$5M gift launches Duffield Family Cornell Promise Scholarship

A $5 million gift from David A. Duffield ’62, MBA ’64, to the College of Engineering has established the Duffield Family Cornell Promise Scholarship, providing financial assistance to undergraduate engineering students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift is the largest single contribution to the Cornell Promise initiative, which upholds Cornell’s founding commitment of … Read more

A&S alumnus establishes scholarship for Black students

A $1 million gift from Robert ’92 and Carola Jain to the College of Arts and Sciences will support Black A&S students with demonstrated need, and others who enhance Cornell’s diversity, equity and inclusion. The Robert ’92 and Carola Jain Cornell Promise Scholarship meets a critical need at a moment when the COVID-19 pandemic has … Read more

Elizabeth Miller Francis ’47

Elizabeth “Betty” Miller Francis ’47 touched many lives and organizations through her philanthropy and passion for travel, the outdoors, and art. With her giving, she supported galleries and music, ecological research, and natural habitats for zoo animals.

Bill Kay ’51: Grateful Cornellian

In early 2020, L. William Kay II ’51 passed away from COVID-19 related complications at age 93. Bill Kay’s Cornell involvement deeply embraced the university; spanned across time, generations, and programs; expressed trust in university leadership; and inspired other Cornellians to give and to volunteer. He was a stalwart volunteer for the Class of 1951 … Read more

Access Fund eased pandemic’s burden on students

Raven Schwam-Curtis ’20 had seen the coronavirus coming: She visited China and South Korea on a research trip over winter break, when the first cases were being reported there. But she was still confronted with financial and emotional disruption when the pandemic forced Cornell to abruptly suspend classes in mid-March and switch to remote learning … Read more

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

Cornell Family Fellows Spring Weekend 2019 offers some surprises

When the Cornell Family Fellows Program hosted its spring weekend March 9-10 there was one slightly unexpected outcome. “The parents talked about math the whole weekend!” said Mindy Stevenson, assistant director of Parent Engagement in the division of Alumni Affairs and Development. So it goes after an engaging discussion on the joy of math with … Read more

Joan Spiegel P ’21: connecting to Cornell through curiosity

A parent of a current ILR student explores her own Cornell interests. When Joan Spiegel, a Cornell parent, saw the image of the big, white cat, funding fieldwork aimed at conserving snow leopards suddenly seemed a compelling and appropriate thing to do. She learned about Wildlife Health Cornell and the work of Martin Gilbert, senior … Read more

Cornell is one of America’s favorite charities

Cornell is in the top ten among The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s new list of America’s Favorite Charities. Published on Oct. 30, the ranking identifies the organizations that Americans are most willing to support. Cornell, at #9, joins respected non-profits (including United Way Worldwide and the Salvation Army) and other universities (including Harvard and Stanford) in … Read more

Crowdfunding 2018 launches November 1

Student-driven Cornell crowdfunding projects depend on the power of joining together to fund their goals during a month-long campaign in November. Live on the crowdfunding site this year are projects ranging from engineering competitions to a capella recordings, from professional development retreats for women of color to a scholarship for military veterans. There’s also an … Read more