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

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

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

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

Cornell Outdoor Education expands student access

With a steady 6,000+ student participants each year, few other university programs touch as many students as Cornell Outdoor Education (COE). Founded in 1972, COE has recorded more than 200,000 enrollments over nearly five decades. COE offers over 130 separate courses taught by 200 student instructors and 11 full-time staff members, and includes physical facilities … Read more

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

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