Strategic priorities

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

Gifts to Cornell advance our mission of learning, discovery, and engagement—driving Cornell’s academic distinction. Your giving connects you with Cornell’s long philanthropic tradition and is essential to ongoing success. Your contributions make it possible to fund scholarships and fellowships for students, to hire and retain outstanding faculty, and to sustain programs and initiatives that keep Cornell at the forefront of education and research.

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 new endowment gifts on a 1-to-3 basis. For every three dollars you give, an additional dollar will be added. You could, for example, establish a $250,000 scholarship with a gift of $187,500 or a $4 million professorship with a gift of $3 million. For more information about the Cornell SC Johnson Challenge, contact Mark Dorgan, associate dean and executive director of development.

Annual support

Whether for the university in general or for a specific college, school, or unit, your gifts to the Cornell Annual Funds enable university leaders to meet pressing needs and seize opportunities that arise unexpectedly during the year. Cornell prioritizes raising annual dollars, reaching upwards of $45 million in FY 2019. They are a vital source of revenue, budgeted for and counted on each year by deans and directors.


You 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. The case for financial aid is strong; 47 percent of undergraduates have financial need and the average annual financial aid package is above $48,000.


Cornell faculty are known for their collaboration across academic fields and boundaries, including across the Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech, and Ithaca campuses. Your gift can help us attract new faculty in eight strategic discipline areas defined by the provost, to inspire our students and advance knowledge and discovery in Cornell’s unique collaborative environment.


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. Cornell’s many colleges define their own priorities for support as do the units (non-degree conferring) that enrich our Ithaca campus.

For questions and more information, contact:

Ben Renberg
Senior Associate Vice President
Alumni Affairs and Development


Gift Impact Stories

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