Bill’s parents moved to Pasadena to pursue a better life when he was 14. After Bill married Brenda, the couple settled in Pasadena, and almost 50 years later, agree there is no place they would rather live. They marvel at the number of non-profits doing good work. “There is a strong sense of community and people really get involved,” says Bill.
The Galloways recently purchased the Freeman House, an historic landmark in the City where they have already hosted an event for Pasadena Heritage. Bill and Brenda are involved in both local and national philanthropic work, and travel for pleasure and for philanthropic commitments.
Bill likes and collects fast cars so they travel annually to Monterey Car Week to see the classic car race. Brenda served the Tournament of Roses as one of over 900 volunteers, and she works with an organization that helps children in foster care. The Galloways are collectors of art and are generous to arts organizations. Bill serves on the Board of the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Smithsonian National Board. The couple were founding donors to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and also support the Pasadena Playhouse. Brenda is a member of the Pasadena Art Alliance.
Education is also a high priority for them. Bill attended both John Muir High School and PCC; the Galloways endowed the Galloway Plaza, the first facility at Pasadena Community College named for an African American. So when they established the Bill and Brenda Galloway Endowment for Education at the Pasadena Community Foundation, they chose to support K-12 education in our public schools. Brenda says, “We know the team at PCF understands the needs of our community.”
PCF’s Education Grants support programs that serve kids in PUSD. The Galloway’s endowment will add to these grants.