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 education 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.


The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports charities in the Greater Pasadena area by funding programs in sports and recreation, visual and performing arts and education.

“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
Pasadena TOR Foundation



Applications for the 2020 Grant Cycle is now closed. Please check back in January for more information about the 2021 Grant Cycle.



(New members in red)

Maxine Harris (President)
Shannon Boalt (Vice President)
Paige Parrish (Treasurer)
Mark Harmsen (Secretary)
Brandon Shamim
Brian Birnie
Diana Peterson-More
Ed Morales
Glenn Bowie
Joan Madsen
Judith Gordon
Kristin Yanish
Krysty Leckron
Leslie Lyons
Mark Leavens
Rob Woolley
Robin Flynn

2018-2019 Tournament of Roses Board of Directors

2018-2019 Tournament of Roses Foundation Board of Directors


TIER 1 – 2 Years / $25,000.00

Pasadena Educational Foundation – Summer Academic Support for Low Performing Middle School Students

The project will provide academic support in Math and English Language Arts as well as educational enrichment classes during the summers of 2019 and 2020 to a total of 80 PUSD students who will be in grades 6-9. They will participate in 3 classes per day, 4 days per week for 5 weeks.

TIER 2 – 1 Year / $25,000.00

PTA California Congress of Parents Teachers & Students Inc, Blair High School- Blair Aquatics: The grant will fund the purchase and installation of swim blocks, allowing our growing swim team to host CIF competitions and benefit swimmers using Blair pool in Pasadena city summer programs.

Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills – Think Digital STEM Education: Think Digital employs age- appropriate, activity- based lessons that expose disadvantaged youth to technology and digital applications to prepare them to successfully enter the workforce.

TIER 3 – 1 Year

Lineage Dance Company – Dance for Joy: Lineage will utilize funding to produce a series of free weekly dance, music and acting classes for persons with Parkinson’s, MS and stroke at the Lineage Performing Arts Center. The classes provide community, creative expression, exercise, and mitigate the effects of neurological diseases.

Light Bringer Project – Room 13: Light Bringer Project will utilize funding to support Room 13 afterschool creative studios at John Muir High School, Eliot Middle School, Longfellow and Field Elementary Schools. Room 13’s mission is to help upwards of 1,200 public school youth cultivate strengths and skills through dedicated arts practice.

Move A Child Higher, Inc. – MACH 1 Therapeutic Riding Equipment: Funding for this project will support the purchase of 3 saddles, 3 saddle pads, 3 helmets, 3 safety stirrups, 2 girths, reins, and leather care and grooming items. These items will enable MACH 1 to serve more special needs children and adults.

Pasadena Audubon Society – Bird Science Program: The Pasadena Audubon Society Bird Science Program brings conservation education to 550 elementary school children in Pasadena public schools. By developing an appreciation of local birds and their habitat, they build conservation values. The Pasadena Audubon Society will offer two classroom visits with lessons on birds and a half day field trip.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus-Need-based Scholarships for Choristers: 2019-20 Season: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ comprehensive annual program is tuition based, but the Chorus offers vital, NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS to help low-income and hardship families cover the cost of their child’s participation. Scholarships represent one of LACC’s areas of greatest need and impact.

Rose Bowl Riders Charitable Organization – The Art of the Horse: The Rose Bowl Riders Charitable Organization will utilize the grant funding to provide artist stipends for The Art of the Horse field trip program to engage 300+ third, fourth and fifth grade students from Pasadena Unified School District in the creation of a Chinese scroll or watercolor artwork using the horse as a model.

STEAM:CODERS, a project of Community Partners: STEAM:CODERS, a project of Community Partners will offer four all-inclusive multi-week learning modules, introduce 100 students in Pasadena to the basic principles of computer science and a full range of coding languages (Scratch, JavaScript, Python, Html, Unity, etc.) and robotics (Arduino and VEX), at Jackie Robinson Park and a PUSD school.

Alhambra High School Mighty Moors Boosters – “Alhambra High School Mighty Moors Marching Band New Marching Band Uniforms Phase III”: The Alhambra High School Mighty Moors Boosters will utilize funding to purchase new shako hats, plumes, and bib pants for 100 students between the ages of 14 and 18.

Club 21 Learning & Resource Center, Inc. – Educational Partnership/ECAR/Stepping Up: Club 21’s innovative education and literacy programs; Educational Partnership, Stepping Up and Every Child a Reader (ECAR) provide access and opportunity for preschool, elementary, middle and high school students with Down syndrome to be fully included in classrooms with their typical peers.

Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc. dba The First Tee of Pasadena – Tournament League: The First Tee of Greater Pasadena (TFTGP) has created a tournament league whereby teams comprised of qualified participants from Pasadena area schools participate at each programming location. The funds from this grant will provide the teams with shirts, hats and ball markers.

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County – Program Support for Low Income Families: Girls on the Run of Los Angeles (GOTRLA) will utilize the funding to provide programming to low-income girls in PUSD over the 2019-2020 school year. Quality programming positively transforms how girls, as well as volunteer mentors who lead lessons, assess their ability to contribute and value to society.

Fulcrum Arts – SAPPA (Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy): Fulcrum Arts will utilize funding to support group music education and keyboard classes for children, adults and seniors. The programs take place throughout the year at 3 Pasadena sites – Jackie Robinson Center, Villa Parke Community Center and Victory Park – to make music education accessible to the entire community.

Side Street Projects – No Boundaries: Side Street Projects will partner with the PUSD’s district art office to lead a classroom of high school students to curate and produce “No Boundaries” PUSD’s 15th annual district wide art exhibition which will open during Pasadena’s Spring Art Night.

Red Hen Press – Writing in the Schools: Red Hen Press will utilize funding to directly support creative writing workshops at Eliot Arts Magnet Academy in Pasadena. Red Hen will conduct 10 workshops in two classrooms during the 2019-2020 school year (one session of 5 workshops per semester).

Sierra Madre Playhouse – Deus Ex Machina: Sierra Madre Playhouse will utilize funds to purchase a lighting console, accessories, plus 4 hours of the manufacturer’s training to receive the full warranty. The console is the essential equipment needed to execute lighting, sound & projection cues for theatrical productions and other programming to meet mission goals

Stars – Elementary Literacy Program: Grant funds will support Stars’ Elementary Literacy Program which serves children in K-5, enrolled in Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools. Goal is for 90% of students to be at or above grade level after one year.

Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena – Aquatics Program: Funds will go toward our year-round Aquatics Programs at both sites of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena. The program offers members swimming instruction, water safety classes, free recreational swimming during the summer, and the chance to participate on a competitive swim team.

Friends of San Gabriel Library – Connect and Converse ESL: With few adult schools offering ESL classes in the San Gabriel valley and an increase in non-English speaking patrons, the Friends of the San Gabriel Library propose a free, two-semester ESL course at the library for about 100 adults. CSULA graduate students will gain experience as the ESL teachers.

Pasadena Education Network – PEN’s School Readiness Program: At PEN’s School Readiness programs, parents of young children learn how to create a home environment that supports their child’s learning, how to conduct activities & develop healthy habits that prepare their students for school success, and how to find and enroll in the right school for their family

Don Benito PTA – Docent Program + STEAM Event: As part of our commitment to enhance and enrich the academic and creative development of all students at Don Benito, Don Benito PTA supports STEAM education through its 100% volunteer Docent Program. The funding will support the purchase of supplies and available curriculums.


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