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.

Pasadena TOR Foundation

“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


(New members in red)

Mark Harmsen (Foundation President)
Judy Gordon (Foundation Vice President)
Leslie Lyons (Foundation Secretary)
Paige Parrish (Foundation Treasurer)
Maxine Harris (Foundation Past President)

Brian Birnie
Glenn Bowie
Mimi Evers
Robin Flynn
Judith A. Gordon
Nancy Hornberger
Mark Leavens
Krysty Leckrone
Terry Madigan
Joan Madsen
Brandon Shamim
Rob Woolley
Kristin Yanish



TIER 1 – 2 Years / $25,000.00

YWCA Pasadena- Foothill Valley – TechGyrls

Due to COVID 19 and limitations to provide onsite programming, in order to adhere to the social distancing requirements, the YWCA Pasadena –Foothill Valley is implementing virtual programs. Additionally, they are partnering with YWCA Glendale to leverage resources and deepen its community impact to empower girls in the Pasadena area to participate in TechGryls activities and STEAM based activities. Pending changes in state mandates, the program will either continue in person or virtually in order to allow girls to stay engaged through the school year in TechGryls activities, collaborate on projects, upload final products and earn badges of achievement along the way.

TIER 2 – 1 Year / $25,000.00

Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA – Sports and Recreation

Funding from the Foundation would provide scholarships, financial assistance to children and youth who participate in Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCAs Youth Sports Program. Funding will also support the purchase of equipment.

TIER 3 – 1 Year

Danny’s Farm Charitable Foundation – Mobile Petting Farm: Danny’s Farm has adjusted their programming to continue their mission and provide remote and social distancing petting farm experiences to the vulnerable children they serve. Both schools in Pasadena, Westmoreland Academy and Villa Esperanza, have year-round enrollment for their students. They have piloted two ways to deliver their services; hold “virtual” petting farm experiences and bring animals to visit the children from a safe distance. In addition, their staff members with developmental disabilities are able to participate remotely and from a safe distance, and this enables Danny’s Farm to continue to provide meaningful employment for their very special employees.

Foothill Creative Arts Group – ImaginArt: ImaginArt welcomes 1st – 5th grade students at Sierra Madre Elementary School to Creative Arts Group to engage in a ceramics-based art project linked to their natural and social science curriculum that challenges and explores their creativity and imagination. Foundation funding will be used to purchase the ceramic materials, books, and other program materials.

Jackson Elementary – Jackson Elementary Music Expansion: The project seeks to expand the music program at Jackson Elementary by purchasing additional musical instruments, adding needed equipment to the music classroom, and enhancing our science lab so students can learn the science behind how music is produced.

Light Bringer Project – Room 13 Creative Studios: Room 13 is a unique afterschool arts program that serves students at four public schools within Pasadena Unified School District, including John Muir High School, Eliot Arts (middle school), and Longfellow and Jackson Elementary Schools. Each studio provides arts practice guided by a trained Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, funds will be used to provide art supplies and materials at each of our studio sites.

Lineage Performing Arts Center – Dance For Joy: Lineage has moved the Dance for Joy program online in response to COVID-19 precautions. Lineage will utilize funding from the Foundation to host a series of free weekly classes for persons with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke at the Lineage Performing Arts Center. The classes provide exercise, community, creative expression, and manage and mitigate some of the effects of neurological diseases.

Marshall Music Boosters Inc. – Marshall Music Boosters: Foundation funding will still be utilized to purchase music equipment, materials and transportation for trips. Pending COVID-19 mandates by the state, school and the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SBSCOA) they will move forward as planned.

Move A Child Higher, Inc. – Feeding Equipment: Move A Child Higher, Inc. (MACH 1) will utilize Foundation funding to purchase feeding supplies for the horses used in the MACH 1 equine-assisted therapies program.

Pasadena Audubon Society – The Bird Science Program: Pasadena Audubon’s Bird Science Program brings conservation education to children in Pasadena public schools. By developing an appreciation of local birds and their habitat, they build conservation values. They offer classroom visits with lessons on birds and a half day field trip. Foundation funding will be utilized to support field trip transportation, Equipment Binoculars, and other program materials.

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 and develop healthy habits that prepare their students for school success, and how to find and enroll in the right school for their family. PEN is currently developing remote programs so that they can continue to provide parents with the information they need to support their students even if schools remain closed during the summer and fall.

Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Pasadena Jaycees) – Operation Santa: The Pasadena Jaycees are monitoring the physical distancing guidelines and plan to do deliver presents in December, as they have since 1934. As state mandates change, the Pasadena Jaycees will monitor their ability to perform the project and are considering contactless deliveries and visits from Santa.

Pasadena Senior Center – 2020 Live Music at the Scott: Summer Concert Music Series: Foundation funding will support the implementation of Live Music at the Scott. This will be a free six-week concert series with programming that is geared towards the musical tastes of older adults. As of now the Pasadena Senior Center is planning to proceed with the program as planned, but if necessary they will either postpone the concerts to later in the summer or early fall, or to have the musicians provide the concerts virtually.

Red Hen Press – Writing in the Schools (WITS): Foundation funds will support two series of creative writing workshops at Eliot Arts Magnet Academy in Pasadena. Red Hens teaching author will conduct at least 12 workshops in two classrooms during the 2020-2021 school year (a minimum of 6 workshops per semester). Grant funding will also support the purchase of programming costs and materials. Red Hen Press does not expect any of its (WITS) programming for the 2020-2021school to be postponed or canceled.

STEAM:CODERS, a project of Community Partners: Four all-inclusive multi-week learning modules, will help 100 students in Pasadena learn the basic principles of computer science and/or increase students range of coding languages (i.e., Scratch, JavaScript, Python, Html, Unity, etc.). Robotics will incorporate science, technology and math principles. Foundation funding will be used to cover the costs of instruction, supplies, learning materials, snacks & refreshments, certificates of completion, gift cards and prizes. In preparation for the virtual classrooms, STEAM:CODERS will utilize funding towards redesigning their website, training instructors and creating online content and work with organizations that can supply underrepresented and underserved students with the resources (i.e., laptops/Chromebooks and internet access) that they need to remain apace with their educational requirements.



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



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