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The Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation Launches Matching Gift Challenge with $750,000 Gift to Montgomery College

Gift Will Support Students in the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute

The Montgomery College Foundation announced today a gift commitment of $750,000 from the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation to support the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute. The donation, which will be given over the next five years, will create a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge of up to $750,000 in gifts and pledges by additional donors to the Institute.

“In today’s competitive global economy, we must prepare students to overcome the challenges they will face as future business leaders,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “The generosity of the Macklin Foundation and its president, Don Dawn, will ensure that our students in the Macklin Business Institute receive the education necessary not just to succeed but to excel.”

The donations will support student scholarships and program initiatives of the Macklin Business Institute (MBI), a selective honors program for business students at Montgomery College. The late Gordon Macklin, founder of NASDAQ and former Montgomery College Foundation board member, provided the inspiration and the gift that started the MBI program more than 10 years ago. Over his lifetime, he donated more than $2 million to the program.

“The Macklin Business Institute plays a critical role in transforming students’ lives, and Gordon always cherished helping these future business leaders achieve their goals,” said Don Dawn, president of the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation and nephew of the late Gordon and Marilyn Macklin. “We believe this challenge gift is a great way to engage other business leaders with the MBI students—and in the work of the MBI program and the College.”

MBI combines an innovative business curriculum with experiential learning, including operating a student-run café, participating in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competitions, and managing a microloan program to businesses around the world. MBI graduates transfer to the nation’s top business schools, including Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the gift or to learn how to give supporting donations, please contact Susan Lasker Dankoff, Montgomery College director of development, at 240-567-7493 or by e-mail at

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