$ 1,395,299 RAISED 5,658 GIFTS
IRDF has raised $ 35,183 from 135 gifts!

IRDF ... Because Everybody Can Use Some Help Around the House.

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, this alumni support has never been more vital.

Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Livings Groups (FSILGs) are part of the heart of MIT – and the Independent Residence Development Fund, the IRDF, is one way MIT and its alumni help keep this community going strong. From the start, FSILG alumni have supported the IRDF with great generosity – and with the added benefit that, unlike gifts to individual FSILGs, gifts to this common pool are tax-deductible and are often matched by employers.


The IRDF offers four kinds of funding assistance to FSILGs:

  • IRDF Construction Loans. In place since the 1960s, the IRDF Construction Loan program offers long-term low-interest loans that FSILGs can use to make major capital improvements and renovations.


  • IRDF Educational Project Grants. In 1997, MIT launched the IRDF Educational Project Grants program to help FSILGs improve and maintain educational areas, as well as make them accessible to students with disabilities, without having to take on debt.


  • IRDF Educational Operating Grants. As part of a growing effort to help FSILGs manage their financial challenges, in 2004 MIT and its alumni developed this new grant program to partner with the FSILGs in supporting annual safety and educational expenses.


  • IRDF Community-wide Grants. These are initiatives that benefit the entire community, such as the extension of high-speed computer networks throughout the FSILG community and the alumni-run Safety, Licensing, and Inspection (SLI) program.


Below are some of the generous AILG members that made this challenge possible:

     Steve Baker ’84
     Eric Cigan ’83
     Pam Gannon ’84
     Richard Larson ’65
     Rich Possemato ’01
     Michael Feinstein ’82
     Bob Ferrara ’67


Please note an IRDF Photo Gallery was developed so people can see their IRDF funds going to work.


IRDF Challenge
Your IRDF gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by alumni from FSILGs throughout the MIT community.
$4,150 MATCHED
$150K Challenge - UPDATE: $200K Challenge!
We've reached our original goal of 1500 donors in 24 hours for $150,000! Our anonymous challenge donor is so impressed, they've offered an ADDITIONAL $50K if 2,000 donors make a gift to MIT today.
2,000 / 2,000 Gifts
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