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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about THE MIT 24-HOUR CHALLENGE.

If I send a check, will my gift be counted in the MIT 24HR Challenge?

To ensure your gift is counted in the MIT 24HR Challenge, please make your gift on 24hourchallenge.mit.edu. Only checks received and processed, or designated to be processed, on March 14 will be counted in the Challenge.

I am a member of multiple groups that are holding additional challenges in the MIT 24HR Challenge. Will my gift count toward both?

The MIT 24HR Challenge website attributes one gift to one program (MIT10, MIT Sloan, MITx, etc.) at a time. Therefore, if you'd like your gift to count for multiple programs, we recommend splitting up your intended gift into multiple gifts, and attributing the resulting gifts to your multiple affiliations using the "Add another gift to my donation" button on the transaction page.

I made my gift on March 14 through giving.mit.edu or over the phone. Will my gift still count toward the Challenge?

Yes! Since the gift was not made directly on the Challenge website, there may be a delay in your gift being added to leaderboards, but it will be counted.

I live on the West Coast/in Europe/Asia/etc. Will my gift count if I give on March 14 my time, even if it isn't March 14 in Cambridge?

Unfortunately not. The MIT 24HR Challenge runs on Cambridge time—it starts at midnight ET on March 14, and ends that day at 11:59pm ET. Please be sure to make your gift between these times!

The fund I want to give to isn't listed on the MIT 24HR Challenge website. Can I still give to this fund as part of the Challenge? 

Yes. Simply find the fund of your choice on MIT's regular giving site, giving.mit.edu, and give there. Your gift will still be counted in the overall challenge goal if it is given on March 14 ET, though there may be a delay in your gift being added to leaderboards. However, the best way to ensure your gift counts for the overall challenge, or any micro-challenge, is to give on 24hourchallenge.mit.edu.

Can I see who has already made a gift when I log in to the ambassador portal?

Yes! You can see who has already made a gift in support of the Challenge on the MIT 24-Hour Challenge webpage. Simply click on the “Donor Wall” button in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. The Donor Wall will be updated throughout the day.  When a gift is made on the 24-Hour Challenge website, the name of the donor will be immediately visible on the Donor Wall.  However, we will also be uploading gifts coming in from various other sources throughout the day and therefore there may not be a comprehensive list of all donors until the end of the day.

I would like to make a pledge on March 14. Will that count towards the Challenge?

Unfortunately, pledges WILL NOT count towards the MIT 24-Hour Challenge. While we are greatly appreciative of those who wish to make a pledge, only gift transactions, between 12:00 am – 11:59 pm ET on 3/14/19, will count towards the micro and overall challenges. 

Can I post my custom Volunteer/Ambassador link on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, etc. account?

Yes, please do! We would love you to share as much as you can about the MIT 24-Hour Challenge through your social media channels. This includes sharing your custom Volunteer/Ambassador link so you can track how many donors have made gifts because of you!

Why should I give to MIT?

MIT invests in its people - 60 percent of the Institute’s annual operating expenses are allocated to financial aid and to retaining world-class faculty, researchers, and other staff who support the Institute’s mission. This means MIT’s endowment per student is among the lowest of any research university in MIT’s peer group. Without alumni support, tuition would increase dramatically, out of reach for many of the best and brightest students.

I don’t know…MIT doesn’t seem like it needs my money. Doesn’t it have a huge endowment?

MIT has been lucky in recent years to have alumni make large gifts to its endowment. However, that support has typically been designated to specific purposes and programs. In fact, over 84 percent of funds generated through the endowment is restricted in how it can be used.

Annual gifts are therefore vital both operationally and in addressing key Institute priorities, like scholarship funding. Moreover, a ready pool of support is critical to address pressing needs as they occur. The secret of success is not each gift in isolation, but the combined impact of gifts across all levels. Together, their impact is substantial.

Why should I give today? Can’t I help MIT by just giving any other day?

Of course, but giving to the Institute on this day to a fund on the 24-Hour Challenge website will maximize your gift by helping to unlock a substantial challenge gift of $314,159, and other micro-challenges across the Institute. Additionally, giving on this day enables you to be part of a feel-good global event that connects MIT alumni, students, faculty, and community members.

Can I count in a micro-challenge if I am not part of the community it is for?

Different micro-challenges have different criteria. For instance, the micro-challenge for the Class of 1993 will only count donors from the Class of 1993. Other micro-challenges are based off of your gift’s designation or if you are a member of a particular group (i.e. Crew/Bexley/etc.).

