Our Donors & Their Gifts
Elin Eifler Mulron '00
Elin Mulron's financial resources were limited when she executed her first will shortly after graduating from Yale. Yet Elin included a bequest to Yale for a percentage of her estate. "I give to Yale each year, but not as much as I hope to one day. Including Yale in my long term plans was a way to reconcile my ability to give with my desire to give." Elin's hope is that her contribution may grow as she and her career develop.
Although she majored in economics as an undergraduate and later went on to Stanford Business School for her MBA, Elin's Yale education included classes in areas as varied as electrical engineering, Shakespeare, and architecture. Her professional life has followed a similar path of seeking out diverse experiences and applying many of the concepts she learned from her liberal arts courses and business training to her career in management.
"I'm very grateful for the fact that admission to Yale is need-blind, and I know I would have missed a great deal had my Yale experience not enabled me to meet classmates from many different cultures and backgrounds. I believe those opportunities enrich each student's education." Elin's mother, Deborah Fennebresque '71, was among the first women to graduate from Yale College, and was able to attend because of financial aid. Scholarship support certainly resonates with her family. Elin's bequest will ultimately add to the Eifler Family Scholarship which her father, Carl Eifler '70, established. In June, 2010, when her father will be celebrating his 40th reunion, Elin plans to return to New Haven for her 10th.
Having made her commitment far in advance of when Yale may ultimately receive it, Elin designed it to be flexible in its details, but consistent in its core purpose: to make Yale a continual part of her philanthropic plans, and to support Yale's affordability for talented students regardless of their ability to pay for their education. "I knew I was planning well in advance, but I also knew my desire to contribute to Yale wasn't going to change. So why not make those plans now?"