Pasadena Child Health Foundation

PCHF is a fund of PCF. Learn more about the history of PCHF by clicking here.

Vision – Pasadena Child Health Foundation (PCHF) believes that all children should be healthy and able to develop to their full potential.

Mission – Pasadena Child Health Foundation provides funding to reduce disparities that adversely impact the health of children residing in the Pasadena Unified School District attendance area.

Focus – PCHF invests in prevention and early intervention strategies and activities that incorporate the principles of collaboration, leveraging existing resources, and expanding capabilities to improve the health and well-being of Pasadena area children in three priority areas: Healthy Early Childhood Development, Family and Community Connections and Healthy Weight.

Deadline for Applications — The deadline for 2021 applications has passed. Check back in early 2022.

Online application system — PCHF uses PCF’s online grant application system, which is available by clicking here.

Grant Amount — Grant requests up to $25,000 will be accepted.

Target population — Proposals impacting children and youth living or attending school in the Greater Pasadena area, defined as the PUSD attendance area, which includes the communities of Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, and some unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County.

Nondiscrimination requirement — Eligible organizations must be operated and organized so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.


Guiding Principles

Through its competitive grant program, PCHF seeks to:

  • Focus on strategies that emphasize prevention and early intervention, have clear and measurable impact, address well-documented community needs, and maximize limited resources.
  • Focus on strategies that are culturally relevant and responsive to racial/ethnic disparities and reduce long standing inequities in the fundamental building blocks, or “social determinants”, of health.
  • Encourage access to health benefits and services by removing barriers faced by children and families who are isolated and vulnerable.

PCHF values an organization’s ability to work collaboratively with other organizations to strengthen their efforts and their impact as well as leverage limited resources.

Funding Priorities

PCHF encourages prevention-oriented proposals addressing one or more of the following priorities. These approaches are encouraged as they have been demonstrated to reduce the burden of illness, promote health equity through the reduction of health disparities, reduce costs, and contribute to the overall health and quality of life for children, families, and communities.

Promoting Healthy Early Childhood Development
Optimizing physical, cognitive, and emotional development during pregnancy and throughout the first five years of life.

Breastfeeding, healthy parent-child interactions, early identification of developmental delays, and other practices can be strengthened through a number of promising and evidence-based family strengthening and maternal engagement strategies.

Strengthening Family and Community Connections
Enhancing protective factors and social connections that serve as a critical platform for healthy behaviors and development.

A child’s sense of belonging in his or her own family, the connection of the family to their community, and the child’s sense of belonging to a community (including his or her school) can promote positive behaviors throughout the child’s youth. Additionally, a family’s ability to access healthcare resources and services can prevent poor health outcomes.

Healthy Weight
Helping children maintain a healthy weight, combat obesity, and boost self-esteem.

A child who is able to maintain a healthy weight has dramatically improved physical and mental health, as well as reduced risk factors for numerous health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, sleep disorders, and poor social and emotional development.


Eligible Organizations/Entities

  • Nonprofit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Public charities as defined in IRC Section 170(b)(A)(vi)
  • Government agencies

Ineligible Organizations/Entities

  • The Foundation does not make grants to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
  • Individuals
  • Organizations that are located outside the United States, or have been incorporated by a non-U.S. government
  • Private foundations as defined in IRC Section 509(a)

Grants are not awarded for the following activities or items:

  • Those that do not benefit the target population
  • Annual fund drives
  • Building campaigns
  • Major equipment purchases, such as major scientific instruments, office furniture, or vehicles
  • Biomedical research
  • Activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations
  • Services already funded through public programs

Grant Report Deadlines and Compliance — Strict reporting requirements must be followed in order to qualify for future grants. Reporting information for grantees is available in PCF’s online grant system.

Current PCHF Advisory Board

Jennifer Chuang, Chair
Miriam Lopez
Lorna Miller
Marilyn Myers
Scarlett Powers Osterling
Robert James Riewerts, M.D.
Juliana Serrano
Armineh Tavitian, M.D.

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