NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 16, 2011) - The PIMCO Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newport Beach-based money management firm PIMCO, announced today that it has awarded nearly $1.1 million in 2011 grants to a variety of U.S. charities.

"PIMCO is committed to giving back to our communities and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. To this end, we are delighted to support excellent programs that make a difference and reflect our values," said Mohamed A. El-Erian, President of The PIMCO Foundation. "The PIMCO Foundation is very pleased to be providing these outstanding organizations with support to help them improve the quality of life of many in our communities."

The 2011 grants were awarded across multiple priority areas.

Children: $316,480
America On Track
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Harbor Area
Canyon Acres Children and Family Services
Child Guidance Center
Child Share
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
Harlem Children's Zone
Kid Healthy
Kinship Center Orange County
Laurel Foundation
LeRoy Haynes Center
Make A Wish Foundation Colorado
Miracles for Kids
Operation Homefront
Project Access
SIFMA Foundation
The Wooden Floor

Disability: $105,000
Canine Companions for Independence
Free Wheelchair Mission
Junior Blind of America
Learning Ally
National MS Society Pacific South Coast Chapter
Special Olympics of Orange County

Education: $180,000
Agano with Kenya
BELL Foundation
College Bound
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Mardan School
Project HOPE School Foundation
Student Sponsor Partners

Microlending and Microfinance: $120,000
Accion International
Family Services Center
Foundation for Women
Pro Mujer
Reach Global

Ocean Conservation: $50,000
Orange County Coastkeeper

Senior Citizen: $105,000
Alzheimer's Family Services Center
Laguna Beach Seniors
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Project Dignity
Shanti Orange County

Women's: $180,067
Breast Cancer Solutions
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance
Grandma's House of Hope
Laguna Beach Community Clinic
Laura's House
Mariposa Women and Family Center
Shakti Rising
Venice Family Clinic

Other programs: $25,000
Charity: Water

The PIMCO Foundation also announced that their window for accepting 2012 grant applications will open on May 15th and will close on July 16th, 2012. The PIMCO Foundation accepts grant applications nationally for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations. Grant applications for 2012 will be available in April of 2012 at

The PIMCO Foundation is committed to making our communities better, stronger and healthier places to live, learn and work by investing in organizations that empower people globally to reach the long term goal of living sustainable, rewarding and responsible lives. Since its founding in 2001, The PIMCO Foundation has awarded nearly $12 million in grants to charities and community organizations around the world.

PIMCO is a global investment management firm that was founded in Southern California in 1971. The firm serves an array of clients and manages retirement and other assets that reach more than 8 million people in the U.S. and millions more around the world. Our clients include state, municipal, union and private sector pension and retirement plans, educational, foundations, endowments, philanthropic and healthcare institutions, individual and investment saving accounts, public sector reserve management and other public entities in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

PIMCO has more than 1,800 employees. In addition to its headquarters in Newport Beach, California, the firm has offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Munich, New York City, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich.

PIMCO is owned by Allianz S.E., a global diversified financial services provider.

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the performance of financial markets, the investment performance of PIMCO's sponsored investment products and separately managed accounts, general economic conditions, future acquisitions, competitive conditions and government regulations, including changes in tax laws. Readers should carefully consider such factors. Further, such forward-looking statements speak only on the date at which such statements are made. PIMCO undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statement.

Contact Information:

The PIMCO Foundation
Mark Porterfield