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Support the IRDF
Just as every independent living group depends on the participation and goodwill of its members, the IRDF depends on the generosity of alumni—graduates who believe that sustaining the FSILG experience is essential to the future of MIT. Today, as MIT and the FSILG community work together to build a flourishing future for independent living at MIT, alumni support for the Independence Residence Development Fund (#3766600) has never been more vital. 

Support FSILGs by making your gift today via our secure on-line gift form. To make a gift by check, please make your check payable to MIT and mail it with our downloadable PDF gift form to:

MIT Annual Fund 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
600 Memorial Drive, W98-200
Cambridge, MA 02139-4822

Unlike direct gifts to individual houses—IRDF gifts are tax-deductible, and are far more likely to qualify for a corporate matching gift, which can double the impact of your gift. Check here  to see if your employer participates in a matching gift program.

For those FSILGs currently fundraising for facility needs, a change to the IRDF Project Grant policy has made it easier for donors to make a gift through MIT for these projects. Specifically, 90% of your gift can be directed to your preferred house, and 10% will be distributed to other houses, via IRDF grants, to ensure that the entire FSILG community at MIT remains a vibrant and important element of student life. Please contact Pamela Gannon ‘84 for more information.

Donor Impact
As a donor, you can be confident that your gift is critically important to the continued vitality of one or more FSILGs. Other than Unrestricted Gifts, the IRDF already has the broadest donor base of any MIT fund. Check out our IRDF Photo Gallery to see the impact of gifts to IRDF.

Donor Recognition
Every IRDF donor is recognized on our IRDF Donor Recognition web site, updated annually with the help of the MIT Alumni Association.

To make sure your gift is listed with the accurate FSILG, donors are asked to ensure that their living group is properly coded in the Alumni Database. To verify this coding, please contact Elena Byrne in Alumni Relations or simply check your profile on the Infinite Connection here.

Supporting the IRDF Through Estate Plans
Making provisions through your estate plans to support MITís IRDF can be an impactful way to provide valuable resources to support MITís FSILGs. Such gifts can be made through wills, trusts, or designating MIT as the beneficiary of a financial account (including donor advised funds, retirement plans, bank accounts, etc.). For more information about making provisions to support the IRDF through your estate plans, please contact Bonny Kellermann or by phone: 617-253-9722. .

IRDF Administrative Costs and Alumni Advisory Boards
IRDF administrative costs are minimal. The research and recommendations on all grant and loans are made to the MIT Treasurer by MIT alumni volunteer boards. MIT does not charge the IRDF fund for any administrative costs. However, the FSILG Cooperative, Inc. (FCI) does receive an annual stipend to advise FSILGs and process IRDF grant and loan applications.

There are three volunteer boards which advise MIT on IRDF programming, fundraising, and disbursing of funds. The boards and memberrs are:

The IRDF Board of Allocation:
Dave Latham ‘61, Steve Stuntz ‘67, and Susan Woodmansee ‘97

The IRDF Grant Advisory Board
Pam Gannon ‘84, Bob Ferrara ‘67, Tom Holtey ‘62, Sara Wilmer ‘03

The IRDF Architectural Review Board (still in formation)
Steve Baker 84, Ilkka Suvanto '68

Support is provided by Kevin Milligan of the MIT Finance Office, Pam Gannon '84 of the Division of Student Life, and Scott Klemm of the FSILG Cooperative, Inc.

 

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