occupational therapy at USC and her teacher certification from the graduate school of education. She taught in Palo Alto schools and served as an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco before moving to Pasadena in the late 1950s.

While raising three children, Betty became a community volunteer and activist. She leant her time and many talents to myriad organizations and projects, including Pasadena City College Asian American Task Force, Pasadena Educational Foundation, Five Acres, YWCA Pasadena, and two organizations that eventually came under the umbrella of PCF: the Pasadena Child Health Foundation and the Rowe & Gayle Giesen Trust.  Betty was perhaps best known for serving as the longtime field representative to former Pasadena mayors Katie Nack and Bill Bogaard. Betty passed away in 2022.

PCF Executive Director Jennifer DeVoll gives Betty Jean Ho as squeeze during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Friends & Fellows Fund, 2004.

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. Learn more about creating an endowment at PCF.

Created February 2008

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