News from Community Giving

Holiday Season Collection Drives

The holidays are always a great time for generosity, and this year was no different. Our great thanks to all of the motivated departments who supported worthy causes this December. Margaret Fuller Van Expense Fundraisers: VPF ~ $100, IST ~ $310, IST Cornhole Tournament ~ $350; Cambridge Family and Children's Services: Sloan School ~ $170, Physics ~ $75, IST ~ $250 ; VPF: 60 articles of winter clothing and 82 gifts to the Elizabeth Peabody House in Somerville

Departments band together for Senior Citizens

Twenty-two MIT departments helped by hosting Secret Santa for Senior collections, and allowed us to bring many smiles to our neighbors in Cambridge this holiday season. It was a joy to work hand in hand with the Cambridge Police Department once again. The CPD sent us thanks; you can read their letter here: Cambridge Thank You Letter
We thank those departments who hosted collection boxes this past year:

  • Research Lab of Electronics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • McGovern Institute
  • Center for International Studies
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • CSAIL Headquarters
  • Career Advising and Professional Development
  • Chemistry
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Registrar's Office
  • Political Science
  • Sloan School of Management
  • Nuclear Reactor Laboratory
  • Koch Institute
  • Human Resources
  • MIT Medical
  • Lincoln Laboratories
  • Plasma Science and Fusion Center
  • Global Studies and Languages
  • Libraries
  • Office of Sponsored Programs

A sincere thank you as well to all the departments who participated with their donations. We couldn't have done it without you!

Spring and Fall Book Sales raise hundreds

Community Giving at MIT held our annual Book Sale, raising $734 for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House Van project and Community Service Fund. In total, our 2018 book sales brought in $1,364 to support charitable work here in Cambridge! We always love supporting out community with these excellent fundraising events, and we hope that you'll join us for next year's sale!

MIT Alzheimer's Walk Team brings in $34,330.62 for Research and Family Services

Community Giving at MIT teamed up once again with Lincoln Laboratory's Alzheimer's Support Community for the 2018 Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer's! Team POGO, honoring MIT President Paul Gray, raised $34,330.62 for the Alzheimer's Association to support the many services they provide for affected families and research for a cure. We are glad that we welcomed so many walkers this year! Thank you for supporting the great work of the Alzheimer's Association.

Spring Book Sale raises $630

Our Spring Used Book Sale was an absolute blast, as usual! We set up shop in Lobby 10 and the Bush Room with an excellent selection of gently used books at unbelievable prices. All the proceeds of the sale went to help cover expenses for the new Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House passenger van, including insurance, driver's salary, gas, maintenance, and painting costs. Thank you to everybody from the MIT community who helped to make the van a reality and to make each Book Sale a success!

IS&T raise money for Margaret Fuller House Van Expenses

IS&T raised money from a Chili Cook Off to help support expenses for the Margaret Fuller Houses’ new Van! It was a fantastically delicious event with 13 chilis, 8 Meat chilis and 5 Meatless chilis! They offered a trophy along with an Amazon Gift Card to the Grand Prize Winner (chili with the most votes). Prizes were also given out to the 1st Place Meatless Chili, the 2nd Place Meat and Meatless Chili and anyone who bought a ticket to eat Chili at the event. The goal was to raise $150, and we are pleased to announce that we raised a total of $310.00.

Mini-Campaign to Fund Passenger Van Successful!

In 2017, Community Giving at MIT launched our first ever mini-campaign to fund a large project, hoping to support the purchase of a passenger van for the Margaret Fuller House. With help a ton of help and enthusiasm from all of our donors and supporters, MIT’s fundraising efforts collected $14,000 toward the van, and assisted the Margaret Fuller House in securing a $30,000 grant from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund!

Christina Alexis, the Executive Director of the Margaret Fuller House extends her sincerest thanks on behalf of the MFNH staff and community members.