When the Millennium Campus Network began in dorm rooms at Brandeis University in 2007, the organization lacked funding and credibility. After two years of movement-building, the MCN received a grant from the United Nations’ Millennium Campaign (thanks to support from current MCN Advisor Anita Sharma). One year later, the MCN received a second major grant and donated office space in Boston’s Prudential Center from The Jenzabar Foundation.
Through mid-2013, we are using this page to share our appreciation for our MCN Global Leaders: all those extraordinary philanthropists who contributed $1,000 or more during our first five years. We will update this page each year to thank and celebrate our donors who continue to make our work possible.
We also offer special thanks to a number of outstanding community leaders who have helped us raise significant funds and support through our annual events including Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry and Doris Yaffe.
Sponsor of the Year - Microsoft
Microsoft is an industry leader with a longstanding commitment to youth empowerment. Through Microsoft YouthSpark and givetoyouth.org, Microsoft is fulfilling its extraordinary promise to empower 300 million youth over three years. In 2012, Microsoft committed funds and software with a total value of over $50,000. Microsoft’s Akhtar Badshah delivered one of the most popular keynote addresses at Millennium Campus Conference 2012 and presented the 2012 Global Generation Award to Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. Thanks to the support of Badshah and Yvonne Thomas, Microsoft has accelerated MCN efforts and was named as the MCN’s National Partner of the Year.
Platnium Sponsors - $75,000
The Jenzabar Foundation has been one of the MCN’s biggest supporters since the two organizations connected in late 2009. Bob Maginn (Chairman of TJF) serves on the MCN’s Board of Directors, and John Beahm (Executive Director of TJF) engages daily with MCN staff. The Jenzabar Foundation has allocated over $100,000 in support to The MCN to date, and has housed the MCN in its stunning office space in Boston’s Prudential Center since 2010. The Jenzabar Foundation has also allocated Student Leadership Awards to MCN members, partners, and dozens of other student organizations across the nation. For its leadership in this space, The Jenzabar Foundation was named as the MCN’s National Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Gold Sponsors - $50,000
The United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Campaign, have been deeply supportive of MCN efforts since they first connected in 2010. The sister organizations have provided financial support totaling over $50,000 as well as speakers and support through social media. The UN Foundation’s Anita Sharma serves as an Advisor to The MCN, and other leaders including Kaitlin Barry has also helped to ensure a strong relationship over the years.
Silver Sponsors - $25,000
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been a strong supporter and ally for the MCN since 2011. HP has committed significant funding and HP’s Paul Ellingstad gave a keynote address at Millennium Campus Conference 2011. Ellingstad provided the introduction for MCN Advisor Dr. Paul Farmer at MCC 2012 and has joined the MCN’s Board of Directors.
The Fessenden School has engaged in an innovative partnership with the MCN in 2011 and 2012. The private school in Newton, Massachusetts has hosted an annual basketball shootout each April. The funds raised have propelled MCN’s Student Action Grants Program, providing vital funds for students working on clean water projects in Uganda and El Salvador as well as a community garden in Timor-Leste.
The United Nations Millennium Campaign was the first major funder of the Millennium Campus Network. MCN staff began meeting with UN MC in 2006, and after a series of meetings, the MCN received its first $30,000 grant from UN MC in 2009. The funds supported MCN operations and advocacy initiatives (including STAND UP events and petitions), which led to MCN meetings at the White House and with Congressional staff. MCN Advisor Anita Sharma was one of the first major champions of the MCN, and this support enabled MCN to grow significantly over the years.
Global Generation Sponsors ($10,000+)
Heney Charitable Trust
The MCJ Amelior Foundation
Semester at Sea
Global Justice Sponsors ($5,000+)
Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston
Jonathan & Margot Davis
Siamac & Carol Vaghar
Global Impact Sponsors ($2,500+)
Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications
Bob Crowe of Nelson Mullins
English Language Center
Lee Chelminiak & Douglas Herberich
Doug Plotkin & Andrea Foggle Plotkin
Barbara & Malcolm Sherman
Choon Woo Ha
Over the course of our first five years, these media sponsors have partnered up for one or more of our events. Most notably, a number of them have teamed up for our annual conference/awards weekend.
The Boston Globe
The MCN has received a number of in-kind contributions, including thousands of volunteer hours from a dedicated team of interns. Some of our notable in-kind contributions are listed below.
Donated Office Space in Boston’s Prudential Center (2010-Present)
The Jenzabar Foundation
Donated Office Space in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner (2009-2010)
Pro-Bono Legal Support