An endowment fund is a special way to create a lasting gift to the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. Although the gift is made today, it continues to generate additional funds in perpetuity because the original gift is never spent. Families or individuals can set up a trust, which is invested, and only the earnings may be used towards supporting TINS in our mission. Alternatively, an endowment may be set up to donate a percentage of the fund annually, regardless of investment performance. Once the endowment fund is in place, the original donors may elect to continue to contribute to the endowment, and new donors may elect to contribute to others' endowment funds as well.