If I already made a gift to MIT this year and I make another gift on March 14 will it count towards the Challenge?

Yes, any and all alumni, students, parents and friends who make a gift to MIT on March 14 will count towards the Challenge.

Does my name have to appear on the Donor Wall?

No, you may opt out by making your gift anonymously so that your name does not appear. Alternatively, there will be an option for you to choose to keep your dollar amount “anonymous” while still listing your name. Be aware, however, that the default is to list both your name and donation amount.

I'm in a reunion year, and I gave to a designation other than my class gift--will my gift be counted in the reunion class challenge?

Yes, it will. However, it will not show up on the website donor or dollar ticker. Instead, it will be counted in the final totals.

How do I log into my MIT 24-Hour Challenge Web Ambassador Page and get my personalized link?

The first step is to head over to the MIT 24-Hour Challenge homepage:  On the page, please look for the "Ambassadors" tag in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. Click on it and you will be prompted to login with your Web Ambassador credentials. If you do not have credentials yet, you can simply sign up with your email or Facebook account. 

Can I see how many donors have made a gift using my personalized link?

When you log-in to your Web Ambassador page, you will be able to see how many donors have given to MIT through your personalized link. Please note: You will see gifts but not be able to see donor names on your page.

Can I make my gift count toward more than one micro-challenge?

Yes! You can make a gift in support of two or more micro-challenges. When visiting the giving form,  you can specify multiple designations by selecting the “Add another gift to your donation” button in the bottom left when you are entering the details of your gift. After choosing to make an additional gift, you will get to choose another micro-challenge. You may do this as many times as you wish. Please note: No matter how many micro-challenges you support—thank you!—you will count toward the overall Challenge goal as one donor.

Where can I find a list of all the current micro-challenges going on during the MIT 24-Hour Challenge?

A list of all current micro-challenges can be found on the MIT 24-Hour Challenge website: 24hourchallenge.mit.edu.

What if I want to set up a recurring gift? Do I need to wait until March 14?

Recurring gifts offer you a convenient way to set up regular donations to MIT. In regards to the MIT 24-Hour Challenge, any monthly recurring gift set up between today until March 13, 2019, will automatically have March 14 set as the first payment date. If you want to support MIT through a recurring gift, all you have to do is set it up on giving.mit.edu before March 14. MIT will take care of the rest.

I make my gift through my employer’s portal to have my gifts matched (i.e. Dell, Apple, JustGive, YourCause, Benevity, etc). How can I ensure that my gift will be counted for the 24-Hour Challenge?

We cannot guarantee that we will receive your gift through those channels by 3/14/2019. We encourage you to make a participation level gift on 3/14/2019 at 24hourchallenge.mit.edu in order to have your participation counted. Gifts made through employer portals or other third-party platforms may take as long as three (3) months before arriving to MIT depending on their disbursement practices.

I will be out of country with no access to the internet on 3/14/2019. Can I make a gift now and have it be counted for the 24-Hour Challenge?

Yes! We encourage you to call our Office of Records at 617-253-8270 to make a credit card gift over the phone and ask that it be processed on 3/14/2019 to count towards the challenge. You may also send a check now to MIT Alumni Association, Office of Records, 600 Memorial Drive, W98-200, Cambridge, MA 02139. Please be sure to add a note to the memo section indicating that this is a 24-Hour Challenge gift.

My 24-Hour Challenge gift will be arriving in the form of stock. It may arrive a few days before or after 3/14/2019. What do I need to do to make sure it gets counted for the challenge?

Please send an email to MIT’s Office of the Recording Secretary at recsec@mit.edu to alert them of the incoming gift of stock. Please indicate the approximate value of stock, the designation you are giving to, and that you wish to have it count for the challenge.

My 24-Hour Challenge gift will be made via wire transfer or through a donor advised fund. . It may arrive a few days before or after 3/14/2019. What do I need to do to make sure it gets counted for the challenge?

Please send an email to MIT’s Office of the Recording Secretary at recsec@mit.edu to alert them of the incoming gift. Please indicate the gift amount, the designation you are giving to, and that you wish to have it count for the challenge.

My 24-Hour Challenge gift will be made via my IRA. It may arrive a few days before or after 3/14/2019. What do I need to do to make sure it gets counted for the challenge?

Please send an email to MIT’s Office of the Recording Secretary at recsec@mit.edu to alert them of the incoming gift. Please indicate the gift amount, the designation you are giving to, and that you wish to have it count for the challenge.

Still have questions?

Contact us at annual_fund@mit.edu