Your Unrestricted Giving Helps Make a Better World
Every year, more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni and MIT friends—generous donors like you—make unrestricted gifts to MIT. Together, these gifts shape the unique MIT experience for our faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. Everything from laboratory equipment and residence hall renovations to student aid and seed funding for inventive projects happens because of your love of the MIT community and your generous philanthropy.

Thank you for your visionary philanthropy in 2019 and thank you for supporting the MIT community.
What your unrestricted gifts helped make possible for MIT in 2019
Our Newest Rhodes Scholars
Unrestricted gifts helped to create an environment of excellence and innovation for our students. Five students of outstanding merit—Ali Daher, Claire Halloran, Francisca Vasconcelos, Billy Andersen Woltz, and Megan Yamoah—will begin postgraduate studies at Oxford University this fall as 2020 Rhodes Scholars.
 
Supporting First-Generation Students
Your unrestricted dollars helped MIT welcome 16 incoming first-generation students via a new preorientation program designed to ease their transition from high school. Such programs are shown to help students succeed as the first in their family to attend college.
 
First Black Hole Images
2019 was a fantastic year for MIT and space, with the Institute at the forefront of discovery and your unrestricted gifts supporting compelling advances like the first direct images of a black hole, produced by more than 200 astronomers including those from MIT’s Haystack Observatory.
 
By the numbers: The impact of your giving
Nearly 42% of MIT's operating budget relies on unrestricted dollars.

50%
Over the past decade, the MIT Annual Fund has seen a 26% increase in the number of unrestricted donors.
35%
In Fiscal Year 2019, unrestricted funds covered 32% of MIT’s undergraduate scholarships and financial aid.
27%
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