Published: June 21, 2012
Pictured (left to right): Josh Rider, MBA ’12, Clara Brenner, MBA ’12, and Edward Liu, MBA/LGO ’12
As part of this year’s MIT Sloan Student Class Gift effort, graduating MBA students contributed more than a quarter million dollars as of June 14 to support the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. A remarkable 85 percent of this year’s 401 graduates participated in the fundraising effort, with 54 students contributing at the Dean’s Circle level of $500.
The Annual Fund is the School’s unrestricted giving program. The fund provides critical support to core programs and at the same time allows the School the flexibility to support new opportunities.
Student Class Gift Co-Chairs Clara Brenner, MBA ’12, Josh Rider, MBA ’12, and Edward Liu, MBA/LGO ’12, led a 21-person committee of student volunteers. Each member of the group held one-on-one meetings with other graduating students about the importance of supporting the Annual Fund.
“I think everyone here can agree that the MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2012 is pretty exceptional; we hosted the largest sports analytics and business conference in the world; and we started a dozen new companies. We never do anything halfway. And our class gift is no different,” said Brenner at the MBA Convocation at the Boston Opera House on June 7.
“The really impressive aspect of this year’s class gift effort was the committee’s personal approach to education and fundraising,” said Shane Dunn, assistant director of Student Engagement, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving. “They have raised the bar for the future of student philanthropy at MIT Sloan.”
In addition to the $254,992 raised by graduating MBA Students, Executive MBA students also donated $65,804. Graduating Master of Finance students gave $8,876. Master of Science in Management Studies students contributed $3,510.