Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Shrivastava Family Endowment

A couple of Indian descent stand together outdoors smiling at the camera
Uma and Prakesh Shrivastava

The Shrivastava Family Endowment is an Area of Interest endowment, specifically supporting Community & Economic Development grantmaking in the greater Pasadena area.

About Uma and Prakash Shrivastava

Uma Shrivastava is proud of her long career as a financial services executive and as an award-winning owner of La Cañada Books and Toys. A native of India, she arrived in the United States in 1965 and moved to Pasadena in 1989 with her husband, Dr. Prakash Shrivastava, a USC Keck School of Medicine Professor Emeritus of Radiation Oncology.

Uma shines when she discusses her tenure with Women at Work (WAW), a nonprofit organization that started in the late 1970s to help women gain job and career development training. During her more than 20 years’ participation with WAW, she held numerous leadership roles – experience that strengthened her belief that women should have careers and be given the opportunity to earn their fullest potential.

Uma’s husband, Prakash, is a long-time member of the Rotary Club and lends his medical expertise to projects in the U.S. and in India. The couple helped establish a hospital in their native country, and Prakash currently spends his days working closely with a group in India to create prostheses with 3D printing.

A Legacy for Working Women

In 2021, Uma and Prakash established the Shrivastava Family Endowment, the first endowment designated to PCF’s recently created Community & Economic Development area of interest. “I have always believed that when a woman is able to stand on her own two feet, it helps the whole family,” Uma says emphatically. “When you talk to people in my generation, so many of them have taken classes with WAW. I wanted our endowment to be a legacy to the women who founded WAW and participated in the organization. We appreciate knowing that people in our local work sector will benefit from our gift.”

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. Learn more about becoming a PCF Endowment Builder.

Created February 2021

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