Gifts in Memory or Celebration

MIT is grateful for the opportunity to honor individuals through memorial or celebratory gifts. For family and friends, these gifts can be an especially meaningful way to commemorate a loved one or to celebrate a personal milestone, while also furthering the Institute’s service to society.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts may be made to MIT to add to an existing fund or to establish a named fund.

Add to an Existing Fund

  • Unrestricted - these gifts will be gratefully used by the Institute to help it meet the current general needs of the Institute.
  • MIT Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Fund - these gifts will provide scholarship support for deserving MIT students with financial need.
  • Designated Gifts - if you are interested in directing a gift to a different designation for individual memorial gifts —for example, a specific department or an existing MIT program or fund — we are happy to assist you.

Establish a Named memorial Fund

A named fund can be a wonderful way to commemorate a person’s memory. Dollar amounts referenced below can be commitments made for up to five years through gifts and pledges.

  • Expendable Named Memorial Funds - if you wish to establish a Named Memorial Fund at MIT to honor an individual’s memory for a designated purpose, we are able to do so with gifts/pledges totaling a minimum of $25,000. Additional amounts may be needed for specified purposes.
  • Endowed Named Memorial Funds - if you wish to honor an individual’s memory in perpetuity, we are able to establish a Named Endowed Memorial Fund with gifts/pledges totaling a minimum of $100,000. Additional amounts may be necessary for specific purposes.

For further information about establishing a named fund, please contact Bonny Kellermann as indicated below.

Obituary Information

Should you wish to include information in an obituary to direct memorial gifts to MIT, we offer the following sample wording:

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to MIT, in memory of [individual’s name].
Checks may be made payable to MIT and mailed to
Bonny Kellermann ‘72, Director of Memorial Gifts
600 Memorial Drive, W98-500, Cambridge, MA 02139

Notification to Families of Gifts

The Memorial Gifts Office reports the names and addresses of all donors to a designated family member, should that individual wish also to acknowledge gifts that have been received.

Tax Receipt

Upon receipt of any gift (including memorial gifts), MIT sends the donor a tax receipt letter.

Past In Memoriam Gifts

View a list of individuals commemorated with a gift to MIT during fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015).

View lists of those who were memorialized in recent years.

For more information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact:

Bonny Kellermann ‘72
Director of Memorial Gifts
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617.253.9722

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Celebratory Gifts

MIT is also grateful for the opportunity to recognize personal milestones — such as a birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, or retirement — with celebratory gifts.

Notification to Families of Gifts

Much like memorial gifts, celebratory gifts may be directed generally to MIT to use at the Institute’s discretion, or may be directed to a specific MIT department, program, or fund.

Establish a Named Fund

Named expendable funds can be established with commitments of $25,000 or more and named endowment funds can be established with commitments of $100,000 or more.

Notification to Honoree of Gifts

The honoree will be notified of the names and addresses of individuals who have made gifts in his or her honor.

For More Information

If you would like more information about making a Celebratory gift, please contact:

Bonny Kellermann ‘72
Director, Special Constituencies
617-253-9722
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