You can create a gift plan using a variety of your personal assets. We will guide you through options that will allow you to take care of your family and meet your other financial goals. By using a variety of assets, you may be able to do more for Cornell than you think you can.


  • Gifts of cash are traditional, simple and straightforward. They can be made by check or charged to a credit card. If you would like guidance making a more substantial cash gift, contact us.

    Please contact our office for more information on outright ways to give to Cornell.

Appreciated securities

Retirement assets

  • Retirement-plan benefits are often a significant portion of individual net worth. Designating Cornell University as the beneficiary of retirement assets is one of the smartest ways for donors to make a gift and bypass multiple levels of taxation. Retirement-plan assets include individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans, Keogh plans, and 403(b) plans.

    If you are 70 1/2 or older and own an IRA, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a simple and tax-efficient way to make a gift to Cornell. Make an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) now.

    Please contact our office to learn more about gifts of retirement assets.

Life Insurance

  • Life Insurance policies may also be used to make a gift to Cornell. You can arrange this type of gift by designating that Cornell University receives all or a portion of the death benefit associated with your life insurance policy or by transferring ownership of the policy. Transferring ownership results in an immediate income tax charitable deduction and potential income tax savings in the year of the gift.

    Please contact our office to learn more about gifts of Life Insurance.

Gifts of real estate

  • Giving a gift of real estate is a sophisticated and highly effective strategy to further your Cornell philanthropy. There are many ways to structure a gift of real estate and this type of gift can take more time, but can be an effective way to make a significant impact.

    If you are interested in exploring how your property can be transferred to Cornell, please contact our office.

Gifts of personal property

  • Artwork, collectibles, and other types of personal property can be meaningful and welcomed gifts. Such gifts are evaluated on an individual basis, must further Cornell's educational mission, and typically require an independent appraisal. If you would like Cornell to consider a gift of personal property, please contact our office .

Closely-held business interests and other complex assets

  • Many Cornell alumni and friends own businesses or have substantial interests in privately held stock, Limited Liability Companies, or limited partnership interests. If you have company stock or interests that you would like to use to further your Cornell Philanthropy, contact our office. We can help you plan the timing and disposition of these assets.

Students walk through Minns Garden towards the Plant Sciences Building in fall.

Explore your choices

Your gift can support Cornell and provide benefits to you and your loved ones. Provide some basic information and discover the outcome of various giving scenarios. Our staff can then help you review your options in more detail.