Get involved! Volunteer! There are many ways to help EEP, which benefits all our kids. Please come to the PEEP meetings (December and April, just prior to the SEAA testing), hopefully with your EEPster too. Come to the PEEP socials. And also consider volunteer opportunities at home or on campus to help:
• Catalina Trip coordinator: Ned Fenton
• escrip coordinator: Jennifer Edge - new volunteer wanted!
• Yahoo Group coordinator: Pauline Vela
• Facebook Group coordinator: Brent Musson
• PEEP Website coordinator: Donna Hay - new volunteer wanted!
• Financial Consultant: Donna Hay
• PEEP Social Chairs: Ann Lechtholz and Ruth Loomis
• Chaperones (on- and off-campus events): as requested by Dr. Maddox/EEPC (EEP Club)
Call PEEP Donna Hay (818-905-6249) for information about these volunteer opportunities.
Financially, there are six types of donations that can be made to help Early Entrance Programs nationwide: tax-deductible donations (EEP or Honors College Scholarship), matching grants, foundation grants, corporate grants, in kind donations and electronic grocery scrip (escrip). These donations are used to benefit the CSULA EEP students if not specified for another use, such as capital improvements, scholarship or expansion of the EEP program to other locations. Thank you to all our contributors who make our children's dreams possible.
Tax-deductible Donations to EEP
Every school year we solicit donations from the parents of our current student body. The funds collected by the annual giving campaign are used to improve the facilities of the Early Entrance Program at CSULA. These facilities consist of a suite of multi-function rooms which include an office for Richard Maddox (program director), an office for support staff, a meeting room and several rooms for the students to use before, between and after classes. There is a lounge, computer room, kitchen, lunchroom, lecture room, "cubby"/backpack room and study cubicles which are used daily by the 150+ students in the EEP program. The annual giving campaign funds are used for improvements in these areas, such a new computers or new furniture. Checks can also be mailed to the Early Entrance Foundation at 16311 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1298, Encino, CA 91436. The Early Entrance Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable corporation, and all donations are 100% tax-deductible.
There is also a new Educational Opportunities fund to which PEEPs can donate. This fund specifically supports Honors College (which includes EEP) students in internships, study abroad, and other special educational opportunities that promote academic achievement. Tax-deductible donations made by cash, check or credit card should indicate "Honors College Educational Opportunities Fund" and should be mailed to:
The CSULA Foundation
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Online donations are accepted too, and should indicate "Honors College Educational Opportunities Fund" under "other".
100% of the donations under $10,000 are awarded to the students, with a modest fee charged on donations above $10,000. The scholarships will be awarded by a committee of University Honors College personnel, and all Honors College students may submit applications for these scholarships.
Many corporations have employee matching-gift programs, through which the employer will match charitable contributions by their employees. Sometimes, the recipient organization (Early Entrance Foundation) can choose to receive their gift in forms other than cash; for example, IBM will match in either cash or IBM equipment. Usually cash contributions are matched on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis to the employee contribution, while equipment contributions can be matched on a much higher basis, such as three or four times the cash match. We ask all of our donors to check with their employers to see if there are corporate matching grant programs available; please contact any Early Entrance Foundation Board member for assistance with the required paperwork.
The most common of the 50,000 foundations in America today are called independent, as they were established by an independent person or family. Usually the purpose of the foundation is to support a cause, and one of the main functions of such a foundation is to issue grants to organizations that will promote that cause. The Early Entrance Foundation actively seeks out such foundations and applies for grants. If you are a foundation, or know of one, whose goal is consistent with that of the Early Entrance Foundation, we hope you will contact us with the information.
Many corporations provide funds for local projects in areas where they have their headquarters or plants, or sponsor projects which somehow enhance their corporate image. The Early Entrance Foundation actively seeks out such corporations and applies for grants. If you know of such corporate grants for which we should apply, we hope you will contact us with the information.
An "in-kind" donation is a contribution of time, services or goods made by a donor to help support the operations or services provided by the foundation; it isn't cash. Therefore the donor retains a degree of control over the donation, control that doesn't occur when the donation is in cash. Some examples of in-kind donations include: bookkeeping services, copying/printing, office equipment, office/meeting/party space, professional services (accounting, lawyer, etc.), refreshments, or volunteer time. The CSULA EEP program also accepts donations of any items that can be sold on ebay; please click here for more information. The Early Entrance Foundation and the Early Entrance Program value the "in-kind" contributions of all our volunteers.
Electronic grocery scrip is a donation that is simple, free and can be done by any friend of the Foundation. Just sign up your grocery club cards once to specify that the Early Entrance Foundation is the charity of your choice, and a cash contribution will be made to the EEF every quarter, at no cost to the shopper. Click here for more details.