Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Sati & Ram Manvi Endowment

The Sati & Ram Manvi Endowment provides unrestricted support for PCF’s local grantmaking programs. The endowment honors Sati Manvi, who died in 2019, and her husband Ram Manvi, who predeceased her in 2010.

Ramachandra “Ram” Manvi was born on January 26, 1939 in Hyderabad, Andhra, India. His wife Sati was born in 1936. The couple married in 1963 and moved together to the United States in 1971. They lived in the San Rafael hills of Pasadena for many decades.

Ram Manvi was a professor of mechanical engineering between 1971 and 2003 at Cal State LA. During this time, he served as Chair of the department and from 1981-1985, as dean of the then-known College of Engineering and Technology. He was also a long-time consultant to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Following his time at CalState LA, Ram moved to the College of the Canyons where he eventually became dean of mathematics, sciences, and engineering technologies. His outside interests included classical music, international travel, camping, and nature walks. Sati was trained in clinical research and spent more than 30 years working at California State University Northridge – many of those years at the Klotz Student Health Center.

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. Become a PCF Endowment Builder.

Created February 2022

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