Thank you! Because of you, we not only met our goal but exceeded it, proving that together, Sloanies are unstoppable!
We exceeded our goal of 27% participation; 5,460 of you came together to reach 29% and raise $4,573,543--including that extra $500,000 dollars from our Executive Board Chairs. Your support helps the students, faculty, and programs that need it the most--we truly cannot do it without you!
Our legacy is the future.
What makes MIT Sloan truly different? We think MIT Sloan’s difference comes down to you—our people—putting theory into action to solve problems, working everywhere change is needed most. Today’s world isn’t just starting to notice this difference. It’s demanding it. And tomorrow’s world will only require more of our leaders who make ideas matter.
That’s why the 2016 Global Giving Challenge offers the biggest opportunity to date for our alumni donors. We hope you’ll make a gift and join us in building MIT Sloan’s global future—the one we all want to see.
Be one of 5,000* alumni donors to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund before June 30th, and you’ll help secure an extra $500,000 for our most important initiatives, programs, research and people working in the world, for the world. Want to maximize your impact? Give a gift at the Dean's Circle level of $2,500 or more!
Our future is in your hands.
Last year, our North American Executive Board Chair Judy Lewent, SM ’72 challenged you to give and show how much MIT Sloan mattered to you. You met—and exceeded—her challenge, setting a record of 25% participation. Your support compelled Judy and her husband Mark Shapiro to make a gift of an additional $200,000 to the Annual Fund, achieving a new milestone for MIT Sloan’s annual giving.
This year, we know you’re not content to stop there. Or let an opportunity to extend your School’s impact pass you by. Neither is Judy.
That’s why she is leading the Global Giving Challenge again, and has pledged another gift of $200,000 for MIT Sloan’s global initiatives. Inspired by her vision, the three other global Executive Board Chairs—Chi-Won Yoon, SM ’86 of the Asian Executive Board, Sadeq Sayeed, SM ’85 of the European, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and African Executive Board, and Ricardo Marino, MBA ’00 of the Latin American Executive Board—have pledged to give an additional $100,000 each if 5,000 of you give before June 30th.
In 2016, our Executive Board Chairs from around the globe are all in to make MIT Sloan’s legacy the future. Are you?
Why 5,000 donors?
Until last year, our Annual Fund participation hovered around 19%—placing us lowest in alumni participation among our peer schools. But in 2015, your support in the Lewent Challenge surpassed our goal of 22% participation to set a record of 25% participation. 4,615 of you gave to the Annual Fund during the Challenge. We moved neck-and-neck with Harvard (27%). Now, there’s an opportunity to build on last year’s success. After all, we all know there’s nothing average about MIT Sloan.
5,000 or more participating donors during the Global Giving Challenge will mean at least 27% participation for the School, to put us ahead of Harvard and in sight of Stanford (40%) and Tuck (70%). But more important, 5,000 or more donors will make the difference between us merely thinking about changing the world and actually doing it. It doesn’t hurt that we’ll surprise our peer schools with the power of our network. Our pride in our global reputation. And our commitment to a different kind of ROI: our return on impact.
Why does my gift matter?
It goes to support the people and global work you’re proud to have associated with the MIT Sloan name.
The Global Giving Challenge directly supports MIT Sloan’s yearly funding needs. Your gift goes to fund programs that enable our faculty and students to solve the toughest problems across countries, communities, and companies. And carry MIT Sloan’s legacy of impact everywhere, through their work. In fact, many of our faculty and students depend on the Annual Fund to advance their most important research, initiatives, programs and partnerships worldwide.
It maintains the richness of the student experience.
Only 60% of the true cost of an MIT Sloan education is covered by tuition. In part, your gift to the Annual Fund helps cover the remaining cost of an MIT Sloan education, from fellowships to global treks to alumni learning opportunities. This preserves the distinctiveness of the student experience. And ensures that what mattered most about your experience at MIT Sloan can continue to matter for current and future students.
Last but not least, it builds the network of Sloanies you’ll call peers.
You can also think of your participation as a gift forward to the MIT Sloan network. You are supporting the global community of leaders who will become your trusted colleagues. Your ingenious peers. And your everywhere family, linked by a lifelong bond to MIT Sloan and a shared investment in our success.
Your gift counts. But your story matters.
As we’ve heard from you, MIT Sloan is more than just a place. It has become part of who you are—as the builders, the inventors, the innovators making ideas matter around the world.
Along with your gift to the Global Giving Challenge, we invite you to share the story of what MIT Sloan means to you as a leader. And what part of the School you’ve taken with you.
Whether you include a photo, video, tweet, or post, be sure to use the hashtag #Sloan5for500. Please tag the 3-5 alumni, faculty, or students who you want to give and share. We’ll be posting your stories on our social channels and crowdfunding site throughout the campaign.
You count. And we’re counting on you.
The MIT Sloan Global Giving Challenge begins today. It begins now. Through June 30th, make your gift count for MIT Sloan.
And on behalf of all of us here at MIT Sloan, thank you for your participation. You are—and continue to be—crucial to our success.
*Actual number of donations needed to reach 27% is 5,106, but who's counting?