Your gift counts.

For the giving year ending June 30, 2013, Cornell reached a new record $33.3 million from a record 34,194 donors. That marked the eleventh consecutive year of growth in the Cornell Annual Fund. 

Make a gift to the Cornell Annual Fund today.

If you’ve made a recent gift to the Cornell Annual Fund, then your money was spent to make one or more of the following possible:

  • Crucial ongoing digitization of Cornell’s art and library collections
  • Internships that allow undergraduate students to pursue their dreams, explore careers, and contribute to communities
  • The hiring of key new members of the faculty, or the establishment of laboratories for new members of the faculty
  • The development of new curricula in fields such as engineering, the humanities, law, and hospitality, and also in many interdisciplinary subjects like cognitive development and sustainable design
  • Student engineering teams, including the Cornell Chemical Engineering Car Team, which won the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student car competition for the second time in three years
  • Faculty research
  • Visiting speakers
  • Big Red team travel to games
  • Student participation in the Alternative Spring Breaks Program, which provides service learning opportunities
  • Important subscriptions to academic journals
  • Musical instruments

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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. The inaugural class of master’s of engineering students is now studying with faculty and practitioners in temporary space in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.

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Martin Leung ’13 (AAP) “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.

Pamela Amaechi ’14 (ILR) “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. Read more.

Make a gift to strengthen Cornell’s world-class faculty.

And meet two of the newest Cornell professors, hired thanks to gifts from alumni, parents, and friends:

Elena Belogolovsky

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.

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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:

Research & Discovery

  • A breakthrough artificial ear that will help children born with a congenital ear deformity. Read more.
  • Discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinostide 3-kinase, which explains the growth of a cell and has major implications in cancer treatments. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • Cornell astronomer Rachel Bean chosen by European Space Agency to help lead the Euclid mission to study expansion of the universe. Read more.
  • Cornell creates an Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies to leverage interdisciplinary strength and generate new collaborations. Read more.


Make a gift to support Cornell University researchers and scholars.

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, 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.

Make a gift to support knowledge with a public purpose.



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Fiber Science and Apparel Design senior Matilda Ceesay has her sights on telling the story of a distinctive African …


They are theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed, evolutionary biologist David Hillis, cheetah expert Laurie Marker, …
Lack of transparency can have negative and positive impacts, Belogolovsky says
Awardee Kristina M. Rennekamp, MS ’11, PhD ’12, receives top honors from the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of …
Sam Beck, senior lecturer and director of the Urban Semester Program, is one of four recipients of the 2013 Kendall S. …
Facing the largest wave of retirements in its history, Cornell is aiming to hire about 67 new faculty a year through its …
Cornell researchers from across the university presented short research pitches about their work at the Cornell …
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New research at Cornell using computed tomography (CT) technology has gone a long way toward showing that lungs and gas …

Research & Discovery

Weill Cornell Medical College receives $100 million from Joan and Sanford Weill and the Weill Family Foundation to launch …
Scheinman Institute follows up on federal agency system it helped create
A team of researchers at Weill Cornell, Columbia University Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Medical Center has revealed …
Two Cornell researchers are world experts in studies of little-known plant transport proteins that may be key to easing …
In 1889, Andrew Dickson White’s extensive travels found him in Cairo, where he purchased an 8-foot-long papyrus scroll …
International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences launches its yearlong 50-year celebration Feb. 15.
The donation of a collection of more than 200 volumes published by the Negro Universities Press will aid scholarship at …
A letter in the hand of Abraham Lincoln, dated Aug. 20, 1863, has been donated to the Cornell University Library.


An anonymous donor and the Class of 1950 are aiding student performance groups by supporting upgrades to the theater in …
PATCH -- an organization for pre-health undergrads guided by Human Ecology students Sharjeel Chaudhry and Kathy Tin -- …
The fraternity donated the funds to Ithaca Public Education Initiative, a nonprofit that facilitates community connections …
SWAG celebrates growing impact after first year
Cornell Forensics Society members regularly meet with incarcerated youths in two Ithaca-area prisons to share debate and …
ILR Public Engagement: Students serve communities worldwide
Horticulture graduate student Bryan Sobel went to Rwanda to help women learn to cultivate mushrooms, a crop that can help …
The brothers of Beta Theta Pi helped to clear and build trails on wooded land for the Ithaca YMCA's Camp Adventure.


Chantal Champagne
Senior Director of the Office of Donor Relations
Alumni Affairs and Development
Cornell University
130 East Seneca Street, Suite 400
Ithaca, NY 14850