Family philanthropy and engagement is your opportunity to partner with Cornell. When you become a Cornell Family Fellow, you join a community of families committed to fulfilling Cornell’s mission, and help create excellence for all students.

With a leadership gift each year to any area at Cornell, you join the Cornell Family Fellows and invest further in the university. For a weekend each spring, Cornell Family Fellows are normally invited to Ithaca for a special program to enjoy our beautiful campus, interact with university leaders, faculty, and staff, and get to know other parents. Family Fellows are also invited to smaller regional events and to webinars hosted by campus leaders.

Do you enjoy volunteering? Cornell Family Fellows members have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for the university. Many Family Fellows deepen their connections to Cornell through service. As a Family Fellow volunteer, you help advance Cornell’s mission by sharing your experiences and welcoming new parents into the Cornell family.

Family involvement supports student success and is a powerful part of the community.

Parents build lifelong relationships with Cornell!


McGraw Tower, Uris Library and Ho Plaza in fall, shot from Barnes Hall.

Cora C. Burns

Director, Parent Engagement & Philanthropy
The 2016 Cornell Family Fellows (CFF) Reception photo booth. J Bruce Tracey (SHA, left).

Join Cornell Family Fellows

With an annual gift of $15,000 or more, you join the Cornell Family Fellows, a chance to invest in the university while your child is immersed in the Cornell experience.


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