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EIS is a privately funded non-profit 501 3 (c) organization. We rely on the generous support of foundations, corporations, alumni, friends and community leaders to bridge the gap between operational expenses and student tuition. EIS’ unique brand of hands-on experiential learning can only thrive with adequate resources. By making a gift, you are supporting STEM education and empowering students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school and the workplace. Your support – whether monetary or as a gift-in-kind – ensures that EIS remains at the forefront of STEM enrichment and helps lead our children into the next century of innovation. As an organization that has served San Diego County for over 50 years, EIS understands we are able to offer our services primarily because of the generosity of our supporters and that all gifts, large or small, make a powerful difference.


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What is an Endowment?

Endowments are permanent funds where the gift is required to be invested and the principal is never spent. The income (earned interest or dividends) from the invested funds is then used to support the work of the organization. Generally, only a predetermined percentage of the earnings are allowed to be spent each year with the remainder being reinvested along with the principal.

Endowments represent the past, present, and future by creating a legacy, providing for today’s needs, and preparing for generations to come.

Why it’s important?

  • Endowments are forever – they extend the impact of the gift to future generations of students, ensuring that they will be able to explore the worlds of science at EIS for years to come
  • They provide a perennial source of income for the organization through the interest they generate
  • Endowments build long-term capacity and provide a separate income stream that helps to moderate fluctuations in other revenue sources
  • Endowments are personal and can be tailored to a donor’s needs or desires, creating their own legacy

Beloved supporters Dr. Joe and Vi Jacobs pledged $500,000 as a community challenge–matching $1 for every $1 received for the EIS Endowment. Anyone can give to EIS Endowment Funds and there are no minimum amounts for contributions.

We also welcome the opportunity to help you setup your own fund at EIS. For more information, please contact Development Director, Charlene Browne.

Doris Anderson Leadership Legacy Fund

Our newest endowment is the Doris Anderson Leadership Legacy Fund.  Mrs. Doris Anderson was the Executive Director of EIS from 1988 to 2014.  When she started, EIS served 100 students a year in a humble little white house. Under her leadership, EIS became one of the finest afterschool STEM programs in the United States. Among her many achievements is the building of the EIS Science and Technology Learning Center. Mrs. Anderson envisioned an ideal learning environment with innovative programs.  Her efforts have resulted in better futures for over 11,000 children and the lasting legacy which is the Elementary Institute of Science.  As a tribute to Mrs. Anderson, EIS Ambassadors Walter & Lola Green started The Doris Anderson Legacy Leadership Endowment Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Mrs. Anderson is enjoying her retirement in Greenville, South Carolina.

To make a donation in honor of Mrs. Anderson, please make checks payable to the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and note the Anderson Legacy Fund in the memo line. All funds received will be matched $.50 on the $1.00 from the Jacobs-Jabara Fund at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Please mail checks to: Anderson Legacy Fund, c/o Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, CA 92024.