The Pasadena City College Foundation was incorporated in 1979 as a non-profit, charitable, public-benefit corporation. Established by a group of individuals from the college and community, and partially funded by a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation, the PCC Foundation was formed to raise private funds to maintain a high level of excellence at a time of declining public funding.
Today the Foundation is governed by a 33 person Board of Directors who are civic and business leaders from the community, elected for three-year terms. Funds raised by the Foundation include donations from individuals, corporations, and local foundations. The Foundation Board is also the governing agency of the Alumni Association. Some of the areas that benefit from the funds raised are major capital projects, equipment to ensure technological excellence, programs which provide special services to the students and the community, faculty grants, and student scholarships.