Together We Make a Difference - Institute for Educational Advancement

Together We Make a Difference

By Jane Laudeman, Development Manager

Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. -- Helen Keller

When I joined the Institute for Educational Advancement, I knew it was a national leader in providing unique and innovative programs and services for gifted children.   It did not take long for me to learn that IEA is also an amazing community filled with remarkable people.  I was immediately welcomed by an enthusiastic staff and Board of Directors who are committed, helpful and brimming with ideas.  As we made plans for an end-of-year annual appeal to close a 2020 funding gap of $240,000, I watched our staff team jump into action with their expertise to create and pull together everything that was needed.  I witnessed the support of parents, students and alumni who quickly volunteered their time to help call fellow parents or write letters of support.  As I read these letters, I was moved to hear of the positive impact that IEA has had on their own or their child’s life.   After our annual appeal was sent, I could feel the appreciation from our community with the receipt of numerous donations both large and small.  IEA is a nurturing and caring community filled with people who join together to make a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of gifted youth and their families each year. 

In times like these, our IEA community is more important than ever. Despite a challenging year, the outstanding IEA team created an online teach and learn platform which made it possible for IEA to remain a vital source of hope, encouragement and knowledge for our students and their families.  Our community remains passionately committed to being there for each of our students and serving their unique needs. 

We could not do this without the support of our generous community.  Together our end-of-year Annual Appeal donors have contributed over $165,000 of our $240,000 funding gap.   We are grateful to the many donors who have been able to make a donation.  It’s not too late to make a donation in support of our Annual Appeal!   Please click here to donate today.

Thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of gifted children.  When we join together, we can achieve the extraordinary. 

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