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Beyond the MBA Classroom: MIT Sloan Charity Auctions

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Twice a year, in the fall and in the spring, students at the MIT Sloan School of Management organize charity auctions. Each “ocean” (the 60-person cohort with which students take their first-semester core classes) selects a charity to support and identifies items to be auctioned, ranging from lunch with a professor to a home-cooked meal by a student to more unusual offerings, like having a professor chauffeur you to class in his classic car. First-year oceans compete to see which one can raise the most money, and second-year students organize a similar auction. In 2013, the oceans raised more than $70,000 to benefit Children of Fallen Patriots, Heifer International, Curing Kids Cancer, the Cancer Research Institute, Pencils of Promise and the Wounded Warrior Program. Items up for bid included a personal White House Tour, a weekend tour of Napa Valley and a week at a Costa Rican beach house.

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