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MathWorks Makes a Transformational Gift

November 02, 2023

MathWorks, the leading developer of mathematical computing software, has given Mass Audubon a $25 million gift to help protect and restore the Commonwealth’s most valuable natural lands.  

This seven-year commitment from MathWorks is the largest programmatic gift in Mass Audubon’s 127-year history and will be used to address urgent, high-impact land protection and restoration projects resulting in the permanent preservation of nature throughout the Commonwealth.   

“This extraordinary commitment to protecting the nature of Massachusetts is nothing short of transformative, and we are forever grateful for MathWorks’ overwhelming generosity,” said David O’Neill, president of Mass Audubon. “It’s so heartening to see a world-renowned company like MathWorks prioritize the natural world, and we are honored they are entrusting us to carry out such important work.”  

Benefitting People and Wildlife

This also presents Mass Audubon with an exciting opportunity to identify additional sources to match and leverage this gift to have an even greater impact for people and wildlife. Our newly established fund to accelerate the pace of land protection--with a funding goal of $75 million--will help us reach that 2030 land protection target.

“The opportunity for nature to play a role in fighting climate change is more vital than ever,” said Jeanne O’Keefe, SVP and CFO of MathWorks. “Between Mass Audubon’s 127-year history of conservation and MathWorks’ commitment to its local communities and green initiatives, we’re confident this kind of partnership will inspire even more corporate social responsibility and lead to the protection of outdoor spaces that benefit people and wildlife across the state.”  

Recognizing MathWorks' Impact 

At our Annual Meeting on November 2, Mass Audubon presented MathWorks with the Nature of Massachusetts Award, given to an individual, group, or other entity that has furthered the cause of conservation and environmental protection or that has broadened the public awareness of the nature of the Commonwealth.  

“MathWorks has recognized the urgent need to preserve this state’s most ecologically important lands, and their bold action in the face of the existential threat that is climate change should be recognized and applauded,” said Jocelyn Forbush, Mass Audubon’s Chief Conservation Officer. “This award recognizes the leadership of a company seizing this moment to form partnerships, meet shared goals, and protect valuable open space for generations to come.”