MontereySTART: New Platform for Micro-Philanthropy Launched

Monterey Institute students are known worldwide for their ingenuity and practical approach to addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. It is now easier than ever to support student projects through the newly launched micro-philanthropy platform MontereySTART.

Four projects are currently featured on MontereySTART and they reflect the diverse interests and talents of the Monterey Institute student body:

MIIS Student Alexandra Shaphren Named “Outstanding Philanthropic Young Adult” of the Year

Monterey Institute student Alexandra Shaphren (MPA ’12) was recognized as the “Outstanding Philanthropic Young Adult” of the year at the Central Coast’s 20th Annual Philanthropy Day Award ceremony on November 18 in Carmel. Shaphren was honored for her fundraising efforts for the Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) by collecting pledges and running the Lake Tahoe 50 Mile Ultra-Marathon in September (where she finished first among women!).

MIIS Board Member David Jones Donates $750,000 to Enhance Fundraising Capacity

The Monterey Institute of International Studies has received a $750,000 gift pledge from David Jones, a member of the MIIS Board of Governors. The gift, payable over three years, is designed specifically to support the school’s efforts to enhance its fundraising operations through the office of Institutional Advancement.

“Multiply the Good” Challenge Hits First-Year Fundraising Target, Triggering $500,000 Match

The Monterey Institute of International Studies exceeded the $1 million fundraising target established last October under the terms of a challenge commitment from an anonymous donor, triggering a $500,000 matching gift from the donor. Under the terms of the “Multiply the Good” challenge, the Institute will receive $500,000 a year for a total of five years, provided it raises $1 million each year in gifts of $5,000 or more to its annual fund.

MIIS Receives $1 Million Gift to Fund New Academic and Research Center Focused on Ocean Policy

The Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College, announced on March 2 that it has received a $1 million gift from San Francisco residents and Middlebury College parents Robin and Deborah Hicks in their capacities as trustees of the Loker Foundation.

CNS & MIIS Awarded $475,000 Grant to Support Nonproliferation Education and Training

On December 8, 2010, the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) announced that the MacArthur Foundation has awarded a $475,000 grant in support of CNS’s education and training programs in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and terrorism. The two-year grant will run through October 31, 2012.

$2.5 Million, Five-Year “Multiply the Good” Challenge Announced

The Monterey Institute of International Studies announced today that it has received a $2.5 million challenge commitment from an anonymous donor. The pledge was made with the intention of encouraging others to make leadership level annual gifts to the Institute.

Language Services Associates Establishes New Scholarship Fund for Language Scholars at MIIS

The Monterey Institute of International Studies and Language Services Associates (LSA), a global language service provider offering a full suite of multicultural solutions, are proud to announce the establishment of The Language Services Associates Scholarship Fund at MIIS. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to ambitious and worthy students who are otherwise unable to afford to attend the Monterey Institute.

Alumni Giving Nearly Doubles by Fiscal Year-End

The Monterey Institute’s fiscal year closes at midnight today. Preliminary figures indicate a 32 percent increase in the number of donors to the Institute for fiscal year 2010 (FY10). Contributions from alumni and friends allow MIIS to provide students with financial aid, support faculty development, and keep the campus up-to-date with new equipment and facilities.

Jamie Langlie MPA ’91, Alumni Donor

Jamie Langlie MPA '91 (right) with Elizabeth Anderson
Jamie Langlie MPA '91, pictured at right wearing the gray blazer with Elizabeth Anderson MBA '91, shares her thoughts and memories of the Monterey Institute.
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