Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

James Gamble Endowment

James Gamble

The James N. Gamble Endowment Fund was established in 2005 by friends and family of Jim Gamble as a tribute to Jim’s commitment to local philanthropy. The endowment is a PCF Endowment Builder fund and provides unrestricted support for PCF’s local grantmaking programs in the Pasadena area.

Gamble was a third-generation member of the family that created Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati. The youngest of six children of Cecil and Louise Gamble, Jim grew up in Cincinnati and attended Princeton and Harvard universities. After serving in France and Germany as a battalion commander during World War II, he moved to Pasadena in 1948.

In 1956, he founded the investment firm Gamble, Jones, Morphy & Bent. He was chairman of the board of Huntington Memorial for more than 30 years, as well as co-founder of the nonprofit group Pasadena Area Residential Aid (PARAID). Jim’s father, Cecil Gamble, was a founding advisory board member of the Pasadena Community Foundation, and Jim served on the PCF Board for 10 years from 1978-1987.

Jim also headed the board of advisors of The Gamble House, which his grandparents, David and Mary Gamble, built as a retirement home in 1908. Designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene, the house is considered one of the finest and best-preserved examples of the Craftsman style.

Following Jim’s death in 2004, the PARAID Board selected PCF to continue the legacy that Jim began through the Foundation’s Donor Advised giving program. The James Gamble Endowment Fund honors Jim’s work as the founder of PARAID and as a Board member of the foundation.

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 2005

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