Dear Friend of OCW,
2001 was a time of tremendous energy, and also great uncertainty, about the growth and impact of the Internet. The MIT faculty asked, “What impact will the Internet have on education, and what should MIT do about it?”
Their answer, in the form of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), was a bold bet on the power of openly shared knowledge.
Fifteen years later, the 200 million learners and educators around the world who have used OCW are grateful for their foresight and generosity.
We invite you to celebrate 15 years of open sharing by participating in our Spring fundraising challenge.
We encourage you to be part of the 2,001 learners to donate to OCW and reaffirm to the world that open sharing has the power to:
We need your participation because we have a DOUBLE CHALLENGE OPPORTUNITY! First, this is a participation challenge—we need 2,001 participants to meet our goal for this campaign. Second, every donation is being matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 by one of our generous sponsors, MathWorks. Your support during this campaign gets us closer to the 2,001 participation goal AND doubles your financial support for OCW!
Please help us reach our goal by donating today and encouraging your friends, colleagues and family to do the same. You can see our campaign video here:
If you can afford to donate, please do so today. Thank you in advance for helping us reach our goal.
Associate Dean of Digital Learning
Help keep OCW going and growing.
By choosing to share their course materials freely and openly on the Web, the MIT faculty have created a unique global educational resource that has touched the lives of millions. Just as OCW would not be possible without the generosity of the MIT faculty, OCW would not be possible without the support of hundreds of individuals who made donations large and small.
Your contribution provides the resources needed to distribute, collect, digitize, and address copyright issues in the faculty's material. While MIT provides about half of OCW's budget and we are actively pursuing sponsors, the Institute cannot afford the full cost of updating and enriching our site content. Your gift ensures we can keep OCW up-to-date and add more of the rich resources — such as video — that make a difference for so many worldwide.
OCW is a revolutionary approach to sharing educational resources. The site presents the core academic content — including lecture notes, syllabi, assignments and exams — from substantially all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate curriculum freely and openly to support formal and informal learning around the world. Many of the site's more than 1,900 courses also include rich media resources such as video lectures, simulations, and animations. OCW has inspired a worldwide movement that now includes hundreds of universities sharing materials from more than ten thousand courses.
Your gift to MIT OpenCourseWare demonstrates your commitment to knowledge as a public good and is an important part of OCW's overall sustainability plan, which includes support from MIT, endowment income, corporation and foundation support, and other revenue. Your donation is also important in demonstrating to sponsors and funders how much our visitors value the site.
The total annual cost of MIT OpenCourseWare is about $3.5 million. The effort required to produce OCW may not be readily apparent, but for each course we publish we must compile course materials from faculty, ensure proper licensing for open sharing, and format materials for global distribution. Additional rich media, such as our very popular video content, is especially costly. We must also sustain a considerable technical infrastructure to manage content and distribute it through a worldwide network to our global audience. In addition, we provide and support local mirror sites in bandwidth constrained regions.
Courses published on our site require an average of 100 hours of effort to produce. While the MIT faculty devote 5-10 hours of their own time for each course, it would be impossible for them to produce OCW courses alone. In order to publish materials from 200 courses each year while minimizing impact on MIT faculty time, OCW maintains a publication staff of twelve people who work directly with the faculty to collect and compile course materials, ensure proper licensing for open sharing, and format materials for our site. We also employ two intellectual property staff and four production staff who support our publication team. In addition, OCW has five outreach and administrative staff who manage communications, media relations, outreach, program evaluation, and OCW's sustainability.
Other (24%): Outreach, evaluation, fundraising, planning, management, finance and admin.
Publication (47%): Faculty liaisons, IP clearance, publication planning, data entry, video, metadata, QA, editorial
Technology (29%): CMS infrastructure, content distribution, analytics, web development, systems support
We currently project that OCW reserves will run out in FY2014 without significant changes in our current funding model. Our challenge is to offset the loss of grant funds with substantial increases in revenues such as donations, endowments, corporate sponsorships, and alternative sources of revenue.
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Your donations are vital to OCW, but money isn't the only way you can support the project:
We welcome you to demonstrate your company's commitment to unlocking knowledge by providing major support for OCW. Through our Flagship and Leadership sponsor programs, your company will be acknowledged on our home page or main course list page as an organization committed to improving education around the world.
You will be providing visible support for a program that serves millions of visitors a month and has been recognized on the front page of The New York Times and Washington Post, in magazines such as US News & World Report and Forbes, and in thousands of other media outlets worldwide. Major sponsorship opportunities begin at $100,000 USD.
For more information on OCW corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom Smith, Director of Corporate Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.