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

Individual memorial gifts may be made to MIT, as follows:

  • Gifts made to MIT, with no further specification, will be gratefully used by the Institute to help it meet the current general needs of the Institute.
  • Gifts may be made to the MIT Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. These gifts will provide scholarship support for deserving MIT students with financial need.

Memorial Gifts for other Purposes:

  • 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.
  • Memorial gifts may also be used to recognize the decedent by naming spaces at MIT or seats in MIT’s libraries through the Take a Seat program.

Memorial Funds

Memorial Funds can be a wonderful way to honor an individual’s memory in perpetuity. If you wish to establish a named endowed Memorial Fund at MIT, we are able to do so with gifts totaling a minimum of $100,000. For further information about establishing an endowed 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

Upon receipt of a memorial gift, MIT sends the donor a note of appreciation and tax receipt. The Memorial Gifts Office reports the names and addresses of all donors to a designated family member or friend, should that individual wish also to acknowledge gifts that have been received.

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, previous 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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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.

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.

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

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

Bonny Kellermann ‘72
Director, Memorial Gifts
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