Now More than Ever, INSEAD Thanks You

Thank you from the Dean
Through the ripple effect of your generosity your impact extends to the world

Every gift to the INSEAD Fund, makes a difference. Collective generosity had particular impact in 2020/2021, when donors stepped forward to demonstrate that, in challenging times, the mission and impact of INSEAD matter even more than ever.

Amidst the unusual and difficult circumstances of the last two years, two truths have emerged in relation to our report on the impact of your giving to the INSEAD Fund in 2020/2021. First, your generosity during the year demonstrates true dedication to the vision of INSEAD as a force for good in a complex world. At a time when business and personal pressures forced so many of us to rethink what matters most, you chose to make INSEAD — its students and its future — a priority. Second, we have seen, as never before, the power of collective giving, as generous individuals, banding together, stepped up to support INSEAD during one of the most challenging times in our history.

In the past year, our community has rallied around the vision, values, and ventures that distinguish INSEAD’s approach to business education. Gifts during 2020/2021 helped ensure that the qualities of diversity, academic excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit remain the hallmarks of INSEAD going forward, with students, as the key beneficiaries.

One bright spot during the year was the way donors helped preserve INSEAD’s distinctive student experience, with unrestricted gifts providing the flexibility to address urgent needs. Scholarships were never more important than they were in 2020/2021, enabling our international community of learners to grow in talent and diversity. Faculty, staff, students — all got behind the transition to online learning when Covid forced classrooms to close. Meanwhile, research and special initiatives — including projects studying the pandemic’s impact — continued earning INSEAD recognition for its scholarly contributions to business thinking and practices. Other highlights of the year include:

  • It was a source of great pride that our donors collectively contributed just under €4.5M to the INSEAD Fund. Our donor roll grew 52% during the year, to a record of more than 5000 supporters.
  • Giving Day delivered exceptional results, with over 2,500 donors contributing €1.3 million.
  • Rising to the moment, students became supporters in a significant way through Robin Hood class campaigns. Our first-ever Master in Management class, MIM’21, achieved a staggering 92% participation. Both MBA‘21J&D classes exceeded 60% participation.

These numbers show the INSEAD community truly stepping up, with each and every gift, whatever the amount, making a difference. We owe so much of this success to our many volunteers, without whom we could not have achieved these results. To everyone who gave, and everyone who supported the giving process, we extend our deepest thanks. You will see the impact of your generosity reflected in every story shared in this report. Through the ripple effect of generosity, your impact extends out into the world — changing lives, families, communities, businesses, and the wider global society.

Thank you for making INSEAD a true force for good!

Warm regards,

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