Pasadena Audubon members gather at Pasadena's Hahamongna Watershed to spot birds.

Options for Giving Overview

Pasadena Community Foundation can help you meet your philanthropic goals and maximize the impact of your charitable giving.  

You have the option to give through PCF by establishing Donor Advised Funds, or give to PCF, with endowments and Friends & Fellows gifts that support the Foundation’s grantmaking.

All gift transactions are simple, flexible, and offer financial and tax benefits. We accept gifts via check and credit card, as well as transfer of assets including stock, real estate, and more.

PCF manages more than 400 funds that have been established over the decades by people just like you. They support many of Pasadena’s nonprofit organizations and a variety of causes and areas of interest. Our fund search page includes a complete list of PCF funds that can be viewed in alphabetical order, searched by name, or located by area of interest (Arts & Culture, Community & Economic Development, Environment & Animal Welfare, Health & Safety, Human Services, Youth & Education).


Establish a Named Endowment

PCF’s Endowment Builders are the cornerstone of our mission to build hometown legacies for Pasadena. Their named funds benefit Pasadena in perpetuity, ensuring that your support for the local organizations that you love will continue for years to come. With a commitment of $10,000 and the opportunity to build your fund through ongoing gifts, Endowment Builder funds support PCF’s local grantmaking. Endowment Builders are considered Esteemed Fellows of the Foundation. Learn more about Endowment Builders.

Become a PCF Friend or Fellow

Friends & Fellows gifts support PCF’s grantmaking and operations, or may be directed to Endowment Builder Funds that generate support for local nonprofit organizations. Your contribution allows PCF to continue its work in the Pasadena community and support the nonprofit organizations caring for our neighbors in need, preserving the environment, and creating art, music, and education for our children. Make a gift to Friends & Fellows


Donor Advised Funds allow the donor to work through PCF to direct their charitable contributions to all qualified nonprofit organizations in the United States. Simplify charitable giving by making annual gifts to a donor advised fund and directing PCF to make grants on your behalf and according to your timeline.

Donor Advised Funds can be expendable, invested, or endowed, depending on your needs and your giving horizon. Learn more.

Plan a Future Gift

Planned giving creates a legacy of generosity and philanthropy beyond your lifetime. Planned giving can also be a smart financial move, with the potential to lessen the tax burden on your estate. PCF works closely with your legal and financial advisors to create charitable giving plans that support your legacy and strengthen the local community. If you make a bequest and let us know about the future gift, you will be listed as a member of PCF’s Legacy Society. Learn about Planned Giving and the PCF Legacy Society.

Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA)

We are licensed to offer charitable gift annuities to benefit PCF and a number of other local charities.  Learn more about CGAs at PCF.


“PCF ensures that our assets are directed to the issues we care about most.”

— John & Margaret McAustin
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