We are in the process of finalizing a lease with Principia which will only include the house itself as Principia already pays land stewards to be in charge of the land surrounding Eliestoun, and they would like to maintain that status. We will be supporting the renewal of the arboretum as funds allow and they, in turn, will provide free access to the grounds for use during events, etc.
Creation of Friends of Eliestoun
As required for the not-for-profit corporation application, we formulated Purpose and Mission Statements which are available on this website. You will see in these statements the desire to renew and revitalize Eliestoun for the benefit of Principia, its students, and academic programs. Officially, as of September 11, 2014, a not-for-profit group exists called “Friends of Eliestoun nfp.” A 1023 form is almost completed which applies for federal tax-deductible status. Once application has been made, the Friends of Eliestoun nfp can accept actual donations. Until that time, we can only receive pledges.