• Student Class Gift
  • Student Class Gift

    Driven by our students, the Class Gift is a way for our graduating classes across all MIT Sloan programs to support the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Tuition covers only 63% of MIT Sloan’s operating budget. That means that philanthropic support subsidizes every students’ experience. Join the alumni community and help to ensure that the next generation of Sloanies will share in the exceptional experiences you have had!

    To learn more about serving on the Class Gift committee, contact the Office of External Relations at mitsloanclassgift@mit.edu.

  • As a Class Gift volunteer, you would help lead the Class Gift campaign, a student-led initiative that engages the graduating class in giving back to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund and raising awareness of the tremendous impact this unrestricted fund has on students, faculty, and alumni.

    Student Class Gift Volunteers lead and coordinate the graduating class’s fundraising outreach and engagement efforts for the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Annual Fund contributions support student fellowships, new programs and courses, seed funding for faculty research and centers, student and alumni activities and much more. Volunteers toward the class gift campaign coordinate communication efforts, social media outreach, peer-to-peer discussions, and event planning for their class. As a result of the class gift campaign, the class will have a direct and lasting impact on the MIT Sloan community.

    Why should you join the Class Gift Committee?
    • Help grow fellowships, research, programs and opportunities that MIT Sloan can offer to students, faculty and alumni
    • Create and leave a legacy by giving back to the School
    • Be a part of the greater MIT Sloan community
    • Engage with the School’s senior leadership
    • Have fun!

    To get involved, or for more information on becoming a Class Gift volunteer today, please contact mitsloanalumnirelations@mit.edu.

    Both of these support the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Clicking on one of the options below will take you to MIT’s official giving site (giving.mit.edu) which will allow you to make your pledge/gift to MIT Sloan.
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      MIT Sloan Annual

      Sloan Annual Fund gifts allow us to enhance our academic programs, provide new teaching technology, continually upgrade our facilities, and embark on cutting edge research and teaching initiatives.
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      Student Fellowships

      These funds will provide support for student fellowships and help MIT Sloan attract and retain exceptionally talented students.
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    The Dean's Circle

    MIT Sloan's leadership giving society, the Dean's Circle, honors our students, alumni, and friends who make leadership gifts to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund in any given fiscal year (July 1-June 30).


    Why choose to join the Dean's Circle? In a word - impact.


    Dean's Circle members are leaders who have decided to take personal responsibility in helping to shape the future we all know is possible. To learn more about how Dean's Circle gifts drive more impact click here.


    Leadership isn't just what you learn: it's what you do.


    Dean's Circle members step into a new relationship with the school, receiving special recognition and benefits as members of MIT Sloan's vital leadership giving society.


    Students can join the Dean's Circle with a $500 cash gift made by the end of the fiscal year, June 30. From the 1st through the 4th Reunions, students can renew their Dean's Circle membership at $1,000 per year. In the 5th Reunion, membership increases to $2,500 per year.


    Students also can choose to pledge $4,500 to the Dean's Circle over five years as structured below:


    Year 1 as a student    $500
    Year 2 as a graduate, one year out     $1,000
    Year 3 as a graduate, two years out     $1,000
    Year 4 as a graduate, three years out    $1,000
    Year 5 as a graduate, four years out     $1,000

    How to make a Dean’s Circle Pledge: 
    Make your Dean's Circle pledge today! Under the “Gift Type” choose "Multi-year pledge". The total amount should be for $4,500 spread over 5 years. The payment amounts should be set to $500, $1,000, $1,000, $1,000, and $1,000.

    Learn more about the full scope of impact and access that comes with membership in the Dean's Circle.

    What are our Class Gift goals?
    Each program sets their own Class Gift goal. The EMBA classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015 hold the current record of 100% participation, and the MBA/LGO classes of 2014 and 2015 hold a high record of 93%.

    Dollars Raised:
    We do not set a goal for dollars raised. In FY15, the Class Gift campaign raised a total of $629,605 in cash and pledges across all programs. 

    MIT Sloan Dean’s Circle donors:
    The Class of 2012 holds the current record of 57 Dean’s Circle donors.
    What are we raising money for?

