Board member Andrea Gabrielle MBA '88 is challenging the Class of 2011 to make a difference for future MIIS students.

It works like this: If a graduating student makes a gift of $20 or more to the Class of 2011 Challenge, Andrea will match that gift with a $100 contribution. That’s a total of $120 that will be added to the Alumni Scholarship Fund, which was established this year in honor of and by MIIS alumni.

And now, Student Council has stepped forward with a challenge of their own. If you are a student and make a gift of just $10, it will be matched with $10 from the 2011 Class Gift! This combined $20 will then be eligible for the $100 Challenge match.

How will my contribution be used?

Gifts made by graduates and matched by alumnus Andrea Gabrielle will be placed in the Alumni Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarship support for future students at the Monterey Institute. Each year, a selection committee that includes one or two recent alumni will review scholarship applications and select the recipients. Awards will depend on the amount of funds raised.

Why is my gift important?

Your gift not only provides important scholarship funds, but has an added benefit; foundations and individual philanthropists look at the percentage of alumni that make a financial contribution to their alma mater when considering a gift to the school—this percentage is regarded as the best way to measure alumni satisfaction.

Therefore, the percentage of alumni contributing at any level is just as important as the dollar amount of alumni gifts—that means both a $20 gift and $2,000 gift are meaningful.

For continued success and sustainability, the Institute must increase its alumni participation as this support helps to fund scholarships, programs, and services for our current students.

Will gifts from faculty, staff, family, and friends be eligible for the $100 match?

Only gifts made by graduates will be matched. However, all gifts to the fund are welcome and appreciated.

What if I make a gift smaller than $20?

All gifts from alumni count toward our participation goals, however, only gifts of $20 or more will be matched. ***However, if you are a student and make a $10 gift, it will be matched with $10 from the 2011 Class Gift; this combined $20 will then be eligible for the $100 match!

How do I make my gift?

There are multiple ways to give:

  • Visit our secure giving page  online at and be sure to select Class of 2011 Challege in the pull down menu.
  • Drop off your cash or a check made out to the Monterey Institute at the Alumni Office, Student Services, or the Advancement Office (McGowan Suite 300).
  • Mail your contribution (even cash) to Monterey Institute of International Studies, c/o Gift Administration, Middlebury College, 5 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753-6014

Make your gift to MIIS!

To see the list of donors to last year's challenge, click here.

For more information about the Class of 2011 Challenge, email or call 831.647.3545.