MIT Alumni Association
The MIT Alumni Association, founded by alumni in 1875, provides multiple ways for the Institute's 132,373 former students to stay in touch with one another and maintain their connections to the Institute. In partnership with the volunteer alumni board, the Association staff helps alumni organize events, communicate with one another, and raise funds for MIT.
In addition to programs such as regional clubs and reunions, the Association offers an opportunity for alumni to make a virtual "infinite connection" to the MIT community through its website. More than 90,000 alumni members have made that connection and are using Email Forwarding for Life, the online alumni directory, alumni email lists, online mentoring services, events registration, and online Alumni Fund giving. Social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and the Slice of MIT blog are also very popular. More than 14,879 alumni and friends volunteer their services for MIT each year, with many serving as class and club officers, educational counselors, and members of the MIT Corporation and its visiting committees. Other popular alumni programs include Faculty Forum Online, View from the Top, Tech Reunions, and Toast to IAP.
In fiscal year 2015, the Alumni Fund reported $69.5 million in gifts, contributed by 45,006 alumni donors, students, parents, and friends.