Donor support has a powerful impact at Cornell, and recognition societies are one way that the university honors its most generous and steadfast donors whose gifts help the university to fuel its mission across the globe.

Recognizing Loyalty, Leadership, and Legacy

When you become a part of one or more recognition societies, your contributions are recognized in tandem with other generous supporters whose commitments to the university bolster the margin of excellence at Cornell.


1865 Society

When you give two or more years in a row, you will become a member of the 1865 Society, honoring Cornell’s loyal donors. We celebrate your loyalty in ways that will surprise and delight you! Gifts of all sizes and to any area of the university are recognized.


The Tower Club

The Tower Club honors Cornell supporters who make annual gifts at the $10,000* level and above. Tower Club donors uplift the university’s programs and strengthen the greater Cornell mission. Members of the Tower Club are invited to engage with Cornell leaders, faculty, staff, students, and other donors, through exclusive content and programs that highlight the impact of philanthropic support to Cornell. Tower Club donors are also distinguished on an annual digital honor roll.

*Visit the Tower Club web page to learn more about qualifying gift amounts for recent Cornell alumni, and alumni who graduated in or before 1968.


Cornell Family Fellows

Cornell Family Fellows honors parents and families of current students contributing $10,000 and more each year. Cornell Family Fellows are invited to engage with university leaders, faculty, staff, and other parents through special programs and more. Cornell Family Fellows are also recognized as Tower Club supporters.


Cornell Giving Partners

Cornell Giving Partners recognizes donors who make annual gifts between $1,000 and $9,999*. Cornell Giving Partners have banded with Cornell to change lives and provide opportunities that will affect the future for generations to come. The university is proud to honor Cornell Giving Partners on an annual digital honor roll.

*Visit the Cornell Giving Partners web page to learn more about qualifying gift amounts for recent Cornell alumni.


Cayuga Society

When you establish a planned gift to the university or provide for Cornell in your will, we recognize you as a valued member of the Cayuga Society. Your far-sighted generosity will help sustain Cornell for new generations of students and faculty.



Rob de la Fuente

Senior Director Office of Donor Relations


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