In honor of Pi Day, MIT is holding a 24-Hour Giving Challenge for friends as well as MIT community member, and I have signed up to be a Giving Ambassador.
While I work at MIT, I am not a fundraiser. My normal job is setting up meetings and managing logistics for the MIT Alumni Association’s Executive Vice President and our Board of Directors. So, doing a fundraising challenge is a bit beyond my wheelhouse. I just believe so deeply in what we do at MIT that I wanted to be a part of the 24-Hour Giving Challenge in order to ask my friends around the world to become friends of MIT today by giving some small amount to support the work that MIT is doing to make the world a better place for everyone.
Even if you are not a student or alumnus of MIT, I hope you will consider giving something to this challenge because MIT is an incredible institution.
There truly is no place like MIT. It is unique in so many ways, and we are fortunate that MIT exists. When I show up to work everyday, I know that I’m helping in my own small way to discover new things, to find new breakthroughs, and to bring these solutions to the world. MIT gives away information and education for free online through its OpenCourseWare program as well as through MITx (via EdX). So, no matter where you are in the world, you can learn about science, technology, math, business, literature, and more!
Whether it’s supporting MIT’s staff and students during special events like International Women’s Day or bringing special water collection devices to drought stricken areas, finding new techniques to target cancer cells, figuring out how to make wireless energy possible, MIT has truly become the world’s Institution for technology and learning. I cannot even imagine our world without MIT.
Currently, MIT is in a campaign to raise money that will allow us to truly create a better world for everyone, not just for the people who live or work on the school’s campus. The 24-Hour Giving Challenge is a great way for people outside of the MIT community to interact with and support the work that MIT is doing.
The 24-Hour Giving Challenge is your chance to make a gift to an institution you can trust and that you will know your money is going directly to the priorities that will help make the world better. If you’re curious about MIT’s priorities, here they are as listed on the Campaign website. These six priority areas span the full breadth of MIT:
- Discovery Science: Transforming our world through fundamental scientific research
- Health of the Planet: Addressing critical environmental and sustainability challenges facing humankind through science, technology, design, management, and policy
- Human Health: Defining the future of health through advances in basic science and engineering—informed by expertise in disciplines such as management, economics, and political science
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Accelerating the path from idea to impact
- Teaching, Learning, and Living: Reimagining education for the 21st-century learner
- The MIT Core: Attracting extraordinary students and faculty and providing them with the resources they need to thrive
If you can give, please do let MIT, please know that you’re doing a wonderful thing to help support its mission. Please give to the 24-Hour Giving Challenge, which ends March 14, 2017 at 12:00 midnight (Eastern Time).
This really is just me asking you to give to MIT because it truly is an amazing place and it is doing amazing things. Thank you guys so much!