Giving Day 2021 brings Cornellians together, shatters records

In 24 hours, 14,411 donors raised a record-breaking $10,040,921 to support Cornell students, programs, and research on the university’s seventh Giving Day, March 11. Gifts poured in steadily throughout the day, with support from all 50 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., as well as nearly 80 countries around the world. “We’re so … Read more

Atkinsons’ $30M gift to name multidisciplinary building

A $30 million commitment from David R. Atkinson ’60 and Patricia Atkinson will name a new multidisciplinary building on campus, intended to foster innovative and collaborative research in priority areas of sustainability, public health, cancer biology, immunology and computational biology. Atkinson Hall, to be built on Tower Road adjacent to Rice and Bruckner halls, will … Read more

Cornell’s seventh Giving Day is just around the corner

Cornell will celebrate its seventh Giving Day on March 11, 2021. The 24-hour campaign will bring together Cornellians near and far to show their support for the university and enjoy competing in friendly challenges, a trivia night, and more. Last year’s Giving Day was one for the record books, bringing in $7,053,386 from 10,145 donors. … Read more

Wholehearted: alumni support the Cornell Promise

As the pandemic continues to surge this winter, the Cornell community has banded together to support students whose families have been impacted. On April 7, 2020, President Martha E. Pollack promised that “we will do everything possible to enable all current and newly admitted students to complete their Cornell educations, despite the obstacles created by … Read more

The gift of clean air: Cornellian donates air purifiers

When Phil Yuen ’00 heard Cornell was reopening for in-person learning this fall, he saw an opportunity to partner with the university to help make campus safer. His company, Aurabeat Technology in Hong Kong, has developed an air filtration system that can eliminate 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from the air indoors. … Read more

Crowdfunding supports a rainbow of projects, including LGBTQ+ scholarship

Every fall, we reach out to the Cornell community to spotlight giving opportunities that directly benefit Cornell students. The 8th annual Cornell Crowdfunding campaign officially kicked off on October 12, and will include a total of 16 student-driven projects and one special scholarship challenge. From now through December 5, these crowdfunding projects have the chance … Read more

Alumni stand by Cornell in challenging times

Alumni, parents, and friends came together to support Cornell students and stay connected during fiscal year 2020 despite numerous challenging factors, including a global pandemic and economic crisis. The university received $712 million in new gifts and commitments—the third-highest total ever raised at Cornell in a single year—from over 39,000 donors. This included $43 million … Read more

A timely investment: supporting student health

Members of the Class of 1955 recently celebrated their 65th Reunion. These octogenarians have also been steadfast supporters of Cornell Health. In 2015, the Class of 1955 and Peter Schluter ’55 gave a $100,000 gift to name a room in the new Cornell Health facility. In July 2020, the class responded to the call again, … Read more

$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