In 1971 civic leaders in Pasadena formed the Pasadena Educational Foundation to provide community support and resources for the students of the Pasadena Unified School District. Relying on contributions from the community, PEF, in its early years, awarded grants to community agencies that supported education.
- In 1980 PEF began a Teacher Grant Program to fund special projects as requested by PUSD teachers.
In 1985 PEF developed a district-wide tutoring and homework assistance program (THAN) that later became
In 1992 PEF retained consultants to develop a fundraising strategy and to write grant applications for funds from
independent foundations supporting public education.
- In 1994 PEF hired its first executive director and established an office at PUSD’s Education Center.
- In recent years PEF has sought greater support from the community, provided professional grant application services for PUSD for government grants, and enhanced its support for PUSD teachers and programs. From its modest beginnings of raising $10,000 a year, PEF now on average raises about $6 million annually for PUSD educational programs.
PEF is supported by funds from individuals, community organizations, business leaders, and civic organizations.