Giving

Reunion clubbing with the Tower Club

Alumni philanthropists took a break from the rigors of Reunion Saturday at the Tower Club Hospitality Suite in the Park Atrium at the Beck Center in Statler Hall. “The Hospitality Suite is our chance to give a special thank you to alumni in returning classes and locally who are members of the Tower Club or … Read more

Alumnus Smith ’85 puts words into action, with a wow

Cornell alumnus Robert F. Smith ’85 made a strong personal statement about taking care of community by punctuating the moving message of a graduation address with a powerful act. In his speech at the 135th commencement at Morehouse College, May 19, 2019, Smith detailed some of his personal rules guiding his life and work, commenting … Read more

Giving and engagement in 2018: Cornellians play key role in success

Alumni, parents, and friends gave to Cornell in significant amounts during fiscal year 2018, setting fundraising records and engaging with the university in many other ways. By volunteering, giving financial support, and staying connected online, Cornellians made July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018, one of the most successful years ever for philanthropy and participation. The university … Read more

PCCW microgrants advance women students

When Jeanette Perez-Rossello ’91 sees the energy of Cornell students, she is inspired to support them in any way she can. “I think they’re brilliant. They are such good people and they are doing so much outside the classrooms through volunteer work, for campus organizations, and for each other. They are doing great stuff,” said … Read more

Robert F. Smith ’85 named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year

Cornell has named a Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year every year since Robert F. Smith’s junior year as a chemical engineering student. On Nov. 3, Smith—one of the world’s top business minds—received this year’s award from President Martha E. Pollack. “Your leadership and thoughtful, socially responsible philanthropy mean a great deal to me and to … Read more

Alumni giving, engagement break records in 2017

Cornell engages thousands of alumni, parents and friends around the world, and with their support, the university achieved fundraising records in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The university raised a record $743.5 million in cash gifts for all campuses, a 21 percent increase over total cash gifts in FY16. New gifts and commitments totaled $642 million, … Read more

A gift for the ages—the legacy of Craig Voorhees at Cornell

Growing up on a dairy farm in the small town of Glen, New York, Craig Voorhees ’49 worked close to the ground, all year, tending to the animals. “In the 1920s and 1930s, everyone works 365 days a year,” he wrote in a letter. “You work for the cows—plant crops, harvest crops, maintain the barn—and … Read more

Scholarship challenge gathers strong support

Cornellians of all stripes are showing their support for the recently launched endowed scholarship challenge, designating their scholarships to different areas of Cornell they care about the most. With the goal of creating up to 100 new endowed scholarships for aid-eligible undergraduates, professional school students, and graduate students on the Ithaca campus and at Cornell … Read more

Cornell’s crowdfunding connects with caring donors

Cornell alumni, parents, students, and friends supported 17 projects during a month-long crowdfunding campaign that launched November 1 and concluded a day after Giving Tuesday, November 29. In all, 1,472 individual gifts raised a total of $198,335. Ten of the projects reached their goals, with several surpassing their targets. For students, staff, and faculty, Cornell’s … Read more

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