Planned Giving Opportunities

Planned gifts are typically those that pass to charity through your estate after your death. You may make a provision in your estate plan directly to the Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) or to any component fund of PCF. The Pasadena Community Foundation is a 501c3 public charity.

PCF Legacy Society

Those who make a provision in their estate plan to PCF will be recognized as a member of our Legacy Society. Legacy Society members are listed on our website and in our Annual Report. They are invited to annual Foundation events such as our Local Heroes Celebration and our Legacy Luncheon.


A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a planned/estate gift be made to family, friends and/or the Pasadena Community Foundation as part of your estate plan. 

  1. You can gift a specific dollar amount or asset
  2. You can gift a percentage of your estate
  3. You can gift from the balance or residue of your estate

named beneficiary of certain assets

Another way to leave a charitable gift from your estate is to designate the Pasadena Community Foundation as a full or partial beneficiary of certain assets such as a life insurance policy, an IRA, or other retirement plan (401K, 403B, etc.).

what is unique about pcf?

Typically, a bequest made to PCF creates a named endowment fund that becomes a perpetual legacy for you or your loved ones. In partnership with your advisor, PCF helps you create a Statement of Purpose for the fund to be created in the future. We refer to them as Future Funds.

  1. You may create a fund that supports PCF’s local grantmaking in the greater Pasadena area. This fund can be unrestricted or restricted to an area of personal interest such as Arts & Culture, Environment, Education, Health, Human Services or Youth. Annual distributions from the endowment you create will get pooled with other endowments held by PCF to support local nonprofits.
  2. You may create a designated fund to support a specific charity. The endowment will be held by PCF and the annual distribution will support the charity in perpetuity.
  3. You may create a fund in which your children become advisors to the charitable fund and recommend distributions from grants to charities anywhere in the U.S.—much like a family foundation but without the administrative burden.

Contact: Jennifer DeVoll at (626) 796-2097 ext. 101 or

PCF is a 501c3 public charity Tax ID# 20-0253310

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