Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Loretta Glickman Endowment for African American Youth

Mayor Loretta Glickman

Loretta Glickman was a jazz singer and toured with the New Christy Minstrels before retiring from the entertainment industry in 1975 to start a family. In 1977, she became the first Black woman elected as a Pasadena City Director; a few days later, she became the first City Director to become a mother while in office.  In 1982, she became the nation’s first Black woman mayor with a population exceeding 100,000. Thompson-Glickman is credited with making local government more accessible to residents of Northwest Pasadena, resulting in residents becoming more involved in civic affairs.

The money for the Loretta Glickman Endowment fund for African-American Youth was raised by a group of friends in Pasadena who gathered to celebrate her life in 2001 after her sudden passing. These funds seeded an endowment at the Pasadena Community Foundation that pays tribute to Loretta Glickman in perpetuity.  The fund will distribute annual grants to help local African American youth.

Loretta Glickman at her mayoral inauguration with sons Jacob and Samuel. Photo courtesy of UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library

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 2012

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