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Foundation – Tournament of Roses


Though its fame is worldwide, the Tournament of Roses Association remains committed to its hometown. In 1983, the non-profit Tournament of Roses Foundation was created to receive and manage contributions from the Association, its members, friends, and supporters, and the general public. In turn, the Foundation annually makes grants to other non-profit organizations in the Pasadena area, funding sports and recreation activities, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development projects and programs. These broad categories allow the Foundation to contribute to the civic, cultural and educational advancement of its local communities. To date, the Tournament of Roses Foundation has given over $3 million to more than 200 organizations.

Since 1983 the Tournament of Roses Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to more than 200 organizations

“Through Pasadena Tournament of Roses funding, Girls on the Run is able to offer positive development programs to girls at low or no cost to their families. Not only does the program guide the girls in making healthier choices, it also gives them the opportunity to become leaders. The impact we’ve had in Pasadena over the years, thanks to the Foundation, is ensuring program access to all…”

Molly Snow, Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Los Angeles, County


Maxine Harris (President)
Diana Peterson-More (Vice President)
Shannon Boalt (Treasurer)
Mark Harmsen (Secretary)
Alex Aghajanian
Nancy Neal Davis
Robin Flynn
Jerri Price-Gaines
Ed Morales
Phil Orozco
Paige Parrish
Rob Woolley

2018-2019 Tournament of Roses Board of Directors

2018-2019 Tournament of Roses Foundation Board of Directors


2018 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients_0

Adelante Youth Alliance – Adelante Madison Program (AMP) – AMP connects Madison Elementary students with high school and college students who serve as their tutors, mentors and role models. These connections will help elementary students develop self-confidence and leadership skills through academic, enrichment activities, and personal and professional development.

Alhambra Educational Foundation (AEF) – AEF supports and enhances educational programs in the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD). The AEF Music and More program provides music instruction to all K-8th grade students during the school year; the Summer Instrumental Music Academy is open to all AUSD students and to students from surrounding communities.

Alhambra High School Mighty Moors Boosters – The Alhambra High School Mighty Moors Boosters will update equipment in the theatre department to produce high quality shows.

Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena – The Keystone teen program offers a leadership experience for members aged 14-18. Keystoners participate in activities in and out of the Club, that focus on academic success, career preparation, community service, and mentoring.

Caltech Y – The Caltech Y Rise Program provides tutoring and mentoring for junior high and high school students by Caltech undergraduate and graduate students. As online platforms are increasingly being used in schools, Caltech Y will upgrade their tools to enrich current and incoming students’ learning experience.

Chaim Weizmann Community Day School The Interfaith Arts Exchange project immerses middle school students at New Horizon School and Weizmann Schools in fine and performing arts programs that build understanding of the faith traditions among the students and their communities.

Door of Hope – Door of Hope will enhance their Volunteer Program and build capacity to serve more families. Door of Hope equips families experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives.

Elizabeth House – Elizabeth House will offer a new project that aims to empower women recovering their lives and families out of homelessness and domestic violence to create, publish and perform a book of their visual art and poetry. The performances will take place at a public venue for community supporters.

Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts – Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts will provide an interactive choir concert celebrating the roots of American music from the varied origins of immigrants, including African, Caribbean, European, Asian, Latin, and native influences. Students in grades 1-12 will learn about musical diversity and perform it in a free concert.

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County – Girls on the Run of Los Angeles  (GOTRLA) – GOTRLA inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTRLA will provide Girls on the Run curricula to low-income girls in the greater Pasadena area starting in fall 2018.

Jackson Elementary PTA – The Jackson Elementary PTA will provide new chairs for the performance arts auditorium to increase access to the community to enjoy the artistic programing from the school.

*K9 Youth Alliance – The Positive Youth Development Series helps teens develop leadership skills through volunteering to train and improve the lives of shelter dogs. Students learn to use clear communication and perseverance in dog training and group activities to promote personal development.

Lineage Dance Company – Lineage will host a series of free weekly classes for persons with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and stroke at the Lineage Performing Arts Center. The classes will provide exercise, community, creative expression, and assists individuals in managing and mitigating some of the effects of neurological diseases.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – LACC provides choral music education to young people who represent richly diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Need-based scholarships will be provided for the LACC annual program.

Mark Keppel High School Parent Alliance – The Alliance will support the drama program by purchasing new equipment, scenic backdrops, projection design software and training. The students will also attend field trips to expose them to professional theatre, and elements of productions.

