Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Friends Outside in LA County Endowment

Friends Outside has been serving people with incarcerated family members and the “re-entry population for over 40 years.  Their tiny office space in Pasadena belies their big impact.  Over the years, they have served thousands of people with services which range from helping inmates get into substance abuse treatment in lieu of incarceration to providing an after-school program for children of prisoners to helping released prisoners get and keep jobs.  Founded by a San Marino housewife and wife of a Superior Court Judge, Martha Jane Dowds, the organization now provides services to persons in almost every corner of Los Angeles County. When long time and devoted volunteer and Pasadena resident, Tom Rhodes died and left a bequest to Friends Outside in LA, they decided to use the gift to sustain the organization over the long term.  A portion of the bequest was given to the Pasadena Community Foundation to establish the Friends Outside in Los Angeles Endowment Fund.  The organization is the sole beneficiary of the fund which can opt to receive an annual payout to support operations.  According to Mary Weaver, Executive Director of Friends Outside in LA for over 22 years, “Our goal is to grow the endowment and not draw from it at this time.  The community foundation was the perfect partner.  They have investment options not open to a smaller non-profit and they provide excellent oversight.  We hope Tom’s generosity will inspire others to help us strengthen our financial position for the future particularly now that the community at-large and the criminal justice system appear ready to support “smart on crime” solutions.”

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