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Donating to MIT OCW

Donate to MIT OCW

Thank you for choosing to make a gift to the MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) project.

MIT OCW will always be a free and open digital publication, however, your $50, $100, or $500 donation will enable us to continue to offer a high-quality publication of MIT’s course materials.

Thanks to the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation , MIT OCW has been able to publish 1550 courses through Fall 2006. In offering free and open access to these courses, MIT is giving its educational materials to the world, but maintaining these courses, and evolving MIT OCW to meet the needs of our diverse user audience, has its costs.

It’s easy. The Giving to MIT Web site is a safe and secure way to financially support MIT OCW.

  • Visit the Giving Site and your gift has been automatically designated to the MIT OCW Fund
  • Hit the Give Now button (similar to the orange button at the top of this page)
  • On the next page, hit the orange Continue button.
  • Enter the amount of money, in U.S. Dollars, that you wish to donate.
  • Follow the simple steps to send your gift to MIT OCW.

You can also mail your gift in the form of a personal check to MIT OCW. Make your check payable to “MIT” and enclose a note indicating that the contribution is for the MIT OpenCourseWare Fund #4021100. Send your donation to:

Recording Secretary
MIT Office of the Treasurer
238 Main Street, Suite 200
Cambridge, MA 02142

MIT Alumnus donor Jon D. Gruber

An investment in open sharing

An enthusiasm for what’s “cutting edge” in technology has molded Jon Gruber’s life, and has now made its mark on MIT OpenCourseWare.

Gruber, an entrepreneur who is the president of Gruber & McBaine Capital Management, the company he founded in 1987, has been a consultant to government clients, a tech analyst, and now an investment advisor focused largely on technology stocks. In fact, he is known in some circles as “the father of technology investing.”

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OCW donor Larry Birenbaum.

Opening doors to the world

Larry Birenbaum, a 1969 MIT graduate in Electrical Engineering, has an impressive history of giving back to his alma mater.  In the past, his gift - like those of many donors to the Institute - have supported departments that transformed his own MIT experience.

Birenbaum, who is himself a naturalized citizen, feels it is important to make an MIT education accessible to gifted students - just as, decades ago, a scholarship helped make MIT accessible for him.

Read more about Larry Birenbaum...


Special Giving Opportunities for MIT OCW

MIT OCW seeks to build endowments for technology and education in these areas:

  • $10 million — Publication and maintenance of 25 new MIT courses each year, in perpetuity

  • $5 million — Delivery of MIT course materials to 25,000 educators and over 150,000 learners (roughly 5 percent of MIT OCW user traffic around the world) each year, in perpetuity

  • $800,000 — Department Liaison (DL) positions, where DLs assist faculty with developing and compiling teaching materials for both classroom teaching and publication on the MIT OCW Web site

Expendable support is also needed in order to…

  • Help 10,000 faculty in developing countries build and enhance curricula in science, engineering, humanities, architecture, and management;
  • Enable video capture and delivery of a complete series of lectures for two MIT courses;
  • Support external outreach efforts by MIT OCW staff to educators around the world; and
  • Meet core publication costs for each course.

To discuss a special gift to the MIT OCW initiative, please contact MIT OCW Communication, at or 1-617-452-3621.