According to WHAM 13 ABC: Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM)
A 2009 RIT graduate who started a business in his parents’ basement will now donate $50 million to Rochester Institute of Technology – the biggest donation in the school’s history.
RIT had promised a “historic announcement…that would dramatically shape the future.”
Austin McChord is the founder of Datto. He developed technology that helps companies with backup and disaster recovery services and focused his business on an underserved market of small and medium companies such as doctor’s offices and accounting firms.
McChord once said he borrowed $80,000 on a credit card to get the business up and running. It now has a net worth of over $1 billion.
“My goal with this gift is two-fold,” said McChord. “First is to help make more resources available to students, alumni and the community at-large to create, build and innovate for the future. But it’s also to help recognize those who helped you along the way. My success today would not have been possible without my time at RIT.”
The $50 million will be allocated to two areas. First, $30 million will go toward fostering creativity and entrepreneurship at RIT, including $17.5 million to launch the Maker Library & Innovative Learning Complex of the Future. This will be a new facility connecting RIT’s Wallace Center and the Student Alumni Union.