An Afternoon at John Muir High School

A group of 7 adults stand together facing the camera in front of the corner of a building that painted in a blue, yellow and orange mural that reads MUSTANGS.

Pasadena Community Foundation hears frequently about the great things happening at John Muir High School Early College Magnet in northwest Pasadena. Muir’s momentum can be attributed to many factors, including the dynamic leadership of principal Dr. Lawton Gray, its three College and Career Academies, a dedicated parent body, and an array of outstanding extracurricular programs….

PCF Sponsors Internships for Former Foster Youth

A black and white sign with a stylized rose reads Rosebud Coffee. It appears to be hung outdoors in a tree.

Last fall, Pasadena Community Foundation was presented with a unique opportunity to expand its support for Transitional Age Youth (TAY). Coffee with a Cause, a Pasadena-based nonprofit social enterprise that assists TAY, requested funding to enroll three young adults in its paid internship program that helps youth secure stable, long-term employment. Recognizing the impact of…

Yes Virginia Grants Bring Holiday Joy to 1,500 Families

A broadly smiling woman behind a table hands a festive red gift bag to a smiling Black woman on the other side of the table in a room filled with gifts and other people.

For nearly 30 years, Pasadena Community Foundation has ended the year with some very special grants. The Yes Virginia Grant Program helps local nonprofits host holiday experiences for children and their families. Many of them feature Santa Claus and gift giving, some involve real snow, and all help young people feel special and loved. This…

PCF Formalizes Food Security Program, Grants $100,000

A line of people forms behind large crates and platforms of donated canned goods for a holiday food distribution. They are outdoors, standing in the sunshine.

Pasadena Community Foundation has just announced $100,000 in Food Security Grants to four local food pantries and distribution centers in the Pasadena area. One year ago, food pantries alerted PCF that they were experiencing overwhelming and unprecedented need, and PCF stepped in with $100,000 in emergency funding. As dire food insecurity persists in Pasadena and…

2023 Education Grants Announced

Three girls around the age of 12-13 stand closely together around a table smiling and giggling as they work together to assemble a project.

Eight Pasadena-area nonprofits recently received a total of $185,000 in grant funding from Pasadena Community Foundation. The awards support Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students and their families in four priority areas: Early learning and school readiness; academic interventions in math and literacy; youth development; and college access and success. At the heart of the…