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Our goal is to never turn children away due to a lack of resources. Your support helps IEA serve highly able and creative youth of all backgrounds so no matter where they’ve been, they will have the tools to travel anywhere they want to go.

Make a Donation, Change a Life


While gifted youth make up 5-7% of the total student population, 75% of these young people receive little to no services. Gifted children are underserved and underfunded, and together, we can help them.

IEA’s expertise in the field of gifted education is to create nurturing, enriching experiences that foster each participant’s intellectual and personal growth. This exceptional population of children is often underserved by traditional educational programs. IEA benefits the whole child through optimally matched programs and impacts gifted children through respectful, positive interaction in a safe and supportive environment.

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Your Donation…

• Provides gifted youth with opportunities for support, growth and community – regardless of their background.

• Provides scholarships for families who do not have the financial ability to pay for services that meet their child’s intellectual and personal needs.

• Keeps tuition low to make programs and services for gifted youth less cost-prohibitive.

• Funds high-quality teachers, mentors, educators and experts  so they can be a resource for students and families.

• Provides resources, online and in-person, for families and teachers of gifted children to help them meet the needs of these exceptional children.

The Taya Scholarship Fund was created in 2016 through the support of Taya’s family and friends to honor Taya and recognize her compassion and empathy. Taya, who passed away in 2016, cared deeply about others and in particular, had a profound and wonderful impact on the lives of those she touched at IEA’s Yunasa summer camp. We strive to honor her life by providing enriching experiences for the whole child, encouraging growth and providing support of campers socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. The Scholarship identifies one camper each year that might not otherwise benefit from the Yunasa experience, and covers their tuition. To donate to the Taya Scholarship Fund please use the form below and mention the fund in the comments box. For more information about the Taya Scholarship Fund, contact us at

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Please help support gifted children and IEA

To make a general donation to IEA, please complete the form below

Alternatively, you can make a donation by check payable to Institute for Educational Advancement. Checks can be mailed to: Institute for Educational Advancement, 569 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

To make a donation over the phone, please call our office at (626) 403-8900.

Why I Support IEA

“We support IEA because they are able to imagine a healthy life for a gifted child. Their commitment to the whole child, in our case, included equally robust conversations on algebra and on clothing for our daughter. Her middle school years could have been a disaster, but they were (for the most part) quite good. We credit IEA for her happiness and will always support the Institute for Educational Advancement.”  – Kate and Bob

Sound Financial Stewardship


Every donation counts, no matter the amount. IEA greatly appreciates each individual donation received.  85 cents of every dollar donated to IEA goes directly to providing programs and services for gifted youth.

IEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Thanks to supporters like you, we have provided programs for thousands of bright young minds across the country. You can help us continue this work.

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Show Your Long-Term Dedication to Helping Bright Young Minds


Join the Nautilus Society by pledging to donate to IEA for three consecutive years and show your long-term commitment to supporting this exceptional population through much-needed programs and services. Sustained funding allows us to focus on directly serving the bright young individuals who need us.



Interested in talking to us about how your gift can make a difference in the lives of gifted children? Want to donate stock or make an in-kind contribution? Contact us!