Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Fornaciari Family Endowment

Paul and Louise Fornaciari, and son Bill
Paul and Louise Fornaciari, and son Bill

Paul and Louise Fornaciari were married in Pasadena in 1945.  They lived in South Pasadena and San Marino for many years, and then settled back in Pasadena in 1973.  Paul and Louise had 3 children, Bill, Joan and Bert and they were all raised here in the community.  Paul and Louise felt it was important to give back to the community.  They chose a donor advised fund with the Pasadena Community Foundation as way to facilitate their giving to non-profits they wanted to support.

When Louise passed away in 2011, her daughter, Joan Cathcart, became the successor advisor for the charitable fund.  Joan decided to use the balance of the fund to create an unrestricted endowment with the Pasadena Community Foundation, letting the experts at the Foundation decide how to best allocate the resources each year.   “It’s my way to give back to the community and honor my wonderful family,” said Joan.

Joan Fornaciari Cathcart and her brother Bert
Joan Fornaciari Cathcart and her brother Bert

After living in San Marino, Joan and her husband Pat lived moved to Pasadena in 2005.  They have two adult children and both Joan and Pat are active in the community.  Pat enjoys the Twilight Club and Joan is on the Board of The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library and a committee member of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors.

The Fornaciari Family Endowment creates a legacy for the local community ensuring support in perpetuity.