Oakwood Brass – Outreach Project (OB-OP) – OB-OP’s mission is to promote the study and love of music. Their comprehensive programs are designed to promote and support instrumental studies through concerts, hands-on learning with instruments, and mentoring for young musicians.

Pasadena Education Network – Parents as Leaders is a series of free volunteer leadership development programs, for lower socioeconomic parents and parents of English learners, to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to actively support their child’s academic achievement by becoming involved at home and at school.

Pasadena Heritage – Pasadena Heritage will create brochures on the historic sites in three of Pasadena’s oldest and most well-known districts. These will be distributed to public places and to visitors to encourage people to learn more about the City’s built environment and foster a sense of community pride.

Pasadena High School Alumni Association – The Pasadena High School Alumni Association will provide athletic supplies and uniforms to students who participate in athletic programs at Pasadena High School.

Pasadena Panthers Inc. – The Pasadena Panthers Inc. will update their training equipment for their cheer program. The Pasadena Panthers provide sports programming that focuses on the importance of education and the values of athletics, team work, competition, discipline and good sportsmanship.

Pasadena Senior Center (PSC) – PSC’s 2018 Summer Concert Music Series will provide six free concerts, with programming that is geared towards the musical taste of older adults.

Pittance Chamber Music Inc – The Pittance Chamber Music will produce a free public chamber music concert in June of 2018, at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Red Hen Press – Red Hen Press will conduct writing workshops at Eliot Arts Magnet Academy in Pasadena in fall 2018 and spring 2019. Red Hen Press publishes works of literacy excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in local schools.

San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF) – SEF will implement a theater and dance program for young learners in grades 1-3.

* San Gabriel Valley Choral Company – The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company will hire chamber musicians for its December 2018 performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” The concert will feature educational programming about historically informed performances, which will enhance the audience’s appreciation of the famous work.

San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre (SGVMT) – SGVMT workshops and trainings provide tools and experiences, that improve young performers skills, positioning them for a successful career in music theatre. The workshops conclude with a public performance performed by professional music theatre artists.

Santa Anita Family YMCA -YMCA/LA Kings Ball Hockey – This project, a partnership between the Los Angeles Kings and YMCA, will introduce inner city youth (ages 5-14) to the sport of hockey. Together the LA Kings and YMCA will provide the necessary instruction, training coaches and safety gear, and they will supply uniforms and hockey sticks.

Side Street Projects – Side Street Projects will support their public art curriculum that serves all 2nd graders in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) as a part of a sequential K-6 program called My Masterpieces. Side Street Projects pair artist–led public art field trips with an in-classroom project where the students collaborate on a public art piece for their school.

Southern California Children’s Museum (SCCM) – SCCM will purchase supplies for SCCM’s 2018 Summer Camp program and will finance camp scholarships for underserved children. Summer Camps are designed to promote year-round learning by inspiring creativity, coordination, and artistic expression for children ages 3-5.

The Pasadena Village – The Pasadena Village has restructured their volunteer program to attract, train and provide greater support for volunteers. The Village will also purchase new technology, software, and safety trainings. Village members and volunteers are creating a caring community of older adults who remain active and connected as they age.

The Theatre @ Boston Court – The funding will support their 14th Annual New Play Reading Festival, a series of new play readings, workshops, and discussions held in Pasadena over two weeks in July. The funding will also support artists attendance and playbill printing to ensure that the Festival can remain free to attendees.

YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley – The SOS “Save our Students” project will teach Summer Water Safety and Swim lessons to reduce the number of fatal unintentional drownings in children under 14 years of age in the local community.

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley – The Girls Rise Leadership Camp provides underserved girls ages 10 to 15 with summertime enrichment experiences in a structured, supportive, and nurturing environment that expands their horizons, sense of opportunity, and self-confidence.

* First time Grant Recipient



The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation will announce the 2019 online grant application process in the fall. Please check back often for updates.


Give back to the community by donating to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation. Financial contributions to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation are tax-deductible and can be mailed to:

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation
391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91184

Pasadena-area non-profit organizations interested in applying for a Foundation grant may do so November through January. In recent years, grant amounts have typically ranged from $1,000 up to $10,000. Please visit the Foundation Grant Application page for eligibility requirements, timelines and Foundation FAQs.

To contact the Tournament of Roses Foundation, please e-mail foundation@tournamentofroses.org.