Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Tyson and Hagopian Family Endowment

Michelle Tyson (right) and her sons Austin and Alex, with her mother Maureen

The Tyson and Hagopian Family Endowment is a PCF Endowment Builder fund and provides unrestricted support for PCF’s local grantmaking programs in the Pasadena area.

When Dr. and Mrs. Bernard O. Tyson moved to Pasadena, they opened an OB/GYN medical clinic to serve lower-income patients. Their four children—three doctors and one veterinarian —are all raising their own families in the area. Motivated by her parents’ dedication to helping underserved communities, daughter Michelle Tyson established the Tyson and Hagopian Family Endowment with the Pasadena Community Foundation, to provide unrestricted funds for PCF’s local grantmaking.

She says, “Growing up in Pasadena, my siblings and I learned from our parents the importance of community and a mindfulness of the less fortunate. I know my funds will stay right here in the area, and have a measurable impact for decades to come.”

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 December 2013

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