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The Value of Support

Matthew MarxMatthew Marx

MIT Sloan’s Annual Fund paves the way for research, community engagement, and the continuation of innovation.

Connections are everything.

Whether these connections are to colleagues and classmates or to family and faculty, networks of support are vital to the foundation of an individual, a business, or an organization—just as they are to a thriving institution.

For MIT Sloan, unrestricted annual giving is a mainstay of support for a myriad of diverse campus initiatives, all of which connect the School’s community in local and global ways. In fulfilling its mission to develop principled, visionary leaders who advance the practice of management, MIT Sloan continues to focus on its community at large, strengthening ties among students and alumni; attracting and retaining top faculty and supporting their research; and creating a collaborative environment within the School and across MIT.

Contributions from alumni to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund also help to support events and activities that promote a connected alumni community, which was clearly demonstrated over the three-day Building the Future celebration in May. MIT Sloan’s newest campus addition, E62, featuring the Joan and William A. Porter 1967 Center for Management Education, served as both backdrop and center stage for a weekend of activities that brought more than 1,100 alumni and their guests to Cambridge as part of the School’s Building the Future events, Alumni Weekend, and the Institute’s 150th anniversary observance.

As part of the weekend’s festivities, Exchange 62: Now and Next, a colloquium led by MIT Sloan faculty and other thought leaders, served as an exploration of the key challenges that organizations face today and will continue to face in the future. The MIT Sloan Annual Fund was critical to making Exchange 62 possible, providing support for events that engaged students, faculty, alumni, thought leaders, and friends of the School.

“The colloquium was designed to showcase some of the great ideas that have been discussed in the corridors of MIT Sloan buildings by faculty, as well as students and staff, issues such as sustainability, how we can promote learning from action-oriented projects, and our international engagements designed to build management capacity,” said Deputy Dean SP Kothari, the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management. “The colloquium was designed to showcase these ideas and to have a discussion take place among all those who attended—our students, faculty, staff, and, most important, our alumni and our international partners—so the community is being built around the communication of ideas that bind us all together.”

Creating opportunities for faculty collaboration

For junior faculty, like Alberto Cavallo, Matt Marx, and Tavneet Suri, unrestricted annual support through the MIT Sloan Annual Fund provides the means for creative collaboration on campus and abroad, paving the way for groundbreaking research projects and dynamic teaching.

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