The Elizabeth Brown Calleton Endowment provides unrestricted support for Pasadena Community Foundation’s grantmaking. This is a Fund for Pasadena, which benefits local organizations working to sustain and uplift our community.
For Beth Calleton, ensuring that every child was a wanted child was her life’s work. As a student at Smith College and Columbia University in the 1950’s, Beth was at the forefront of the growing women’s movement, and her dedication to women’s rights informed many of the causes and organizations she worked for over the course of her life and career. Through her decades of service to Planned Parenthood of Pasadena (including 22 years as Executive Director), as well as her volunteer efforts on behalf of The League of Women Voters, Young and Healthy, Zonta, the Altadena Children’s Center, The United Nations Association, the Women’s City Club and the Pasadena Senior Center, she strove to ensure that all people had access to health care, education, and a network of support.
In her rare moments of free time, she enjoyed traveling to Russia, China, India, Ethiopia and Vietnam. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, Chris and wife Jennifer, Pam, and Susan and husband Curt as well as five glorious grandchildren; Eric, Rachel, Kylie, Cade and Keira and her beloved pets, Abby and Cleo.
Beth’s dedication to the health and well-being of her community was the foundation of her professional life, her volunteer work, and her philanthropy. Beth established a Donor-Advised Fund with PCF in 2004, and made gifts to many organizations over the next 14 years. When she passed away in October, 2018, Beth’s children wished to honor her unique legacy and help continue her work on behalf of the people of Pasadena. They made the decision to gift the balance of Beth’s donor-advised fund to PCF to establish the Elizabeth Brown Calleton Endowment. The endowment will support PCF’s local grantmaking, including many of the organizations that Beth loved, and ensure that her legacy continues to enrich the community to which she was so dedicated.
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.