McGraw Tower, Uris Library and Ho Plaza in fall, shot from Barnes Hall.

Volunteer Resources

Onboarding Resources

  • Group photo at the 2015 Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC).
  • Whether you are new to volunteering at Cornell, or just need a refresher, these individual, short sessions will help you navigate your volunteer career. Experienced volunteers have thought back on what they wish they had known when they started out as a volunteer, and have compiled that data into helpful sections. Each session takes a few moments to download, but it’s worth the wait!

    Please note: This training module uses PowerPoint. The PowerPoint App is free for Android, IPhone, IPads, OSX and Windows 8-10 devices. When prompted, you will need to enable all external content.

CUVolunteer Tools

  • CUVolunteer Worksheets

    A helpful tool for working with your volunteers. It's easy to search through Cornell's many volunteer opportunities, submit a nomination, manage your volunteer nomination process, recommend or refer a volunteer, share documents, create clear expectations with position descriptions, and more!

  • CUVolunteer Video Tutorials

    Watch a video to see how to use CUVolunteer.

Volunteer Recruitment

Offboarding and Pipeline Resources

Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Planning Resources

    Strategic planning is an organizational management process. The first step is defining strategy, or direction. Next, decisions are made on allocating resources to pursue that strategy. Those decisions shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful.

  • Strategic Planning Templates

    Templates to help get you started!

Role Specific Toolkits

  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) Tools

    To be most helpful to applicants, CAAAN volunteers should stay current with Cornell, generally, and specifically with admissions and CAAAN processes. The videos and slideshows below will help you learn everything from the mission of CAAAN to what's new on campus.

  • Class Officer (CACO) Tools

    These resources will help you in your class leadership roles. We welcome your feedback as we evolve and improve these tools. Be sure to check back for frequent updates and reach out to your staff liaison with any questions.

  • Domestic club leader toolkit

    Cornellians participate in more than 100 clubs and associations around the world, and more than 1,000 Cornellians serve on club and associations boards! The resources in Club leader toolkit include everything you need to know about managing a successful club or associations.

  • International club leader toolkit

    Alumni volunteers are present in more than 50 world areas! They work alongside International Alumni Relations to support Cornell and fellow Cornellians. These resources will help you manage a successful club or interest group.

Music, photography and video footage

  • Copyright information

    If you manage websites or social media platforms in your volunteer role, you are responsible for ensuring that all content is copyright compliant. This resource includes guidelines for all Cornell volunteer groups.

Brand support

  • Consultation for logo use and merchandising

    Cornell volunteer groups are representing Cornell University and their unique organization. Maintaining the university’s brand and identity is an important role for every Cornell organization and group. University policies and guidelines are available to assist you on brand, logo use and merchandising. Use the consulting services for any questions, concerns and guidance during your planning stages.

  • Cornell logo use

    The Cornell logo and seal should always be reproduced at a size that maintains the integrity of the mark and yields clean, legible lettering and art detail.

  • Merchandising

    Merchandise representing Cornell can be found across the globe. In order to maintain the university's identity, it is extremely important to adhere to brand guidelines before you order anything.

  • Policies

    The following university policies are available for reference on a wide variety of brand governance and management topics..

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