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Faculty recruitment, investment in people, giving back to help others: Why alumni support the MIT Sloan Annual Fund

Karen Mazer, SM ’89

Karen MazerKaren Mazer, SM ’89

“When I was a student at MIT Sloan, I participated in the fundraising evenings when we would call alumni for their donations; so I had early exposure to the needs of the School. My overall Sloan experience was so positive, both academically and personally, that I knew I wanted to be part of the alumni giving program when I could. I have been contributing to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund since I graduated. And over time, as I got rid of my loan debt, I have increased my annual giving to higher levels. For anyone fortunate enough to be able to take care of their own needs, it is important to be generous to the communities that matter to you, and Sloan comes to the top of the list for me.”

Christopher McLeod, SM ’79

Christopher McLeodChristopher McLeod, SM ’79

“My philanthropy is focused on education. I have benefited greatly from the education I received, in particular from MIT Sloan where I had a very positive experience. I know firsthand the thrill and intellectual stimulation of learning from faculty who are on the leading edge of management theory. In my case, for example, I learned options pricing theory from Nobel laureate Robert Merton when I was a student. I know my money is going toward a great institution, and it will be put to optimal use. Annual Fund gifts enable the recruitment and retention of the best world-class faculty and support their research, which is critical to the School’s mission and reputation. As students, we had the benefit of being taught by an outstanding faculty, supported by the gifts of alumni who came before us. Now it is our turn to see that MIT Sloan continues in that tradition.”

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