MIT Sloan to Participate in MIT’s Largest Fundraising Campaign to Date:
Addressing Global Challenges the Primary Focus

Western Ghana. Photo taken by Julianna Philippa Kerrest, MBA ’17.

Coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of MIT’s move across the river from Boston to Cambridge, MIT launches its most comprehensive campaign to date. The MIT Campaign for a Better World will raise funds in part to address the need for restoring and renovating some of the Institute’s century-old buildings. But the effort will go far beyond brick-and-mortar goals, emphasizing instead MIT’s global impact and drive to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. Inspired by the Institute’s motto of mens et manus, or mind and hand, the campaign will focus on key theme areas, including education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, the environment, and human health.

MIT Sloan’s faculty and students are focused on the ways in which their work addresses these fundamental themes. As such, the school has identified a set of strategic priorities that are fundamental to both the school’s future and to making the world better now and for future generations. These priorities include major faculty research initiatives, an expansion of student Action Learning opportunities across the globe, and a commitment to significantly expand fellowship support for master’s students—the future global leaders of the next generation. David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean of MIT Sloan, said, “The world is at a pivotal place in history– one which requires the very best minds and the very smartest solutions. Those can be found here at MIT–and I am confident that our faculty and students will be the ones who solve the great challenges and bring important change to the world through markets and organizations.”

Kristina Schaefer, Senior Associate Dean for External Relations and International Programs. commented, “I’ve worked at many universities and colleges over the years, and I am struck by the things that make MIT and this campaign different. Usually, institutions are focused on philanthropy that supports the work of the school. But in this campaign, we are talking about every gift being a gift to the world, as well as supporting MIT Sloan—creating innovative new jobs and businesses; inventing tools and strategies that will lead to global economic stability and sustainable development; reimagining an efficient, patient-centered healthcare system; and developing leaders who will change the world today and for the future.”

MIT Sloan faculty aren’t taking the challenge lightly. Professor Andrew W. Lo’s project, CanceRX, is using structured finance and portfolio theory to design a new family of “megafunds” to support biomedical innovation through shared risk and reward. The ultimate goal? To offer a realistic solution to the challenge of funding major biomedical research while demonstrating that structured finance can play a role in answering some of the problems facing humankind. In another major effort, the Initiative on the Digital Economy recently launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition, which celebrates companies that focus on economic opportunity in the digital age and seek to create a sustainable future for all. “Our faculty is unique,” said Schaefer. “They are so deeply tied to MIT’s mission and vision. This campaign is, in large part, about their work and the impact that work can have on the whole world.”

Learn more about the MIT Campaign for a Better World at upcoming global events sponsored by the Institute, MIT Sloan, and the individual initiatives supporting these themes. Keep updated via social media (#MITBetterWorld) and watch for communications in the mail.