The Peninsula Endowment was established in 1968 through a generous gift from Claire Small, a studio volunteer, to provide a source of permanent funding for the operations of Learning Ally (formerly the Northern California Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic), located in Palo Alto, Callifornia, and to provide a suitable facility for their studio, volunteers, and staff. Occasionally contributions may be made to other similar nonprofit organizations in the Northern California area. Employer identification number 94-6187637.

The Endowment is managed by a board of six trustees who meet three times a year, in February, July, and November. Board members volunteer their time, and the Endowment has no employees.

The fiscal year for the Endowment ends on May 31 and the annual report on the Endowment’s financial activities is distributed in November.

The Endowment is incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation in the state of California and operates under the rules of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Act of 1954. All contributions to the Endowment are tax deductible. The Endowment’s tax-exempt ID number is 94-6187637.

Photo of Ray WestmanThe board of the Peninsula Endowment was saddened to hear of the death of Ray Westman, the long-time president of the board, on December 28, 2010. She was a woman, and a lady, who for many years led both Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Palo Alto and the Peninsula Endowment in championing the rights of the blind and dyslexic to full access to life. She will always be remembered by those who knew her.


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