Donor recognition

Recognizing donor loyalty, leadership, legacy

All gifts to Cornell matter and giving societies are one way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our most generous and steadfast donors. Through three overarching giving societies, we honor alumni, parents, and friends whose gifts help Cornell to fuel its mission in the world.

When you become a part of one, two, or all three giving societies, we show our appreciation and recognize you for your contributions and commitment to Cornell.

Loyalty: 1865 Society

By giving two or more years in a row, you become a member of this society named in honor of the year Cornell was founded. We celebrate your loyalty in ways that will surprise and delight you. Gifts of all sizes are recognized.

Leadership: The Tower Club

The Tower Club honors Cornell’s top, pace-setting donors with yearly recognition for annual support of $10,000 or more. Your membership lasts for a full year, beginning with your first or continuing Tower Club-level gift.

Cornell Family Fellows honor parents and families (of current students) contributing $10,000 or more each year. We also recognize Cornell Family Fellows as members of the Tower Club.

Legacy: 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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