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Watch the 20-minute Cornell Giving Day for Volunteers webinar to learn more about this year's event and how you can help! Create your own fundraiser, become a social media ambassador, take advantage of Giving Day challenges, and more!

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Cornell Giving Day is an energetic and inspiring tradition. Each year, Cornellians come together in support of a better Cornell and a better world. Giving Day Champions sign up to fundraise on behalf of a university fund. Keep reading to learn more.

Know the basics

Cornell Giving Day is an exciting one-day fundraising event that takes place each March. As a Giving Day Champion, you can help us create the momentum we need to have a successful day.

Giving Day 2020 will on Thursday, March 12!

How do I become a Giving Day Champion?

Using the Giving Day website’s peer-to-peer fundraising tool, you can help Cornell raise more, engage more, and do more!

Creating your fundraising page is easy.

1. Start at givingday.cornell.edu.
2. Search for the college, unit, or specific fund you want to support.
3. Click the “FUNDRAISE” button on the fund’s page.
4. Follow the instructions for customizing your page.

Need help choosing the right area to support?

Cornell Annual Funds
There are twenty-two Annual Funds across the university, including one for each college. These funds provide immediate financial support when deans and directors need it most. Annual Funds are critical to Cornell achieving its mission of academic excellence and public service.

Undergraduate Scholarships
You can change lives by giving to undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and professional school scholarships, which help keep a Cornell education within reach for today’s students.

Spread the word!

Your help is crucial to Giving Day success!

You know your community better than anyone else. Choose the combination of communication channels that make sense for you.

1. Personal email
2. Phone calls or text messages
3. Social media posts with #cornellgivingday
4. Newsletters
5. Through the “Reach out” feature on your fundraiser toolkit

Let your network know about Cornell Giving Day. Encourage others to become a Giving Day Champion, and remind them to give!

Not sure what to say?

Outreach will be most effective if you speak to your peers with a competitive spirit. Cornell Giving Day will be a big day–and fun. Here are some additional messaging points to get you started:

Even if you are involved with Cornell in other ways, your gift of any size improves Cornell’s alumni participation rate. A high participation rate improves Cornell’s rankings and keeps your degree strong.

On Giving Day, your gifts can go further. You can earn challenge funds and bonuses for the areas that mean the most to you.

On Giving Day, your gifts have even more reach as they are joined with thousands of others, making a big difference for Cornell.

Make a gift on Giving Day

Give online at the Cornell Giving Day website, https://givingday.cornell.edu/.

By phone. Donors can call 1-800-279-3099 to make gifts using a credit card.

By check. For gifts made by check to count toward the final Giving Day total, they must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Giving Day at the following address. They should have “Giving Day” written in the memo line.

Cornell Giving Day
130 E. Seneca St., Ste. 400
Ithaca, NY 14850

Giving Day will feature lots of promotion from Alumni Affairs, colleges, and units. But we are certain there is nothing more powerful than peer outreach among Cornell alumni communities. Thank you for your support!