Basketball fans at the 2014 Zero Landfill Game hold up an 'innovation' sign.

Strategic priorities

Your gift empowers Cornell where the needs and opportunities are greatest.

Learning. Discovery. Engagement. Gifts advance Cornell’s mission in all three areas, driving forward innovation, creativity, service, and excellence. In fact, philanthropy is part of our heritage and essential to Cornell’s success.

Your contributions make a difference for vital areas you care about most. From boosting scholarships and fellowships for students with boundless talent but with limited means, to strengthening resources for hiring and retaining outstanding faculty in any field of study, and to advancing initiatives that lead to breakthroughs or keep Cornell at the forefront of education, there’s a special place for your gifts at Cornell.

Featured challenge match

Cornell SC Johnson Challenge: Fueling support for students, faculty, and programs across all three schools of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, this initiative matches gifts on a 1-to-3 basis. For example, a donor can endow a $4 million professorship with a gift of $3 million or establish a $250,000 scholarship with a gift of $187,500. H. Fisk Johnson ’79, M.Eng. ’80, M.S. ’82, MBA ’84, Ph.D. ’86, and SC Johnson made this match possible.

Annual support

Whether for the university in general or for a specific college or school, your gifts to the Cornell Annual Funds enable university leaders to meet pressing needs and to seize opportunities that arise unexpectedly during the year.


You can change lives by giving to undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and professional school scholarships, which help keep a Cornell education within reach for today’s students.


An exceptional faculty is the bedrock of the university’s teaching, research, and creative work, as well as its reputation. Your gift can help us attract, recruit, and retain the most promising and accomplished faculty members, who inspire our students and advance knowledge and discovery.


By giving to a department, center, institute, or program you can play a role in advancing research and discovery, stimulating new scholarship, fostering classroom and hands-on learning, and boosting public engagement.

For questions and more information, contact:

Ben Renberg
Senior Associate Vice President
Alumni Affairs and Development


Division of Alumni Affairs and Development 130 E. Seneca Street, Suite 400 Ithaca, NY 14850