Your gift counts.
This past year, the Cornell Annual Fund received a record $33.3 million from a record 34,194 donors. It would take an unrestricted endowment of more than $700 million to generate the same spending power.
77% of these gifts were less than $500--totaling more than $3 million. Every gift does count!
Here's how your generous Annual Fund support was used this year:
- 54%: Program and faculty support
- 28%: Student financial aid
- 9%: Campus enhancement and facilities
- 9%: Inititiaves such as new courses, student projects, and competitions
The gift of education
Here are just a few of the things made better, more affordable, or possible only through support from alumni, parents, and friends of Cornell:
- Scholarship support for 60 percent of all Cornell undergraduates
- Graduate fellowships that support the majority of Cornell’s graduate students
- Internationally recognized buildings prized for their beauty, functionality, and sustainability
- One of the most beautiful campuses in the world
- Educational, research, arts, social, and agricultural programs that serve millions of New Yorkers each year
- State-of-the-art laboratories
- Cornell Tech, a cutting-edge tech campus in New York City that will serve as a global magnet for tech talent and entrepreneurship.
- Sixty-nine Big Red Ivy League titles (seven this academic year!) and seven national team titles in the past 10 years
- A thriving Greek system that is working toward becoming a national model in recruitment and service.
“Cornell is one of very few places where you can find so many other people who not only care about what they do but love what they do. I have been very lucky to meet these Cornellians, not only on campus but also with Cornell in Rome and Washington, D.C. It would not have happened without scholarships, and I am very grateful to the donors who made my experiences possible.”
—Martin Leung ’13 (AAP)
Read more about Martin.
“Honestly, I would not be able to finance my education here without the generous help of donors. I have met amazing students and faculty, and traveled all around the world. I’ve done everything from cheering at hockey games, going ice-skating, practicing Tae Kwon Do, playing rugby, and spending numerous nights studying hard for exams in Cornell’s libraries—none of which would have been possible without support from scholarships. I will look back at these years as one of the most wonderful times of my life. Thank you for making this possible.”
—Pamela Amaechi ’14 (ILR)
Supporting genius, friendship, leadership, and great teaching
By supporting Cornell’s faculty, you are supporting the university’s heart and engine. Professors, lecturers, and researchers at Cornell advance knowledge, contribute to scholarship, innovate, invent, teach, and inspire.
Cornell’s faculty is creative, supportive, and uniquely interdisciplinary. They are the teachers, mentors, inventors, researchers, and scholars that guide students of today and tomorrow.
Professors Hemami, Lipsky ’61, and Niklas are the latest recipients of the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship in recognition of their inspiring teaching of undergraduate students.
And meet two of the newest Cornell professors, hired thanks to gifts from alumni, parents, and friends:
The Ken DiPietro ILR ’81 Faculty Fellow
Assistant professor, human resource studies, ILR School
PhD, behavioral sciences and management, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 2011
What do you like best about Cornell so far?
Bright and diverse students, exceptionally interesting faculty members, staff members who always go above and beyond their formal duties, and, of course, the incredibly beautiful campus. I truly feel privileged to be a part of the Cornell family.
Ishion Ira Hutchinson
The Meringoff Faculty Fellow
Assistant professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
What do you like best about Cornell so far?
The generosity, first of all. I stopped feeling like a stranger and felt like I entered into a family as soon as I got here. Other than that I am very taken with the campus. The beauty is almost heartbreaking.
Your gift leads to new knowledge for the world.
According to Academic Analytics data, a leading benchmarking firm, Cornell’s Ithaca campus now has 47 programs ranked in the top 10 of their disciplines, more than any other American university.
Recent breakthroughs and activity made possible by Cornell’s faculty and gifts to Cornell:
- A breakthrough artificial ear that will help children born with a congenital ear deformity.
- Discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinostide 3-kinase, which explains the growth of a cell and has major implications in cancer treatments.
- Named one of the 10 most important Breakthroughs of 2012 by Science magazine, was a discovery by Cornell’s Professor Adam Bogdanove and colleagues on how to precisely edit genomes by cutting DNA in living cells.
- Cornell astronomer Rachel Bean chosen by European Space Agency to help lead the Euclid mission to study expansion of the universe.
- Cornell creates an Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies to leverage interdisciplinary strength and generate new collaborations.
Thank you for helping Cornell reach out, learn, and engage.
Thanks to Cornell’s eternal spirit of public engagement, every year:
- 6,000+ students engage in service work
- More than one million New Yorkers benefit from Cornell Cooperative Extension programming and services
- Thousands of schoolchildren and adults visit the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art to view art, enjoy lectures and performances, and take classes
- Millions of web visitors search Cornell’s comprehensive and free database of American law at law.cornell.edu, the Legal Information Institute.
- Thousands of citizen scientists from around the world contribute to and learn from science conducted by the Laboratory of Ornithology, which is dedicated to interpreting and conserving Earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.
- Millions of people around the world—from Broome County, New York, to Kenya, Africa—benefit from the improved nutritional content of plants bred by Cornell researchers.