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DifferenceMaker projects and activities would not be possible without the generous support of our alumni, foundations, and other organizations that share our vision for engaging students in innovative and entrepreneurial problem solving. We are very grateful for the financial support, guidance and encouragement. All financial contributions help support student interns, the DifferenceMakerTM $50,000 Idea Challenge, student development workshops, and our Faculty Fellow program.

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Partners and sponsors who have helped us make a difference include:

  • Circle Health
  • Comcast Xfinity
  • Jim Dandeneau '80
  • Joseph C. Day '79 Chancellors' Fund
  • Digital Federal Credit Union
  • Joseph P. Donahue Charitable Foundation
  • Nancy L. Donahue '13 (H) Endowed Fellowship in Values and Ethics
  • Enterprise Bank
  • Foley and Lardner LLP
  • Francis College of Engineering
  • Graduate, Online and Professional Studies
  • Richard Juknavorian '98 Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Kennedy College of Sciences
  • Mitchell Kertzman '96 (H) Endowed Discretionary Fund
  • Manning School of Business
  • Robert J. Manning '84 Endowment Fund (Robert and Donna Manning)
  • Francis L. McKone '56, '00 (H) Chancellor's Discretionary Endowment Fund
  • Glenn Morgan '86 College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Pernick Chancellor's Endowed Discretionary Fund
  • James Regan '88 Manning School of Business
  • Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business
  • Spinola Angel Investment Fund for Entrepreneurship
  • Andrew Sutherland '94 Manning School of Business
  • Jack Wilson Endowed Presidential Entrepreneurship Award Fund

Thank you to all individuals who have supported DifferenceMaker through the donation page.

If you would like to contribute to this effort financially or “in-kind” please contact Brenda Evans, Dean, Student Affairs and Wellness by email:, or call 978-934-5021, or contract Holly Lalos, Director, Rist DifferenceMaker Institute by email:, or call 978-934-6444.