Pasadena Community Foundation Honored to Receive the 2021 Superintendent’s Award from Pasadena Unified School District

September 15, 2021

Pasadena Community Foundation is honored to learn that it has been selected to receive the 2021 Superintendent’s Award from Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). The annual award recognizes organizations or individuals that go above and beyond the normal expectations in supporting PUSD’s students and schools.

The award holds special meaning this year, as Superintendent of Schools Brian McDonald, Ed.D. noted during the recent 2021 All-Staff Welcome Back Event. “The last year was a time of extraordinary challenges, and it is more important than ever that we honor the outstanding community partners who brought innovative thinking and care to their work for our students and families.” Sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) and the California Credit Union, the Superintendent Award was initiated five years ago by McDonald.

For PCF, the pandemic ushered in a period of substantial funding in support of PUSD students and families, something McDonald says was instrumental in honoring the Foundation. “PCF has been supporting PUSD in direct and indirect ways over multiple years,” he said.“ And this year, when families and students needed help over the pandemic, PCF really came through.” PCF’s direct support of PUSD can be measured in its longtime support of Pasadena Education Foundation, an organization that enhances and supplements PUSD programs and builds dynamic community partnerships to provide local public schools with essential resources and enrichment opportunities. The Foundation’s first grant to PEF was in 1974, and since then, PCF’s total funding to PEF stands at more than $1.8 million.

PCF’s indirect support comes in the form of its broad grantmaking to local nonprofit organizations that assist PUSD students and families with food and housing assistance, arts and educational opportunities, health and wellness, and so much more. As the effects of the pandemic amplified during the last 18 months, PCF dispersed numerous new grants and repurposed those already in place to ensure that the district’s most vulnerable families had the supplies and assistance they needed.

Since March 2020, PCF grants to PUSD supported:

  • Provision of essential PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for staff members who came to work despite the risks.
  • The Families in Transition program, helping provide the basic needs of homeless students and their families while campuses were closed
  • Outreach to students enrolled in the district’s Special Education Department to improve remote learning.
  • Remote and in-person tutoring and expanded learning opportunities for students at Madison Elementary School who were struggling with learning.

During Superintendent McDonald’s visit to PCF’s office to present the award, he noted that “in this work, I truly believe in collective impact. We cannot do it all ourselves, we need the community to step in where they can.” PCF President & CEO Jennifer DeVoll concurred, noting “the pandemic found PCF at the table with other community partners, which was a new approach for the Foundation and one that really made us realize how important collective impact is. We are so happy we as an organization were able to act in tandem with other community partners and to nimbly shift focus to uplift PUSD students and families.”

September 15, 2021. Pasadena Community Foundation Receives Superintendent’s Award

About the Pasadena Community Foundation

Founded in 1953, Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Pasadena. Managing nearly $130 million in charitable assets, PCF works with individuals, families, and organizations to establish philanthropic funds, create and build endowment funds, and distribute charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations.

Media Contact:
Sarah Hilbert
Pasadena Community Foundation
Marketing & Communications Manager
(626) 796-2097 x8

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