Dyson student access and experience braced by alumni gifts

Dyson alumni have stepped up in the last year with scholarships and emergency funding to provide access to Dyson and the best possible student experience once here. Current-use funds have helped many through the 2019-2020 academic year, ensuring that “inability to pay isn’t a barrier to participation,” says Tim Oonk ’86, executive director of Alumni … 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.

Alumna collects Cornell memories while giving back

Lynn Weidberg Morgan ’89 never misses an opportunity to strengthen her Cornell connections. A volunteer for her class, a board of trustees member for Cornell Hillel and a loyal donor, Lynn gives back in more ways than one and inspires others to do the same. The pins she collects serve as a visual reminder of … Read more

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

Benjamin Steeper ’19 is climbing the tree of knowledge

Ben Steeper arrived in Ithaca from Hawai‘i on a freezing day in January 2016, dressed in slippers and a t-shirt. Ben had long dreamed about attending an elite university like Cornell, where he hoped to be surrounded by “influential, creative people.” He is the first person in his family to attend an Ivy League school. … Read more

Success for Cornell’s sixth Giving Day

With $7,053,386 raised from 10,145 donors in just 24 hours, Cornell Giving Day brought Cornell community members together from all over the world to join in giving. “Philanthropy has been essential to Cornell’s success since 1865,” said Fred Van Sickle, vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD). “Giving Day is a unique opportunity for … Read more

Countdown to Giving Day 2020

March 12, 2020, will mark Cornell University’s sixth Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising celebration in which Cornellians come together to support the areas they care most deeply about and to engage in some friendly competition. Last year, colleges and units participated in a “Raise the Bar” challenge, competing against themselves to increase their number of … Read more