Aim High’s endowment launched in 2019 with a generous $5.1M gift from a longtime donor. The earnings from this historic gift will help us deliver on our promise to hire exceptional teachers and to continue to providing enriching, tuition-free summer learning opportunities to students from high-need communities in the Bay Area.

After contributing to Aim High for many years and observing the positive changes and opportunities it has brought to the lives of those included in the program at a time of their critical development, it was an easy decision to make this gift. We see this as an excellent and highly leveraged investment in education.Aim High’s Founding Endowment Donor

Endowment Funds: An Investment that Lasts

Our longtime donor’s generous founding gift is intended to be only the beginning! We plan to build on this initial $5M and substantially increase the principal over the next several years to be able to expand Aim High’s impact by reaching and serving more students than ever before. The principal is invested with Vanguard, and our Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee created an investment policy to ensure prudent oversight.

A gift to Aim High’s endowment gives us increased financial and long-term stability, which will help us close the achievement gap and provide safe, enriching and transformative summer learning experiences to thousands of students for decades to come. Gifts to the endowment can be directed to the:

  • Inspire Fund: Supports Aim High’s effort to hire, train and retain the best teachers in Northern California who inspire our students every day, every summer. Can be directed to specific regions Aim High serves.
  • Discretionary Fund: Provides a pool of unrestricted income for Aim High to use where it’s needed most.

When you support Aim High’s endowment through a planned gift, a one-time donation, or a multi-year pledge, you join our Sustainer Circle. Endowment gifts can be structured to reflect your interests and serve as an enduring acknowledgement that education transforms lives. Because Aim High’s endowment is maintained in perpetuity, a gift to our endowment demonstrates a deep commitment to educational equity and access. 

In addition to endowment gifts, annual gifts to Aim High remain crucial for carrying out our day-to-day operations and summer programs that reach more than 2,300 students each summer. Should you invest in our endowment, we hope that we can count on your ongoing support, too, to help us provide high-quality learning to each and every young person every and every summer.

To invest in Aim High’s endowment, please contact Stacey Lewis, VP of Development via email at or by phone 415.551.2314.