    Our fundraising priority for our Class Gift is the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. The Sloan Annual Fund provides crucial, flexible support to the School and is necessary for the continued success and growth of MIT Sloan. The School’s FY16 SAF goal is to raise $5.1M by June 30, 2016. Sloan Annual Fund contributions are unrestricted, which means the School can respond to change and emerging initiatives. Sloan Annual Fund gifts can be used when and where they’re needed most. They allow the School to:

    • Offer new fellowships to attract prospective students
    • Fund groundbreaking research projects developed and led by faculty
    • Support innovative new programs and courses
    • Build the MIT Sloan student and alumni network
    Can I choose where my money goes?
    Within the MIT Sloan Annual Fund, we have identified two funds to support:
    Sloan Annual Fund (Unrestricted)

    In addition, there are funds within the Sloan Annual Fund that support the emerging campaign priorities of the School, including the Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Finance and Policy, the Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society, the Initiative for the Digital Economy, the Initiative on Health Care, and the Leadership Center. If you are interested in supporting these funds, please email mitsloanclassgift@mit.edu.
    What is the Dean’s Circle?
    The MIT Sloan Dean’s Circle is the School’s leadership giving society honoring donors to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Dean’s Circle members contribute an annual, unrestricted gift (cash-in) of $500 or more as a student, and $1,000 or more for the first five years following graduation. After five years, Dean’s Circle membership increases to $2,500.

    This gift can be cumulative over the fiscal year, and includes corporate match gifts so long as that gift is received during the fiscal year.

    Dean’s Circle Levels:
    Investors $2,500+ (*$1,000 for recent graduates/$500 for students)
    Partners $5,000 to $9,999
    Directors $10,000 to $24,999
    Founders $25,000 to $99,999
    Leaders $100,000 and up

    Dean’s Circle members are recognized in the School’s annual Report on Philanthropy, receive invitations to annual recognition events around the world, and receive periodic updates from the School. For a full list of Dean’s Circle membership levels, visit the MIT Sloan giving website.
    What is a recurring gift?
    A recurring gift is an ongoing, specific gift amount that is charged at the interval of the donor's choosing to their credit card. Setting up a recurring gift if convenient, customizable, and environmentally friendly.
    What is a pledge?
    A pledge is a commitment to make a gift to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund over the course of the next five years, with the first pledge payment due before the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2016. A pledge can be made for $250+ (minimum of $50/year).

    The minimum five-year Dean’s Circle pledge is $4,500 ($500 payment for this year as a student, $1,000 payment for the following four years).

    In order to count for Class Gift participation, the first pledge payment must be received by June 30, 2016.

    In addition, the full amount of the pledge will be counted in our Class Gift totals, so long as the first pledge payment is received. For example, if you pledge $4,500 and make your first $500 pledge payment in March, the full $4,500 pledge will be counted in the totals.
    When should I make my gift?
    We encourage you to make your gift early – strong support early on will encourage other classmates to join you!

    We encourage you to make your gift by April 15, 2016.
    Gifts made July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 will count towards the Class Gift (fiscal year 2016).
    How can I make my gift?
    • Visit the giving website and select the fund that you would like to support.
    • To make a one-time, outright gift, select “One Time”.
    • To make a recurring gift, select “Recurring”.
    • To make a pledge, click here and fill out the form as noted.

    Gift Card:
    • Fill out a gift card and return to a committee member or to Emily Williams in the Office of External Relations, E60-205 (mitsloanclassgift@mit.edu).
    Do we run a balanced budget?
    MIT Sloan runs a balanced operating budget, the only School at MIT to do so. Approximately 60% of the operating budget comes from tuition, and the remaining 40% comes from other funding sources, including current use gifts and the endowment. The MIT Sloan Annual Fund allows the School to remain flexible and provide funding for new ideas year to year.
    What if I can't afford to make large gift?
    Every gift matters. The School belongs to its alumni, and supporting the School philanthropically demonstrates a sense of ownership and commitment to the future success of the School. To give back to a place you love, to sustain and protect all that you love about that place, should be a joy. This is a community and a network that lasts a lifetime, and giving back demonstrates that everyone wants to support the School as best they can. The cycle of philanthropy starts early and the act of giving back is important.
    Why aren’t we raising money for a capital project, like a bench?
    The Class Gift campaign is focused on raising money for the Sloan Annual Fund, which provides unrestricted support to the School. This goes back to the nature of the Class Gift initiative, and the focus on a lifetime of engagement with the School. Focusing on a capital project provides the sense that the project is “done” and doesn’t encourage long-term support. The goal is to find meaning within the Sloan Annual Fund that makes you appreciate your gift's impact – such as fellowships, or the student experience.