About Us


Engaging the community to positively impact all students and educators in East Lansing Public Schools.

Belief Statement

Diversity and inclusion are pillars of strength in the East Lansing community, and every student deserves access to high quality education and opportunities.


Established in September, 1984, the East Lansing Educational Foundation recognizes that the quality of an educational system and the vitality of the community it serves are inexorably intertwined. In hopes of nourishing and strengthening this relationship, the Foundation, through the use of private resources, has committed its support to programs and projects which supplement the educational opportunities available to our children.

The Foundation, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization, operates independently from the school district for the sole benefit of its students. Foundation trustees are corporate and community leaders who donate their time and talents in order to promote the mission of the Foundation. Through your support the East Lansing Educational Foundation has become a vehicle of empowerment for our students, our teachers, our schools and our community as we greet the dawn of a new century.

The Foundation focuses its support in the following areas:

  • Providing a vehicle for individuals, businesses and organizations to share resources and gifts with the schools.
  • Developing enrichment programs to address the needs of the school district and the community it serves.
  • Promoting community awareness for educational challenges and solutions.
  • Supporting the professional growth of our teachers.
  • Fostering the development of alumni relations.
  • Furnishing equipment and facilities not funded through other means.

Financial Information

The East Lansing Educational Foundation (ELEF) is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. We maintain a finance committee made up of board and non-board members. The board’s treasurer and endowment treasurer jointly head the Finance Committee. Budgets are developed and presented in January to the full board of directors for approval.

Our financials are independently audited.

More information about the Foundation, including recent 990’s, can be found at www.guidestar.org.

For our most recent tax filing, contact, 
Michele Huisgen, ELEF Administrator.
(517) 333-7439