Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Dottie & Byron Nelson Endowment

Dottie and Byron Nelson pictured in 2017.

Dottie Nelson spent a significant portion of her working career making a difference in the lives of people in the local community.  That includes 12 years as CEO at Villa Esperanza, a nonprofit organization devoted to the care and education of disabled children and adults.

When Dottie and Byron* retired, they wanted to find a way to give back to the local community in a way that would continue for years to come.  Dottie’s experience with nonprofit organizations made her aware of the wonderful work being done by the Pasadena Community Foundation.  She knew that is where their endowment would be able to do the most good.

Dottie said, “It feels very good to know our endowment fund will go to help people in need in the community.  I have confidence the team at the Pasadena Community Foundation will make sure the money will get to those organizations that need it most in the coming years.”

*Byron Nelson passed away in 2021.

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 April 2012

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